Who doesn’t like to shop! Aren’t you missing the aura of finding that unique piece of clothing or perfect furniture piece you have needed? If you live or visiting Austin, Texas then you are in luck as there is no shortage of places to shop. In this blog piece, we have put together some of the top places to shop in Austin, Texas. Just scroll down to see the top shopping spots in Austin!
The capital city of Texas, Austin, is popularly known for the crazy concerts, food trucks, eccentric destinations, energetic citizens, and fun festivals. Still, would a trip to the city that is known for ‘keeping it weird’ be even complete without a funky souvenir?
With an eclectic culture that nurtures start-ups and artisans, a funky shopping scene at Texas’ capital is not surprising at all! Like much of Autin itself, the retail industry at the city is quite heavily geared around the local artists and the creative class.
Whether you’re looking for luxury stores, high-end malls, small boutiques, or local spots with antiques Austin has you covered. Austin’s shopping scene has been known to be vintage, but the city offers retail therapy in many forms, including fashion designers or all things wonderful and wacky for the home or gifts, satisfying all styles and budgets!
From fashionable cafes in an outdoor walking environment to notable independents, hip boutiques, and cool places that are known for selling Austin original items, original jewelry designs, quirky gift shops, and an expansive shopping and mixed-use area, there is not a chance that you’ll come back home empty-handed!
Ready to shop until you drop? Here is a list of the ‘must visit’ spots for a magical shopping spree!
SOUTH CONGRESS AVENUE
South Congress Avenue or SoCo is known for ‘giving travelers a feel for Austin!’ SoCo is sandwiched between Leland Street in the Travis Heights neighborhood and cross streets East Riverside Drive.
This charming spot is home to multiple to Austin institutions, including the Monkey See Monkey Do novelty store, The Continental Club, and an institution since 1977, Allens Boots! These places offer thousands of styles to choose from! How exciting is that!
South Congress Avenue offers a huge range of stores for you to shop from, and is a fun place for whiling away an afternoon or an evening! From Parts & Labour, the long-term resident of the avenue, that offers locally made clothing and gifts, to Big Top Candy Shop, selling candies that will make you nostalgic, as well as sweets from all over the world, SoCo has a little something for everyone! Packed with shoppers looking for the perfect costume, SoCo has Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds. Uncommon Objects, like the name indicates, has unbelievably weird vintage things. Not to forget the pretty local shops such as ByGeorge, Sunroom, and Revival Cycles.
South Congress Avenue is an eclectic, kitschy street that will content every shopper’s needs!
One of the most unapologetically bold, high-end shopping centers in all of Austin, The Domain, is where you definitely need to head towards for an undeniably awesome shop time! Anchored by Neiman Marcus, The Domain is nestled in the North Burnet neighborhood. This family-friendly outdoor mall is popular for its 100 high-end chain boutiques, stores, bars, and restaurants.
From Macy’s, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, and Tiffany & Co., The Domain is a one-stop spot for shoppers looking for dazzling things to take home! But that’s not all, the mall also has several mid-priced stores, including Dillard’s and the Banana Republic. Located nearby is the Domain Northside, where you can find Austin’s favorite shops like Eliza Page and Bonbons!
The center of this unabashed mall boasts three hotels on-site: Lone Star Court, Aloft Austin, and Westin Austin. Not to forget about the upscale restaurants, including McCormick & Schmick’s, Fleming’s Steakhouse, and Cru Food and Wine Bar. Bringing old favorites from central Austin to the northern borderlands is the Rock Rose district! The Dogwood, Lavaca Street Bar, East Side King, Kung Fu Saloon, Salvation Pizza, and 24 Diner, The Domain has it all!
SECOND STREET DISTRICT
The city centre of Austin has more than just government offices, urban lofts, commercial high-rises, local boutiques, and sidewalk eateries abound. Especially in the Second Street District! Sitting between San Antonio streets and Colorado, West Cesar Chavez streets, and West Third right along Lady Bird Lake, Second District Street is spread on a three-block area. This hip and happening place is a walkable downtown shopping spot with more than 50 stores and restaurants to calm your ‘shop-soul!’
From home décor to trendy clothing, and one-of-a-kind jewelry stores, Second Street District is a vibrant area that hosts iconic stores like Toy Joy, the quirky, colorful store offering a unique collection of toys, Royal Blue, a specialty market that has grocery basics and an impressive array of local beers and wines, Luxe Apothetique, a chic hair salon that also offers a beautiful collection of trendy clothes, beauty products, and gifts, and Mercury Studio Store, the hip furniture boutique that is known for eccentric refurbished vintage home furnishings and gift ideas, with tons more shops!
This cute and unique range of stores is interspersed among coffee shops, food cafes, and wine bars such as Jo’s Coffee, Cru Food & Wine Bar, and gourmet restaurants with global cuisines like Three Forks! If you need a little pampering after a long, tiring day of shopping, don’t forget to visit the district’s Lacquer Downtown nail salon and Milk + Honey spa and salon!
As if that is not enough… The Second Street District also hosts a live music scene, ACL Live at The Moody Theater, adding to the place’s charm along with the Willie Nelson statue and the Violet Crown Cinema! Who wouldn’t enjoy that!
Ah, Austin, and its enjoyables! A beautiful place that has absolutely everything! These are just a few spots, Austin has a lot more, namely The Arboretum, Southpark Meadows, Barton Creek Square Mall, Lakeline Mall, North Loop with dozens more! Make sure you hit them all!