Style artistry quality experience: though diverse in goods and services these are the essence of what makes shopping in Austin unique. Austin is known for its eclectic tastes and retailers here aim to please with a bountiful selection.
Are you looking for something new straight from the designer’s personal showcase? Austin shopping is sure to have it with the latest cutting edge styles. Do you love antiques? Then get ready to fall in love with the beautiful items selected by Austin antique dealers who have done a marvelous job of assembling pieces from around the globe for their stores. If your idea of a great weekend is a trek in the wilderness take advantage and gear up at one of the outdoor recreation shops in town that have quality merchandise and knowledgeable employees. These are just a few examples of the many choices available to you as you delve into shopping for those necessities and elements that help make life enjoyable.
Central Texas’ inviting atmosphere encourages you to take your time and enjoy Austin shopping as an experience unto itself. In a city that prides itself on its active lifestyle Austin also prides itself on doing things “the old fashioned way” in these fast-paced high tech times. Austin’s unique environment also adds to the shopping experience and its diverse culture is part and parcel of that experience. Whether shopping at one of the newest malls or venturing into one of Austin’s singularly famous boutiques you’re sure to find that fabulous treasure you’ve been searching the world over for right here at home.
Austin Shopping Malls
Barton Creek Square Mall2901 Capital of Texas Highway
Shopping is a whole new experience at Barton Creek Square one of Austin’s most popular malls. The mall features a 145000-square-foot Nordstrom department store – known to avid shoppers everywhere as the place to go for shoes shoes shoes.
Barton Creek Square located just off Mopac and 360 is also the new home to several specialty shops including Talbots Talbot’s Petites and Talbot’s Woman Williams-Sonoma Coach J.Jill Cache and Steve Madden. For the kids there’s Build-A-Bear Janie and Jack Pottery Barn Kids The Children’s Place and Gymboree.
The mall has also undergone extensive remodeling creating comfortable spaces for shoppers to relax throughout the mall. If that’s not enough there’s the Day Spa and Salon at Barton Creek; it’s the perfect place to relax and get a facial manicure pedicure or massage.
Lakeline Mall11200 Lakeline Mall Drive Cedar Park
Located at the northwest corner of Austin on the border of Cedar Park Lakeline Mall is a home to anchor stores Dillard’s Macy’s JCPenney and Sears. The mall also includes more than 150 specialty stores a 9-screen theatre two sit-down restaurants and a Food Court featuring the architecture of downtown Austin.
Lakeline Plaza is located adjacent to Lakeline Mall and offers customers an additional 11 anchor stores including Best Buy Haverty’s and Old Navy plus 20 other specialty stores. Find a meal to suit everyone’s taste at any one of several sit-down restaurants–Chili’s Applebee’s Plucker’s and Texican Cafe. Lakeline Mall and Lakeline Plaza–You love it? They’ve got it!
Tanger Outlet Center and Prime Outlets4015 South I-35 San Marcos
Ready for an all day Austin shopping excursion? Then the Tanger Outlet Center and Prime Outlets mall in San Marcos is for you. Wear comfy shoes and hike all over the 200 shops in the shopping centers as you search for the best bargains. Tanger shops include 40 new stores such as Eddie Bauer Old Navy and Nike Warehouse that were recently added to a second shopping complex. Popular stores at Prime Outlets are Ellen Tracy Dooney & Burke Nike Sony and Bose. A new section has also been added to Prime Outlets with the emphasis on home decor and furnishings including Pottery Barn Home Company Fine Furniture Direct and Kirkland’s Home and Couristan Rugs.
Austin Shopping Centers & Destination Shopping
The Arboretum10000 Research Boulevard at Great Hills Trail
Nature has a way of soothing the soul… especially when it accepts all major credit cards. The Arboretum at Great Hills features over 40 of Austin’s finest shops including Heroes and Legacies C. Kirk Root Pottery Barn Restoration Hardware and Banana Republic and restaurants like The Cheesecake Factory all in a relaxed outdoor environment. You’ll love the tranquility of the surrounding landscape as you stroll from store to store. And after a long day of shopping do what Austinites have been doing for years – visit Amy’s Ice Cream and take that frosty treat out under the trees and climb on the stone cow sculptures. The Arboretum at Great Hills offers great Austin shopping in a beautiful environment!
Brodie Oaks Shopping Center4115 South Capital of Texas Highway
Although the Brodie Oaks Shopping Center is sprawling the variety of stores and the satisfying shopping experience more than make up for it. With Starbuck’s and Sun Harvest Foods on one side and Toys R Us on the other and Neiman Marcus Last Call and Hobby Lobby in between Brodie Oaks is also home to many other exquisite and varied specialty stores including Enchante Sally’s Beauty Supply Tuesday Morning and Tabu Lingerie among others. Restaurants in the center run the gamut of tastes too – take your pick from Texican Cafe Chili’s Olive Garden and Schlotzsky’s Deli.
