Need to go on a grocery run, grab a last-minute gift or maybe find a new place to dine for date night? Why not hop on a Valley Metro bus to Tempe Marketplace?
You can find just about anything at the outdoor shopping center. You can grab groceries from Target or head to Cost Plus World Market if you’re in the mood for more exotic food. You can find the latest gadgets at Best Buy or try a new scent at Bath & Body Works. If you want to change up your wardrobe, Tempe Marketplace is full of clothing stores both big and small to suit your tastes. The marketplace features dining that will satisfy anyone’s palate including barbeque, Mexican and Japanese. Plus, you can grab ice cream after a long, hot day of shopping. Most of the restaurants feature outdoor dining and the marketplace is full of seating if you want to grab a snack from one of the smaller eateries.
You can reach the shopping center by four Valley Metro bus routes 48, 62, 81 and the free Tempe Orbit Earth neighborhood circulator. If you want an extended shopping spree, route 81 also serves Chandler Fashion Center. The bus stops are located near the outer part of the marketplace by Target and have a direct sidewalk to all the other parts of the shopping center. To find your best route, use our trip planner.
Tempe Marketplace is now hosting live music with social distancing practices. The live concerts take place every Friday and Saturday on the stage in the center of the shopping mall outside Dave & Buster’s.
I have visited the marketplace dozens of times since I moved to Arizona and it’s always been a great time even if I don’t buy anything. During the hotter months the marketplace has misters to cool you down and a splash pad for the kids. As the nights get cooler, the outdoor fireplaces offer a nice cozy place to finish your day. The marketplace likes to get festive with a candy land and faux snow for the holidays. Just in time for Halloween, Tempe Marketplace has set up a display with a giant spider where you can take some spooky selfies.
Remember to mask up when riding Valley Metro or shopping in any of the marketplace stores. For more information on what Valley Metro is doing to make every ride safer, visit COVID-19 updates.