The capital of Texas offers more than just amazing music festivals each year such as Austin City Limits and SXSW. It’s home to some of the best vintage shopping in the country, turning out an ever-so-stylish set of ladies and gents who know how to mix new with old impeccably; the most deliciously fattening Tex-Mex (chili con queso, anyone?); Lake Travis, a sprawling lake with the perfect sailing conditions; and much more. And yes, everything is bigger in Texas, including the spirit and pride of the people who are here because they want to be. Below, a roundup of some spots worth checking out on your next (or first) visit to Austin, Texas.
Feathers Vintage: By far the best spot to score on mint condition vintage clothing and accessories in Austin. They take vintage seriously and have everything merchandised so that it is easy to find, which is great considering vintage stores can be chaotic with everything strewn about. Feathers is also a supreme spot to find vintage designer handbags. 1700 S. Congress, Austin Texas 78703 (512) 912-9779
By George: Since 1977, By George has been the ultimate shopping destination to find independent designers as well as high-end. Owners Katy and Matthew Culmos buy pieces that will stand the test of time, never looking to trends to dictate their choice of merchandise. The atmosphere and sales staff are friendly and unpretentious, which goes to show why they remain the best retailer for clothing and accessories in the city. There are two locations: one on 6th and Lamar that carries more contemporary pieces from independent designers, and one on S. Congress where you’ll find Dries van Noten, Lanvin, Chloè, Marni and much more. 524 N. Lamar, Austin 78703 (512) 472-5951 and 1400 S. Congress, Austin 78704 (512) 441-8600
Barton Creek: If you’re up for a little hike and some swimming, Barton Creek is the way to go. In the middle of the wilderness in Zilker Park, you can catch some rays on the rocks and take a dip in the creek. It can be kind of a scene during busy times of the year like SXSW, but it’s still worth checking out. Not to be mistaken for Barton Springs pool, this is more of a park-your-car-and-go for a 15-minute hike to paradise. www.texasescapes.com
Polvo’s: Hands down the best Tex-Mex in Austin. Located in South Austin, Polvo’s has a salsa bar that will blow your mind. They also make mean Micheladas (a Bloody Mary made with beer instead of vodka) that will have you loving life the rest of the day. The food will make you wish there was a Polvo’s in your city, too. Tip: Ask to sit at an outside patio table. 2004 S. 1st St., Austin 78704 (512) 441-5446
Pictured: Feathers Vintage
Pictured: Feathers Vintage