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Local or just visiting, navigating the Austin shopping scene can be intimidating. So much goodness to choose from means it can be difficult to know where to start. Sprinkled all over this beautiful city are some of the most amazing boutiques you’ll encounter. Some stores have been doing it right for decades, while others have popped up more recently but found loyal fans fast. Since we consider ourselves ‘experts’ when it comes to shopping, especially in our hometown, it seemed only fair that we share our cheat sheet and give you the roadmap to the best boutiques in Austin.

NANNIE INEZ – 701 S Lamar Blvd

With a mission to discover and highlight emerging designers, Nannie Inez is stocked with an ever changing collection of contemporary and hard-to-find home objects, accessories and apothecary from around the world.

image from @nannie_inez

SUNROOM – 1603 South Congress Ave

Hidden beneath the South Congress Hotel, Sunroom stocks not just the best swimsuit collection in town, but an impressive assortment of goods from independent designers and artisans.  The intention- west coast style in the city.

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CHARM SCHOOL – 1111 E. 11th St.

One of the best vintage shops in town, Charm School has an impressive mix of the best designs from every era. Shop or socialize, Charm School hosts art and music shows, and workshops that will inspire.

image from @charmschoolvintage

TAKE HEART – 1111 East 11th St.

Take Heart is a charming boutique located in East Austin that offers a curated selection of thoughtfully designed objects for the home.  Showcasing local and American artisans, as well as international makers with an emphasis on Japanese design, it’s the perfect place to find something truly special.

image from @takeheartshop

BY GEORGE – 524 North Lamar

By George has been around from the beginning, before any other boutique was bringing high-fashion to Austin.  The Lamar store is the flagship location and carries some of the most breathtaking clothes in the city- covetable collections, straight from the runway for both men and women.

image by @bygeorge

BY GEORGE – 1400 South Congress

By George South Congress is just as amazing as the original with a slightly more casual vibe.  Offering an eclectic mix of designers for men, women and home, this is the shop to discover some of the most exciting new lines from around the world that are less classic and more experimental.

image by @bygeorge

WILDFLOWER – 524 N Lamar Blvd

Wildflower might have the best selection of organic mattresses in Austin, but who’s thinking of buying beds when they’re surrounded by dreamy decor and endless design inspiration?!  Luxe linens, statement-making furniture and an incredible book collection . . . the list is long.

image from @wildflowerorganics

HELM – 1200 E 11th St

Man. Made.  Helm is very serious when it comes to making boots.  Designed in Austin and made in the USA, there are 153 steps to making each pair.  Helm is relentless about craftsmanship, which is obvious when you walk into their East Austin flagship store!

image by @helmboots

ROOM SERVICE – 107 E. North Loop Blvd.

This well known vintage shop has been open and serving Austin thrifters for over 35 years.  Room Service is packed top to bottom and front to back with treasures from bygone eras.  Favorites include- 50s-70s furniture, lighting, art, pottery and novelties.

image from @roomservicevintage

EAST AUSTIN SUCCULENTS – 801 Tillery St.

Be warned, you might want a pickup truck and a strong man with you for this visit.  Obscure succulents, strange-looking plants and bins of dreamy gems will tempt you, but giant cactus and enormous fiddle leaf figs will demand you take them home.

image by @eastaustinsucculents

STAG – 1423 S Congress Ave.

Stag aims to be the general store for every man, an emporium of essentials.  Classic and modern, traditional and progressive, respectful and rebellious, and everything in between.

image by @stagprovisions

UNCOMMON OBJECTS – 1602 Fortview Rd.

An icon on the South Congress strip forever, this antique shop just recently moved.  Well worth the trip to the new location, Uncommon Objects houses some of the most random and amazing finds in town.

image from @uncommonobjects

GARDEN HOUSE – 1515 West 35th St.

