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Guidebook for Tucson

Food Scene
Great locally owned restaurant with fresh, authentic Mediterranean foods. Our favorite take out for lazy nights in!
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Zayna Mediterranean Restaurant
1138 North Belvedere Avenue
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Great locally owned restaurant with fresh, authentic Mediterranean foods. Our favorite take out for lazy nights in!
Mid-century diner-style look, great eclectic menu and full bar. Fun, lively crowd. Breakfast / brunch, lunch and dinner.
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Welcome Diner
902 E Broadway Blvd
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Mid-century diner-style look, great eclectic menu and full bar. Fun, lively crowd. Breakfast / brunch, lunch and dinner.
Table-side salsa, mega-margaritas, mariachis - it's the whole enchilada! Locally owned, always busy.
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Guadalajara Mexican Grill
4901 E Broadway Blvd
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Table-side salsa, mega-margaritas, mariachis - it's the whole enchilada! Locally owned, always busy.
Locally owned coffee shop with free wifi. Non-dairy alternatives, pastries, sandwiches.
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Crave Coffee Bar
4530 East Broadway Boulevard
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Locally owned coffee shop with free wifi. Non-dairy alternatives, pastries, sandwiches.
Great restaurant, locally-owned, in old train station. Traditional atmosphere, wonderful cuisine and a great bartender / beverage manager: Eddie! Right across the street is its sister property, the venerable Hotel Congress: club, live music and Cup Cafe for more casual gnosh. You get a true Tucson flavor at these spots!
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Maynards Market & Kitchen
400 North Toole Avenue
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Great restaurant, locally-owned, in old train station. Traditional atmosphere, wonderful cuisine and a great bartender / beverage manager: Eddie! Right across the street is its sister property, the venerable Hotel Congress: club, live music and Cup Cafe for more casual gnosh. You get a true Tucson flavor at these spots!
Pizza! And great small plates, casual Italian. Great speak-easy in the basement and beer garden out back, too!
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Reilly Craft Pizza and Drink
101 East Pennington Street
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Pizza! And great small plates, casual Italian. Great speak-easy in the basement and beer garden out back, too!
Bar none, best ice cream, including vegan options that are incredibly tasty. Also try Hub restaurant across the street, where the creamery got its start.
Hub Ice Cream Factory
245 E Congress St
Bar none, best ice cream, including vegan options that are incredibly tasty. Also try Hub restaurant across the street, where the creamery got its start.
Our favorite place to end up on a Sunday bike ride. Bistro style, wonderfully prepared food, excellent espresso, cozy patio. https://www.cafecoronet.com/
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The Coronet
198 W Cushing St
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Our favorite place to end up on a Sunday bike ride. Bistro style, wonderfully prepared food, excellent espresso, cozy patio. https://www.cafecoronet.com/
Food Truck! Fish tacos, ceviche, shrimp cocktail. Northeast corner of 6th Ave and 22nd St. Open Monday - Saturday only. Check their FB page for updates on times, etc. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cocteleria-La-Palma-Mariscos-Y-Mas/745555235478196
1137 S 6th Ave
1137 S 6th Ave
Food Truck! Fish tacos, ceviche, shrimp cocktail. Northeast corner of 6th Ave and 22nd St. Open Monday - Saturday only. Check their FB page for updates on times, etc. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cocteleria-La-Palma-Mariscos-Y-Mas/745555235478196
Recently opened location at Broadway & Country Club, Bisbee Breakfast Club has a faithful following already. Their sister company, Ombre Coffee, is right next door.
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Bisbee Breakfast Club Broadway
2936 E Broadway Blvd
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Recently opened location at Broadway & Country Club, Bisbee Breakfast Club has a faithful following already. Their sister company, Ombre Coffee, is right next door.
