Shopping in downtown Tucson! According to InStyle Magazine, Tucson is one of the top 10 U.S. travel destinations because Tucson has so much to see and do! After you’ve taken in the gorgeous Saguaro National Park, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Musuem, and the Tucson Botanical Gardens, you will want to go shopping. I recommend shopping in downtown Tucson for unique gifts, women’s clothing, jewelry, and vintage items!
Shopping Downtown Tucson
Downtown Tucson has many food and drink options (see favorite eatery list at the end of this post), and you will enjoy great shopping, too! Take a walking tour of Downtown Tucson designed for our Gem Show visitors, starting with a visit to the workshop and showroom of award winning clothing designer Laura Tanzer. Here’s how to get from Atelier Laura Tanzer to the Tucson Convention Center and experience some eclectic Tucson shopping along the way! Your starting point: 410 N. Toole Avenue Tucson AZ 85701
Walking Downtown Tucson is easy and fun! Let’s go! Vamonos! Andiamo! Allons-y! Anem!
Shop For Women’s Clothing in Downtown Tucson
Your smartphone map app will get you to Atelier Laura Tanzer at this address: 410 N. Toole Avenue Tucson AZ 85701 Note: If you are driving, we have parallel parking in front, as well as paid parking next door. Here you will see Laura Tanzer’s design studio and showroom, next door to the Amtrak station and Maynard’s Market.
Come in to see modern clothing, sustainably made right here in Tucson! Welcome! Bienvenidos! Benvenuto! Bienvenue! Benvinguts! We specialize in quality, fit, and sustainable production practices. Natural fibers. Everyday garments, dinner wear, special occasion, as well as statement pieces. Scraps from garment production are used to create one-of-a-kind frammento tops, scarves and tote bags that are perfect for all the shopping you’ll do on this walking itinerary! We’re proud to be awarded Tucson’s best clothing designer in 2019 and 2017.
Head over to Congress
Walk South on 5th Avenue away from Laura’s Atelier. At Congress, you now have a choice: the sunny side or the shady side of the street. Both sides of the street are great choices, so just enjoy the shopping!
Pick a Side, Any Side
You’re now at Congress and 5th Avenue, turn Right (West). As you head West on Congress the question is: will you take the North side, or the South side as you walk towards Arizona Avenue? This is quite a dilemma, as both sides have much to offer! One way to choose: which side is sunnier?
South side: Playground, HUB Restaurant, Elvira’s, Tucson Olive Central, and Got All Your Marbles’ changeable jewelry;
North side: Café Lucca, HUB Ice Cream Factory, and Yoga Oasis.
At the Southeast corner of Congress and South 6th Avenue there is a real old-time newsstand worth checking out. Turn the corner and walk into Johnny Gibson’s Downtown Market. This is a favorite place for great sandwiches, salad bar, and fresh fish – right in Downtown! They have a nice selection of craft beer on tap to be enjoyed in the sunny courtyard.
Back to Congress
Continue West on Congress. On the South side of Congress you will pass Batch Café & Bar (donuts and whisky, oh my!) and Ten55 Brewing. Cross Scott Avenue and head towards Stone Avenue on the North side. You will likely want to check out Krikawa Jewelry. At the Northwest corner of Stone and Congress, check out the historic Fox Tucson Theatre, and Desert Bloom for an assortment of fun clothing, jewelry, and gifts.
Continue South-West to Broadway
A few more steps and you will reach the corner of Broadway and Church. Cross the intersection, hang a left (South) and in a few more steps you will reach the convention center! Built in 1971, the location includes a 7,440-seat indoor arena, two performing arts venues, and 205,000 square feet (19,000 m2) of meeting space. The complex was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.
My food favorites
A few favorite places that weren’t already mentioned in this shopping and mini-walking itinerary:
Empire Pizza. Pizza in the front, nice homey sports bar in the back. Watch the game with a Barrio Blonde and a pepperoni slice at the dark wood bar!
Café Poca Cosa. Susana Davila’s stylish award winning Mexican, alta cocina. It’s on Pennington and you will love it!
Maynard’s. They have both a café/market/kitchen, as well as a restaurant. You will enjoy both!
Cup Café and Hotel Congress. You gotta check out the lobby. The hotel is also home to a satellite DJ booth for awesome local community radio station KXCI.
Women’s clothing near me
Come meet award-winning clothing engineer and designer Laura Tanzer and see her design studio! Experience one of the many things that make Tucson so unique.