Shopping and Dining

Tempe Chamber members offer a mouth-watering multitude of fast food, fast casual and fine dining options of all types and styles. There are opportunities to take your taste buds all over the world or simply enjoy some quality made comfort food. Whatever you’re in the mood for during your time in Tempe you’re sure to find something satisfying.

Downtown Tempe

Mill Avenue is a lively evening hangout and a great place to grab a quick bite to eat at the East coast favorite Steak N Shake, which offers premium burgers and shakes, or stop off at Rita’s Italian Ice to cool down after a long day in the sun.

Blasted Barley is a great spot for craft beer lovers, with over 30 varieties on tap. You might find yourself sampling the food too as the menu is pretty tantalizing. Culinary Dropout also offers a unique take on the gastro pub experience, so why not find out what that’s all about?

House of Tricks offers a fine dining experience in its award-winning outdoor dining areas or inside its historic bungalows. It has a changing seasonal menu to explore for lunch or dinner with your family and friends. It’s a favorite with locals and visitors alike.

Elsewhere in Tempe

For a healthy, revitalizing feast Wildflower Bread Company has a great selection of breakfast options, and its sandwiches, artisan bread, pasta and salads are all made using natural ingredients. It also has a selection of quality made pies and cakes to satisfy your sweet tooth.

If you’d like something a little spicier, then head to the multi-award winning restaurant The Dhaba to experience traditional Punjabi dishes, which are praised for their complex layers of flavor.

There is also Rosita’s Fine Mexican Food, which has a relaxed family environment and serves among the best authentic Mexican food in the Valley.

A romantic or intimate meal can be found at Vincitorio’s. Here Chef Mario, whose culinary expertise has seen him featured on television, creates authentic Italian dishes as you sit back and enjoy the sophistication of the Mediterranean décor.

These are just a few suggestions to get you started. Be sure to check out our business directory for more drinking and dining options.


There are plenty of options to meet your retail therapy needs here in Tempe too, including small boutiques showcasing locally sourced products and your favorite big brand stores.

Located a few blocks from Mill Avenue, here on the corner showcases a range of clothes and accessories that feature designs by local artists and products that are socially and environmentally responsible. They are a unique place to buy a gift or treat yourself to something special. Its excellence and passion for business, saw them to the finals of the Business Excellence Awards.

Official Sun Devils merchandiser Campus Corner is a one stop shop for Arizona State University clothing and accessories. For over 30 years it has worked hard to maintain local connections and keep prices low. Get your maroon and gold fix here!

There are many other great ships to be found in the downtown area but Tempe also is home to two unique malls, Tempe Marketplace and the Arizona Mills Mall.

Tempe Marketplace delivers an interactive shopping, dining and entertainment experience in a vibrant, high-energy outdoor setting. Scattered among its over 50 lifestyle/specialty stores are a range of restaurants, including California Pizza Kitchen, Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill, Kabuki Japanese Restaurant and many more. Tempe Marketplace also serves as a gathering place for the community with many entertainment options including Dave & Buster’s. To add to the shopping experience of The District there are also outdoor fireplaces, unique water features, and dramatic lighting and laser elements that add to your post sunset shopping.

The Arizona Mills Mall is perfect for those wanting to escape the Arizona heat. It’s the state’s largest indoor, climate controlled outlet, value and entertainment mall. There are over 185 stores to choose from including bargain filled outlet stores, more than 20 restaurants with numerous food court choices and a great selection of entertainment options for children and adults alike. Its reputation as a quality tourist attraction means Arizona Mills draws 16 million shoppers annually. Don’t miss out on this renowned shopper’s paradise.

Tempe is also home to Arizona’s only IKEA store, where you can get everything for your home all under one roof. The unique Swedish shopping experience offers individual room settings and complete room displays as well as specialty shops full of home accessories and home décor to inspire you to find the look perfect for your home. If you get a little hungry after all that shopping, the casual restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner options.