Whether you're looking for upscale shopping in a spacious mall or one-of-a-kind treasures from a small boutique, Austin has convenient shopping options for every taste and budget.
In downtown Austin, the 2nd Street District features more than 50 specialty shops, many of which are locally-owned and unique to Austin. At 6th Street and Lamar Boulevard, highlights include the national headquarters and flagship store of Whole Foods, as well as BookPeople, one of the nation's largest independent bookstores, and Waterloo Records, an independent music store that often features live performances.
South Congress Avenue (known as SoCo) is home to hip and eclectic shops, galleries, bars and restaurants, and the whole district stays open late on the first Thursday of each month creating a block party atmosphere. The stretch of Guadalupe Street across from the University of Texas campus is known as the Drag, and features student-friendly shops, restaurants and bars.
If you're in search of high-end fashion and luxury goods, you'll want to make a trip to the north side of Austin to visit the Domain, a premier shopping and dining destination. There are a variety of shopping centers and malls throughout the Austin area awaiting your exploration, and bargain hunters will want to head a few miles north on I-35 to Round Rock Premium Outlets, where you'll have over 120 outlet stores to choose from.
|The Domain||Lakeline Mall||The Arboretum|
|Barton Creek Square Mall||Hill Country Galleria||Round Rock Premium Outlets|
|Southpark Meadows||San Marcos Premium Outlets||San Marcos Tanger Outlet Center|
Austin's access to a young, educated population has spurred the growth of a robust clinical trial atmosphere. Local hospitals, physician’s offices and specialty healthcare related entities also partner in various clinical trials, covering all aspects of life sciences.