Best Shopping in Tucson
If you love to shop, Tucson is a dream come true. The city tends to draw an artistic crowd, which translates into a variety of eclectic shops, from art galleries to fashion boutiques and everything in between. Even the malls in Tucson offer shoppers a mix of upscale, modern and vintage retail shops.
Here is a list of some of the best shopping in Tucson.
Downtown Tucson and Catalina Foothills are the best areas to visit to get your art gallery fix. Here are a few of the top art galleries in Tucson:
Etherton Gallery – Located in Downtown Tucson, this shop has a mix of vintage, classic, and contemporary photography but also represents artists in other mediums. www.ethertongallery.com Address: 135 S. 6th Ave., Downtown, Tucson, AZ 85701
Gallery Row at El Cortijo – This is a great complex of art galleries located in Catalina Foothills. You will find everything from regional to national artists represented here. All mediums and all styles of art can be found, such as jewelery, crafts, contemporary art, western and native American art. Popular local artist Diana Madaras has a fine gallery in this complex full of watercolor paintings. Address: 3001 E. Skyline Dr., at Campbell Ave. Foothills, Tucson, AZ 85718
Obsidian Gallery – Located in Historic Depot downtown, this gallery has a wonderful collection of glass, ceramic, and jewelry pieces. www.obsidian-gallery.com Address: Historic Depot, 410 N. Toole Ave., #130 Downtown, Tucson, AZ 85701
Upscale & Outdoor Shopping
La Encantada – This is perhaps Tucson’s most upscale shopping area. Featuring stunning Spanish-style architecture and tons of fine-dining restaurants, this is the place to go for luxury stores such as BCBGMAXAZRIA, Coach, L’Occitane en Provence, Louis Vuitton, and many more. http://www.laencantadashoppingcenter.com/ Address: 2905 E Skyline Dr, Tucson, AZ 85718
Plaza Palomino — The Plaza Palomino offers a wonderful selection of southwestern themed shopping, ranging from furniture to clothing as well as a Saturday Farmer’s Market. It’s a great place to find unique gifts for friends and family. It is located on the SE Corner of Swan and Ft. Lowell Roads.
Sixth Street Merchants – This entire street is lined with a variety of shops and restaurants. Spend a leisurely Saturday on Sixth Street and take in all that it has to offer. Located on 6th St. south of UofA campus.
St. Philip’s Plaza — St. Philip’s Plaza is a landmark in Tucson, well known its beautiful fountains, tile art, and rose gardens. Filled with boutique shopping, galleries, restaurants, and even some professional offices. The Plaza is also a venue for celebrations from Jazz concerts and Tango in the Plaza to weddings and Farmer’s Markets. It is located in central Tucson, next to the historic St. Philip’s Church.
Why choose just one shop when there are entire shopping districts to explore in Tucson? Take a day to explore each of these unique shopping districts. You’re guaranteed to discover something new every time you visit!
Campbell Avenue District – Home to a vibrant array of shopping, dining, entertainment, and more, Campbell Avenue District is located right in the heart of Tucson. Every type of restaurant from sushi to pizza can be found here as well as salons, gift shops, yoga studios, and fashion boutiques.
Fourth Avenue – This district is included in USA TODAY’s 10 Best List for the best shopping in Tucson. With more than 100 shops lining the street, you can find everything from bookstores and antique furniture stores to funky fashion and gift shops. There are also street fairs and art walks here happening once a month at least. http://www.fourthavenue.org/
The Lost Barrio – Head south of the University of Arizona and you will find The Lost Barrio tucked away in a simple warehouse district. This colorful shopping district features 13 stores that carry products like locally produced home décor, vintage clothing, accessories, jewelry and high-quality imported pieces from Mexico and elsewhere around the world.
Main Gate Square – Located on University Blvd between Park and Euclid Avenues, Main Gate Square features 52 merchants from stores to restaurants. There is often live music events, art walks, and wine tastings as well. Shops include Ed Hardy, American Apparel, Pitaya, Grand Central Clothing, and Urban Outfitters. Restaurants include American & international cuisine including Afghan, Thai, Irish, Vietnamese, French, Indian, Sushi, Asian, and Mediterranean.
Foothills Mall – This mall is great for outlet shopping! You’ll find stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, Nike Factory Outlet, and The PUMA Store. http://www.shopfoothillsmall.com/ Address: 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85741
The Tucson Mall – Tucson Mall is the largest shopping center in Southern Arizona. It has shops like Forever 21, American Eagle Outfitters, Banana Republic, Gamers Warehouse, Foot Locker, REI, BevMo and many more. Restaurants include California Pizza Kitchen, The Cheesecake Factory, Mimi’s Cafe, and Red Robin, to name a few. http://www.tucsonmall.com/ Address: 4500 N Oracle Rd., Tucson, AZ 85705
Park Place Mall – This mall has more than 100 stores so you can shop ’til you drop. It has all the chains in most malls like H&M, Old Navy, Spencer’s, Things Remembered, Van’s and Zale’s Jewelers. There is also a movie theatre and some restaurants such as Applebee’s, Chipotle, and Red Lobster. http://www.parkplacemall.com/ Address: 5870 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85711
These are the main shops and areas where you can enjoy the best shopping in Tucson… Now get out there and start shopping!
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