10 Best Shopping Destinations in Midtown Tucson

Midtown Tucson delivers the goods when it comes to shopping. On the eastern fringes of midtown, you'll find large regional shopping centers like Park Place Mall. The mall has more than 100 stores and shops, including large anchor stores like Dillards, Macy's and Sears. The mall also has a multiplex movie theatre and one of the nicest food courts in the city. 

If you're looking for unique shops and boutiques, head toward Broadway Boulevard, where you'll find shops like Zocalo. Zocalo is one of the largest purveyors of fine Mexican imports and furniture in town. Come here to find mesquite and alder furnishings, unique decorative pieces, and a wide selection of handmade textiles from Mexico & Guatemala. 

Nearby, Tucson Games & Gadgets offers one of the city's best selections of board games, card games and novelty gift items. The friendly staff will even special order any board games that are not currently in stock. 

One of the best toy stores in midtown is Yikes, where you'll find hard-to-find toys, books and gifts. Even adults will enjoy browsing the aisles at this lively toy store. 

For an upscale shopping experience in one of the most picturesque open-air shopping centers in midtown, check out St. Philip's Plaza. The plaza is home to unique boutiques, eateries and hosts a popular weekly farmer's market where you can find art and garden gifts made by local artists. 


Morning Star Traders is one of the oldest and well-respected dealers of antique American Indian art and Spanish Colonial furniture in Tucson. Centrally located on Speedway Boulevard, Morning Star Traders carries a huge selection of antique, contemporary Southwestern jewelry, turquoise jewelry, American Indian pots, rugs & blankets, baskets and artwork. Morning Star Traders also carries one of the largest selections of Colonial Spanish furniture in the state. If you're a lover of authentic Southwestern, Mexican and Native American arts and crafts, furniture and artisanal goods, head straight to Morning Star Traders next time you're in Tucson.

Recommended for Best of Tucson's Midtown Shopping because: If you're looking for authentic Southwestern gifts, Morning Star Traders in midtown Tucson is a great source.

Patricia's expert tip: Looking for something special? The knowledgeable folks at Morning Star Traders are happy to hunt for your special order.

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Tucson Games & Gadgets is one of the best places to geek out in Tucson. The independently owned shop is filled with a huge selection of board games, comic books, graphic novels, role playing games and popular collectible card games like Cards Against Humanity and Magic: The Gathering. The shop is also stocked with various assorted gadgets, novelty items and gifts. Tucson Games & Gadgets is also a thriving hot spot for game nights. Customers can also reserve a table for private gaming with friends. Every Wednesdays is Ladies Night, offering discounts on drinks and play in the gaming room.

Recommended for Best of Tucson's Midtown Shopping because: Tucson Games & Gadgets is a wonderful source for board games, card games and novelty gifts related to comics, sci-fi and fantasy.

Patricia's expert tip: Can't find the board game you're looking for? The friendly staff will be happy to place a special order.

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One of the most unique stores in midtown Tucson, The Seasoned Woman is a one-of-a-kind gift store where you'll find the perfect item to help celebrate the feminine spirit. The inventory is always changing, but you can expect to find jewelry, women's apparel, garden gifts, art, journals, soaps, night shirts, lotions, aromatherapy candles and more. All products in the store are intended to lift the spirit and soothe the soul. Each item is designed to relay a sense of encouragement, friendship, hope and a sense of humor to the recipient. The store also regularly hosts events and sales.

Recommended for Best of Tucson's Midtown Shopping because: The Seasoned Woman is a great place to shop for the woman in your life who seems to have it all.

Patricia's expert tip: Come here for gift items that won't break your budget.

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If you're in the market for Mexican furnishing, Zocalo is one of the best shopping destinations in Tucson. They have pieces from the finest furniture makers and artisans in Mexico, from iron chandeliers and tin sconces to hand carved armoires and artfully wrought iron tables. Beautiful hand painted folk art, lead free dinnerware, Talavera and Mayolica ceramics, and more. You'll also find a great variety of seasonal Mexican decor, including one of the best selections of Day of the Dead decor in town. You'll find everything you need to bring the warmth of the southwest and Mexico to your home.

Recommended for Best of Tucson's Midtown Shopping because: With more than 10,000 square-feet of shopping space, Zocalo offers one of the best selections of Mexican folk art and decor in Tucson.

Patricia's expert tip: Zocalo is only open by appointment on Sundays.

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Yikes Toys

This independent Tucson toy store is not just for kids. Adults will delight in the novelty gifts and specialty items to be found at Yikes Toys and Gift-o-Rama. Spend the afternoon browsing the racks and see what unique treasure you dig up. You'll find everything from classic children's books to obscure musical instruments. Voted best toy store in Tucson 2013 by Tucson Weekly, Yike has garnered a lot of dedicated fans over the years. Check out the seasonal displays that celebrate every special occasion on the calendar. Colorful, fun and whimsical, Yikes Toys is the ideal shopping destination for toy-lovers of all ages.

