The Best Places to Shop in Austin
Collected by AFAR Editors , AFAR Staff
A trip through Austin's shops and boutiques will send you home laden down with great vinyl, used and new books, and top-notch vintage western wear, but you may be surprised by local designers, too, showing off their stuff, from fashion to housewares.
603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703, USA
Leading the charge for independent bookstores since it opened in 1970, Book People is legendary for creativity and a strong calendar of events. The store holds frequent author signings—and we're talking big authors—and book...
600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703, USA
In this modern age of Spotify, iTunes, and Pandora, record stores often seem sad and bitter places. Not so Waterloo, where music lovers—both staff and customers—celebrate the art. Bands playing Austin come in for in-store performances...
1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Celebrated Austin restaurateur Larry McGuire (Jeffrey’s, Perla’s) turned his passion for style and design into a second career when he purchased this retail brand. With locations on hip South Congress and near the Whole Foods flagship,...
1423 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Want to look like the hippest, sharpest, coolest dude in town? Whether you’re going for pretty-boy appeal or a sexy lumberjack look, this South Congress spot has you covered. In addition to high-end denim, retro bathing suits, Pacific...
1100 S Lamar Blvd #1135, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Want to get that small-town-ice-cream-shop feeling in a big city? Head to Lick for fresh and unique seasonal ice cream. With each lick of your cone, a new complexity of flavor is revealed. Ice cream here is made with only wholesome...
1522 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
When you're hitting the food truck or restaurant scene on South Congress, be sure to head in to Allens (look for the big red boot) to be wowed by the craftsmanship and the selection. The minute you open the entrance door, the smell of leather hits...
1704 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Anything that you can imagine, made local and beautiful! Parts & Labour has been working with local crafty artists for many, many years, and the shop is truly like walking into a studio filled with one of a kind pieces. This is the ideal place to...
1200 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
There's no better way to get the perfect pair of cowboy boots than to get them made to order, and that's Heritage Boot's specialty. These boots are made by hand by artisans from Leon, Mexico that have been making boots for generations. There are...
1720 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704, USA
This south Austin mural located on the corner of Annie and South 1st Street is a popular location for travel photos as well as engagement photos (or just cheesin' out in general). Why not take your photo in front of the mural the next time you...
1602 Fortview Rd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
An antique collective with hipster flair, Uncommon Objects lives up to its name, starting with the giant jackalope with light-up eyes perched atop their sign. Inside, you’ll find meticulously arranged displays organized by theme and color,...
1700 B South Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Feathers Boutique has offered a carefully curated collection of vintage clothing for women since 2005, and now also boasts a collection of artisan jewelry to match. Best of all, they're committed to making fashion accessible (that is, affordable)...
1706 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
An old-fashioned soda fountain and 300+ different varieties of bulk candy; Big Top Candy Shop opened its doors in October 2007 and has been satisfying the sweet tooth of all visitors, regardless of age! There's also over 2,000 kinds of wrapped...
11920 Domain Dr, Austin, TX 78758, USA
Drinking beer at a supermarket might sound like an odd travel tip, but this isn't just any supermarket: It's Whole Foods, and you're in Austin, birthplace of the healthy food mecca. The massive market has a lot more than organic milk and bulk...
705 Wallingford Bend Dr #110, Austin, TX 78752, USA
Industry Screen Studios a full fledged screen print studio that is keeping the screen process alive. From concert posters and fine art prints to custom t-shirts and apparel, Industry works with very talented Artists and Illustrators to create fun,...
1023 Springdale Rd Building 1, Austin, TX 78721, USA
I first acquired one of Mychal's beautifully handcrafted leather journals in late 2006 as a gift prior to an extended trip to Brazil. It now sits in my bookshelf, filled with sketches, poems and souvenir Brazilian flyers, stickers, photos, etc, as...
701 Tillery St B-3, Austin, TX 78702, USA
Lisa is a talented full-time jeweler, and all work is created in East Austin. Pay her a visit at her quaint studio, filled with tools, inspirations and materials; all representing the intricacy of her work. Watch her or her talented assistants at...
1012 W 6th St B, Austin, TX 78703, USA
Amy's has been serving homemade ice-cream for over 25 years...enough said. Amy's creates artisan ice creams with over 350 flavors in rotation. Be creative with your taste buds; choose a flavor or two and add any toppings (crush'ns) you like. Be...
1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Browse folk art at Yard Dog gallery. Along with its focus on work from the Deep South, the gallery also exhibits pieces by musicians, such as local singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston. During SXSW, check out performances in the intimate backyard. My...
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