Like the sign says "Elegant Dining Elsewhere" - Frank's is a Tucson institution, old-style diner. Small mid-town restaurant, nothing fancy, just reliably good food. "Eat, tip and get out" is one of the well-known sayings there. At nite it flips to mama's kitchen-style Mexican food. Check it out! http://www.franksrestaurant.com/
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Frank's & Francisco's Denoche Restaurant
3843 E Pima St
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Like the sign says "Elegant Dining Elsewhere" - Frank's is a Tucson institution, old-style diner. Small mid-town restaurant, nothing fancy, just reliably good food. "Eat, tip and get out" is one of the well-known sayings there. At nite it flips to mama's kitchen-style Mexican food. Check it out! http://www.franksrestaurant.com/
Napoli pizza in a light, friendly space. Small space, tables for 2 along the wall and common space dining in the middle.
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Falora Pizza
3000 East Broadway Boulevard
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Napoli pizza in a light, friendly space. Small space, tables for 2 along the wall and common space dining in the middle.
Mama's cocina style Mexican food served with a smile. Busy in the evenings, casual dining. Home-made chips and salsa with some heat!
Benny's Mexican Restaurant
2702 E Grant Rd
Mama's cocina style Mexican food served with a smile. Busy in the evenings, casual dining. Home-made chips and salsa with some heat!
DEE-lish non-dairy ice cream alternative. Made me believe in ice cream again!
Cashew Cow
16 South Eastbourne Avenue
DEE-lish non-dairy ice cream alternative. Made me believe in ice cream again!
Convenient. This local boutique hotel has a full service restaurant & bar and is only a block away from the Studio. It's hotel prices but the convenience factor may be worth it.
Lodge On The Desert
306 N Alvernon Way
Convenient. This local boutique hotel has a full service restaurant & bar and is only a block away from the Studio. It's hotel prices but the convenience factor may be worth it.
Chef Steve creates awesome concoctions and wife Maudi is a great host! Locally owned and operated - Steve is a longtime, well-known Tucson chef. Reservations recommended - very popular with locals & visitors alike, near La Encantada shopping.
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Wild Garlic Grill
2870 E Skyline Dr
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Chef Steve creates awesome concoctions and wife Maudi is a great host! Locally owned and operated - Steve is a longtime, well-known Tucson chef. Reservations recommended - very popular with locals & visitors alike, near La Encantada shopping.
Created with centuries-old baking techniques and locally grown heritage grains. Barrio Bread loaves are known for a chewy interior and amazing crusts. In 2016 Don was named one of the Top Ten Bakers in America by Dessert Professionals magazine. He also received the Leveraging Your Localness award from Bite Magazine, Good Food Finder USA and Local First Arizona.
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Barrio Bread
18 S Eastbourne Ave,
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Created with centuries-old baking techniques and locally grown heritage grains. Barrio Bread loaves are known for a chewy interior and amazing crusts. In 2016 Don was named one of the Top Ten Bakers in America by Dessert Professionals magazine. He also received the Leveraging Your Localness award from Bite Magazine, Good Food Finder USA and Local First Arizona.
Maria & Bradner know their stuff! Check out the local restaurant scene on their Tucson Food Tours. Touristy in the best way! https://www.tucsonfoodtours.com/
Tucson Food Tours
3255 S Kinney Rd
Maria & Bradner know their stuff! Check out the local restaurant scene on their Tucson Food Tours. Touristy in the best way! https://www.tucsonfoodtours.com/
Excellent ramen noodles! Always busy - go early. Slurp away!
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Raijin Ramen
2955 E Speedway Blvd
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Excellent ramen noodles! Always busy - go early. Slurp away!
Modern, bi-level counter-serve featuring gourmet coffee, plus sandwiches, vegan eats & cocktails. 245 E Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701
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Caffe Luce
245 East Congress Street
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Modern, bi-level counter-serve featuring gourmet coffee, plus sandwiches, vegan eats & cocktails. 245 E Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701
Super deal on Mexican breakfast! Small, family-run traditional Mexican food. Go before 10a to get a good spot. Good Micheladas too!
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El Sur
5602 East 22nd Street
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Super deal on Mexican breakfast! Small, family-run traditional Mexican food. Go before 10a to get a good spot. Good Micheladas too!
Pub owned by former Navy Seals. Consistently good, big TVs. The BLT is FULL of bacon. Good selection of beer on tap, too. There are 3 Trident Grills in town, plus they just opened a pizza place at Broadway & Campbell's SE corner.
