Tucson is home to a large selection of neighborhood coffee shops and dessert spots. Whether you're looking for a relaxed college town hang-out or a sophisticated cafe, Tucson offers some great spots for discriminating coffee-drinkers and dessert enthusiasts.
Cafe Marcel, located in the artsy Fourth Avenue Shopping District near downtown, is a local favorite that specializes in crepes, those delicious European-style pancakes stuffed with a variety of fillings. The menu changes frequently, which only adds to the novelty of this fun cafe. Don't miss the nutella crepe, a house favorite.
Another great Fourth Avenue spot is Chocolate Iguana, a colorful cafe that is part candy store, part bakery and part sandwich shop. Come here to lunch with a friend, or to enjoy a warm cup of coffee on the sunny patio.
A long-time Tucson favorite is Beyond Bread. This local chain specializes in fresh, homemade sandwiches, soups and desserts. You won't want to miss the pastry counter. Don't miss The Back Dough, an indispensable spot for fresh-baked pie. It's located at the Speedway location of the bakery micro-chain.
If you're serious about your Mexican pastries, head over to La Estrella Bakery on the south side, where you can fill up on all kinds of sugary pan dulce, including conchas and empanadas.