Prime Retail Therapy in Austin

Shopaholics will be pleased with what they find in the Austinshopping scene. The usual range of chain department stores and retailers are in evidence of course, but the city has notable independents as well, such as Book People and Waterloo Records. The 2nd Street District is lined with all manner of jewelry stores, art galleries and quirky gift shops. Or, for a more contemporary Austin experience, check out the expansive shopping area, The Doman, where you'll find the major retailers, but also many hip boutiques and fashionable cafes.

Book People
Texas's largest independent maintains a stock of over 200,000 titles, plus an eclectic array of non-book items that elicit everything from laughs to groans. All the employees seem genuinely happy to be there, and are universally helpful and knowledgeable. Like much of the rest of Austin, Book People has a fun, relaxed and slightly off-center personality. It's no wonder, when you consider that energetic and fiercely pro-local-business owner Steve Bercu is a co-founder of the "Keep Austin Weird" campaign. (512-472-5050, 800-853-9757)

Yard Dog Folk Art
This interesting gallery houses the folk art of locally and nationally known artists. The gallery itself is located on what has become, in recent years, a strip of whimsical and funky shops geared towards those who walk to the beat of a different drummer. Well worth the visit! (512-912-1613)

San Marcos Premium Outlets
Although not in the city limits of Austin, many visitors to the city will make the 20 minute drive to the San Marcos Outlet Malls. The outlet malls are two discrete outlet malls, the Prime Outlets and Tanger Factory Outlet Center, and are located on Interstate Highway 35 in San Marcos, Texas. Combined, the two adjacent malls have more than 350 stores ranging from high end fashion brands to home décor to sporting goods. During peak seasons, shoppers at the malls can reach numbers that effectively triple the population of San Marcos. Find impressive savings at Betsey Johnson, Cole Haan, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Michael Kors, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Prada, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Salvatore Ferragamo and more. (512-396-2200)

The Texas Clothier
Since 1976, Dain and LaDonna Higdon have dressed Austin's most powerful men in high-quality corporate wear, including well-made suits, jackets, trousers, shirts, and ties. Sportswear, shoes, and accessories are also available. Familiar designers carried by the shop include Aquascutum London, Hickey Freeman, Burberry London, and Canali. (512-478-4956)

Waterloo Records
When people come to Austin, they usually think music and Waterloo records is the Mecca where music lovers come together. Waterloo Records is noted for its knowledgeable staff and an emphasis on customer service. The store prides itself on "catering to the music consumer" and features a ten-day return policy for goods in new condition. It regularly hosts events featuring live performances by both local and nationally-known artists. It has been awarded "Best Record Store" awards nearly every year since it opened. In addition to local acclaim, Waterloo Records is often listed alongside similarly iconic music stores as one of the best record stores in the US. (512-474-2500)

Arboretum at Great Hills
A unique shopping experience, the Arboretum at Great Hills gently beckons you to casually shop the beautiful and relaxed park-like setting that is home to more than 40 fine shops and restaurants in Austin's premier retail area. The Arboretum features a strong tenancy of national retailers and enjoys a regional draw. Shoppers stroll from store to store at this popular destination and enjoy nature's landscape, flowing runnel, soothing fountain, picnic area and Austin's landmark marble cow sculptures--great shopping in a tranquil environment. (512-338-4437)

Barton Creek Square Mall
If you love shopping, you'll love shopping at Barton Creek Square with its more than 180 specialty retailers and anchor stores Dillard's, Macy*s, JCPenney, Nordstrom and Sears. Enjoy shopping at stores you know and love, like Abercrombie & Fitch, Ann Taylor, Aveda, Banana Republic, bebe, Children's Place, Coach, Pottery Barn, Talbot's and Williams-Sonoma. Explore and discover the joy of shopping at stores you won't find anywhere else in Austin, such as Armani Exchange, J.Jill, Pottery Barn Kids and Solstice. Take a break from shopping at one of the fine eateries and treat yourself at The Day Spa and Salon at Barton Creek. (512-327-7040)

SoCo, or South Congress Avenue
South Congress was a haven for retro clothing before it became SoCo. Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds and Electric Ladyland (that's the store's complete name) is where Bob Dylan is rumored to have shopped for retro outfits. Now this area of Austin offers everything from vintage clothing to Austin sheik. The street is anchored by Allen's Boots where they offer thousands of different styles of Texas cowboy boots. (512-474-5171)

The Domain
Thanks to incomparable cuisine, diverse local artists, and eclectic shopping, Austin is known as one of the most unique destinations in the country. The Domain is bringing the best of Austin to one single, urban location. The area offers impeccable restaurants and luxury shops anchored by Neiman Marcus, Macys and Dillards. And in keeping with the Austin spirit, you'll find it all in a pedestrian-friendly, open-air lifestyle center. All of this is joined by the Westin and Austin's first aloftsm hotel (512-795-4230)

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Maps and Directions

Book People 10Best List Arrow
Type: Bookstores
Neighborhood: WEST END
Yard Dog Folk Art 10Best List Arrow
Type: Art Galleries
The Texas Clothier 10Best List Arrow
Type: Clothing Stores, Men's Clothing, Shoes and Accessories
Neighborhood: North Austin
Waterloo Records 10Best List Arrow
Type: Specialty Shops
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
Arboretum at Great Hills 10Best List Arrow
Type: Shopping Centers
Neighborhood: Arboretum
Barton Creek Square Mall 10Best List Arrow
Type: Malls, Shopping Centers
Neighborhood: West Austin
SoCo, or South Congress Avenue 10Best List Arrow
Type: Shopping Districts
Neighborhood: South Congress Avenue
The Domain 10Best List Arrow
Type: Malls, Shopping Centers
Neighborhood: North Austin
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