Austin may be known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” but it also has some pretty incredible shopping. Whether you consider yourself a fashionista or simply a functioning shopaholic, you’ll want to be sure that you rent an Austin apartment in one of the best neighborhoods for shopping. After all, isn’t being near the best shopping in Austin at the top of your must-have apartment list? Whether you’re looking for the best thrift store finds, high-end boutiques or some killer cowboy boots, these Austin neighborhoods have you covered:
Second Street District
This up-and-coming Austin neighborhood has tons of chic retail stores, as well as coffee shops, restaurants and wine bars to help you replenish your energy after a well-deserved shopping spree. Head to the area between San Antonio and Red River streets to explore the many boutiques that feature local artists and designers. Sikara & Co. is a popular shop in the district that sells modern-fusion jewelry inspired by the founder’s passion for traveling. The jewelry is handmade from sterling silver and gemstones.
One of the most popular shopping destinations in all of Austin is The Domain, a sprawling 700,000-square-foot mecca of national brands and local designers. It’s the newest shopping area in the city, and play host to popular retailers like Neiman Marcus, BCBG, Louis Vuitton and Lucky jeans. Not enough options for you? The Arboretum is also located near Great Hills. This gorgeous outdoor mall has mostly high-end shops, but you’ll also find more mainstream retailers like Gap, Sephora and Crate and Barrel.
This neighborhood is located on the west side of the University of Texas, Austin, campus and is home to “The Drag”–a street filled with funky and unique shops that appeal to college students and young adults. Everything is located on Guadalupe Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 30th Street. Academy Surplus is the best place to get UT gear, while Cream Vintage, Brave New Books and the Austin Renaissance Market are other shops you’ll definitely want to explore.
Another popular upscale shopping area is the Barton Creek Square Mall, located in Parkstone. This local favorite is home to Austin’s only Nordstrom, and also features Armani Exchange and J Crew. If your favorite pair of heels gets damaged during your shopping spree, you can take them to the Austin Shoe Hospital (yes, hospital) nearby. While Parkstone has some great shopping, it’s mostly residential, so it’s better for Austinites looking for a quieter existence.
If you’re a fan of antique, vintage and resale shops, South Congress is where you need to be. Located just south of downtown Austin, this neighborhood is filled with funky designs and eclectic wares. One shop you definitely don’t want to miss is Bootleg Austin–an airstream trailer packed with vintage shoes. Feathers is the place to go if you want to find vintage clothes that are still in-sync with modern trends, while By George is always stocked with clothing from emerging designers like Current/Elliott and Isabel Marant Etoile.
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