Explore Phoenix, Arizona's historic Willo district

Take in the vintage homes, garden gems, new cafés, and more

Nora Burba Trulsson

Eat at Willo’s new guard

Sweet Thang Bakery This year-old bakery and coffee shop is the best sugar fix in town. Stop in for a latte and one of its famous cupcakes ― caramel and red velvet are the most popular flavors, but we love the lemon chiffon. $; closed Sun; 503 W. Thomas Rd.; 602/222-8818.

Arcadia Farms Café Stroll through the modern, sweeping spaces of the Phoenix Art Museum, then refuel on vegetable tarts and fresh salads at its restaurant, where many dishes are organic and locally farmed. $$; 1625 N. Central Ave.; 602/257-2191.

Switch Since 2007, the pretty set has come here for creative cocktails (lime cosmos, sangria martinis, and spiked Italian sodas) and French-inspired comfort food. Order the ham-and-Swiss galette or the lobster roll. $$; 2603 N. Central Ave.; 602/264-2295.

Wild Thaiger Nab a seat by the open kitchen or on the patio at this small but edgy Thai eatery. Best bets: green papaya salad, wild boar with red chile sauce, or corn fritters and cucumber chutney. $$; 2631 N. Central Ave.; 602/241-8995.

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