Every January, the Tucson Gem Show transforms the city into a dazzling showcase of precious stones, minerals, and diverse cultural experiences. Renowned globally, this annual extravaganza draws gem-loving enthusiasts, collectors, and curious souls alike. But the Gem Show isn't just an event, it's a kaleidoscope of colors, textures, and stories waiting to be explored. Whether you're a seasoned collector or a first-time visitor, you’re in for an immersive experience, where the allure of gems meets the warmth of southwestern hospitality.

The Tucson Gem Show is special in that it isn’t confined to traditional exhibitions; instead, it permeates the city's very essence. Picture strolling through a myriad of tents, each housing treasures from nearly every corner of the world — from glittering diamonds to intricate handcrafted jewelry. Beyond the displays and hotel takeovers, the Gem Show acts as a vehicle for immersing yourself in the cultural diversity that accompanies the show. From international artisans sharing their craft to expert-led workshops, the two-week long celebration transcends the typical tradeshow experience by inviting locals and travelers alike to engage with the stories and the people behind each piece.


During the Tucson Gem Show, local eateries only add to the experience, serving up an array of flavors and food heritage embodied by the Sonoran city. Visit Tucson partners, Tucson Foodie, invite you to savor not just the visual feast of the Gem Show but to indulge in the culinary gems that Tucson has to offer, some of which include the following: 


The Coronet

The Coronet's group of concepts clustered at W. Cushing Street are ready to tick all of your boxes. Whether it’s the unique dishes found on the menu at The Coronet for dinner, the cocktails and atmosphere of Nightjar for post-dinner enjoyment, or the comfy vibe at Coronet Cafe, you’re sure to find your next favorite meal and memorable vibes here.

Shakshuka at Coronet Cafe



Cup Cafe

The Cup Cafe is no stranger to accolades. They’ve received recent recognition as ‘Best Neighborhood Gem in America‘, and well, they’re not wrong. The restaurant, serving breakfast to dinner, is situated downtown inside the historic Hotel Congress. Although, there’s nothing historic about the quality of the cafe. If you’re in the mood for decadence, the real star of the show is their Cast Iron Baked Eggs — you won’t be disappointed.

Cup Cafe Nachos



EL Charro Café

El Charro Café stands as a testament to the city's culinary heritage. As one of the nation's oldest Mexican restaurants, El Charro is an icon that transcends time with its authentic flavors and warm, familial atmosphere, where the aroma of sizzling carne asada and the hues of freshly made salsas welcome you to indulge in a true Tucson dining experience featuring flavors of the Sonoran Desert. Be sure to try their signature Carne Seca Tacos, featuring sun-dried beef that's been marinated and cooked to perfection, paying homage to the restaurant's culinary roots.

Three El Charro Tamales on plate



5 Points Market & Restaurant

A few minutes from the Convention Center, you'll stumble on a neighborhood hangout. 5 Points is a market, restaurant, and bakery rolled into one. Open for brunch Thursday - Monday from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., you can grab a coffee or tuck into crowd favorites such as the Huevos Rancheros or Smoked Salmon Benedict. And if you can make it for dinner, we suggest you do so as they’re also open Thursday - Monday from 5 - 9 p.m.

woman standing behind a counter, filled with breakfast goods and pastries, handing a pastry to a smiling older man in line



Seis Kitchen

If you’re going to this venue, make it your first stop — breakfast at Seis Kitchen is worth it (and they open at 8 a.m. daily). You’ll be delighted by the airy courtyard at the Mercado, which provides ample seating and a drool-worthy menu featuring a variety of tacos, burritos, chile, tortas, and more made with fresh ingredients, sustainably sourced and locally produced as much as possible. 

Tacos and Nachos Grande from Seis Kitchen


For more information about where to eat during the Tucson Gem Show, visit TucsonFoodie.com.