Shopping in Austin
South Congress. Photo By jayRaz
Numerous shopping venues thrill shoppers in Austin, Texas. The shopping is as vibrant as the city itself.
The Domain is a well-planned, upscale shopping and residential center in Austin’s northwest corridor. This not your ordinary mall; upscale merchants like Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co. are featured along with luxurious restaurants, office buildings, apartments, and hotels. The Domain is designed to offer a lifestyle, not just a shopping experience.
The Arboretum area is northwest Austin is conveniently located near UT and IBM. This Austin area is booming. The open air Arboretum Mall is the centerpiece for area shopping and features great chains like Pottery Barn and Barnes and Noble, as well as upscale merchants, unique boutiques, and fabulous restaurants.
Barton Creek Square Mall is a traditional enclosed mall with a variety of retailers, including Abercombie & Finch, Nordstrom, and JC Penney. Restaurants include the delightful Abuelo’s Mexican Food Embassy.
The South Congress Avenue area in the heart of Austin is known as SoCo. Once in decline, this neighborhood is now home to a host of small shops featuring that distinct Austin flare. The Farm-to-Market grocery offers local produce. Uncommon Objects features recycled items, while Lucy in Disquise with Diamonds Ladyland (yes that is the store’s real name) and New Bohemia feature hip retro clothing. On the first Thursday of the month the shops on SoCo stay open later and offer various events.
Dining in SoCo ranges from casual to formal. El Sol y La Luna is a wonderful patio restaurant offering great Mexican food. Güero’s Taco Bar has been frequented by former President Clinton and has even named the El Presidente plate in his honor. The Continental Club is a landmark Austin music venue.
Austin, Texas also has numerous strip shopping centers. UT students love to hang out at the Drag. The Drag features eclectic shops and is located on the lower part of Guadalupe Street. The Twin Oaks Shopping Center, the city’s first strip shopping center, opened in 1954 at the northeast corner of Oltorf Street and South Congress.
The Hill Country Galleria is located in Bee Cave which is about 12 miles west of Austin. This fabulous outdoor mall offers a variety of retailers and events, including art exhibits and free dance classes.
Round Rock Outlet in Round Rock, Texas north of Austin is a great place for bargains on luxurious items. Retailers include Adidas, Bass, Brooks Brothers Factory Store and Ann Tailor Factory Store. Hungry shoppers can enjoy Subway, Phil’s Philly Grill, Starbucks, Church’s Chicken and more.
Shoppers in the Austin, Texas area never run out interesting places to explore. Whether you are in the market for something in particular or just want to window shop you will enjoy the many shopping venues.
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