Travel down North Lamar
and North Loop Boulevard to find some of the small strip-mall shopping characteristic of central Austin neighborhoods such as the North Loop.
A high concentration of vintage stores causes thrifters and retro-fashion lovers to flock to the North Loop. Those looking for a great deal should head to the Texas Thrift Store or Savers. For some unique vintage furniture at thrift store prices, check out the collection at Room Service Vintage.
Blue Velvet, a mid-price vintage and consignment shop, claims a space in a strip mall on West North Loop where you can spend a lovely afternoon. After searching through the high-quality vintage items at Blue Velvet, go next door to Breakaway Records, and pick out something for your LP collection. You might even find a special gem in the bargain bins full of used, well-playing records. When you're ready for a break, walk to the other end of the strip for a coffee and pastry at Epoch Coffee, a roomy, comfortable spot favored by locals for working and meeting up with friends.
When you're looking for gifts in the North Loop, check off every name on your list, including those who are difficult to buy for, at Zinger Hardware & General Merchant on North Lamar. More than a hardware store, this locally owned shop features a vast assortment of gourmet foods, barware and kid's toys. You'll also find a wide variety of unusual and beautiful home decor and lawn and garden items here. Before you leave, grab a funny novelty shirt for yourself or a pretty sweater for your pet.
With an H-E-B location on both 41st and 51st Streets, North Loop residents never have to travel far for convenient, affordable groceries. While the North Loop hosts no farmers markets, residents can quickly reach two nearby, year-round markets: the Sustainable Food Center Farmers' Market at The Triangle and the Mueller Farmers' Market. Locals enjoy fresh produce at the SFC Farmers' Market at 46th and Lamar on Wednesday afternoons, while the Mueller Farmers' Market, operated by the local non-profit F2M Texas, opens each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.