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South Congress Shopping District

Also known as SoCo, South Congress is an eclectic outdoor neighborhood in Austin that is known for vintage finds, quirky shops and unique home décor. “First Thursday” is an attraction at SoCo that takes place every first Thursday of the month. On “First Thursday,” concerts and other activities take place along the streets of the SoCo district and the shops stay open later as well. This unique shopping area will hold your attention for several hours as you go from one unique find to another. Don’t forget to check out The Armadillo Market as it has everything pertaining to Texas that you can ever imagine. Students from UT Austin find SoCo to be a great spot to hang out so if it gets a little crowded, don’t be surprised.

 The Arboretum

The Arboretum is a relaxing place to shop. It has a very park-like setting with fountains and plants scattered throughout the mall. It even has a picnic area for shoppers to relax at. Here you will find familiar name-brand stores such as Express and Coldwater Creek. It’s a small mall with only about 40 retail stores but checking out the scenery at this place may be worth your time. Also, it is a great place to go to get your essential basic clothing that you may have forgotten to pack in your suit case.

 2nd Street District

The 2nd Street District is a hip area with posh living spaces, fine entertainment and flavorful boutique shops. You can find it all here-from the hottest designers to locally-designed apparel. This is not a place you would want to miss out on. In addition to the many apparel shops, 2nd Street also has exquisite furniture shops. Most of them have more of the modern contemporary furniture and accessories so if you want a taste of what’s new in the home-scene, be sure to stop by the furniture stores on 2nd Street.

 Artist’s Market

Also known as the Renaissance Market on 23rd street, this open-air market is home to Austin’s independent craft makers and artisans. If you’re looking something unique or a handmade item, this is the place to go. The Artist’s Market showcases and sells many goods from paintings to textiles and whimsical items. You may even get to see the artist’s themselves at work during your visit. Unlike many other craft fairs, The Artist’s Market is open daily.

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