Austin is a unique vacation destination. After all, their city slogan is “Keep Austin Weird.” Between the craft breweries, nightlife, and music festivals, there is more than enough to keep you occupied during your trip here. Luckily for the shopaholics that visit Austin, there is also plenty of shopping as well! You will find all kinds of places to shop here, from vintage markets to shopping malls that will be sure to delight and give you plenty of chances to take something unique—and maybe even weird—home with you. Here are our top places to shop in Austin!
South Congress Avenue
Before vintage and bohemian shopping became a major trend, South Congress Avenue was the place to go for hidden finds. Rumor has it that Bob Dylan used to come here to find vintage looks for his concerts! Now, South Congress Avenue goes by the nickname of “SoCo” and is a little more on the map in Austin. Expect to find a wide variety of shopping, from vintage to high end. The most iconic shop here is Allen’s Boots, where you can choose from thousands of styles for the perfect Texan cowboy boot. Come here on Thursdays to see pop up shops and experience a block party atmosphere!
Here at The Domain, they have brought the traditional shopping mall environment and made it Austin-friendly. Explore your favorite department stores, such as Neiman Marcus, Dillard’s, and Macy’s, but in downtown, pedestrian-friendly cityscape. High-end dining and lots of entertainment make this more than just a shopping destination; it will truly be one of the highlights of your trip to Austin!
2nd Street District, 214 Guadalupe Street
What is fun about the 2nd Street District is that it isn’t just a shopping venue; it is truly a multi-use downtown district that offers a little bit of everything! Walk down 2nd Street and find great restaurants and bars, live music venues, and even apartments. However, the best part of 2nd Street is the variety of locally-owned shops that offer something different than chain vendors in a shopping mall. From clothing to housewares, 2nd Street has it all! This popular area can make parking difficult, so many park at the Austin City Hall garage and then walk.
Sometimes it takes an entire neighborhood to meet a person’s shopping needs, and the 2nd Street District does just that, offering everything from art to toys and everything in between. If you’re going shopping in Austin TX and looking for something special, but don’t know exactly what it is, Prize offers a little bit of everything; you’re sure to find something there!
Allen’s Boots, 1522 South Congress Avenue
No self-respecting Texan would be able to show his or her face in public if they didn’t own at least two pairs of authentic cowboy boots, and if you want to experience your inner Texan, it’s best done at Allen’s. For over 35 years, this unique company has been a Texas tradition, selling not just boots, but cowboy hats, belts, and all the accouterments that you need to live out your remaining days as a rough and rugged cowboy!
Take Heart, 1111 East 11th Street Suite 100
This charming little home is one of our favorite spots for shopping in Austin. It is stocked with all the finds the owner falls in love with—and we think you’ll fall in love with her finds! The merchandise sold here is simple and sweet and delivers the underlying message that “Family Matters.”
Wild About Music, 615 Congress Avenue
The music lovers in your family will fall in love with this quirky little store that features everything music: clothing, art, décor, and jewelry, all accessorized with something musical. Choose a Beatles Yellow Submarine Lunch Box or a Texas Longhorn acoustical guitar or even a microphone ornament for your holiday tree; if it involves music in any way, you can find it here!
One of the best parts of a vacation is getting to indulge in a little retail therapy without feeling guilty. You’ve saved your money and you’ve earned the right to spend it as you please! When you travel to Austin, the selection of shops, stores, and boutiques is just about as big as the state of Texas, which can be overwhelming if you’ve never been here before. Austin Vacation Rentals gets your plight, and because we care, we are providing this list of our favorite spots for shopping in Austin TX; better start warming up your credit cards soon!
Peruse Your Purchases When You Go Shopping in Austin
If you’re like us, you’re never going to be able to wait until you get back home to examine all the exciting finds you picked up in Austin, so you can peruse your purchases in comfort and style in one of our cozy Austin Vacation Rentals! Contact us to learn more about shopping in Austin, and to reserve one of our rentals today and remember – pack light. Most of our rental homes have in-home washer and dryers, and you’re going to want to leave room in your suitcase for all the goodies you’re going to buy!
A unique city such as Austin calls for unique shopping destinations as well. Explore these areas and more during your next vacation in Austin! Contact us today to reserve one of our vacation rentals and to learn about our 1 bedroom rentals for an intimate getaway and our 3 bedroom rentals perfect for larger families and groups. Browse through these Drake Ave vacation rentals.