10 Best Shopping Destinations in Tucson for Serious Shoppers

Tucson seems to have an affinity for one-of-a-kind, locally-made products that you simply won't find anywhere else. One of the best places in town to shop for Tucson-made goods is the Mercado San Agustin, located in the city's historic westside. Shoppers can stroll from stall to stall, where local vendors sell everything from fresh Mexican sweet bread to Southwestern art. 

Need some new reading material? Bookmans Entertainment Exchange has been a Tucson favorite for decades, offering customers the opportunity to trade in the old for the new. This dog-friendly bookstore chain has three locations around town.

If high-end fashion is more your speed, head to La Encantada, Tucson's Spanish-style, upscale shopping district where the price tags are as high as the summer temperatures. Another spot for high-end fashion is the Foothills Mall. Along with chic boutiques, it features a nice smattering of outlet stores.

Of course, any shopping expedition in Tucson would not be complete without a stop at some of the city's oldest and beloved shopping districts. Don't miss the Fourth Avenue Shopping District, conveniently sandwiched between the University of Arizona and downtown Tucson. It features dozens of eclectic shops selling local art, fashion, books, furniture and decor. It's also full of unique eateries and cafes. 



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...  Read More



Located on Tucson's scenic far northwest side, the Foothills Mall offers a diverse selection of shops and department stores in an attractive setting. There are more than 90 stores for window shopping, browsing or bargain hunting, including a...  Read More

North Tucson


Tucson Mall is the city's leading retail destination and the largest shopping center in Southern Arizona. Major department stores include Macy's, Dillard's, JC Penney's and Sear's. There is also a Forever 21, American Eagle Outfitters, Banana...  Read More



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,...  Read More



Buffalo Trading Post is the sophisticated "older sibling" to Buffalo Exchange, Tucson's popular buy-sell-trade clothing boutique. The store specializes in clothes and fashion accessories for sophisticated women, carrying brands like Coldwater...  Read More



La Encantada is one of Tucson's most upscale shopping and dining districts. Spanish-style architecture, manicured courtyards, and sweeping staircases make for a gracious shopping expedition at this foothills-area destination. Anthropologie, Cole...  Read More

Old Town Artisans


You're sure to find some great gift ideas among the shopping areas in this 1850s adobe building. Each room offers unique items from specialty vendors, and regions around the world are represented, especially the southwestern US, Latin America...  Read More

Lost Barrio


The Lost Barrio--as the name implies--is a small, colorful shopping district tucked away in a nondescript warehouse district south of the University of Arizona. This small but vibrant shopping district features 13 locally owned stores carrying...  Read More



Over 100 shops line the streets of Fourth Avenue in Tucson, including boutiques, art galleries, bookstores, sundry shops, and more. This is your one-stop destination for funky fashion, unique decor and gift items, and that perfect souvenir from...  Read More



Mercado San Agustin is a charming marketplace and outdoor shopping center located in Tucson's historic west side. The shopping center is patterned after a traditional outdoor Mexican marketplace, but this local shopping destination is 100...  Read More


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