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Tempe, AZ

“We’d never in our wildest dreams be able to succeed the way that we have without the immense network of kind and extremely talented people that we’re surrounded by.” – Harrison Fjord

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Curated by: The Maine, Harrison Fjord, Playboy Manbaby, STRANGE LOT

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Tempe, AZ
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Haji-Baba
"Best gyros I’ve had and super affordable. The gyro deluxe is delicious, and they heap on the feta!" -Zane Bickham
1513 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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Culver’s
"I always stop at Culver's on Rural and Southern for a concrete mixer (ASU students get 2 for 1 with student ID!!)" - Zane Bickham
630 E Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282, USA
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Cartel Coffee Lab
"Cartel coffee shop on University and Ash is hands-down my favorite spot to get a really good cup of coffee or just to hang out and get homework done." - Zane Bickham
225 W University Dr #101, Tempe, AZ 85281
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Old Main
Old Main is the second building on the Arizona State University campus. It was built in 1898, 14 years before Arizona became a state.
400 East Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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Tempe Town Lake
The 2-mile long lake is Arizona's second-most visited public attraction.
Tempe Town Lake, Tempe, AZ, USA
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Salome Creek
"It’s a great hike to do during the summer because you’re constantly in the water so you’re not getting too hot. There’s also a lot of fun rappelling and the canyon is beautiful." - Zane Bickham
Salome Creek, Arizona, USA
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Phoenix Rock Gym
"I’m a big fan of Phoenix Rock Gym. They’re super friendly and there’s always a great crowd of people to climb with. They also have a good variance on types of climbing they offer from top roping and leading to two separate bouldering areas. Even if you’ve never climbed before it’s a great place to go and start learning!" - Zane Bickham 
1353 E University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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Seattle Espresso Inc
"If I am dragging and need to get motivated - Seattle Espresso." - Joe Czerwinski  
1840 E Warner Rd # 136, Tempe, AZ 85284
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Boulders On Broadway
"After some long days climbing, pizza/burgers and beer is what works for me - Boulders On Broadway is the place." - Joe Czerwinski  
530 W Broadway Rd, Tempe, AZ 85282, USA
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Walnut Canyon
Walnut Canyon was proclaimed a national monument by President Woodrow Wilson in 1915 to preserve the ancient cliff dwellings.
Walnut Canyon, Arizona, USA
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Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon is  slot canyon in Arizona.
Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA
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Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is located in central Arizona, and is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world.
State Highway 87, Pine, AZ 85544, USA
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Havasupai Falls
One of the most photographed spots in Grand Canyon. The falls feature five different falls, each a unique waterfall.
Havasu Falls, Arizona, USA
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Grand Canyon
Arizona's most famous landmark. The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long and up to 18 miles wide. The canyon is carved by the Colorado River.
Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
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Ollie Vaughn’s
"Ollie Vaughn's has the best selection of baked goods, from quiche to pie, love it all." - Dana Arbel
1526 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85006, USA
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Pho Noodles
Vietnamese restaurant known for its Pho in AZ.
Pho Noodles, North 7th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
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Pizzeria Bianco
Pizzeria in downtown Phoenix.
623 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
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The Coronado
Entirely vegetarian restaurant with many vegan and gluten-free options.
2201 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006, USA
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La Santisima
Mexican restaurant in downtown Phoenix that blends traditional Mexican food with Southwestern cuisine.
1919 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006, USA
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Glai Baan
Small, charming Thai restaurant.
2333 E Osborn Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA
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Gallo Blanco
Mexican restaurant owned and operated by Chef Doug Robson.
928 E Pierce St, Phoenix, AZ 85006, USA
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Grand Avenue Arts District
Art district, historic district and local shops.
Grand Avenue Arts District phoenix
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Phoenix Art Museum
The Southwest U.S. largest art museum for visual arts.
1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
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Burton Barr Central Library
Located on Central Avenue south of McDowell Road in Phoenix, AZ.
Burton Barr Central Library, North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ, USA
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Papago Park
One of the most scenic and easily accessible desert areas in the Phoneix metro area.
