Fourth Avenue – a college and bohemian area with lots of restaurants, coffee shops and alternative existence shops.
The University of Arizona – Just several miles away and is quite possibly the most gorgeous college campus in the country today. Take your family and kids for a bike ride here and get them excited about going to a great university.
Sam Hughes Neighborhood – A picturesque and historic neighborhood bordering the University of Arizona campus. The streets have little traffic and are a great for taking your family and children.
Downtown Tucson – A downtown on the rise! Check out Hotel Congress and get to know famous Tucson outlaw John Dillinger. Hotel Congress is one of our favorite places to eat. They have a charming outdoor patio. There are plenty of bars, restaurants, ice cream shops mixed with lively history to be found. Downtown Tucson is now one of the most invigorating and up and coming center points in the USA today. Real estate is now pricey as young hipsters and singles hang out here to mingle.
Our favorite restaurants it the Downtown Tucson/Fourth Avenue area:
Caruso’s Italian Restaurant – Fourth Avenue
Since 1932, Caruso’s has been a main stay of the Tucson culinary scene and is a “must do” Italian restaurant to visit. A great place to take out that special someone, Caruso’s offers one of the most beautiful backyard patios in Tucson. If you happen to love Lasagna, make sure to head to this wonderful family restaurant.
Reilly Craft Pizza and Drink, Downtown Tucson
This is a fun place to enjoy their 28 rotating tap beers, eight tap wines and some delicious eats. Their beer garden offers both indoor and outdoor seating options. The communal style tables are perfect for conversing with current and strangers that you will turn into friends.
EXO Roast, Fourth Avenue
There are many locals who consider this the best roastery and coffee shop in Tucson today. This shop has a charming ambiance – like few others in Tucson. They now serve food and their coffee is delicious. We wish they would offer better accoutrements to go with their coffee. We love the inside brick interior.
Tap and Bottle – Downtown
Just next door to EXO Roast, there is the a place to get some really tasty draft beer and many, many bottles of foreign brew. Tap and Bottle is just the place for you and your friends. Have some coffee next door and then hit the bottle! Or, grab a beer then go to EXO to mocha up. The possibilities are endless.
Time Market – Near Fourth Avenue
This is an eclectic college hangout that is most known for their pizza and great sandwiches. Their choice of coffee is always spot on and they do offer some tap beer – albeit a bit pricey. They have one of the best covered outdoor patios in Tucson.
Tucson’s downtown scene is very much alive. Start your Oro Valley/Tucson Loop cycling vacation experience here get to know this spectacular southwestern city.