Shopping in downtown Tucson! According to InStyle Magazine, Tucson is one of the top 10 U.S. travel destinations for 2017! 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 we have some 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 scarves and tote bags that are perfect for all the shopping you’ll do on this walking itinerary! We recently won Emerging Designer of the Year at Phoenix Fashion Week October 2016!
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/Sparkroot, HUB Ice Cream Factory, SHOP by fors, a mini-store combined with an architectural design firm, RIVAL’s tastefully curated selection of the finest street footwear, 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 beer on tap to be enjoyed in the sunny courtyard. And the biggest ceiling fan in all of Arizona!
Back to Congress
Continue West on Congress. Across the way: Hydra for steampunk, burlesque, and alternative fashion. On the South side of Congress you will pass Wig O-Rama, and Batch Café & Bar (donuts and whisky, oh my!). 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 Desert Bloom for an assortment of fun clothing, jewelry, and gifts.
Head towards the Tucson Convention Center
Head South on Stone on the West side of the street. Stop and enjoy the awesome “I am Tucson” mosaic mural installed by the Greater Tucson Leadership Class of 2013 (GTL). At the SE corner of Broadway and Church check out our friends at Riveted and Ben’s Bells Project. Riveted has desert vintage modern industrial home goods and design. Great stuff! Ben’s Bells is our local Be Kind! organization. Ben’s Bells partnered with GTL on that mural you just admired. (BTW, Laura was part of that class – ask her about how they put that project up).
Continue West on 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 an Odell 90-Shilling Scottish Ale 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.