"Central Avenue Cuts Through The Heart of the City"
Central Avenue is a very busy corridor that divides up the city. This area is also known as Midtown. The METRO light rail also runs down Central avenue, which is a major convenience for commuters, since tens of thousands of residents are employed in the immediate area. In addition to many businesses, there's plenty of places to live, shop, dine and be entertained in the area. If you are looking for variety in dining, this is the perfect area of the city to frequent. Some of the best restaurants in the area include: Postino Central, Fez, Oregano's Pizza Bistro and the Barrio Cafe. Another interesting find, which is further north on Central Avenue is Bomberos Cafe & Wine Bar, which is technically not in the Midtown area, but is worth the drive north on Central Ave to hit this spot. Bomberos is officially the valley's first South American cafe - and it was built in a refurbished fire house! The atmosphere is open and friendly and the restaurant has a cozy outdoor firepit and seating area, which is nice on cool desert nights. In Midtown, you can easily access shopping outlets, like those found at the Christown Spectrum Mall, which was also Arizona’s first air conditioned, enclosed mall. The main branch of the public library and the Phoenix Art Museum are also right on Central Avenue. So, if you are looking to truly experience the city of Phoenix, Midtown/Central Avenue is the place to start, to sample all that the city has to offer in culture, arts, entertainment, dining and history.