Prime Retail Therapy in Austin: Where to Shop Around Town

Shopaholics will be pleased with what they find in the Austin shopping scene–whether your style is retro vintage, upscale fashion designer or all things wacky and wonderful for the home or gifts. The usual range of chain department stores and shopping malls are in evidence of course, but the city has notable independents as well, such as Book People and Waterloo Records. There are also many cool places that sell Austin original items, from "Keep Austin Weird" t-shirts to prayer candles with Stevie Ray Vaughan on them. The retail industry here, like much of Austin's lifestyle, is geared quite heavily around the creative class and local artists. The 2nd Street District is lined with all manner of art galleries, original jewelry designs and quirky gift shops; as is SoCo (South Congress), which adds vintage shops and food trailers. Or, for a more contemporary Austin experience, check out the expansive shopping and mixed-use area, The Domain, where you'll find the major retailers, but also many hip boutiques and fashionable cafes in an outdoor walking environment.

Burnet Road


Founded in 2011, Atown is very much an Austin original and brings a fresh attitude to the cool Burnet Road strip. The expansive, well laid out space answers the call of Austin's free spirit. Thickly populated with stylish women's and men's...  Read More

Uptown / Arts District


Whether you're looking for fabulous gifts, original toys or clothing, it can be found at 26 Doors, located in the heart of mid-town Austin. The shopping center is an Austin original since 1976. Great boutiques such as Adelante and Bell &...  Read More



As one of the world's oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 60 years cultivating trading relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to...  Read More

Central Austin


The Vintage Around Town Guide is put out by Room Service Vintage, one of Austin's top vintage, antique and thrift stores in the North Loop District. Because Austin has such a love affair with vintage shopping, Vintage Around Town is the...  Read More

West End


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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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. It is the heavily...  Read More



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...  Read More



The 2ND Street District is made up of some of the best shopping spots in Austin, along with many dining and entertainment venues. It is also home to several residential buildings and is a true mixed-use development in the heart of downtown. If...  Read More

South Congress Avenue


South Congress was a haven for retro furniture and vintage clothing before it became SoCo,with stores such as Uncommon Objects and New Bohemia. Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds and Electric Ladyland is where Bob Dylan is rumored to have shopped...  Read More


Meet Shelley Seale

Shelley Seale is a freelance journalist and author in Austin who has written for National Geographic, USA Today, The Guardian and Texas Monthly, among others. She loves yoga, indie movies,...  More About Shelley