If you're looking for lots of stores all in one place, then Tacoma Mall is the place to be as it's the biggest place to go shopping in Tacoma. Tacoma Mall features an array of stores, from mid-range shops to those offering designer brands. It's smaller than malls and shopping centers in Seattle, like Southcenter in Tukwila, but quite a bit larger than South Hill Mall in Puyallup or Capitol Mall in Olympia, making it the largest in the South Sound.
Whether you need to run in and grab something quickly or want a place to hang out for a bit, Tacoma Mall serves up all the commercial goodness you could ever ask for, including a food court and a number of restaurants on the outer perimeter that have only been on the rise in recent years.
However, if you're not a fan of malls, scroll down and you'll find a list of shopping areas in Tacoma that are less commercial in atmosphere and more local.
Tacoma Mall Address
4502 S Steele Street
Tacoma, WA 98409
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 in late November and throughout December (think 11 p.m. to midnight). On Black Friday, the mall is usually open all night long, but not all stores are open during the later hours.
The list of Tacoma Mall stores is extensive. The mall is anchored by several major department stores, including Macy’s, Nordstrom, JCPenney and Dick's. Other top stores include Old Navy, H&M, Gap, Buckle, Garage and David's Bridal. There are also plenty of places to shop for young children, including Gymboree, Crazy 8 and Build-A-Bear Workshop.
There is the requisite Apple store and Genius Bar as well.
The mall is also home to a Gene Juarez spa, a Massage Envy and Executive Massage (a booth near JCPenney) if you're interested in relaxation.
Beyond clothes shopping, Tacoma Mall houses athletic stores, a plethora of jewelry stores, optical care, a travel store and novelty goods shops like Spencer's.
The Tacoma Mall food court's entrance is on the 48th Street side. The food court is the best place for a variety of cheap, quick eats, including Subway and Villa Pizza, Thai and teriyaki, and Chinese food. There are also a few coffee shops in the mall, including Starbucks and the bistro at Nordstrom.
Beyond the food court, there are sit-down restaurants in and near the mall, too. Near Nordstrom is Sushi Express, a conveyor belt sushi restaurant. On the 48th Street side of the mall, you'll find BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, Mod Pizza, Cheesecake Factory, Blazing Onion and Menchie's Frozen Yogurt.
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.
Other Shopping Areas in Tacoma
If you want to get some shopping done, but are not a fan of malls, there are other shopping areas and centers 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. Businesses are locally owned and operated almost exclusively on the eastern end of the street (between about State and Proctor streets), and there are more chains on the western end (between about Orchard and Mildred).
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, including vintage clothing shops, Tinkertopia where you'll find creative supplies with a twist, and The Stock List gift shop.
Antique Row: Not far from downtown, Antique Row is located off 9th and Broadway near the Theater District. More than 20 antique shops are within a few blocks of each other, each specializing in something unique.
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.