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Community Resources in the Tucson area

The city of Tucson has a population of 520,000 and a metropolitan area population of just over 1,000,000. Tucson also boasts a vibrant Middle Eastern community with restaurants, markets, centers, and clubs.


Alafia (West African) 1070 N. Swan Road

Ali Baba (Persian) 2545 E. Speedway Blvd

Cafe Desta (Ethiopian, Halal) 758 S. Stone Avenue

Chef Alisah (Bosnian, Balkan, Halal) 5931 N. Oracle Road

Falafel King (Lebanese, Mediterranean) 1800 E. Fort Lowell

Jasmine Restaurant (Mediterranean, Halal) 3906 N. Oracle Road 

Mazaj Cafe & Hookah Lounge (Middle Eastern, Halal) 903 E. Fort Lowell

Nur Market and Restaurant (Middle Eastern) 3565 E. Speedway Blvd

Oy Vey Cafe (Kosher, Israeli, Mediterranean) 1245 E. 2nd St (UA campus)

Petra Mediterranean Grill (Middle Eastern) 3699 N. Campbell Ave.

Shish Kebab House (Middle Eastern, Jordanian) 5855 E. Broadway Blvd

Sinbad's (Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern) 810 E. University Blvd

Sunrise Café (Kurdish, Mediterranean) 6878 E. Sunrise Drive

Tanya's Restaurant and Bakery (Middle Eastern) 2526 E. 6th St.

Verona Italian Restaurant (serves Persian food on Sundays!) 120 S. Houghton

Za'atar (Middle Eastern) 2825 N. Country Club Rd.

Zayna Mediterranean (Syrian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern) 9105 E. Tanque Verde & 4122 E. Speedway Blvd

Zemams Ethiopian Restaurants (Ethiopian, Halal) 2731 E. Broadway Blvd and 119 E. Speedway Blvd


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Babylon Market, 3954 E. Speedway Blvd

Caravan Middle Eastern Foods, 2817 N. Country Club Road

Eko Market Place, 1835 S. Alvernon Way

Jasmine Market, 3906 N. Oracle Road



Anatolia Cultural Center

Iranian - Students' Cultural Association in Tucson

Tucson MED Club, a member of the Southern Federation of Syrian Lebanese American Clubs


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