Old Bakery & Emporium

Old Bakery & Emporium, Austin: Hours, Address, Old Bakery & Emporium Reviews: 4.5/5

Old Bakery & Emporium
4.5
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Emporium of arts and crafts created by local artists. It is has a History Center, Art Gallery, Visitor Center and is a Historical Bakery built in 1876, complete with an old-fashioned oven and wooden baker's spade.
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NorthStar15812
San Antonio Tx1 contribution
I found some Wonderful handmade items and lovely art work. Truly texas souveniers abound at very reasonable prices. Beautiful artwork and wonderful baby quilts I even found a pair of knitted comboy baby boots. I happened to make it there for lunch and I was pleasently surprised by the low price on their lunch special. Try the chicken salad it's the best. It is a wonderful program created for Senior Citizens to sell their crafts in exchange for volunteering.
Written April 8, 2005
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Lainy325
Greeley, CO29 contributions
Oct 2016
What a delightful shop! A wide range of QUALITY handmade art and craft items, made by "seniors" over age 50. There's also a free art gallery upstairs, and a small museum area. We bought some beautiful dessert/appetizer plates that are very unique.
Written October 17, 2016
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LauraBee
Redondo Beach, CA70 contributions
Jan 2014 • Couples
This is a lovely little place about a long block from the capitol. It's a bit inauspicious and it bills itself as a visitor's center, mini-museum upstairs and a crafts market with all the artisans local residents over 50. Okay, I'm over 50, and I'm NOT a senior citizen . . . yet.

The people staffing the shop are generous with their time and information and stories. No, there's no food or drink anymore, but you may find some fun Texas trinkets at reasonable prices and you can even bring your dog, if he or she is well-behaved. That's always a big plus for us, as we often have our small dog with us and did this day. She was a hit.

We also found the upstairs museum very informative of the area and history of the building.
Written January 18, 2014
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LeahPhiladelphia_PA
Philadelphia, PA153 contributions
Dec 2013 • Friends
This beautiful antique building houses a visitor center, mini museum and an art gallery highlighting the work of elder craftspeople. It's all wonderful but I was especially impressed with the variety of outstanding "craft/art" items on display and for sale. Jewelry, art, fabric design, clothing, baby items, furnishings......all were in abundance and most were well executed and affordable. I fell in love with the quilts, both large and small and that did not stop me from marveling at the jewelry and ....well, everything else. There are two floors and so many treasures to discover. For me, this was the most unexpected rewarding experience of my 4 days in Austin.
Written January 12, 2014
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jolmar
Austin1 contribution
By chance, I stopped in the Old Bakery and Emporium on Congress Ave. and found a fantistic place to shop and dine. ( Great lunch specials) As I walked in the door, I was greeted by a volunteer and was given a history of the building as well as a review of all the merchandise hand crafted by Senior citizens. A must stop while in Austin, Texas
Written October 5, 2006
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Historically this was a bakery, but is now an Emporium. As it is designated as a Historical Building the name can't be changed.
Written January 17, 2019
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Marlene B
Deweyville, UT165 contributions
Nov 2015 • Friends
We did not expect to find a jewel in the rough in the Old Bakery. We saw the best of local, handmade art and crafts. The staff could not have been more helpful and we found everything we needed to satisfy our shopping for friends and relatives. Don't miss this little shop if you are in downtown Austin. The most unique items.
Written November 25, 2015
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Agmedman
30 contributions
Maybe it's just me, but I expected some fresh bread. Lots of original handmade Texas items for purchase and antiques to view but that's about it.
Written December 23, 2011
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Historically this was a bakery, but is now an Emporium. As it is designated as a Historical Building the name can't be changed.
Written January 17, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

dougmatt8
Austin2 contributions
Found this place several years ago. It offers top quality handcrafted items made by area senior citizens, and a terrfic lunch: soup and sandwich for about $4.25. It's right downtown, and easy to get to. Highly recommended.
Written May 21, 2008
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Historically this was a bakery, but is now an Emporium. As it is designated as a Historical Building the name can't be changed.
Written January 17, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Spaghettigal
Austin, TX1 contribution
The Old Bakery & Emporium in Austin, TX is a really neat
place to shop for something unusual, for yourself or a gift.
All the crafts are made by Austin's Senior citizens and
they also volunteer their time, to keep the place
going. My husband and I both enjoyed our visit there.
Written October 6, 2006
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bedfordmom2
greater boston area415 contributions
Nov 2019 • Business
I was thrilled to find a beautiful glass earrings and necklace. Very reasonably priced and would have been 2-3x in downtown boutiques. All the employees volunteer their time to show their work. They were so nice. Nice crafts at fair prices.It was the only place that I bought things during my stay. a block away from the capital.
Written November 21, 2019
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