Cabela’s11570 IH 35 512-295-1100 www.cabelas.com
Cabela’s “The World’s Foremost Oufitter” continues to provide everything under the sun for the outdoor adventurer. Hiking camping fishing hunting boating and so much more is represented within its 185000-square-foot showroom which also serves as an educational attraction featuring realistic museum-quality animal displays and huge aquariums.
Capital Plaza5451 N. IH 35 #B 512-482-8383
A Central Texas landmark Capital Plaza is the oldest Austin shopping center still operating in the city and just recently received a revitalizing economic boost with the opening of a new 134000 sq.ft. Target store as one of its main anchor stores. Convenient to downtown the Capitol and the University of Texas campus Capital Plaza is also home to Conn’s Appliance and OfficeMax as well as Suit City and Fashion Bug. Restaurants include Amaya’s Taco Village Cici’s Pizza McDonald’s and Grandy’s. Bank One has a large branch office located in Capital Plaza and Walgreen’s offers 24-hour convenience.
The Domain11410 Century Oaks Terrace 512-795-4320 www.thedomainaustin.com
Opened in 2007 The Domain features 1.3 million square feet of luxury fashion and restaurant space. High-end retailers such as Barneys CO-OP CALYPSO Tiffany & Co. Tommy Bahama Macy’s BCBG Max Azria and Austin’s first Neiman Marcus caters to Austin’s more affluent population. The center also includes several first-class restaurants including Daily Grill NoRTH Sushi Zushi McCormick & Schmick’s Jasper’s Kona Grill California Pizza Kitchen and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse The Domain also offers 75000 square feet of Class A office space 390 high-end apartments and a Westin Hotel.
Gateway Market9901 Capital of Texas Highway at Research Blvd.
What this outdoor mall lacks in personality it more than makes up for in sheer volume and variety of stores. From Whole Foods Market to Old Navy to Best Buy and Cracker Barrel shoppers are sure to find a store that satisfies that Austin shopping need.
Hill Country Galleria12700 Hill Country Boulevard Bee Cave www.hillcountrygalleria.com
Experience the best of both worlds. Explore Bee Cave’s newest lifestyle center – 152 acres of expansive natural beauty mixed with eclectic Austin shopping dining and entertainment as well as first-class office and residential space. Wrapped in a verdant nature preserve cloaked with wildflowers native trees and rocky streams Hill Country Galleria is more than a fashion icon more than a thriving business district or residential utopia – it’s a social evolution. And there is much more to come. Visit often and watch them evolve!
IKEA Round Rock1 IKEA Way Round Rock 512-828-4532 www.ikea.com
Is it possible for a furniture store to have fans? The answer is a resounding YES judging by the number of Central Texans who started camping out three days in advance of IKEA Round Rock’s opening day. Wildly anticipated the much-heralded debut of this Swedish retailer has been all the buzz among those who love their economically priced home furnishings that put the “fun” back in functional. The 252000 square-foot store is located along I-35 at the University Boulevard exit and features 10000 exclusively designed home furnishings under one roof a 300-seat IKEA restaurant and a supervised children’s play area.
North Loop Plaza5222 Burnet Road
Located between North Loop and 45th Street North Loop Plaza features anchor store Sue Patrick where shoppers can find brands such as Foxcroft Thymes Bath and Body and an extensive selection of University of Texas apparel souvenirs and memorabilia.
Round Rock Premium Outlets4401 North IH-35 in Round Rock 512-863-6688 www.premiumoutlets.com/roundrock
Get ready! Get set! Get shopping! Round Rock Premium Outlets features 125 designer and name-brand outlet stores and savvy shoppers will appreciate the everyday savings of 25 to 65 percent on upscale goods. Conveniently located off Interstate 35 just 20 minutes north of Austin this center’s Hill Country architecture invites visitors to relax as they enjoy shopping in the boutique-style stores featuring Adidas BCBG Max Azria Ann Taylor Factory Store Banana Republic Factory Store Chico’s Burberry Calvin Klein Coach Gap Outlet J.Crew Kenneth Cole Michael Kors Nike Factory Store Polo Ralph Lauren Puma Swarovski White House Black Market and more.
