Our Guide to the Best Shopping in Austin

February 18, 2021

Austin has always been known for 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. Scroll down for our up-to-the-moment list of the best shops in town.

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Clothes, Jewelry & Accessories

Miranda Bennett Studio – 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.

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 Vintage – 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.

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By George – 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- covetable 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.

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Helm Boots – 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!

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Stag Provisions – 1423 S Congress Ave.

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

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Best Made Co. — 1210 S Congress Ave.

Best Made Co. is well known for their 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!

COVE — 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.

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Feathers Boutique Vintage – 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.

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Outdoor Voices — 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!

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.

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Alexa James Baby — 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 Too Chico upon arrival!)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Home & Decor

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.

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Take Heart – 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.

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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.

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Room Service Vintage – 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.

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Hotel San Jose — 1316 S Congress Ave

To stay at The San Jose is to live there, and their excellently curated gift shop makes it easy 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Frond Plant Shop – 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.

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