In the heart of the Valley of the Sun, Tempe is centrally located in the Metropolitan Phoenix area. Full of youthful energy and optimism, Tempe is a place where you can be yourself and enjoy the outdoors. We have an average temperature of 73 degrees, with more than 300 days of sunshine.
Within a mile radius of the Mission Palms Hotel, you’ll find a plethora of things to do in Downtown Tempe. Feast on international flavors, drink award-winning microbrews, grab a coffee or bubble tea, shop locally, view contemporary masterpieces, see a Broadway show, go on a hike, paddle on the lake and visit one of the largest universities in the U.S. It is a Downtown unlike any other in Arizona.
There are many ways to get around in Tempe Public transportation connections to downtown Phoenix or Mesa, and Sky Harbor International Airport are easy to navigate. The Tempe Transportation Center is located .2 mi east of the Mission Palms hotel. Catch the light rail west to downtown Phoenix or east to downtown Mesa for additional food, beverage, arts and entertainment options. Or take the Orbit, Tempe’s free shuttle connecting downtown to various locations throughout Tempe. For short connections, you can easily rent Bird Scooters and Grid Bicycles nearby. Tempe is a Gold-Level Bicycle Friendly Community and one of the leading bike communities in the country with 215 miles of bikeways. Uber and Lyft are readily available as well.
Settle in for a delicious meal at one of Tempe’s many cafes and eateries downtown and throughout the city. Choose from a wide array of full service to counter service cafes as well as dishes from around the world. Explore additional nearby dining options here. Highly recommended: Matt’s Big Breakfast, Snooze, Cafe Lalibela, Original Chop Shop, the Chuckbox, Postino’s, Thai Basil.
Boba (Bubble) Tea
For Vegans & Vegetarians
Looking for a restaurant with a solid selection of vegan and vegetarian menu options? From cozy cafes to eateries offering cuisine from all over the world, you'll find lots of options for vegan or vegetarian dishes. Try Cafe Lalibela Ethiopian Cuisine, Loving Hut, Desert Roots Kitchen, Pita Jungle, and the Bodhi.
In a rush and need something delish? From local hits to convenient favorites, Downtown Tempe has you covered with quick bites that will surpass anyone’s appetite! Check out our list of on-the-go restaurants in Downtown Tempe. Poke2U, Five Guys, Slices on Mill, Steak n Shake, and Pita Pit, are a few close, quick spots. There’s also aWhole Foods with a large selection of prepared foods, cafe seating, and a bar at University and Ash.
Need a coffee fix? Whether you prefer lattes and cold brews or are more of a cookies and cream, white chocolate, molten lava mocha type... there’s a coffee shop in Tempe that will fulfill your coffee cravings. Highly recommended: Cartel Coffee Lab (University & Ash), King Coffee (on Mill across from Gammage), Royal Coffee Bar, Dutch Bros- there are also several Starbucks within a short range of the hotel. Beyond Tempe, the greater Phoenix area has many authentic, cozy coffee houses, easily accessed by taking the Valley Metro Rail west to Phoenix or east to Mesa.
Breweries & Craft Beer
Some of Arizona’s favorite local beers are made right here in Tempe. From Tempe’s original microbrewery, Four Peaks Brewing Company (tours available), to newer breweries such as Pedal Haus Brewery, Huss Brewing Company, Sleepy Dog Saloon & Brewery (dog friendly!), The Shop Beer Co...Tempe is a big part of the emerging craft beer culture in the Southwest. Explore additional Nightlife options here. Also recommended: Casey Moore’s, Fat Tuesday, and the Handlebar.
Snakes and Lattes is a neat place with a great menu that has something for everyone, including coffee, beer, wine, and a huge library of thousands of old and new games in a spacious setting. Low Key Piano Bar is the place to go for lively piano music and Sunbar Tempe is another great place for music and fun.
Arts and Culture
See a Broadway Musical or Play
Need a yoga fix after a long day of presentations?
Here is a nice map for the area!