Recommended for Best of Tucson's Midtown Shopping because: When you're looking for a gift for that special kid (or grown up kid) in your life, head to Yikes Toys in midtown Tucson.

Patricia's expert tip: Great place to find that perfect novelty gift.

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This popular regional chain poses the question: "Why buy new?" Why, indeed. Alt Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, you'll find an assortment of gift items, antiques, musical instruments, cds, vinyl records, dvds, and of course, scores and scores of books. Spend the afternoon browsing the bookshelves, or meander into the antique alcove for that next great find. There are plenty of unique gift items too. Bookmans is dog-friendly, so bring your favorite four-legged pal on your next shopping trip. There is also free Internet and comfy chairs to enjoy some web surfing. With three locations around town, finding yourself near a Bookmans location is never hard.

Recommended for Best of Tucson's Midtown Shopping because: Bookmans is your midtown Tucson destination for hard to find books and movies.

Patricia's expert tip: Bookmans offers free WiFi and has a pet-friendly policy.

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Lost Barrio

The Lost Barrio--as the name implies--is a small, colorful shopping district tucked away in a nondescript neighborhood south of the University of Arizona. This small but vibrant shopping district features 14 locally owned stores carrying fine custom and imported furniture, accessories, jewelry, imports, rugs, vintage clothing, and much more. Shops at this unique center include Betts, Rustica, La Casa Mexicana, Hollo, Southwest Furniture & Design, Petroglyphs, Old Brazil, Eastern Living, Colonial Frontiers, People's Import, Eclectic Flea and more. If you get famished during your shopping expedition, Tooley's Cafe in the Lost Barrio dishes out fresh, organic breakfast and lunch fare.

Recommended for Best of Tucson's Midtown Shopping because: When you're looking for distinctive furniture and Mexican imports, head to the Lost Barrio shopping district.

Patricia's expert tip: Come here for high-quality Mexican imports.

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Park Place Mall is a two-story mall located in midtown Tucson. The mall features over 100 stores and services to choose from, including a Macy's, Dillard's, Sear's, Abercrombie & Fitch, Charlotte Russe, Charlotte Russe, Chico's, Toy Planet, Coldwater Creek, Z Gallerie, Foot Locker, Victoria's Secret, Total Wine & More, Guess, H&M, Old Navy, Spencer's, Things Remembered, Van's and Zale's Jewelers. The mall is also home to a Century 20 movie theater, a children's play area and large food court. Several popular restaurants are also located in the mall exterior, including Applebee's Neighborhood Grille, Chipotle, Red Lobster and Cold Stone Creamery.

Recommended for Best of Tucson's Midtown Shopping because: Park Place Mall is one of the biggest shopping malls in Tucson, offering more than 100 shops and boutiques for your shopping pleasure.

Patricia's expert tip: Sign up for The Club, the mall's special email list, to receive coupons and sales alerts.

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Located in a convenient midtown Tucson location, El Con Mall has gone through its share of ups and downs over the years. The good news that the shopping center has recently gone under extensive renovation, and the facelift has been good for business. You'll find big anchor stores like Target, Home Depot. JC Penneys, Burlington Coat Factory and even a new Walmart. The shopping center is also home to the popular Century 20 El Con movie theatre. If you get hungry, there are plenty of dining options. There's an In-N-Out Burgers, Chik-Fil-A, Claim Jumper Restaurant, Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill, and a Starbucks for a quick shopping pick-me-up.

Recommended for Best of Tucson's Midtown Shopping because: El Con Mall has seen a resurgence in recent years, with new shops bringing new life to this midtown shopping destination.

Patricia's expert tip: If you're looking to catch a movie in midtown Tucson, the Century 20 El Con movie theatre is your best bet.

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The Spanish-style courtyard at St. Philip's Plaza is as inviting as it is beautiful. Gorgeous tile art, rose gardens, bubbling fountains, sculptures and towering Eucalyptus trees make this one of the loveliest places to enjoy a retail therapy expedition in the Old Pueblo. The midtown Tucson shopping center features an eclectic mix of upscale shops and boutiques, including Arizona Cyclist, Body Works, Grey Dog Trading Co., Bahti Indian Arts, Krikawa Jewelry Designs, Alfonso's Olive Oil and other specialty stores. There is also a spa and hotel on the property. The shopping center regularly hosts jazz concerts, "Tango in the Plaza" nights, and a farmer's market.

Recommended for Best of Tucson's Midtown Shopping because: St. Philips Plaza offers a picturesque and inviting shopping experience in midtown Tucson.

Patricia's expert tip: Enjoy live music in the courtyard on the weekends.

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Patricia Escarcega works as a writer and editor in Phoenix.