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12 Most Instagrammable Places Near Downtown Phoenix (Murals, Restaurants and More)

By Megan

Whether you’re taking in the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert, enjoying the ambiance of a locally loved restaurant, or admiring the hand-painted murals throughout downtown, Phoenix is home to some of the most gorgeous sights in the country. Stumbling upon these scenic views, works of art, and vibrant locations always makes my day, plus, they’re perfect if you’re looking to spice up your Instagram feed.

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If you’re new to Phoenix (or just looking for a fresh photo op), I’ve put together a list of my favorite Instagrammable places near Downtown Phoenix. Use these locations to add a stop on your next stroll, or make a day trip out of it!

12 Best Places to Take Photos in Downtown Phoenix

1. Châm Pang Lanes

cham pang lanes in phoenix, arizona

Photography by Brookklyn Huberty.

Address: 903 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Distance from Moontower: 2 minute walk

When it comes to a spot crawling with photo-ops, there’s no better place than Châm Pang Lanes. From glimmering disco balls and neon signs to picturesque drinks and a bowling alley, there’s no shortage of Insta-worthy moments here. Plus, their website offers a virtual tour of the space (you know, so you can plan your outfit to match the backdrops).

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2. Palma

woman walking through palma restaurant in downtown phoenix, arizona

Photography by Brookklyn Huberty.

Address: 903 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Distance from Moontower: 3 minute walk

Enjoy a picture-perfect cocktail and graze over the impressive menu assortment at Palma, one of our favorite restaurants in Phoenix. The design of this spot draws on the textures and color palette of the Sonoran Desert, which is great for adding a warm, gritty touch to any photo.

3. 1 ½ Street Mural Project

mural at 1 1/2 street near roosevelt row in downtown pheonix

The 1 1/2 Street Alleyway near Roosevelt Row features artwork by many artists. The mural pictured above was completed by Isaac Nicholas Caruso, a muralist who has painted all across Arizona. More of his work is displayed on his Instagram page.

Address: 146 E Garfield St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Distance from Moontower: 3 minute walk

Unofficial named “Mural Alley” by, this is another vibrant spot located in the Roosevelt Row district behind the Churchill. The 1 ½ Street Mural Project is a collaborative moment featuring colorful work by over a dozen artists, many of which use their creativity to explore various social and political issues.

4. Radial Convergence Mural

photo of the radial convergence mural by kyllan maney at the monorchid in downtown phoenix

This mural at monOrchid was completed by Kyllan Maney. Her work is featured in exhibits, murals, and more throughout Phoenix, and you can explore more of her work at

Address: 214 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Distance from Moontower: 4 minute walk

Radial Convergence, a mural by Kyllan Maney, is one of many of this artist’s works around Phoenix. Radial themes are a common thread in many of her pieces, and we particularly love this installation at the monOrchid because, not only would it make a great photo backdrop, but it’s also steps away from Moontower.

5. Sake Haus

woman sitting in a booth eating sushi at sake haus in phoenix, arizona

Photography by Brookklyn Huberty.

Address: 903 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Distance from Moontower: 4 minute walk

Although this location’s limited capacity makes it a bit more challenging to get your Instagram-worthy shot, we think the delicate paper lanterns and intimate lighting make it worth a try. Sake Haus has delicious food and drinks with vibey decor to match, and this Japanese sushi house is listed as one of the best restaurants in Phoenix.

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6. Lalo Cota Collaboration Mural

photo of the lalo cota collaboration mural at carly's bistro in phoenix

This collaborative mural located at Carly’s Bistro on Roosevelt Row features work done by Lalo Cota, JB Snyder, MDMN and others. Photo by Lauren Potter.

Address: 128 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Distance from Moontower: 4 minute walk

If you keep an eye out, you’ll find Lalo Cota artwork dotted all around Phoenix. One of our favorites is this collaborative mural at Carly’s Bistro. Located in the heart of Roosevelt Row, the whole building is covered in art, but the north-facing wall adjacent to the parking lot is where you can snap a photo with this mural.

