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March 07, 2020

Best Shops In Austin

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!

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Keep it local by shopping local 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.


BEST SHOPPING IN NORTH AUSTIN

Limbo Jewelry shop in Austin Texas

LIMBO JEWELRY

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 Store

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

 

NINA BERENATO

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

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Feed me tacos and tell me I'm pretty mug

LUXE APOTHETIQUE

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

 

ERIN CONDREN

Stationary, notebooks, notecards, pens, and everything colorful at this shop in Domain NORTHside.

11601 Rock Rose Ave #128, erincondren.com/austinstore


BEST SHOPPING IN EAST AUSTIN

 

Wearing dainty jewelry from Amanda Deer in Austin Texas

AMANDA DEER

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!

Here are a couple of my favorite pieces: Arch earrings, Maria Coin Necklace, Twist Hoops, Hammered Gold Cuff, Third Eye Coin Huggies, and Evil Eye Coin Necklace

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 in East Austin Texas

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

 

Plant Party shopping in austin in East Austin Texas

PLANT PARTY

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

 

BEE GROCERY

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


SHOPPING IN CENTRAL AUSTIN

Atown shop in Central Austin

ATOWN

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

 

Conversation socks

BLUE ELEPHANT

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 in Austin Texas

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 shop in Austin

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

 

MAGIC CARAVAN

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

 

Succulent Native in Austin Texas

SUCCULENT NATIVE

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


SHOPPING IN DOWNTOWN AUSTIN

Bookpeople bookstore in Austin

BOOKPEOPLE

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 APOTHETIQUE 

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

 

TOY JOY

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

 

WATERLOO RECORDS

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, CDs, music, movies, books, t-shirts, and stickers.

600 N Lamar Blvd

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SHOPPING ON SOUTH CONGRESS

If you’re wanting an afternoon shopping experience, South Congress is the spot to go. Walk up and down the strip of boutiques and gift shops while listening to live music from Oak Garden next to Guero’s.

Allens Boots on South Congress Ave in Austin Texas

ALLENS BOOTS

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

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Limbo Shop in Austin Texas

LIMBO JEWELRY

Modern, architectural jewelry designed and made by hand, and local gifts.

1604 S Congress Ave, limbojewelrystore.com/pages/soco-store

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Little Limbo - shopping in Austin

LITTLE LIMBO

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 in Austin Texas

PRIMA DORA

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 shop in Austin Texas

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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SHOPPING IN SOUTH AUSTIN

Noah Marion in Austin Texas

NOAH MARION

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

 

Roadhouse Relics in Austin Texas

ROADHOUSE RELICS

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

 

UNCOMMON OBJECTS

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/

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WRITTEN BY:

Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.

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