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May 7, 2010 12:41 PM

New to Phoenix - Heard Museum Area


My BF and I are visiting some friends in Phoenix for a few days. Our first stop will be the Heard Museum tomorrow. Are there any interesting markets in that area where we could pick up some snacks or a nice foodie gift?


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  1. Your timing is good. Saturdays from 8a-1p is the Phoenix Public Market just a few blocks south of the Heard on Central Ave. Great place to find foodie items and snacks.

    Downtown Phoenix Public Market
    721 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

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    1. re: scaheld

      Thanks! I can't wait to check it out.

    2. If you're heading to the Market you'll be kitty korner to Matt's Big Breakfast. There's usually a line Saturday am, so sign in and ask how long is the wait so maybe you'll have time to check out the market.

      Don't forget that the Heard has a restaurant. I have not eaten there myself, but I have heard that it's good.

      Enjoy your visit! Glad you're coming before it gets too hot!

      Matt's Big Breakfast
      801 N 1st Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

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      1. re: JerryMe

        The cafe at the Heard is very good. It's a hidden gem and I walk over there a couple times a month for lunch. The weather is starting to warm up outside, but you should still be okay for a courtyard meal for a little while longer.

      2. The Downtown Phoenix Public Market is a good recommendation, but it's more than just a few blocks south of the Heard. In fact, it's about a mile and quarter south of the Heard. If you're up to that walk, it's a pleasant one along Central Avenue, but an alternative is to travel by light rail between the two venues. The Encanto Station is right across the street from the Heard, and the Roosevelt Station is two blocks north of the market.

        The market always has some food vendors and plenty of gift items. In addition, you might want to try a new restaurant just northeast of the market, Verde, for breakfast burritos. It's at First St. & Garfield. If you're looking for a lighter snack in terms of coffee and pastry, try either Royal at the Market, which is located inside the market's small indoor space, or Lola Downtown, which is just a few blocks from the market at 3rd Ave & Roosvelt.

        Up in Midtown where the Heard is located, the options for snacking are more limited, but I agree about the Heard Museum Cafe. It's a nice place for snack or a meal.

        Downtown Phoenix Public Market
        721 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

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        1. re: exit2lef

          Thanks for all of the suggestions! We ended up being short on time so we onlt stopped at the Farmer's Market. It was great and we got to try a lot of new things though with the heat we were limited with what we could buy. No cheese unfortunately!
          We had a great stay in Phoenix and we'll most certainly be back!