Austin has always been known for its great vintage, but the last five years have seen our city bloom into an exciting scene of curated boutiques and local design. Like our town itself, shopping here reflects our forward-thinking, casual way of life. We still don’t do black tie, but if you’re looking for an edgy dress, minimalist home goods, or (of course) that perfect vintage tee—Austin has everything to offer. We’ve decided to make it extra easy for you and put together a list of the best shopping in Austin.
All of the best places to shop in Austin have one thing in common, whether they’re a home goods store, clothing boutique, or a vintage paradise: they’re all oozing with Austin’s unique style and charm. We searched high and low for hidden gems as well as rounding up our favorite can’t miss spots. Each one is a testament to the artistic values and culture of this amazing city.
Scroll down for our up-to-the-moment list of the best shopping in Austin.
Clothes, Jewelry, and Accessories
1211 E 11th Street
The flagship store from Austin-based clothing designer Miranda Bennett is a minimalist dream. Her simple mix-and-match pieces are made from plant-dyed silk and linen, and in a rainbow of shades to suit any mood. The store itself is gorgeous and her thoughtfully designed pieces are the kind that you’ll wear for years to come.
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 vibe is very west coast-style in the city.
1111 E. 11th St.
One of the best places to shop in Austin, 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.
524 North Lamar & 1400 S Congress Ave
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– highly coveted collections straight from the runway for both men and women.
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.
1200 E 11th St
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!
1423 S Congress Ave.
Stag aims to be the general store for every man (and now woman!) It is truly an emporium of essentials. Classic and modern, traditional and progressive, respectful and rebellious, and everything in between.
1210 S Congress Ave.
Best Made Co. is well known for its clothing and gear for the ultimate stylish outdoorsman. While mostly sold online, in Austin, we’re lucky to have had the brand set up their third permanent shop on South Congress. Truly the perfect spot for hubby gift giving!
1318 S Congress Ave
A cute boutique packed with Cali vibes in the heart of South Congress (across from the iconic Perla’s patio). Cove is a departure from the typical store on SoCo—it’s a travel-inspired lifestyle boutique that the owners thoughtfully curate from a wide selection of well-known brands such as Beach Riot, Clare V, For Love & Lemons, Levis, and James Perse. Inspired by their own journeys and travel experiences, Cove features everything from swimwear to accessories in a variety of textures and colors. The only thing missing is a Malibu beachfront view to match.
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 between brunch and festival and one of the best places to shop in Austin.
606 Blanco St.
If you live in a major US city, there’s a good chance that an OV has popped up near you, but did you know that the hip athletic wear brand started in Austin? Their flagship store just west of Downtown is a must-visit for out-of-towners — both women and men alike!
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 shoppers.
908 W 12th St
Alexa James is a family-owned, carefully curated children’s clothing boutique near the charming Clarksville area of Austin. Designed by Austin’s own Claire Zinnecker, the charming shop has tasteful and modern kids’ clothes, toys, accessories, and decor. You’ll find the oh-so-cute and classic children’s brands such as Winter Water Factory and Thimble Collection, as well as some unique brands that may not be on your radar. If you need a gift, nursery decor, or a last-minute kids outfit for playground or photoshoot, Alexa James has you covered (and a cold Topo Chico upon arrival!)
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 season’s current trends in mind.
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.
2727 Exposition Blvd.
Estilo is located in the heart of Tarrytown and caters to busy Austin women by opening at 8 am on weekdays! With a focus on clientele, Estilo delivers a wide range of labels making sure to have something for every occasion and every customer.
249 West 2nd St.
If you’re looking to score designer goods at lower prices, then look no further than UAL. This shop purchases past-season and overstock items directly from high-end boutiques and department stores and works directly with designers to purchase their samples and overruns. They also have stylist services for a full red carpet treatment without breaking the bank!
217 W. North Loop
This sweet little shop is a family-owned indie business that has been Austin’s source for affordable and amazing vintage clothing for men and women since the early 90s.
1512 South Congress Ave
Featuring hats and accessories along with home goods, this high-end shop is so beautiful that you can also rent it out as an event space.
Home & Décor
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 goods from around the world.
1211 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.
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 the dreamy decor and endless design inspiration?! Luxe linens, statement-making furniture, and an incredible book collection—the list is long.
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 midcentury furniture, lighting, art, pottery, and novelties.
1316 S Congress Ave
To stay at The San Jose is to live there, and their excellently curated gift shop makes it easy to bring the aesthetic of the hip hotel into your own home. Beauty products and home goods will have you reliving your stay long after check-out, while well-designed smaller items make for the perfect souvenirs. Also worth a visit—Austin Motel’s gift shop just a stone’s throw away.
1602 Fortview Rd.
An icon on the South Congress strip forever, this antique shop just recently moved. It is well worth the trip to the new location, Uncommon Objects houses some of the most random and amazing finds in town.
2700 W. Anderson Lane
Handcrafted 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 makes it a perfect pop-in for gifting.
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.
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.
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.
507 W Mary St
Started by a plant enthusiast whose love of plants was passed down from her green-thumbed mom, Frond is nestled into a quant building in south Austin. Filled with unique and rare houseplants, as well as trendy planters and fun decor items, you’ll instantly be transported to an indoor jungle paradise.
This post was originally published on March 7, 2020, and has since been updated.