Garden House is a stunning nursery and well-curated lifestyle shop by loved landscape architecture firm Thompson & Hanson.  The shop stocks native and unusual plants, european antiques, garden furniture and beautiful containers for both garden and home.

image by @thompsonhanson

 

FEATHERS – 1700 B South Congress Ave.

The ultimate shopping destination for a free spirit.  Vintage jeans and tees, and all the beaded and embroidered stuff you can imagine.  Conveniently located on South Congress, it’s an easy stop for hipsters between brunch and festival.

image from @feathersboutiquevintage

KICKPLEAT – 624 North Lamar Blvd.

Meticulously curated, Kickpleat feels like a dream closet- perfectly organized and strictly edited.  Leaning slightly toward minimalist style, Kickpleat caters to the  most discerning shopper.

image by @shopkickpleat

MOSS – 705 South Lamar Blvd.

Moss is without question Austin’s premier source for high-end designer consignment.  Hand selected luxury and popular contemporary labels fill the store, all with this seasons current trends in mind.

image by @mossaustin

FAIL COLLECTIVE – 2612 E. Cesar Chavez St.

Fail Collective’s mission is to provide quality handmade jewelry at accessible price points. Each piece is delicately handcrafted in Austin, TX.

image from @failjewelry

ESBY – 1601 S. 1st St.

Esby’s a locally based brand that offers beautifully made clothing for both women & men with menswear mentality. Esby believes in a fewer/better approach.  The shop on South First carries their collection along with other like-minded designers.

image by @esby_apparel

SLOW NORTH – 2700 W. Anderson Lane

Hand crafted with purpose.  Slow North makes truly magical candles and sells them with a lovely display of goods from other thoughtful makers.  A charming selection of bath + body, accessories and affordable jewelry make it a perfect pop-in for gifting.

image by @slownorth

ESTILO – 2727 Exposition Blvd.

Estilo is located in the heart of Tarrytown and caters to busy Austin women by opening at 8AM weekdays!  With a focus on clientele, Estilo delivers a wide range of labels making sure to have something for every occasion and every customer.

image by @estilo_asutin

OLIVE – 1200 E. 11th St.

Olive is a boutique in East Austin that features a stock of artful independent design coupled with curated vintage. They champion creative everyday dressing and encourage self expression.

image by @shopolive.us

SOUTH CONGRESS HOTEL LOBBY SHOP – 1603 South Congress

The Lobby Shop is located on the ground floor of the South Congress Hotel and offers a surprising mix of goods.  In-room products, artist collaborations, personal travel essentials and a curated selection of books, magazines and gifts can be purchased.

image by @southcongresshotel

UPTOWN MODERN – 5111 Burnet Rd.

Specializing in restored vintage Danish modern, European modern and American mid century modern furniture, Uptown Modern has the most impressive inventory in town. Fine furniture from iconic designers is mixed with more affordable  pieces.

image from @uptownmodernaustin

KETTLE + BRINE – 908- C W 12th St

Born out of a love for good food and great design, Kettle & Brine was launched from a desire to live more thoughtfully through the objects that surround us.  Core values include function, design, the planet, and wellness.  The result is heirloom-quality products built to last a lifetime.

image from @kettleandbrine

6 comments
  1. 1
    Rena | March 2, 2018 at 8:32 am

    Thanks for the wonderful guide!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

    Reply
  2. 2
    Annie | March 2, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! Loving the vintage vibes
    x
    http://www.latteandluxe.com

    Reply
  3. 3
    Janet McCullar | March 13, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    I have to add the wonderful Good Company next to the Tavern! What a wonderful shop!!!

    Reply
  4. 4
    Carenn Mackinnon | August 5, 2018 at 8:45 am

    Great list! But, that photo of Kettle + Brine is actually of Esby’s shop…

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  5. 5
    Martha Liner | November 13, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    Don’t forget Valentines in Davenport! If you’re lucky, you may even get a glimpse of the ever-dashing Marcus Wendler Hersh.

    Reply
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