If it's food, shopping and nightlife that you're looking for, search no further in Central Tucson than Main Gate Square and Fourth Ave.
The Best Things to Do
The Sun Link streetcar meanders through central Tucson, conveniently connecting top destinations for easy hop-on, hop-off access. Located along the route are a myriad of historic sites, the downtown business district, University of Arizona campus and shopping and dining destinations.
Main Gate Square is a trendy stop off packed with must-visit shops, popular eateries and live music events.
Spend the afternoon browsing charming boutiques like Collette and Pitaya for a stylish dress and unique accessories. Stop by Ben’s Bells and help craft bells to be distributed throughout the city as random acts of kindness. Located just west of the university campus, Main Gate Square is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat following a visit to the University of Arizona Museum of Art or before attending a show at Centennial Hall. The area’s eateries serve Mediterranean, Asian, Indian and Southwestern fare, among other cuisines and specialties. And be sure to check the calendar for the district’s own live music events and festivals.
Ride the Sun Link streetcar to lively Fourth Ave. and disembark near a variety of local shops, eateries and watering holes. The bi-annual Fourth Avenue Street Fair assembles more than 400 artisans of handmade arts and fine crafts along with live entertainment stages, kid’s activities and more than 40 food vendors. The juried arts festival is a 48-year-old tradition in Tucson.
Where to Shop
It’s easy to fill a couple shopping bags with goodies during a visit to Fourth Ave. Take home a Tucson original, up-cycled art piece from Pop-Cycle. Show off your edgy side with items from Razorz Edge and Hippie Gypsy. Pick up a couple new reads from Antigone Books or Book Stop. Choose from candle scents at Rustic Candle Company, wearables at Silver Sea Jewelry and gifts at Creative Ventures.
The Best Restaurants in Main Gate Square and Fourth Ave.
Locally operated restaurants and cafés line Fourth Ave., filling stomachs with wide-ranging cuisines.
Lindy’s on 4th recently upgraded to a larger dining space and is known for its indulgent burger creations and a feature on “Man vs. Food.” La Indita is a popular stop for Mexican and Native American fare, while Caruso’s dishes out Italian favorites. B Line’s quick yet thoughtfully plated breakfasts and lunches are perfect for a bite on the go and Chocolate Iguana serves up sandwiches and salads, coffees and teas, ice creams and sweet treats inside its quaint café. Pizza is popular along Fourth Avenue, too, at places like Magpies Gourmet Pizza and Brooklyn Pizza Company.
The Best Nightlife Spots
The bars along Fourth Ave. begin to fill after dusk, turning it into a hip nightlife district. Team Trivia on Mondays and Open Mic Night on Wednesdays are popular events at solar-powered Sky Bar. Comedy Nights on Wednesdays at Mr. Heads stir up the crowd. Catch live music at Flycatcher, The Hut and Che’s Lounge, and dance the night away at O’Malley’s Bar & Grill.