The Best Coffee and Dessert Shops in Tucson, AZ

CAFE PASSE, popular amongst many of Tucson’s more artistic and discerning crowd, and located on Historic Fourth Avenue, this cafe is not only one of the best coffee lounges in Tucson, but also provides their guests with great dining entertainment full of poetry readings, storytelling, and live music. Not far from Cafe Passe, is the CHOCOLATE IGUANA, a premiere espresso and dessert cafe  that features a wonderful variety of coffees, sweets, scones, and sandwiches for every meal and taste. 

CAFE MARCEL is the perfect coffee and internet cafe. With free Wi-Fi, a relaxing atmosphere, and a constantly changing menu of traditional European crepes, Cafe Marcel has made its name in the university district of Tucson. The menu serves a variety of specialty crepes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and challenges customers to create their own “signature” crepes.

Family-owned RAGING SAGE COFFEE ROASTERS provides their loyally devoted customers with only the absolute best quality of coffees, teas, pastries, pies, cookies, and many more delicious sweet treats. Roger and Julie Sliker, along with their daughters, established the Raging Sage in 1998 on the corner of Grant and Campbell, and have turned it into one of the most valued businesses in the entire Campbell Avenue area. 

PIE BIRD BAKERY AND CAFE, located on the first floor of the Transamerica Building, is a charming escape from the busy downtown Tucson business district. The interior is decorated beautifully with a very historic feel that reminds many guests of watching their grandmother’s bake homemade pies and pastries. In addition to their award-winning pies and specialty coffee blends, the menu also includes desserts, pastries, sandwiches, quiche, and salads.

BRUSHFIRE ICE CREAMERY and ALLEGRO GELATO are two favorite ice-cream retreats for anyone seeking a break from the hot Tucson sun. The Brushfire Ice Creamery has a huge variety of unique ice cream flavors that guests can choose from to create their own special combinations. If diners prefer gelato, then the Allegro Gelato ice cream shop is the place to go. Allegro Gelato carefully handcrafts their own gelato with only the freshest ingredients.

The gorgeous CAFE A LA C’ART is among the most beautiful coffee shops in Tucson. Located in the Museum of Art, this cafe carries the ambience of stunning art from the museum and right into the cafe for their diners’ delight. Patrons enjoy the  menu variety of premium coffee, sandwiches, salads, desserts, and handmade artisan breads.

BEYOND BREAD might be known for serving over 30 different varieties of traditional and unique types of bread, but they offer many more outstanding choices as well.  This is a great choice for anyone in need of a quick and tasty breakfast, lunch, or dessert.


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