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  • 1. Toy Joy


    This fantastic place is so much the ultimate toy store of your childhood fantasies that it's too good to save for actual children—don't be...Read More

  • 2. Waterloo Records & Video

    Music Stores

    This large independent shop is an Austin institution that's been an integral part of the local music scene since 1982. With an outstanding selection...Read More

  • 3. Whole Foods Market


    The 80,000-square-foot flagship store for the natural/organic supermarket chain's world headquarters is both a showcase for the company's philosophy...Read More

  • 4. Artworks

    Clarksville | Art Galleries

    Look no farther than this ultra-modern gallery when you're on the hunt for unique pieces like hand-carved onyx sculptures from Mexico. The large...Read More

  • 5. Book People


    Texas's largest independent bookstore is a home-grown alternative to the monster chain stores. It began in 1970 as Grok Books, and now stocks...Read More

  • 6. ByGeorge


    This is not your average Austin clothing boutique. While you may find many up-and-coming independent designers while perusing other store’s...Read More

  • 7. Outdoor Voices

    Clarksville | Clothing

    Calling all sports fans: this Austin-New York City collaboration is reinventing workout gear. Somewhere between Nike's high-performing sweat...Read More

  • 8. Prize

    Department Stores

    In the 2nd Street shopping district, Prize has branded itself as “an urban department store” where you’ll find women's clothing and menswear...Read More

  • 9. Rogue Running

    Sporting Goods

    Austin runners frequent this shop as much for its selection of Asics, Saucony, Adidas, and Nike shoes as for the expert advice on which pair...Read More

  • 10. Rogue Running

    Sporting Goods

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  • 11. Wee

    Household Items/Furniture

    Parents and kids alike love this stylish baby boutique in the heart of downtown. You’ll find everything here to outfit a nursery: mobiles, cribs...Read More

  • 12. Whole Earth Provision Co.

    Sporting Goods

    South Congress gets more attention from travel writers, but stores like this huge, sun-filled and fun-filled outdoor/travel outfitters are why...Read More

  • 13. Cheapo Discs

    Music Stores

    Hunting for the really elusive CDs and LPs on your want list? If you can't find it at Waterloo, try Cheapo (and vice versa). A slightly more...Read More

  • 14. Peyton's Place


    This modest-size gem of a boutique on the edge of the district is notable for its affordable prices and friendly staff. Whether you're a hip...Read More

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