Day Trip: Ahwatukee

Colton CagleJanuary 15, 2024
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Nestled beneath the scenic beauty of South Mountain, Ahwatukee spans 35.8 square miles as a vibrant urban enclave forming the southernmost part of Phoenix. Its modern origins start with Arthur Hunter, a pioneer who staked his claim in the area’s foothills following the 1862 Homestead Act. Hunter’s legacy lived on for many years via Hunter Drive – now 48th Street – a main thoroughfare of the neighborhood. Affectionately known to locals as “Tukee” or “The Tuke,” Ahwatukee’s name allegedly traces back to the Missouri Valley Siouan Crow language. It most likely means “land on the other side of the hill” or “flat land.”

Photography by Colton Cagle

3 Places To Eat
1 Wren Südhalle

Experience European beer culture at Wren House Brewing Co.’s latest venture. Discover 20 taps, offering German- and Czech-style brews, complemented by a menu merging iconic American dishes with a flavorful beer hall twist, including the delectable lustige frites. The brass bar, oak tables and outdoor patio provide a perfect setting to savor moments with friends.
4025 E. Chandler Blvd.
602-244-9184, wrenhousebrewing.com/sudhalle

2 Shinkō Sushi House

With an ambiance enhanced by chic hanging pendant lights, Shinkō is an elegant hideaway where diners can enjoy classic sushi plates. Indulge in the specialty Shinkō roll – tuna, salmon and yellowtail wrapped in soy paper – or one of the bento box lunch specials.
1241 E. Chandler Blvd.
480-243-7834, facebook.com/shinkophoenix

3 The Kolache Cafe

For generations, kolaches have been a beloved pastry tradition cherished by Eastern Europeans. The Kolache Cafe presents both sweet Czech kolaches and savory Texas-style variations. These yeast rolls overflow with sweet and savory fillings.
4302 E. Ray Rd.
480-706-7007, thekolachecafe.com

Shinkō Sushi House
Shinkō Sushi House
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3 Things To Do
Desert Foothills Trailhead; Photo by Mare Czinar
Desert Foothills Trailhead; Photo by Mare Czinar
4 Desert Foothills Trailhead

Begin your day with an invigorating sunrise hike through the picturesque Ahwatukee Foothills. Follow the Telegraph Pass trail and, at its peak, you will encounter a distinctive stone structure lovingly dubbed “the Sanctuary.”
14251 S. Desert Foothills Pkwy.
602-262-7393, phoenix.gov/parks/trails/locations/south-mountain

5 Ahwatukee Farmers Market

Explore a bounty of local produce, aromatic herbs and vibrant flowers every Sunday at this market in the parking lot of the Ahwatukee Swim & Tennis Center. Treat yourself to artisanal foods and freshly baked goods while perusing the vibrant wares, which include local arts and crafts.
4700 E. Warner Rd. 
623-848-1234, arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com/ahwatukee-farmers-market

6 The Cellar | Wine & Tapas

Twice a month, The Cellar offers Wine Club Happy Hour, where attendees can sample three distinct and rare wines paired with rich culinary bites. Despite the name, these private tastings welcome all, even without membership. The food-centric wine bar also features themed events, live music and weekly happy hours for regular enjoyment.
5030 E. Warner Rd.
480-598-9463, thecellarphx.com

Photo by Colton Cagle
Photo by Colton Cagle
PHOTO OP
WhereUBean Coffee’s Vinyl Wall

As you grab a hand-pulled espresso or freshly baked pastry from this family-owned business, capture the moment against a backdrop of cascading vinyl records lining the wall.

4804 E. Chandler Blvd. 
480-584-3886, wubcoffee.com

Overnight Option!
Goldfinch Gate

Aptly named after its street, Goldfinch Gate offers a serene Airbnb retreat conveniently located near shopping centers and parks. It features a refreshing pool and outdoor grill for a perfect getaway. bit.ly/3RiegEb