Trident Grill III
250 S Craycroft Rd
Pub owned by former Navy Seals. Consistently good, big TVs. The BLT is FULL of bacon. Good selection of beer on tap, too. There are 3 Trident Grills in town, plus they just opened a pizza place at Broadway & Campbell's SE corner.
Good Asian food, mainly Vietnamese but also some Malay, Chinese. There are 3 in town - downtown, Campbell & near the Trident III on Craycroft.
Miss Saigon Downtown
47 N 6th Ave
Good Asian food, mainly Vietnamese but also some Malay, Chinese. There are 3 in town - downtown, Campbell & near the Trident III on Craycroft.
Drinks & Nightlife
South of downtown, often with outdoor live music, a little off the beaten path. Pinball, shuffleboard. Voted Best New Bar by Tucson Weekly staff - 2016. Zondra is an awesome bartender!
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Saint Charles Tavern
1632 S 4th Ave
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South of downtown, often with outdoor live music, a little off the beaten path. Pinball, shuffleboard. Voted Best New Bar by Tucson Weekly staff - 2016. Zondra is an awesome bartender!
great local bar - forever! Hit HH for best drinks. In Hotel Congress.
Congress Tap Room
311 East Congress Street
great local bar - forever! Hit HH for best drinks. In Hotel Congress.
Live music! Local, national and international groups. http://www.rialtotheatre.com/
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Rialto Theatre
318 East Congress Street
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Live music! Local, national and international groups. http://www.rialtotheatre.com/
Tap Room Bar, Live Music, DJs, patio scene, plus restaurant (Cup Cafe). http://hotelcongress.com/
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Hotel Congress
311 Congress Street
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Tap Room Bar, Live Music, DJs, patio scene, plus restaurant (Cup Cafe). http://hotelcongress.com/
Incredibly diverse selection of beer, wine, cider with staff to recommend what you're in the mood for! Also tasty plates.
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Ermanos Craft Beer & Wine Bar
220 North 4th Avenue
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Incredibly diverse selection of beer, wine, cider with staff to recommend what you're in the mood for! Also tasty plates.
Great intimate venue for music, drinks. A live music venue with a non-profit twist. Part of the Rialto Theatre family. https://www.191toole.com/
191 E Toole Ave
191 E Toole Ave
Great intimate venue for music, drinks. A live music venue with a non-profit twist. Part of the Rialto Theatre family. https://www.191toole.com/
Bar with mixologists.
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Owls Club
236 S Scott Ave
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Bar with mixologists.
Classic Tiki bar just down the street. Beware the Scorpion! It's a big-as-your-head tropical drink. Deadly Mai Tais as well. Funky 1960s original vibe.
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Kon Tiki Restaurant & Lounge
4625 E Broadway Blvd
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Classic Tiki bar just down the street. Beware the Scorpion! It's a big-as-your-head tropical drink. Deadly Mai Tais as well. Funky 1960s original vibe.
Arts & Culture
Gallery, grounds and museum - famous local artist. Great grounds and view from the gallery, wonderful iconic paintings - http://degrazia.org/
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DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun
6300 North Swan Road
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Gallery, grounds and museum - famous local artist. Great grounds and view from the gallery, wonderful iconic paintings - http://degrazia.org/
Count on the TMA for well-curated exhibits and artisan markets, too. Gift shop features local art, pottery etc.
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Tucson Museum Of Art
140 North Main Avenue
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Count on the TMA for well-curated exhibits and artisan markets, too. Gift shop features local art, pottery etc.
Wonderful botanical gardens has a Butterfly Habitat, lots of native plantings arranged beautifully. Through May 31st: Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden & Life. Tucson Botanical Gardens was selected as the only institution to receive this extraordinary exhibition designed by one of the world’s premier botanical gardens, the New York Botanical Garden.
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Tucson Botanical Gardens
2150 North Alvernon Way
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Wonderful botanical gardens has a Butterfly Habitat, lots of native plantings arranged beautifully. Through May 31st: Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden & Life. Tucson Botanical Gardens was selected as the only institution to receive this extraordinary exhibition designed by one of the world’s premier botanical gardens, the New York Botanical Garden.
