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Tucson Shopping

Tucson, Arizona is known for its rustic ambience and closing proximity to Mexico, making it an ideal location to purchase pottery, Southwest art, Mexican inspired home décor and Western themed items.

Shopping areas

Tucson has three traditional indoor malls: Tucson Mall in northwest Tucson on Oracle Road, Park Place Shopping Center in east Tucson on Broadway, and the centrally located and smallest of the three malls, El Con Mall in central Tucson.

In the Catalina Foothills in north Tucson is the upscale outdoor shopping center La Encantada. Tiffany’s, Coach, Cole Han, and Louis Vuitton are just a few of the stores in addition to several swanky restaurants and AJ's Purveyors of Fine Foods grocery store. Other shopping centers in the area host art galleries, cafés and boutiques.

Smaller shopping areas throughout the city, such as Casa Adobes Plaza, on North Oracle is home to several boutiques and restaurants.

Southwest Shopping

Kaibab Courtyard Shops on N. Campbell Ave. has been open since 1945 and offers a collection of Indian arts and crafts, Southwestern gifts, and Mexican handcrafts.

Tucson has various shops for purchasing western-style jewelry and boots shirts and contemporary and classic cowboys and cowgirl attire. Corral Western Wear on east Broadway, Dusty Trails Western Wear East Calle La Paz (far East Tucson), Cowtown Boots and several Western Warehouses.

For an even larger selection of pottery and imported items from Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala and Mexico head to the town of Tubac, south of Tucson about an hour drive. This artists town is bursting with pottery, textiles, jewelry, Museum quality folk art.

Antique Shopping

22nd Antique Mall is a 31,000 square-foot mall with over 100 vendors serving 120 booths. The booths offer a variety of furniture, clocks, memorabilia, glass, silver, fine jewelry, and tribal art paintings.

Swap Meet

Tanque Verde Swap Meet (swap meets are also known as flea markets) is the largest of its type in Southern Arizona and open Friday thru Sunday. Vendors from Arizona, surrounding states and Mexico bring various items to sell and trade. There is also entertainment (jumping castles and rides) and concession stands. The Tanque Verde Swap Meet is located south of downtown (north of Interstate-10) at 4100 S. Palo Verde Road.


Cactus and succulents are big business in Arizona. Various nurseries are found through out the city, but there are restrictions to shipping outside of the U.S.

Bargain Shopping

Foothills Mall is located on the northwest side of Tucson and is Tucson’s only outlet mall. Off 5th (Saks 5th Avenue) and Old Navy outlets can be found here as well as various specialty boutiques, Barnes and Nobel book store, and Ross Dress for Less.


The annual winter Tucson Gem and Mineral Show is the largest of its type in the world. Venders are set up all across the city displaying and selling gems, minerals and jewelry.

Written by: Elizabeth Blair
Top Photo Credit: © David Jewell / Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau
Photo Description: Downtown Tucson with white stone cathedral arches.