Austin is known and loved for its music, food trailers, and distinctly quirky Texan culture, captured in the city's "Keep Austin Weird" slogan. It's also a paradise for shoppers.
Funky boutiques, vinyl record outlets, and independent book stores rub shoulders with contemporary emporiums, farmers' markets, and big brand department stores.
Here we review some of the most appealing Austin inner city shopping districts.
South Congress Avenue
The strip along South Congress Avenue, colloquially known as SoCo, is known for its trendy, upscale boutiques and bohemian stores, along with fashionable cafés and food trailers selling everything from cupcakes and Louisiana fried chicken to burritos and barbecue ribs.
Popular SoCo shopping destinations include Kendra Scott Jewelry and Allen’s Boots, Big Top Candy, By George, and Lucy in Disguise – a costume emporium with a wide selection of weird and wonderful outfits.
Whether you’re on a quest for high fashion with a Texas twist, retro furniture dressed to impress, or Austin original home décor and gifts, you’re sure to find something in SoCo.
2nd Street District
Venture into the fashionable 2nd Street District for some of the best shopping in Austin. Art galleries, quirky gift shops, specialty stores, wining and dining establishments, and vintage entertainment venues line the sidewalks.
You'll also find hip boutiques with wacky clothing purpose-designed for "weird" Austinites, stores selling homeware for elegant upscale homes, and purveyors of fine musical instruments.
You can pop in to Austin Rocks and thumb the strings of a guitar, be bedazzled by brilliant cut diamonds at Eliza Page Jewelry, or revisit your early childhood in the district's nostalgic Toy Joy toy store.
East 6th Street
The East 6th Street district features a unique combination of vintage 19th century buildings, retail stores, and popular live music venues, many of which are open round the clock.
You can enjoy a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse Movie Theater, find curios and collectibles at Lucky Lizard Curios and Gifts, and buy artisan bread and locally roasted coffee at the Easy Tiger Bake Shop and Beer Garden.
Barber shops and coffee shops offer great little retail breaks, and the fabled Hatbox Haberdashery is worth a visit.
Then there’s The Domain, an expansive shopping and mixed use area featuring major retailers, chic clothing and shoe emporiums, furniture retailers, and a whole lot more. It’s strategically located on the MoPac Expressway, offering convenient cross-category shopping for residents across the city.
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