625 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008, USA
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Welcome Diner
1940s style diner with counter seating serving Southern-inspired comfort food. Along with burgers and fries you'll see buttermilk biscuit sandwiches, fried chicken, red beans and rice, and poutine.
924 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85006, USA
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U.S. Egg
Family owned and operated diner since 1986 with gluten-free options. Best known for their breakfast offerings like the Protein Pancakes (homemade whole wheat batter, homemade granola, blueberries and cinnamon), and Santa Fe Skillet. Also serve lunch.
131 E Baseline Rd, Tempe, AZ 85283, USA
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Crêpe Bar
Award winning crepes by chef Jeff Kraus. Not your typical crepes, these sweet and savory offerings are loaded with ingredients and masterfully presented. Assorted pastries, teas as well as espresso, cold brew, and pour-over coffees are as carefully prepared as the fare.
7520 S Rural Rd, Tempe, AZ 85283, USA
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Yasu Sushi Bistro
Chef Yasu prepares what is considered some of the best sushi in town at this upscale bistro that has developed a loyal following. It's strip mall location lets you know you've stumbled upon an authentic hidden find. Despite its location, it's interior is inviting with bamboo ceiling panels, decorative screens, and soft jazz playing in the background. Menu items include sushi, sashimi, and sumibiyaki and the popular omakase (chef’s tasting) menu, and much more.  
4316 E Cactus Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85032, USA
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Pita Jungle
Serving award-winning Mediterranean inspired healthy eats since 1994. Food is made from scratch daily and features salad and veggie options along with wood-fired salmon, burgers, wraps and pizzas. Locals especially like their wide-selection of hummus.
4 E University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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Café Lalibela
Family-owned and operated Ethiopian restaurant featuring any vegetarian and gluten-free options including gluten-free injera. Plus delicious Ethiopian coffee. Come hungry as dishes are served family style on large platters.
849 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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Original ChopShop
Serving feel good food like protein bowls, fresh juices, salads, sandwiches and more made from scratch. Enjoy a healthy, hearty meal on the string light patio. Locals rave over the protein bowls, sweet potato hash, and forbidden rice.
222 E University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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Curry Corner
Serving a variety of curries using fresh, healthy and wholesome ingredients. Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Try the Tikka Masala and Goat Karahi.
E Curry Rd, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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La Bocca Urban Pizzeria
Hand-made to order pizzas that use locally sourced ingredients. Semi-casual lunch, dinners and drinks.
699 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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D’Lite Healthy On The Go
Healthy, vegetarian-friendly "fast-food" spot using local ingredients.
1135 Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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The Chuckbox
Award winning burger joint with the best burgers in Tempe. Dress your burger to perfection at their condiment bar.
202 E University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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House of Tricks
American fare served in a 1920s bungalow. Named after restaurant owners Robert and Robin Trick. A canopy of mature trees covers the outdoor. The atmosphere, wine list, cuisine and service make this award-winning restaurant a local favorite.
114 E 7th St, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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Essence Bakery Cafe
Award winning bakery and cafe featuring savory eats and delicious pastries and macarons made from scratch.
3830 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85014, USA
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Yucatecan Imports
Hidden Mill Avenue gem selling a wide range of imports from Central and South America and beyond.
414 S Mill Ave # 108, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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Tempe Farmers Market
Small grocery store featuring organic local produce & grocery items plus fresh sandwiches & salads.
1706 E Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282, USA
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The Handlebar Tempe
Bicycle friendly modern American beer garden. Featuring eight European beers, eight local beers, and eight American craft beers on tap. Also serving wine and spirits. Wash it down with a local gourmet bratwurst and other fine sausages, hand cut fries, and Belgium pretzels.
680 S Mill Ave #109, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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Cactus Sports
Alumni-run shop selling licensed Arizona State University merchandise such as shirts, hats & decals.
514 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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Candy Addict
Large shop featuring an organized selection of nostalgic & contemporary candies, truffles & more.
414 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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Old Town Books
Long-standing used bookstore carrying vintage & out-of-print editions in a range of genres.
518 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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Scottsdale Stadium
The exclusive home of the San Francisco Giants. Located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, the 12,000 capacity stadium has amazing views of Camelback Mountain.
