An interesting place to start shopping is downtown on Fourth Avenue between Congress Street and University Boulevard. This historic shopping and arts district has over 100 unusual shops, galleries and sidewalk cafes. Trolleys run on Friday evenings and on weekends.
Also downtown in the El Presidio Historic District is Old Town Artisans located at 186 North Meyer Avenue. In this restored adobe are shops, a cafe, and a marketplace where hundreds of local artists exhibit their wares. Baskets, kachina dolls, jewelry, Pueblo pottery and Navajo rugs are just a few of the items that can be found here.
Traveling east on Broadway just before Country Club Road is The Village at Broadway, featuring upscale shops filled with jewelry, natural fabrics, gift items, and restaurants.
At 3601 E. Broadway and Alvernon is El Con Mall, Tucson's first regional shopping mall with 1.4 million square feet of retail space. Three major department stores (Macy's, Target JCPenney, and Radio Shack) are joined by more than 120 specialty shops, a six-screen movie theater and restaurants.
The Pavilion at El Con Mall interjects the novelty of street fair shopping and the fun of browsing at the swap meet. The Pavilion houses a combination of vendor carts, food booths and kiosks in a bazaar atmosphere.
Continuing east at 5420 E. Broadway near Craycroft, one will come upon The Plaza at Williams Centre located in Tucson's corporate and financial center. The thirty shops in this outdoor mall setting offer fine arts and upscale clothing.
The next stop at 5870 E. Broadway is the Park Place Mall which is surrounded by major hotels, resorts and attractions. Anchored by Sears, Eddie Bauer, Nordstroms, a newly renovated Dillard's and Macy's, this mall, in a park-like setting, has more than 100 specialty shops, restaurants and movie theaters.
El Mercado is Broadway's final stop at 6336 E. Broadway. Shops, galleries, and restaurants line the flowered porticos and offer shoppers variety. A custom jeweler and an exclusive art gallery add interest to this unique shopping center.
Upon turning northwest, La Plaza Shoppes, in the 6500 block of East Tanque Verde Road, have specialty craft shops, gift boutiques, and restaurants.
Trail Dust Town, 6541 East Tanque Verde Road, resembles a street from the 1880s Old West. Stroll down the boardwalk, browse through shops, watch craftsmen work and enjoy one of the restaurants.
Santa Fe Square & Galleria, 7000 E. Tanque Verde, with Pueblo-style architecture and cobblestone walkways, features numerous galleries and specialty shops, restaurants and
Antique lovers should not pass by Unique Antique at 5000 East Speedway Boulevard. This mall is exclusively antiques and collectibles being offered by ninety dealers.
The Antique Mall, 3130 E. Grant Road at Country Club, features over 100 dealers in the heart of Tucson's antiquing district.
At the northeast corner of Grant and Swan roads is Crossroads Festival Shopping Center, an elegant center set in Tucson's foothills. Gift and clothing boutiques are featured along with gourmet food shops and a six-screen movie theater.
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