On the University of Arizona campus, it's the Southwest's oldest and largest anthropology museum. Featuring Native cultures of the region through content-rich exhibits, dynamic docent tours, engaging programs, exciting travel tours, hand-on workshops, a research library, and an educational museum store. http://www.statemuseum.arizona.edu/
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Arizona State Museum
1013 East University Boulevard
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On the University of Arizona campus, it's the Southwest's oldest and largest anthropology museum. Featuring Native cultures of the region through content-rich exhibits, dynamic docent tours, engaging programs, exciting travel tours, hand-on workshops, a research library, and an educational museum store. http://www.statemuseum.arizona.edu/
Always worth the visit. Photography gallery showcasing the icons of the history of photography as well as the contemporary artists changing its course. Upstairs, stair access only. http://www.ethertongallery.com/
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Etherton Gallery
135 South 6th Avenue
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Always worth the visit. Photography gallery showcasing the icons of the history of photography as well as the contemporary artists changing its course. Upstairs, stair access only. http://www.ethertongallery.com/
Parks & Nature
Saguaros are majestic - great hiking trails, too. You'll fall in love with their unique beauty.
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Národní park Saguaro
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Saguaros are majestic - great hiking trails, too. You'll fall in love with their unique beauty.
Huge palm trees line pond with paved walking trail, benches, shady spots. "a unique 101-acre park that features a perennial warm spring and pond that is home to an exceptionally rich mix of plants and animals..."
Agua Caliente Park
12325 E Roger Rd
Huge palm trees line pond with paved walking trail, benches, shady spots. "a unique 101-acre park that features a perennial warm spring and pond that is home to an exceptionally rich mix of plants and animals..."
Only a few blocks from the studio, Reid park has a baseball stadium with five practice fields, an outdoor performance center, two covered public pools, and a 24-acre zoo along with playgrounds, gardens and picnic areas. There are also two 18-hole golf courses, a tennis and racquetball complex, and an indoor recreation center. Its paved loop is ~2 miles, great for walking, running or biking.
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Reid Park
900 South Randolph Way
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Only a few blocks from the studio, Reid park has a baseball stadium with five practice fields, an outdoor performance center, two covered public pools, and a 24-acre zoo along with playgrounds, gardens and picnic areas. There are also two 18-hole golf courses, a tennis and racquetball complex, and an indoor recreation center. Its paved loop is ~2 miles, great for walking, running or biking.
Walking paths take you through this lovely botanical garden and nature preserve that also features an art gallery and wonderful cafe / tea room. North Tucson off Ina Road.
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Tohono Chul Park 45965
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Walking paths take you through this lovely botanical garden and nature preserve that also features an art gallery and wonderful cafe / tea room. North Tucson off Ina Road.
Biggest city park with an activities center that has everything from pottery to basketball, tennis to aerobics. Senior pricing available, low cost regardless! 2 blocks southwest of studio. https://www.tucsonaz.gov/parks/RandolphCenter
Randolph Center
200 South Alvernon Way
Biggest city park with an activities center that has everything from pottery to basketball, tennis to aerobics. Senior pricing available, low cost regardless! 2 blocks southwest of studio. https://www.tucsonaz.gov/parks/RandolphCenter
Great spot to catch views of surrounding mountains. Viewpoints easily accessible from parking lot. Top of peak.
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Sentinel Peak
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Great spot to catch views of surrounding mountains. Viewpoints easily accessible from parking lot. Top of peak.
Sightseeing
If you like aircraft and spacecraft, visit this spot!
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Pima Air & Space Museum Store
6000 E Valencia Rd
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If you like aircraft and spacecraft, visit this spot!
Great for kids and adults. See the desert wildlife and flora.
Sonora Desert Museum
2021 S Kinney Rd
Great for kids and adults. See the desert wildlife and flora.