7. From The Rooftop

woman standing at from the rooftop bar at the cambria hotel in downtown phoenix, az

Photography by Brookklyn Huberty.

Address: 222 E Portland St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Distance from Moontower: 5 minute walk

Atop the Cambria Hotel in Downtown Phoenix, you’ll find From The Rooftop Bar & Lounge. This appropriately named rooftop bar offers 360-degree views from the heart of downtown, perfect for enjoying a boozy brunch and spicing up your Instagram stories.

8. Khla

photo of interior decor at khla bar and restaurant in downtown phoenix, arizona

Photography by Brookklyn Huberty.

Address: Alley Entrance, 218 E Portland St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Distance from Moontower: 5 minute walk

Khla, an Asian-inspired cocktail bar, is nestled in an alleyway just a block from Roosevelt Row. With a name that translates to “tiger” in Khmer, Khla blends Southeast Asian flavors with the culture and creativity of downtown Phoenix. Between this spot’s Instagrammable decor, fun location, and delicious craft cocktails, it’s no surprise that you can find Khla on nearly every list of the best cocktail bars in Phoenix.

9. Central Records

man walking in front of the record shelf at central records in phoenix, arizona

Photography by Brookklyn Huberty.

Address: 824 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Distance from Moontower: 7 minute walk

For unbeatable ambiance, this is a place you’ll want to see for yourself. Browse the tracks, snap some stories, and enjoy the food and drink selections offered at Central Records. This neighborhood record store is a new addition to Phoenix, and it’s one you won’t want to miss.

10. Japanese Friendship Garden

Address: 1125 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003

Distance from Moontower: 4 minute drive

If you’re looking for tranquil scenery and a relaxing experience guided by Japanese design, you’ll enjoy the Japanese Friendship Garden. This oasis will transport you out of Arizona and take you across the globe for the afternoon. Be sure to review the Garden’s hours, admission fees, and photo policy before planning your trip here!

11. Welcome to Phoenix Mural

photo of welcome to phoenix mural by kayla newnam

This expansive “Welcome to Phoenix” mural by Kayla Newnam stretches over 190 feet and is located on Adams Street. Kayla was selected by the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture and Downtown Phoenix Inc. to create this mural, and you can see more of her work across the country on her website, Photo by Nader Abushhab.

Address: 109 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Distance from Moontower: 4 minute drive

Welcome to Phoenix was completed by Kayla Newnam, founder and creator of Out There Murals. As a part of Kayla’s mission to create a mural in each of the 50 states by traveling in her renovated camper, Welcome to Phoenix is one of many pieces that the Phoenix-based artist has done in the city. Not only does this massive mural give onlookers plenty of options from which to snap a photo, but it’s conveniently located downtown on Adams Street near the entrance of the Phoenix Convention Center.

12. Papago Park

three people laughing with a polaroid camera at papago park in phoenix, arizona

Photography by Brookklyn Huberty.

Address: 625 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008

Distance from Moontower: 15 minute drive

A must-see for every nature lover in Phoenix, we’re starting this list strong with Papago Park, which encompasses some of the most jaw-dropping views in Arizona. 

One particularly iconic spot is the lookout from Papago Park’s Hole-in-the-Rock Trail. If you’re on the hunt for stunning backdrops (or subjects) for your photos, swing by the Desert Botanical Garden. Here, you can experience some of the Sonoran Desert’s gorgeous flora and fauna all in one spot.

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We hope this list of our top 12 photo-ops encourages you to get out and explore downtown Phoenix. To keep up with all of our favorite spots around town and get even more recommendations, have a look at our other articles about the downtown Phoenix lifestyle or check out the Moontower Instagram!

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Megan is a regular contributing author for, covering leasing tips and all things downtown Phoenix. She has 3 years of experience in multifamily leasing and marketing. In her free time, you'll find Megan on a run, trying out new restaurants, or attending a yoga class.

May 12, 2023

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