Shopping Malls and Centers

Go for convenience, accessibility, and selection. Those are the perks of Austin's best malls and shopping centers. You can get in and out quickly and see a ton of things. Loads of local shopping options include high-brow and low-brow stores, along with food offerings should you need a drink or a bite along the way. Check out the wide variety at places like Renaissance Market or South Congress Avenue. Indoors or outdoors, there's a bounty to be had.


Anchored by Macy's and by separate Dillard's venues for men and women, this pleasant mall serves the needs of folks in the northern part of town. Apparel standards include Charlotte Russe, Express, and Wet Seal; familiar specialty retailers include Bath & Body Works, Foot Locker, Zales Jewelers, and General Nutrition Store. An upper-level food court promises everything from Japanese and Mexican fare to pizza and cheesesteaks.

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This mall overlooking downtown Austin is the city's largest, so if your time's limited, it's a good bet for finding most everything you need. Inside, wood, leather, and tile impart a sense of permanence, a perfect complement to the quality goods you'll encounter at places like Sephora, Williams-Sonoma, Coach, and Talbots. Plenty of sit-down and quick-serve eateries pepper the mall, and anchors include Dillard's, Sears, JCPenney, Macy's, and Nordstrom.

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While Sixth Street is known for its nightlife and entertainment possibilities and its prominence in local festivals, the thoroughfare also has a goodly supply of shopping. The western portion is especially friendly this way, offering art, antiques, specialty items, and lots of interesting things you'll want to discover. Shops in the area are interspersed with restaurants and cafes, and crowds are diverse, so enjoy the people-watching as much as the shopping. Depending on the time of day you're around, you'll find that parking can be difficult and is almost certain to come with a fee.

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This upscale, open-air retail destination in the northwest part of town enjoys a solid reputation. Named for the preponderance of trees around it, the center boasts two levels of mainstream shopping aimed largely at an established, older demographic. Representative shops include Express, Pottery Barn, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, and Restoration Hardware. Sit-down restaurants, park areas, and signature cow sculptures give the complex added appeal. A movie theater is also in the vicinity.

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Cedar Park

Stylish Lakeline Mall is certain to keep your credit cards busy, thanks to its 150-plus stores. Within the complex, which offers convenience to folks in northwest Austin, are anchors like Macy's, JCPenney, Sears, and Dillard's. They're good complements to places like Victoria's Secret, T.J. Maxx, a host of jewelers, Old Navy, American Eagle Outfitters, Charlotte Russe, and Frederick's of Hollywood. A nine-screen theater, plenty of dining options, and proximity to other, nearby strip malls are additional perks.

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Dedicated to freshness and to selling great, homegrown goods, this year-round market plies browsers with lots of delectable items. Fresh produce is a mainstay, but you'll also find plants and flowers, meats and cheeses, breads, chocolates, and preserved foods. Other options include jewelry, clothing, candles, stained glass, and much more. Should the munchies strike, choose from empanadas, tamales, and pizzas – and that's just to start. Monthly and holiday celebrations add even more color to the proceedings.

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South Congress Avenue

Made newly trendy with an influx of hip boutiques, galleries, and restaurants, this district was once populated by more alternative, retro spots. Now, it's drawing attention with chic independent establishments and getting traffic from celebrities and folks with more disposable income. With a mix of hippie-like places and newly gentrified venues, today's SoCo offers thrift stores and music clubs, coffee shops and sushi joints, kitsch and culture. And, of course, the bats at Congress Avenue Bridge still remain as a longtime attraction.

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Thanks to the efforts of local growers, Austinites can reap the bounty of homegrown produce and foodstuffs at this popular market. Supplied by folks from within 150 miles of the city, the market offers plenty of raw, seasonal goods, along with preserves, honey, cut flowers, artisan breads, crafts, and much more. Also provided are activities for kids, live music, cooking demonstrations, and more. A second market is held Wednesdays from 4pm-8pm (hours may vary seasonally) at Triangle Park (4600 Guadalupe).

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Seasoned shoppers find the promise of bargains intoxicating; as a result, they flock to this outlet center north of town to score great deals on designer goods. Making beelines to Calvin Klein, Burberry, BCBG Max Azria, Coach, Swarovski, and Calphalon, eager folks scan racks and shelves for quality merchandise at reduced prices. Food vendors are situated in the center, and open-air pathways let you catch a breath of fresh air in the midst of all the dedicated expeditions.

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What began spontaneously in 1969 as the selling of a few handmade wares has grown into a full-fledged, year-round arts and crafts market. Now, some 90 vendors hawk goods they've created themselves, and they're licensed by a board, ensuring that quality is maintained. A vibrant mural serves as a backdrop for folks who sell everything from candles to pottery, jewelry to apparel. Although the market is open daily, you'll find the biggest concentration of goods on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Near the University of Texas.

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