Tacoma Mall is the main place to go shopping in Tacoma, Washington. While not as upscale as many malls and shopping centers in Seattle, this mall has been updating itself over the last few years and now features a nice array of cheaper stores as well as a few offering designer brands.
Tacoma Mall Address:
4502 S Steele St. Ste. 1177
Tacoma, WA 98409
Tacoma Mall Hours:
Monday through Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Regular hours change in the holiday season, and the mall generally stays open quite late.
Tacoma Mall Stores:
The list of Tacoma Mall stores is extensive. At this Tacoma shopping center, expect to find several department stores (Macy’s, Nordstrom, Forever 21), a Gene Juarez spa as well as a Massage Envy, clothing stores, shoe stores, and the usual array of jewelry stores. Tacoma Mall houses several hundred businesses beyond stores. You will also find optical care, a travel store, and novelty goods.
Tacoma Mall Restaurants:
Tacoma Mall restaurants are located throughout the mall, but largely in the food court, which has its entrance on the 48th Street side. There are also a few coffee shops in the mall, including the ubiquitous Starbucks and the bistro at Nordstrom.
The mall also has a food court with a good selection of fast food options, but if you are seeking Tacoma Mall restaurants rather than a place to grab a quick bite to eat, there are many options mostly outside of the mall itself. The closest of these is BJ’s Restaurant Brewery on the 48th Street side of the mall. Within less than a half mile, Azteca at 48th and Tacoma Mall Boulevard is a great option for a sit-down Mexican meal. There are also a number of other restaurants on Tacoma Mall Boulevard and on the other side of the mall along 38th Street.
Shopping in Tacoma:
Whether you need to run in and grab something quickly or want a place to hang out for a bit, Tacoma Mall is generally a pleasant place to be. Early mornings, the mall is open for mall walkers. By Friday and Saturday afternoon and evenings, the mall is largely filled with teens and twenty somethings. Most other times, the mall is not too crowded.
If you want to get some shopping done, but are not a fan of malls, there are other places to go in Tacoma:
6th Avenue: 6th Ave does not have designer stores or large department stores, but you will find funky clothing stores, record stores, and other small independent businesses and restaurants.
Downtown Tacoma: Downtown does not have a great deal of shops to offer, but you can find some cool independent stores along Pacific Avenue near the University of Washington Tacoma campus.
Proctor District: While this part of town is small, a surprising range of stores are located here. Again, no large stores, but you will find grocery stores, the Pacific Northwest Shop, a few clothing stores, and more.
Lakewood Towne Center: Located in nearby Lakewood, this collection of large box stores used to be a mall. Today, it is merely a collection of large stores located together. You’ll find Target, Barnes and Noble, office stores, clothing and shoe stores, grocery stores, and more.