I have to be honest. I don’t love Phoenix. It is often a frustrating city to deal with. It’s massive. It’s spread out into a bazillion sub cities like Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, Glendale….but I’m slowly finding some places to like here. On the other hand Phoenix can be an amazing hub for supplies! Things that you can’t get in Tucson, Sedona and sometimes anywhere else. When I pass through, I stock up on a few things, and go to a couple favorite spots.


So far the first trail i’ve been on is piestewa trail in the phoenix mountains park.

Coffee break

There’s some pretty decent coffee spots around town, unfortunately they do not stay open as late as I wish.  Two spots that stand out are descent coffee and dark hall coffee. Dark hall is a full on vegan coffee shop and bakery. And descent is a pretty cool morning hang out. Read more about descent coffee here.

darkhall coffee phoenix
mural on the side of dark hall coffee, Phoenix, AZ


Two highly recommendable plant based/ vegan restaurants are the Coronado and Earth.

Gracie’s tax bar 

Quite possibly the best place to go in the evenings! Read more about Gracie’s here…


There is a pretty well located spot to the east of town, just beyond the city limits of Apache Junction. Its right at the entry point of the Tonto national forest and right by the lost Dutchman state park. Its regulated by the bureau of land management, and is a good free site about as close as you’ll get to phoenix. Read more about it here…


Lee Lee market


Winco foods

Encanto and Coronado park 

A couple nice small city parks with some big shade trees, and public restrooms.

Phoenix mountains park and preserve

This is a nice large regional type park and preserve. There are several picnic shelters, parking areas and hiking trails.