10 Best Shopping Malls and Centers in Tucson

Tucson is home to many fine shopping malls and centers, and one of the biggest and best is the Tucson Mall. This sprawling, two-story shopping mecca features more than 200 stores and restaurants. It's the largest shopping mall in Southern Arizona. While you're there, be sure to stop for a quick bite or meal in the large food court - it offers great views of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

For the best in upscale shopping, head into the swanky foothills section of the city. That's where you'll find La Encantada, a gorgeous plaza featuring Spanish-style architecture, picturesque courtyards, and dozens of high-end retailers. Brooks Brothers, Anthropologie, Cole Haan, J. Crew, Bluemercury, St. John, and Louis Vuitton are just some of the big names you'll find here.

For an offbeat shopping excursion, head to the Fourth Avenue shopping district. It's fun, funky and full of specialty shops that you simply won't find anywhere else.

To get a taste of Tucson's laidback college town charm, make a stop at Main Gate Square. Located just west of the University of Arizona, this small but lively pedestrian friendly area is ideal for strolling and window shopping. Aside from shopping, the area offers plenty of nightlife and dining options, as well.


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.

The Main Gate shopping district is located just west of the University of Arizona Main Gate Square is located on University Boulevard between Park & Euclid. This pedestrian friendly area offers a fun, relaxed place to poke around and mingle with the local student population. You'll find fashion boutiques, specialty shops, live outdoor music and plenty of places to grab a bite to eat. Some of the shops you'll find here include Urban Outfitters, Pitaya and American Apparel. You'll find free parking after 5 pm Monday through Friday in the Tyndall Street Garage with a merchant validation. Parking is free on weekends.

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 and Mexico. Browse through a large collection of local and regional art, jewelry, Navajo rugs, clothing, ceramics and metalwork. Old Town Artisans is home to an eclectic range of art galleries, including the Old Town Pot Shop, La Zia, Dawn Steward couture jewelry, and Shelago's Artwerks USA. After shopping, sit in the shade of an ancient mesquite tree and sip a cool drink from the Southwestern cantina.

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.

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 Haan, J. Crew, Brooks Brothers, Bluemercury, St. John, Lucy, and Louis Vuitton are just some of the names you'll find here. Guest services include complimentary package carry-out, security escorts and copy and fax services. La Encantada is also a great place to enjoy lunch or dinner. The shopping plaza is home to many popular eateries, including Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, Blanco Tacos + Tequila, Armitage Wine Lounge & Cafe, RA Sushi and NORTH Fattoria Italiana.

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.

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 percent Tucson. It features a rustic courtyard with greenery, shaded seating, and dozens of locally-owned shops. You'll find southwestern furniture, handmade jewelry, fashion apparel, a Mexican bakery, and cozy lunch and dinner spots. It's the perfect place to find a unique southwestern souvenir that you'll only find in Tucson. The market regularly hosts special events, including live music, food festivals, arts and performance shows, and a regular farmer's market.

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 handful of popular outlet stores. There is a Barnes & Noble, AMC and IMAX movie theaters, Aeropostale, Bath & Body Works, Chic, The Children's Place Outlet, Dress Barn and Dress Barn Outlet, Kirland's Home, Famous Footwear, Old Pueblo Chocolate Factory, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Zales the Diamond Store Outlet and Nike Factory Store. The Foothills Mall is also home to popular eateries like the Thunder Canyon Brewery.

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 your Tucson sojourn. Lively and colorful, Fourth Avenue remains one of Tucson's favorite shopping destinations for both locals and visitors. Some shopping highlights include Antigone's Books, the Rustic Candle Company, Creations women's apparel, La Iguana Art Gallery, Tucson Artistic Gifts and other unique shops. There are also dozens of locally owned cafes and restaurants to enjoy during your Fourth Avenue shopping expedition.

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 Republic, Gamers Warehouse, Foot Locker, REI, dELiA's, BevMo and many more. For a local treat, make sure to stop by the Tubac Olive Oil Company store for locally made olive oil and food products. Tucson Mall is also home to a large selection of eateries, including the California Pizza Kitchen, The Cheesecake Factory, Mimi's Cafe, Red Robin, Shane's Rib Shack and the Olive Garden.


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