7408 E Osborn Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
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Hohokam Stadium
Home of the Oakland Athletics (Oakland A's) Spring Training. The stadium is utilized year-round by local and national youth and adult baseball tournaments and championships, along with concerts, city sponsored special events and more.
1235 N Center St, Mesa, AZ 85201, USA
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A Mountain
'A' Mountain at Hayden Butte is a 0.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Tempe, Arizona that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels.
Tempe, AZ, USA
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Jack’s Ticket Agency
Jack's Ticket Agency is your source for in-demand tickets at a fair price since 1984.
580 S College Ave # 101, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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Sloan Park
Home of Chicago Cubs Spring Training.
2330 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa, AZ 85201, USA
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Sun Devil Stadium
Sun Devil Stadium is an outdoor football stadium on the campus of Arizona State University, in Tempe, Arizona.
500 E Veterans Way, Tempe, AZ 85287, USA
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The Rebel Lounge
Live-music venue with a full bar hosting emerging bands representing a variety of genres.
2303 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA
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ASU Gammage
The Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium is a multipurpose performing arts center located in Tempe, Arizona within the main campus of Arizona State University.
1200 S Forest Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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Mill Avenue
The Downtown area of Tempe, it is home to plenty of restaurants and bars and lines the west side of campus.
S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ, USA
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Desert Botanical Garden
The Desert Botanical Garden offers the world's finest collection of arid-land plants from deserts around the world in a unique outdoor setting.
Phoenix, AZ 85281, USA
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Scottsdale & Weber Goodwill Retail Store & Donation Center
Long-standing nonprofit chain with a range of pre-owned clothing, furniture, housewares & more.
1290 N. Scottsdale Rd; Tempe, Az 85281, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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Samurai Comics
Bright shop stocking comic books, action figures, card games & other collectibles.
1602 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA
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Hanny’s
Stylish, trendy restaurant & bar delivering American fare & DJ beats in a former department store.
40 N 1st St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
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Valley Bar
Music, film, spoken word & comedy showcased in an intimate venue with a game room & cocktail lounge.
Rear Basement, 130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
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Postino Annex
Postino is the Valley's original neighborhood WineCafe, set in comfortable, rustic and immaculately restored buildings.
615 S College Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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The Lost Leaf
Varied live & DJ-spun tunes, a big beer selection & an art gallery are showcased at this lounge.
914 N 5th St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
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Shady’s
Watering hole pouring craft drafts & classic cocktails in a retro setup with a pool table & jukebox.
2701 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA
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Casey Moore’s Oyster House
Irish haunt serving seafood, pub grub, draft beer & whiskey in a cozy, memorabilia-filled setting.
850 S Ash Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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Vovomeena
Warmly chic restaurant with a patio, offering clever breakfast & brunch plates, plus coffee drinks.
1515 7th Ave #170, Phoenix, AZ 85007, USA
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Four Peaks Brewing Company
This working brewery also features a sizable eatery with patio seating & a menu of burgers & pizza.
1340 E 8th St #104, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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SanTan Brewing Company
Taphouse with diverse pub grub, a large selection of beer brewed in-house & occasional live music.
8 S San Marcos Pl, Chandler, AZ 85225, USA
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The Normal Diner
Indulge in old school eats at the inventive take on the great American diner.
225 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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Cornish Pasty
Modern, minimalist bar/eatery cooking traditional & vegan Cornish pasties plus other English faves.
425 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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Berto’s Gelato Ice Cream Specialties
Berto's Gelato Ice Cream Specialties serves up a variety of ice cream flavors.
2425 W Utopia Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85027, USA
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Crescent Ballroom
Brick-walled lounge set in a former garage that now offers Tex-Mex cooking & free live music.
308 N 2nd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003, USA
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Trunk Space
The Trunk Space is a place for art, music, experimental theater & performance art, circus side shows, vaudeville, and other creative acts your just can't find anywhere else.
1124 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
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Valley Bar
Music, film, spoken word & comedy showcased in an intimate venue with a game room & cocktail lounge.
Rear Basement, 130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
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