What to do and the place to eat in Tucson

Sharing a few of my high suggestions for what to do and the place to go in Tucson, AZ!

Hello buddies! Comfortable Monday! How’s the week beginning off for you? I’m educating my weekly aerobics class (such a blast!) and the Pilot is off work right now. I’m excited to have a correct daytime mum or dad date with him. We’ll in all probability go wild and head to Lowe’s for crops after which chill within the scorching tub? I can’t wait. 🙂

For right now’s submit, I’m sharing up to date Tucson recs! I wrote a submit with Tucson suggestions a few years in the past, however sadly, a number of the issues on the record are non longer our faves, or have closed down. Additionally, numerous new spots have opened up! I’m sharing some concepts on the place to eat, what to do, and the place to hike, if you end up within the Previous Pueblo searching for some concepts. Tucson is a foodie’s paradise and we now have SO many wonderful native eating places.

What to do and where to eat in Tucson

What to do and the place to eat in Tucson

The place to buy?

La Encantada (positively try Inventive Type for items, candles, and enjoyable stationary from native artisans)

The large outlet mall

4th Avenue for extra classic and thrift finds

St. Phillip’s plaza has some native boutiques

MSA Annex – certainly one of my favourite “vacationer” outlets is Why I Love The place I Stay, with AZ-themed shirts, hats, and stickers. It’s the place I received my beloved cactus baseball cat that I put on on a regular basis.

Greatest Tucson eating places


– Weekend brunch: DEFINITELY go to the Blues and Brews buffets at Loew’s or the brunch buffet at Hacienda del Sol. They’re each completely beautiful with beautiful views and tons of choices — simply make sure that to get reservations.

Best Tucson restaurants

– When you’re searching for one thing low-key, go all the way down to the Mercado San Augustin and seize the perfect Mexican donut of your life from La Estrella bakery. Sit on the courtyard and luxuriate in it with a espresso from Presta subsequent door.

– Prep and Pastry has a tremendous brunch and so they have two places

– Cup Cafe downtown

– Snooze (I’m so pumped we lastly received one!)

Lunch and dinner:

– Past Bread. It is a Tucson treasure and I extremely suggest it for sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, and pastries. My go-to is the Kalid’s Curry (hen curry salad) on the gluten-free wrap with vinegar slaw.

– Culinary Dropout. Assume elevated variations of American classics, and plenty of tasty cocktails and appetizers

– Saffron. My fave Indian spot in Tucson!What to do and where to eat in Tucson

– Nook- a cute fashionable spot downtown

– Zayna’s Mediterranean Meals. The whole lot is at all times contemporary and scrumptious. The falafel plate is my fave.

– Eclectic Cafe. We’ve been going to Eclectic Cafe endlessly and can get takeout typically as a result of the women adore it, too. They really have one thing for everybody and the meals is constantly good.

– Cowboy Cookout at Tanque Verde Ranch (Saturday nights!) with reside nation music, grilled meats, prickly pear margaritas, and a full buffet


– CharroVida – it’s like Mediterranean meets Mexican meals, with a deal with utilizing more healthy oil choices, contemporary, native produce, and sustainable meat and fish

– Goodness – bowls, sandwiches, breakfast, smoothies, kombucha on faucet

vegan food in Tucson

– Tumerico – certainly one of my high eating places in all of Tucson. The menu varies relying on the season and what’s contemporary on the market, and so they make all the things in-house, together with the sauces, salsa, and tortillas.

– Nekter (for acai bowls and smoothies)

Nekter acai bowl

– Beaut Burger (vegan burgers — so so good)

– Selection Greens – a build-your-own salad bar

– The Little One. They blast Mexican music, the proprietor will cease by and provide you with a hug, and the menu varies every day. The frescas additionally change every day – I extremely suggest getting one, or an horchata, to go together with the meal! It’s cash-only, so ensure you have some readily available. (Additionally value mentioning right here that they’re solely open for breakfast and lunch)

What to do and where to eat in Tucson

Greatest Mexican Meals in Tucson!

– El Charro. We looooove El Charro and it’s in our common rotation. They’ve my favourite chips in all of Tucson – that is necessary haha – and whereas I by no means strive something new, I’m very pleased with my staples. I at all times get the 2 hen tacos with shredded hen, charro beans, rice, and an enormous margarita.

– Calle Tepa. Calle Tepa can also be in our common rotation. It’s an informal Mexican spot and the service is at all times FAST, which makes it superior for youths. They’ve an enormous menu and I particularly love their salsa bar.

– Tumerico (vegan) – talked about this one above. DEFINITELY do that one if you end up in Tucson!

– Blanco. Blanco has unimaginable guacamole and drinks, and it’s additionally positioned at La Encantada, which makes it perfect to pair with a day of buying, then comply with up with gelato from Frost.

Tucson food recommendations

– Seis Kitchen. I like to recommend the Mercado location as a result of you may take pleasure in it on the patio!

– We do love Guadalara Grill, however the previous couple of instances, the service has been very, very gradual, so I don’t suggest it as usually as I used to. El Charro and Calle Tepa have AMAZING meals and tremendous quick service.

We haven’t tried these however have heard wonderful issues about Rosa’s and Rollie’s, too

Date night time (I like to recommend having reservations for all of those!):

– BATA. We went to BATA when it first opened and might’t rave about it sufficient. The meals is extraordinarily distinctive, the cocktails had been the perfect I’ve had in Tucson, and it’s an ideal date-night spot.

dessert plate

– Terraza Backyard Patio and Lounge at Hacienda del Sol. They usually have reside music on the patio, twinkly lights, and great meals.

– Tito and Pep

– Augustin Kitchen

– Vivace – an Italian spot with beautiful foothills views

– Postino – a wine bar with customizable toasts and toppings, charcuterie, large salads, and panini

– Maynard’s

Tucson mountaineering spots

Tucson hiking spots

We’re lucky to have SO many trailheads right here in Tucson! Try All Trails for one which meets your private ranges and distance desire, however listed here are a few of my high hikes:

Sabino Canyon

Tumamoc Hill

Finger Rock


Greatest ice cream, dessert, and chilly treats:

We love the Hub ice cream downtown (they at all times have a vegan taste that’s to die for!), Frost for gelato, and Bahama Bucks for shaved ice. When you’re in Tucson, you additionally HAVE to strive an eegee! There are places with drive-thrus in all places. The July taste of the month is my fave (watermelon) and I additionally love the iced Teegee, which is lemon eegee with iced tea. Undoubtedly get some fries and ranch to dip them; you received’t remorse it.

watermelon cold treats

Lovin’ Spoonfuls has my FAVORITE desserts in City — they’re all vegan, too!

Additionally Cafe a la Cart has insanely wonderful desserts and pastries

Monsoon Chocolate for native, handcrafted chocolate bars

Tucson native spots to discover with children:

Botanical Gardens

Desert Museum

Youngsters’s Museum

Defy trampoline park 

Splash pad (we now have nice ones at Brandi Fenton and Udall park)

Take a horse lesson at Tanque Verde Ranch or TRAK 

Sabino Canyon (you may take the tram if it’s too scorching to hike)

Pima Air and House Museum

Path Mud City 

Flandrau Science Heart and Planetarium

Rocks and Ropes

Mini Time Machine Museum

Have you ever been to Tucson? What are a few of your native favourite suggestions? We are able to share the love and assist one another out within the feedback!



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