Shopping and Dining

shopping in Tempe Arizona

Check out the cool deals and amazing selections in Tempe’s stores

Whether you’re looking to indulge on presents for yourself or friends back home, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in this college town. Just be sure to save time to refuel at one of the many tasty restaurants in Tempe’s shopping districts.  Browsing and dining just go together, don’t they?

  • You’ll find loads of shopping, dining and entertainment at Tempe Marketplace in a vibrant, high-energy outdoor setting. Tempe Marketplace has a variety of  large chain stores, such as Target and Nordstrom Rack, and boutiques and specialty shops as well.  The pedestrian-friendly, open air “District” is lined with shopping options, restaurants, comfy seating areas, outdoor fireplaces and water features. Groove to the sounds of live bands performing outside in the District at Tempe Marketplace every Friday and Saturday evening. Or, catch a movie at the Harkins Theatre Cine Capri at Tempe Marketplace 16.
  • Take a chow break in Downtown Tempe, where you’ll find a hunger-satisfying array of everything from pizza to burgers to more sophisticated fare. You can also listen to some great live music from local artists at several different venues. Many of the restaurants have outside patio dining with heaters to keep you warm on cool spring evenings and misters that keep you cool on our warm summer nights.  Be sure to try the scrumptious bruschetta at Postino Annex or Culinary Dropout’s unbelievably delicious soft pretzels and provolone fondue. Among the restaurants, you’ll also find shops that sell everything from ASU gear to the latest fashions.
  • Shop at Arizona Mills and explore a full mile of outlets and specialty retailers. Arizona Mills is completely enclosed and air conditioned to keep you cool and comfortable. There are over 175 popular stores such as Neiman Marcus Last Call, The Disney Store Outlet, Gap Outlet, Kenneth Cole Company Store, Nike Clearance Center, Gymboree Outlet and more. Have lunch or dinner at one of the many restaurants, including Rainforest Café, Joe’s Crab Shack and food court with a selection of eateries. When you’ve had your fill of shopping, save time for a visit to SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium, Tilt Studio, IMAX theatre and the new LEGOLAND Discovery Center.
  • Find everything for your home at IKEA in Tempe. This Phoenix area shopping destination has sample room settings to inspire you and their products range from kitchen utensils, to living room furniture to mattresses. You have a lot of area to cover in this vast store, so take a break to refuel with some authentic Swedish meatballs and other specialties at the IKEA Restaurant and Cafe.
  • The local favorite shopping center Tempe Square in south Tempe houses Changing Hands Bookstore and Love Child Resale along with several other local restaurants and retailers.

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