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Trip List by boilinginTexas

Stores that Keep Austin Weird

Sep 7, 2009  a recent trip to Austin
4.5 of 5 stars based on 2 votes

These are some of the stores in Austin that make it a such a great place to shop for the unusual. Definitely one of a kind places to shop and pass the time.

Once you do the standard tourist stuff, or if you are in town for business and only have a little bit of time to kill, you definitely want to visit some of these stores to taste Austin's flavor. Now you know why Austin's motto is "Keep Austin Weird".

Arranged by walking area.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Austin
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Business travelers, Singles, Families with teenagers, Students, Budget travelers, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Sweetish Hill Bakery
    Sweetish Hill Bakery, Austin, Texas

    1120 W Sixth St
    Austin, TX 78703-5304
    (512) 472-1347

    In West 6th Street Historical District ,Start your travels by having some breakfast at Sweetish Hill. Both savories and pastries are sold, so stock up for some travel goodies as well. Giant toll house cookies... yum.

  • 2. Fortney's Artful Home Furnishings
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/fortneys-artful-home-furnishings-austin

    1116 W. 6th
    Austin, TX 78703
    (512) 495-6505

    In West 6th Street Historical District ,Next door to Sweetish Hill, start your exploration at Fortney's. Described as "Freakin' Great Stuff", this is a great catacomb of the most eccentric home furnishings you've ever seen. None of that neat and boring RoomStore stuff, this has giant bronze sculptures and bizarre furniture and lamps that are definite conversation starters.

  • 3. Positive Images Art and Unique Gifts

    1118 W 6th St
    Austin, TX 78703-5304
    (512) 472-1831

    In West 6th Street Historical District ,Next door to Sweetish Hill is a very interesting art store. This art store has interesting blown glass, pottery, jewelry by local artists and other cool things. Worth a perusal.

  • 4. Artworks gallery
    http://www.artworksaustin.com/index.html

    1214 W. 6th Street
    Austin, TX 78703
    (512) 472-1550

    In West 6th Street Historical District , great selection of cool and usable art. Their jewelry and teapots are gorgeous.

  • 5. Austin Galleries
    http://www.austingalleries.com/

    1219 W 6th St
    Austin, TX 78703-5208
    (512) 495-9363

    In West 6th Street Historical District, specializing in local artists.

  • 6. Haven Fine Art and Gifts
    http://www.havengalleryaustin.com/

    1122 W 6th St
    Austin, TX 78703-5304
    (512) 477-2700

    In West 6th Street Historical District ,On the other side of Sweetish Gallery this gallery specializes in fab sculpture and eclectic jewelry.

  • 7. Wild About Music
    Wild About Music, Austin, Texas

    115 e. 6th Street
    Austin, Texas
    512-708-1700

    Across from the Driskill on 6th street, by Congress.
    My favorite store in Austin, this is a place that truly makes Austin "Weird". It has absolutely everything you can imagine that has to do with music. The objects are so creative and unique that you will want to spend lots of time perusing all the good stuff.

  • 8. Yard Dog
    Yard Dog, Austin, Texas

    1510 S Congress Ave
    Austin, TX 78704
    512) 912-1613

    In SoCo (South Congress shopping area) a whole series of fun stores for your wandering.

  • 9. Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds
    http://www.lucyindisguise.com

    (512) 444-2002
    1506 S Congress Ave
    Austin, TX 78704
    Wild costume store in SoCo. This has absolutely everything!

  • 10. Austin Art Glass
    http://www.austinartglass.com/

    1608 S. Congress
    512-916-4527
    Austin, TX 78704
    South congress store of specialty glass objects by local artists.

  • 11. Austin Motel
    Austin Motel, Austin, Texas

    1220 S. Congress
    512-441-1157
    Austin, TX 78704

    Quirky centrally-located S. Congress hotel.

  • 12. Amy's Ice Cream
    http://66.147.242.191/~amysice1/#/home/

    1301 S. Congress
    512-440-7488
    Austin, TX 78704
    South Congress's trademark ice cream shop. So cool, it has its own listing in Wikipedia.

  • 13. Blackmail

    1202 S. Congress
    512-326-7670
    Austin, TX 78704

    South Congress vintage store of all things black. Very strange and fun

  • 14. Friends of Sounds Record
    http://www.friendsofsound.com

    1704 S. Congress
    512-447-1000
    Austin, TX 78704
    South congress vinyl authority (plus some great memorabilia)

  • 15. Guero's Taco Bar
    Guero's Taco Bar, Austin, Texas

    1412 S. Congress
    512-447-7688
    Austin, TX 78704

    A South Congress Institution.

  • 16. Goodie Two Shoes

    1111 S. Congress
    512-443-2468
    Austin, TX 78704

    Bizarre South Congress shoe store.

  • 17. Hill Country Weavers
    http://www.hillcountryweavers.com/main.php

    1701 S. Congress
    512-707-7396
    Austin, TX 78704
    S. Congress weaving and yarn store, famous in fibercraft circles. All roving and yarn is handdyed and available to the public. Knitters and weavers from all over the world come to this store.

  • 18. Magnolia Cafe South
    Magnolia Cafe, Austin, Texas

    1920 S. Congress
    512-445-0000
    Austin, TX 78704
    SoCo dining Institution in Texas

  • 19. Off the Wall
    http://www.offthewallaustin.com

    1704 S. Congress
    512-445-4701
    Austin, TX 78704
    Funkadelic S. Congress store of all things for your wall.

  • 20. Quincy's Guitar
    http://www.quincysguitars.com/

    515 S. Congress #106
    512-383-0456
    Austin, TX 78704
    Cozy S. Congress store of rare guitars.

  • 21. Texas French Bread

    1722 S. Congress
    512-440-1122
    Austin, TX 78704

    S. Congress answer to Sweetish Hill. Good for a shopping break.

  • 22. Uncommon Objects
    Uncommon Objects, Austin, Texas

    1512 S. Congress
    512-442-4000
    Austin, TX 78704

    S. Congress store of strange and eclectic artifacts.