DOWNTOWN: As Austin As It Gets™
Downtown offers A Unquely Austin Experience with the perfect mix of local boutiques and...
a few favorite namebrands like Anthropologie, Brooks Brothers, Design Within Reach, Urban Outfitters and Patagonia. Grab a quick gift on your lunch hour or leisurely browse from block to block. Easy parking and five densely packed retail districts make it easy to score that perfect find.
Downtown Retail Districts
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“Where Texas Warmth Meets Austin Cool,” the 2nd Street district is home to 50 specialty shops, services and dining establishments. Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater and the Austin Children’s Museum anchor this downtown district, which spans Second Street between Congress Avenue and San Antonio Street.
E. 6th Street
With a collection of music venues, restaurants, the original Alamo Drafthouse movie theater, the Austin Visitor Center and an eclectic array of stores that include local favorites Wild About Music and the Hatbox, E. 6th Street is literally open day and night. Most of Austin’s musical history points to E. 6th Street, so be sure to take note of this 7-block National Register Historic District’s array of 19th’ century, 2-story architectural buildings – some of the best in the state.
Located on the western edge of downtown at Sixth Street and Lamar Boulevard, this retail district’s key landmarks include Whole Foods Market, Anthropologie, REI and Book People, Texas’s leading independent bookstore. This is a great area to get goodies for yourself, your home and tonight’s dinner.
Just one half mile south of the river lies the heart of South Congress, or SOCO. Home to many of Austin’s uniquely quirky, funky and hip stores, it is also the home of the Continental Club, a locally revered live music venue, as well as much of Austin’s food trailer culture.