Head toward downtown and find By George, named one of the country’s Top Ten Boutiques by Lucky magazine, as well as Chico’s, REI, and award-winning local bookstore BookPeople, still thriving in the age of e-books. West 6th Street is home to several delightful antiques and home furnishings stores that are popular with the locals. In downtown Austin, the 2nd Street District features more than 50 specialty shops, many of which are locally owned and unique to Austin.
Also located in the downtown area, the Austin Museum of Art, Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, and Austin Children’s Museum all house gift shops worth the trip. Plus, Waterloo Records, Austin Vintage Guitars, and Wild About Music will feed your musical lifestyle the way “The Live Music Capital of the World” should.