COVID-19 UPDATE: Our local Austin shopping scene has been hit the hardest due to the economic impacts of COVID-19.
One of the best things about Austin is that we have a local shopping scene with many local shops to shop from. Gift shops, jewelry shops, plant shops, women boutiques, and the biggest independent book store in the state of Texas!
Keep it local by shopping local like Austinites at these local shops in Austin organized by North, South, East, Central, South Congress, and downtown Austin. You won’t find any department stores like Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Dillard’s, or Nordstrom on this list.
P.S. check out my pocket-sized guidebook on Austin Texas for more local shops in each neighborhood.
SHOPPING IN CENTRAL AUSTIN
There are several gift shops in Austin but Atown is one of my favorites because of the wide curated collection of local Austin gifts. Everything from women’s clothing, cards, candles, jewelry, baby gifts, and a dedicated men’s section in the back of the store.
Shop Koko is also set up here at Atown with my Koko’s Guide To Austin book, donut boobie tees, taco boobie tees, queso, and fries tees.
5502 Burnet Rd, iloveatown.com
Blue Elephant is the sister store to Atown that’s located in the shopping center of Central Market. Super cute selection of local gifts.
4001 N Lamar Blvd #510, shopblueelephant.com
HEARTH & SOUL
This carefully curated boutique shop in Tarry Town has clothes, accessories, baby toys, home decor, pet supplies, and books. Hearth & Soul hosts events every month in store too!
2727 Exposition Blvd, hearthandsoul.com
LILLA & BETH
Lilla & Beth is a cute little shop in Mueller that’s located next to Alamo Drafthouse movie theater with women’s clothing, housewares, and gifts.
1911 Aldrich St #130, lillabeth.com
If you’re looking to add a rug to your home, check out Magic Caravan on North Burnet. Turkish rugs, bathrobes, pillowcases, tapestries, and more.
5003 Burnet Rd
Located in North Loop is Succulent Native – this big plant shop is filled with houseplants, succulents, and local gifts. You can also take a hands-on workshop or planting party at Succulent Native – check out their schedule here.
Succulent Native also has a super cute Instagrammable mural on the side of the building.
5501 N Lamar Blvd a101, succulentnative.com
WOOD | ROSE
Wood & Rose is one of the most beautiful stores in Austin with popular high-end women and jewelry designers.
3800 N Lamar Blvd suite 110, shopwoodandrose.com
Other stores in Central Austin
- Room Service Vintage – one of Austin’s top vintage, thrift, and antique shops in the North Loop District
- Blue Velvet
- Outdoor Voices
BEST SHOPPING IN NORTH AUSTIN
Limbo makes modern, architectural jewelry designed and made by hand. The shop is filled with local gifts so you’re sure to find something!
3211 Palm Way Suite 152, limbojewelrystore.com
AUSTIN PETS ALIVE THRIFT
Austin Pets Alive has two of their own thrift stores that you can shop from and donate to! I dropped off three big bags recently.
5801 Burnet Road + 1409 West Oltorf Street
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I met Nina when she first moved from New York and opened up shop at the Barton Creek shopping mall but this girl has made a mark as a jewelry designer. BEYONCE HAS WORN HER JEWELRY (custom face masks for the Lion King Spirit Music Video).
Nina has donated $11,500 in cash to charities and raise $27,000 for other local makers and artists by selling their goods.
Visit her shop at Domain NORTHSIDE.
3200 Palm Way #152, ninaberenato.com
Luxe has been my go-to gift shop since I moved to Austin because of all the unique gifts that you can find in their shop. Anything from candles to mugs, women’s clothing, beauty, and local Austin items.
11501 Century Oaks Terrace, shopluxe.com
Stationary, notebooks, notecards, pens, and everything colorful at this shop in Domain NORTHside.
11601 Rock Rose Ave #128, erincondren.com/austinstore
There are some stores at The Arboretum at Great Hills too.
BEST SHOPPING IN EAST AUSTIN
I love dainty, gold jewelry but it can be pricey. Amanda Deer in Austin makes dainty, 14kt gold-filled gold jewelry with an affordable price tag!
I have a solitaire diamond necklace that I wear every day that an ex-bf gifted me from Tiffany & Co but it was around $1000. Amanda Deer has one for $329!
501 N Interstate Hwy 35 Suite 115,
MIRANDA BENNETT STUDIO
Miranda Bennet Studio is an ethical, sustainable collection of modern, plant-dyed apparel brand that’s made in the USA. I’m wearing the new silk charmeuse everyday dress in Mexican mint marigold that is naturally dyed with organically grown plants.
Mexican Mint Marigold is the first plant they grew from seed in partnership with New Leaf Agriculture at their refugee-led farm east of Austin.
