Royal Coffee Bar & Roasting is a local coffee shop in Phoenix AZ owned by a local architect. Their spaces are often small and architecturally unique. There are four Royal Coffee Bars, and as of last week I had only been to the location in Tempe and at the Biltmore. (At the end of this article is a update with the fourth location at the Union.)
BILTMORE LOCATION: RED DOOR
I’ve loved both locations for their atmosphere and coffee. My first experience with Royal at The Biltmore left such a good impression on me with their pretty teal tiles, great coffee, and adorable outdoor seating area of wood tables and yellow stools, that I was interested in going back to all their locations, especially when I heard last week from some coworkers that there was a location in Downtown Phoenix. Of course I jumped on the idea of actually going when some friends suggested the Downtown Phoenix location at Heritage Square.
The Heritage Square area is really unique and looks just as it sound: a square block of Victorian vintage homes converted into shops and restaurants. It’s a great location for a coffee bar, especially since the coffee bar is inside a small converted brick building that usedtobe a carriage house. We literally walked into a room with four walls, a bar, a wood table and school chairs. That was it. And to it’s benefit. It was a cute space.
The coffee was being roasted right there behind the bar. And the coffee itself was so good. The whole experience felt like I was discovering a piece of my city with JR and Ashley, and I was glad to have that moment. In between sips of coffee, we were up and down photographing. Heritage Square is a great back drop for photos: brick buildings, unique architecture, and this wall was my absolute favorite.
After finishing our coffee, we walked around Heritage Square, eventually ending up at a pizza place that JR knew about. Apparently it was Pizzeria Bianco! A place that’s been on my list for awhile. They are nationally famous for their pizza and rumor has it that you will have to wait in line to get in. That probably applies more to a Friday night then a Wednesday afternoon, which was when we went. It was the perfect stumble upon on this spontaneous adventure with new friends.
We had a rough time communicating what we would be ordering together, as JR and I were wholly absorbed in looking through our Heritage Square photos haha, but once we ordered, got our food, and taken more photos of our food, the food was really great.
The Wiseguy pizza (mozzarella, onion and fennel sausage) was amazing and so was the caprese salad. (On a separate occasion at their sister site Pane Bianco, I’ve also tried their Rosa pizza, which is available on the menu here as well. I highly recommend it. It’s red onion, parmigiano reggiano, rosemary, and pistachios.) After living in Italy last fall, I would say this pizza and caprese salad are so legit.
Overall, the day just felt great. It’s so fun to discover the hidden spots that make Phoenix great and make friends and memories doing it.
UPDATE : BILTMORE LOCATION AT UNION
I apparently am really into Royal Coffee Bar and their freshly roasted coffee, as I now find myself a barista proud to work for this local coffee bar.
This past week I found myself scheduled at the last location I had never been to: Union at the Biltmore. I absolutely loved it and couldn’t stop photographing the space. It’s literally a room, with, sigh, a yellow espresso machine, and a window. Here’s some new shots: