Retail Roundup: Shore Condominiums Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

Homeowners at the Shore Condominiums have a vast array of shopping, dining and entertainment options to choose from within minutes of home.

Residents love living close to the 80,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market flagship store. Whole Foods Market is the international leader in selling healthful, natural groceries such as fresh organic and conventional produce, grass-fed beef, and healthy alternative versions of everything else you’d find in a grocery. Residents can also enjoy their mini-restaurants, an awesome bakery and delicious prepared food. For even more grocery options, a Randalls and HEB supermarket are each about 10 minutes away.

A Saturday Farmers’ Market at Republic Square Park a few blocks away is popular for its fresh produce.

Easy Access to Austin’s Best Shopping Malls

The Shore Condos are convenient to nine major shopping centers that are within a 15-minute radius of home. These include Barton Springs Square Mall, Southpark Meadows, Village at Westlake, Arboretum at Great Hills, Gateway, Arbor Trails, Escarpment Village, Sunset Valley Market Fair, and the Shops at Arbor Walk. Together, these nine shopping centers host a staggering 594 more department stores, national and local retailers and boutiques, fine and casual restaurants, services, and movie theaters.

And Austin’s most upscale shopping center, The Domain, with stores including Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Tiffany & Co., and Louis Vuitton, is less than 20 minutes away.

Funky but Chic Boutiques and Shops on 2nd Street and South Congress

Just a few minutes away, fashion and home décor dominate the 2nd Street District. A few of the most popular highlights include chic fashions at Francesca’s, great casual denim from Girl Next Door, and Austin’s finest in locally crafted jewelry and exciting accessories at Eliza Page. Area men’s fashion retailers include Bonobos, Estilo, and Urban Outfitters. BoConcept, Mercury Design Studios and Design Within Reach offer elegant Scandinavian-inspired furniture and home furnishings. A trip to 1020 Glass Art may just furnish that special locally made work of art that elevates a well-decorated room into a one-of-a-kind living space no one soon forgets.

South Congress (or, as locals know it, “SoCo”) is another shopping destination within minutes of the Shore Condos that boasts many trendsetting boutiques as well as a wide variety of casual and upscale cafes. Shopping for clothing, artisanal accessories, shoes, bags, home goods and gifts is a seemingly endless and delightful pursuit in SoCo. Boutiques include Tesoro’s, Maya Star, Co-Star, My Obsessions, Creatures Boutique, Prototype Vintage Design, by George, Stag, Eleven Eleven, and Limbo Jewelry Design and many others.

Juicy Burgers, New York Style Pizza and Gigantic Bloody Marys

Hopdoddy Burger Bar serves mind-blowingly creative and delicious takes on the once humble hamburger; Homeslice Pizza is a favorite for unusually good New York style Neapolitan pizza. For fine dining on SoCo, Perla’s Oyster Bar (touted on national television as one of the nation’s best restaurants by Anthony Bourdain), and Vespaio Italian Restaurant are local favorites.

Austin’s 6th Street is a world-famous nightlife mecca with bars and dining to suit almost any taste. Casino El Camino is a full bar famous for its hamburgers, chili cheese fries, and gigantic bloody marys. Chez Nous, a half-block off of 6th Street, serves delicious Parisian Bistro-style French food in an elegant but relaxed atmosphere.

Rainey Street, a historic district one block away, has emerged as a relatively new hot spot gaining recognition for dining and its cozy, creative bars. Famous Rainey Street bars include Banger’s, Bungalow, Bar 96, Clive Javelina and many more.

Golden Skinned Trout and Champagne Sorbet with Toasted Marshmallows

Nearby dining also includes popular restaurants such as Trace Austin, Garrido’s, The Best Wurst, and Truluck’s Seafood. Trace was founded on the principle of skillfully preparing sustainable, socially conscious ingredients presented with style and grace. The Seared Idaho Golden Skinned Trout served with artichokes, tomatoes, olives, herbs, couscous and saffron gets five-star reviews from frequent diners.

The bar at Trace offers custom, Austin-influenced cocktails such as Jalapeño and cucumber lemonade and La Sandia — tequila, watermelon juice, honey, and a pinch of cayenne. The desert menu offers such favorites as Lemon Budino, a champagne sorbet with toasted marshmallows and strawberry meringue kisses.