1211 E 11th Street, shopmirandabennett.com
I’ve been shopping at Plant Party for years! You can find rare houseplants and common houseplants at this cute little plant shop in East Austin. And the shop is called Plant Party because you can come in for a plant party! Build your own terrarium for one or two and it’s BYOB or BYOW.
1200 E 11th St, plantparty.co
This locally owned, one-of-a-kind urban grocer in East Austin is both a grocery store and Vietnamese counter-service with banh mi, vermicelli bowls, rice plates, and pho.
1001 E 6th St
The Paper + Craft Pantry
This cute little paper store at Springdale General has everything from notebooks, cards, pencils, and stationery in a plant-filled shop. They also host workshops like watercolouring, leather making, and more.
1023 Springdale Rd building 6b
Charm School Vintage
Women’s vintage clothes in a charming old house in East Austin.
1111 E 11th St #150
SHOPPING IN DOWNTOWN AUSTIN
BookPeople is the largest independent bookstore in Texas. I grew up with my nose buried half of the time in books and reading in my bookstores so there was always something magical about bookstores to me. When I published my book and BookPeople started carrying it, it was a dream come true.
BookPeople has always been really supportive of local authors and hosts book events almost every single day!
603 N Lamar Blvd
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Luxe has two shops in Austin: one at The Domain and in the 2nd Street District. The shop has a ton of different cute gifts, women’s clothing, and beauty products.
201 W 2nd St
You’ll feel like you stepped into the Disneyland of toys, or at least I did. This quicky, colorful toy shop sells unique toys and collectibles since 1987. Their sister shop, Yummi Joy, serves dairy-free, vegan ice cream in partnership with Sweet Ritual and all the candy.
403 W 2nd St
Iconic independent music and video shop that’s been an integral part of Austin’s music scene since 1982. You can find new and used LPs, indie CDs, music, movies, books, t-shirts, and stickers.
600 N Lamar Blvd
SHOPPING ON SOUTH CONGRESS
If you’re wanting an afternoon shopping experience, South Congress is the ultimate shopping destination of Austin with eateries along the way. Walk up and down the strip of boutiques and gift shops while listening to live music from Oak Garden next to Guero’s.
Landmark store on South Congress Avenue with more than 4,000 cowboy boots on display, plus cowboy hats, clothing & accessories.
1522 S Congress Ave, allensboots.com
Modern, architectural jewelry designed and made by hand, and local gifts.
1604 S Congress Ave, limbojewelrystore.com/pages/soco-store
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COVID-19: Little Limbo will be closing their doors on August 31, 2020 due to the economic impact of COVID-19.
You can’t miss the cute pink wall by Little Limbo while walking around South Congress. Snap a photo and go inside for all the cute local gifts and kid toys.
1700 S Congress Ave unit a, littlelimboatx.com
Prima Dora is one of the older stores in Austin that still has the “Old Austin” vibe while supporting local artists. Put your name down at Magnolia Cafe next door and come check out the gift shop and take a picture in front of the Love From Austin, one of the most Instagrammable murals in Austin.
1912 S Congress Ave, primadora.com/collections/made-in-austin
Lucy In Disguise with Diamonds
If you like vintage shops, Lucy In Disguise has the best collection of costumes, vintage clothing, boas, masks, wigs, and everything glitz and glam.
1506 S Congress Ave, lucyindisguise.com
TRIPLE Z THREADZ
Men’s store that sells trendy embroidered pearl snap shirts, vintage western shirts, and different art and decor.
1606 S Congress Ave, triplezthreadz.com
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Other shops on South Congress
- Kendra Scott
- Stag Provisions
- By George – features designers from around the world
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SHOPPING IN SOUTH AUSTIN
Noah Marion’s flagship store is located on South Lamar featuring a range of elevated, handmade leather goods such as wallets, bags & belts. Since 2006 Noah Marion has focused on untreated, undyed natural vegetable tanned leather in order to allow the user to personally bring the design to life.
You can also find a curated collection of local gifts here including my book!
2053 S Lamar Blvd, noahmarion.com
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ART FOR THE PEOPLE
Independent gallery on South 1st showcasing over 20 local artists.
1711 S 1st St
Home to the iconic Greetings From Austin mural, did you know you can actually walk into Roadhouse Relics? I didn’t until a couple of weeks ago when I met the sweet couple! They have a small gift shop inside of prints and t-shirts.
1720 S 1st St
MOSS DESIGNER CONSIGNMENT
High-end consignment shop that carries secondhand clothing from well-known designer brands.
705 S Lamar Blvd
Established in 1991 as a small antique collective, Uncommon Objects is a one-of-a-kind emporium of transcendent antiques, including jewelry, taxidermy, and toys.
1602 Fortview Rd, uncommonobjects.com/history/