SOUTH CONGRESS SHOPPING DISTRICT:
This hip strip features an array of eclectic shops, restaurants, boutiques, antiques, music venues and galleries. And every first Thursday of the month, the street turns into a street fair of sorts with all stores staying open until at least 10pm.
Some of the standouts for us were:
1522 South Congress Avenue
+1 512 447 1413
Cowboy boots! Hundreds and hundreds of cowboy boots. If you're not going to buy them in Austin, then where?
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1506 South Congress Avenue
+1 512 444 2002
The Allen's Boots of costume shops. So bizarre and yet so much fun.
SECOND STREET SHOPPING DISTRICT:
Home to most of the big name stores in Austin: Banh & Olufsen, Design Within Reach, Swatch and the like, the area is a great place to walk around and shop, and there are a ton of great restaurants as well (see La Condesa, above). There are also a number of smaller, cooler local shops with checking out.