An old Spanish mission south of downtown Tucson. Recently restored, the main church is also open to the public - you may get lucky and witness a ceremony! "influenced by Byzantine and Moorish design" It's located on the Tohono O'odham San Xavier Indian Reservation. Easy drive from mid-town Tucson.
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Mission San Xavier del Bac
1950 West San Xavier Road
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An old Spanish mission south of downtown Tucson. Recently restored, the main church is also open to the public - you may get lucky and witness a ceremony! "influenced by Byzantine and Moorish design" It's located on the Tohono O'odham San Xavier Indian Reservation. Easy drive from mid-town Tucson.
Our Tucson downtown is ever-evolving. For the latest of what's going on in the area, visit https://www.visittucson.org/
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Downtown
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Our Tucson downtown is ever-evolving. For the latest of what's going on in the area, visit https://www.visittucson.org/
The Tucson area observatories are world renowned. Visit Kitt Peak observatory and see why astronomers love our area! Southern Arizona has some of the clearest skies in the U.S.—about 350 nights of viewing a year. Car needed! https://www.visittucson.org/astronomy
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Kitt Peak National Observatory Visitor Center
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The Tucson area observatories are world renowned. Visit Kitt Peak observatory and see why astronomers love our area! Southern Arizona has some of the clearest skies in the U.S.—about 350 nights of viewing a year. Car needed! https://www.visittucson.org/astronomy
Essentials
Fresh produce at reasonable prices. Also vitamins, herbs, small wine and beer area, butcher counter and deli counter.
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Sprouts Farmers Market
4645 East Speedway Boulevard
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Fresh produce at reasonable prices. Also vitamins, herbs, small wine and beer area, butcher counter and deli counter.
For specialty items and hard-to-find organics.
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Whole Foods Market
3360 East Speedway Boulevard
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For specialty items and hard-to-find organics.
Less expensive than Whole Foods with good local, organic food. Bring your own bag - they have some boxes available for transport. Located near a wonderful pizza place (Falora) and Cashew Cow.
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Natural Grocers
3016 E Broadway Blvd
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Less expensive than Whole Foods with good local, organic food. Bring your own bag - they have some boxes available for transport. Located near a wonderful pizza place (Falora) and Cashew Cow.
Just a couple of blocks from the Studio, you can drop off dry cleaning or laundry!
Sparkle Cleaners | Mendel's Wife the Tailor
3853 E Broadway Blvd
Just a couple of blocks from the Studio, you can drop off dry cleaning or laundry!
Pharmacy, convenience store and liquor store all in one. Just a 3.5 block walk from the Studio.
CVS
615 N Alvernon Way
Pharmacy, convenience store and liquor store all in one. Just a 3.5 block walk from the Studio.
Fry's Food And Drug
4150 East 22nd Street
The Home Depot
3689 East Broadway Boulevard
Latin American focused grocery store. Great deals on juicy small Mexican limes and other produce. Perfect spot to stock up on herbs and spices with the little packets, good tortilla selection too.
Food City
3030 East 22nd Street
Latin American focused grocery store. Great deals on juicy small Mexican limes and other produce. Perfect spot to stock up on herbs and spices with the little packets, good tortilla selection too.
Getting Around
Routes 8 (Broadway) and 3 (5th/6th) for going East/West, Route 11 (Alvernon) going North/South. Stops within just a couple of blocks from the studio depending on direction. Download routes here in PDF: http://www.suntran.com/routes.php Complete routes & times: http://www.suntran.com/PDF/Maps/Shelter%20Map%20-%20Aug%2016.pdf
Sun Tran
3920 North Sun Tran Boulevard
Routes 8 (Broadway) and 3 (5th/6th) for going East/West, Route 11 (Alvernon) going North/South. Stops within just a couple of blocks from the studio depending on direction. Download routes here in PDF: http://www.suntran.com/routes.php Complete routes & times: http://www.suntran.com/PDF/Maps/Shelter%20Map%20-%20Aug%2016.pdf
If you decide to rent a car after you've been here a few days, this could help you avoid the airport fees.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
3313 East Speedway Boulevard
If you decide to rent a car after you've been here a few days, this could help you avoid the airport fees.