San Marcos Premium Outlets3939 IH-35 South in San Marcos 512-396-2200 www.premiumoutlets/sanmarcos.com
Take a day or two or three for some serious shopping at this impressive collection of luxury and name-brand stores! Conveniently located off Interstate 35 between San Antonio and Austin this beautiful Venetian-inspired outdoor center features 140 stores including 7 For All Mankind Banana Republic Factory Store Betsey Johnson Coach Fendi Gucci Last Call by Neiman Marcus Michael Kors Nike Factory Store Polo Ralph Lauren Pottery Barn Outlet Prada Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th Tory Burch Victoria’s Secret and more all at savings of 25% to 65% everyday.
The Shops at Arbor Walk10515 North Mopac Expressway 512-338-4755 www.simon.com/mall/?id=1224
Located at the southeast corner of MoPac Expressway and Braker Lane The Shops at Arbor Walk is part of the new Austin shopping explosion that has hit the area. Opened in the later part of 2006 the 450000 square foot mall is home to such names as The Home Depot Marshalls JoAnn Fabrics and DSW Shoe Warehouse. Shoppers looking for fun food options will find many at The Shops at Arbor Walk including Mimi’s Café Chipotle Camille’s Mighty Fine Burgers and Chuck E. Cheese’s.
Sunset Valley5400 Brodie Lane www.sunsetvalley.org
Once pristine farmland there’s still green that’s being harvested on this property but it’s a cash crop of a different kind. Building these outdoor Austin shopping centers has meant big property tax breaks for the Sunset Valley residents while penny-wise shoppers know that dollars spent here means a slightly lower sales tax than shopping elsewhere in the Austin area. Shops include Bed Bath & Beyond TJ Maxx a 24-hour Home Depot Barnes & Noble Old Navy and Cost Plus.
Village at Westlake701 S. Capital of Texas Highway 512-327-3628
Tucked away around a bend it’s easy to miss the Village at Westlake at first glance. Entering the driveway reveals that looks from the highway are deceiving as this Austin shopping center encompasses shops restaurants and an upscale Albertson’s grocery store.
Wolf RanchSouthwest Corner of I-35 and SR29 Georgetown 512-930-8008
Wolf Ranch makes shopping more convenient than ever for residents in the fast-growing North Austin/Williamson County area. This new 750000 square-foot open-air retail shopping center owned by Simon Property Group opened in the summer of 2005 and is home to a mix of “big box” anchor stores specialty retail stores and unique restaurants. Wolf Ranch is also a delight to the eyes with its walking paths and park benches and beautiful landscaping.
‘The Drag’Guadalupe Street – MLK to 29th Street
Sure the national chains such as Barnes and Noble and the Gap have moved in but the small funky shops that the Drag is known for are still there. Hunt for a legal parking space (or use one of the paid parking lots as a last resort) and take the time to meander and discover the joys of street vendors at 23rd Street beads and baubles at Nomadic Notions and other funky finds.
Kerbey Lane/Jefferson Square38th Street from Lamar to MoPac
Running along the length of 38th Street veering off to Kerbey Lane and culminating in Jefferson Square this area offers quaint shops that invite exploration. Jefferson Square is the home to Anderson & Co. Coffee where the smell of freshly roasted coffee beans lingers in the air. Other small businesses are just as eclectic-from a store that sells dolls and doll accessories to a clock shop a lamp shop a shop that sells only architectural antiques the list goes on and on and is best investigated during an afternoon with time to dawdle. Finish up with a good meal at Kerbey Lane Café-or begin your day there-it’s open 24 hours.
North Lamar Blvd.12th Street to 6th Street & 6th Street – North Lamar Blvd to West Lynn
Walk along this intersection and you’ll find every part of Austin represented. Hip funky cool laidback with a touch of tradition it’s all here. Diversity abounds on these two streets. Just a few of the stores on North Lamar include BookPeople a much beloved locally-owned independent bookstore; Eclectic a store that lives up to its name with its exclusive imports; Emeralds with its ultra chic women’s fashions; and Waterloo Records an independent record/CD/DVD/video store with deep roots in the Austin music scene. Going west on Sixth look for Whit Hanks Antiques with its 70 antiques and arts dealers under one roof Wiggy’s with it’s large selection of fine wines spirits and cigars Sweetish Hill Bakery with its delectable delights.
South Congress Avenue or “So-Co”Nellie Street to Mary Street
Reborn and rediscovered the SoCo District is enjoying a renaissance. From the renovated Austin Motel and San Jose Motel to Jo’s Coffee to new stores such as Wet and old favorites like Terra Toys this is the perfect strolling Austin shopping experience. Parking is plentiful along South Congress and shopping in the neighborhood is the perfect activity for one of those lazy Sunday afternoons. Be sure to come down for “First Thursday” where every First Thursday of the month stores galleries and restaurants host an evening neighborhood block party.