December 20, 2018 derekevansteam

From Coffee to Cocktails: A Perfect Day in Gilbert

Get ready! A partial guide to a full day in Gilbert, AZ starts here.

Coffee

Gilbert has its fair share of iconic coffee shops. Liberty Market, set in Gilbert’s Heritage District, dates all the way back to 1935.The restaurant offers a full espresso bar plus Cuban coffee favorites and specialty coffee drinks with a little something extra (read: contains alcohol).
Liberty Market is just a block from the Water Tower Plaza — a perfect early morning photo backdrop.
The Coffee Shop at Agritopia is a Gilbert favorite. Warm, inviting, eclectic, and delicious, the Coffee Shop at Agritopia is a meeting place for all. Imagine a SoHo chic cafe, with an amazing patio, surrounded by a rose garden, located in the middle of Gilbert, Arizona.(their words, not ours). You can drink your coffee in a leather lounge chair, take in the scenery outdoors on the patio, or stroll around the garden paths surrounding the coffee shop.
Bergies Coffee Roasters is a quaint neighborhood nook pouring custom-roasted cups of joe in homey quarters with a patio. They roast their own beans and have gained a bit of a cult following. Fun fact: they have purposely slow wi-fi to remind their customers to “slow down”!

Sweat

Now that you’re caffeinated it’s time for a workout. Hike around the Riparian Preserve, one of the largest and most popular wildlife preserves in Gilbert, open to the community. The preserve provides a great opportunity for wildlife and bird watchingwhile working up an appetite.
Like to bike? Gilbert has more than 54 miles of marked bike trails where you can ride along the canals. They connect to most of Gilbert’s parks and parallel the Valley’s canal system maintained by the Salt River Project. The trail has drinking fountains, ramadas, and other recreational features.
Gilbert also has plenty of yoga, cycling, and strength classes to drop in on.

Brunch

Weekends are for brunching and Gilbert’s got plenty of brunch options.
Nico Heirloom Kitchen, serves casual, West Coast-inspired seasonal Italian food. Located in the Heritage Marketplace, Nico’s offers a family-friendly atmosphere, and includes an oversize patio, full bar, and multiple large-screen televisions.If you’re looking for an elegance Nico is the place to go. Brunch options include crepes, benedicts, and French Toast along with “almost” bottomless mimosas and bellini’s with the purchase of an entrée.
For a great patio and cool crowd, there’s Postino East. Scrambles, smoked salmon, and granola grace the menu and you can’t beat their $5 mimosas, pitchers of beer or glasses of wine.
Snooze is another great brunch spot with an energetic atmosphere & comfortable & friendly service.An extensive breakfast menu and brunch libations make this an easy choice. Plus, one percent of sales from each Snooze makes its way back into the local community through the donation of in-kind goods and services.
Located in the heart of Gilbert, Arizona, The Gilbert House Restaurant has been owned and operated by Susan Wright and her family for the past eleven years. Specializing in classic American cuisinethey offer all the classics along with homemade cinnamon rolls, bloody Marys and mimosas.

Shop

There are plenty of opportunities to shop in Gilbert—especially for those who like to shop small!
The Gilbert Art Walk is located in downtown Gilbert Arizona. The Art Walk is on the first and third Saturdays October through March from 9am until 1pm. The Gilbert Art Walk showcases artists in a wide variety of mediums. So, get out and buy local!
Gilbert’s Heritage District offers unique shops, and cultural attractions.From antiques to hand made items, the browsing is endless.
Finally, San Tan Village is Gilbert’s destination open-air mall with over 100 stores including national retailers and local shops.

Play

For those of us who like to play, we don’t have to go far. Gilbert is home to Top Golf, a fun point-scoring golf game for all skill levels. It’s like a driving range, but better. Leave your clubs at home.
If 18 holes is more your speed, then find a tee time at one of Gilberts half dozen courses. Click here for tee times!

Lunch

When you’re ready to eat again, check out these Gilbert hot spots:
JoyrideTaco House has a distinct 70s vibe that draws you in. The food is fresh and delicious, and the cocktails are refreshing. Offering a variety of meat, veggie, and gluten free options, there’s something for everyone at Joyride.
A Gilbert staple, Joes Farm Grill is all about “common food done uncommonly well”. Quality, locally sourced ingredients, and trans-fat free oils for frying, dressings, and marinades. The building dates back to 1966 when it was the Johnston family residence. The home was redeveloped into Joe’s Farm Grill during the planning of Agritopia. The late 60’s era architecture can still be seen but the vibe is modern mid-century burger stand.
Speaking of burgers, the old classic burger-and fries level up at Zinburger. You’ll find indulgent burgers, decadent shakes, and a unique atmosphere. Zinburger also offers seasonal food and cocktails and their bread is baked fresh daily at a local bakery.

Cocktails

Gilbert is home to award-winning breweries. Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company has established national credibility and a sizeable local following. Their beers showcase Arizona-grown ingredients, everything from grains and fruit to nuts and honey.
And you won’t want to miss daily happy hour offered at Clever Koi. Their stylish craft cocktail bar features an eclectic beer, wine & sake list. Clever Koi has been voted Best Happy Hour and Best Cocktail Bar and it’s easy to see why.
If you’re looking for a dog friendly patio, take your pup to OHSO restaurant. A local nano-brewery, distillery, and social hot-spot with over 40 beers on tap, specialty cocktails, and wine–you’ll have no problem enjoying the laid back, casual atmosphere. Fun fact: all of their specialty cocktail recipes are listed on their website.

Dinner

A Scottsdale staple for over 15 years, Sushi Brokers has opened it’s newest location in the Gilbert Heritage Marketplace. Specialty sushi rolls made with fresh, high quality fish. Enough said.
If you’re searching for coal-fired brick oven, New York-style thin crust pizza look no further. Grimaldi’s is a Casual, Brooklyn-based pizzeria chain serving brick-oven pies & calzones plus wine & beer. You can always count on leaving Grimaldi’s satisfied.

Night Cap

The White Rabbit is Gilbert’s one of a kind speakeasy with decor –and cocktails– straight out of the 1920s. You’ll need to know the password in order to get in, so before heading to The White Rabbit, check their Facebook page for the secret phrase — it changes constantly.
Located directly below Crust Chandler, the Ostrich is a neighborhood craft cocktail lounge inspired by the rich history dating back to the city’s founding days of 1912.This space was once a watering hole for the nation’s traveling and sometimes nefarious elite and has been remodeled and rescued. Classic drinks, historical furniture and timeless service aim to establish the east valley as a craft cocktail destination.
So, there you have it. A full day in Gilbert. Gilbert has so much to offer, we know we’ve left something out. Tell us what you would add to the list in the comments below!