Retail Roundup: Travis Country Area Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

There are three main shopping centers near Travis Country. In addition to stalwarts Target and Walmart, Sunset Valley shopping center houses a Barnes and Noble — which hosts author events and a Mystery Book Club — as well as Home Depot, and dozens of other national retailers. Some of the most popular stores include Nordstrom’s Rack, Bed Bath and Beyond, Coco Salon and Day Spa, Dress Barn, Famous Footwear, Kohl’s, Office Max, Pier One, Petsmart, World Market and Old Navy, as well as IM Thai, Mama Fu’s Asian House, La Madeleine Cafe and Zoe’s Kitchen.

Arbor Trails, a contemporary shopping area with several specialized and local vendors, is less than 10 minutes away. The 70-acre, 365,000 square foot Arbor Trails is a two-time recipient of the Best Real Estate Award from the Austin Business Journal, featuring more than 30 stores and businesses including Pure Bikram Yoga, Costco, Healthy Pet, Staples, The Dental Centre, Lane Chiropractic, among others, as well as 10 restaurants.

Locals also flock to the 40,000 square foot Whole Foods at Arbor Trails, which in addition to its wide variety of fresh, organic groceries, you’ll find hosted movie nights, local brewery tastings, live music, and kids’ cooking classes. Culinary lovers can also browse Mandola’s Italian Market for a vast array of imported products.

More Shopping and Nearby Farmers’ Markets

Also within an easy 10-minute drive, Barton Creek Square mall is one of the largest shopping malls in Texas, featuring 180 specialty retail stores and restaurants, including Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Macy’s and Sears. Families and movie buffs also love to check out the latest blockbusters at the 14-screen AMC Barton Creek cinema.

Barton Creek Square and Sunset Valley also host farmers’ markets every weekend, often accompanied by live music, with an imaginative span of products, such as pottery and grass-fed bison, along with fresh, organic fruits and vegetables.

Additional options for grocery shopping include Randalls, HEB and Central Market, all located nearby.

Exotic Indian Cuisine, Savory Sirloin or Classic Italian Pasta

Locals seeking to venture out from Travis Country’s rustic surroundings for lunch or dinner have a variety of convenient options.

For something exotic, area foodies go to Tarka Indian Kitchen, the eco-focused, casual sister restaurant to the contemporary Clay Pit in downtown Austin, featuring Chicken Biryani. Serrano’s is the place for Tex-Mex mesquite comfort food, and Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar is a popular choice for soup and salad lunch combos.

Longhorn Steakhouse provides delectable dishes for beef eaters, such as its Rancher’s Sirloin or Porcini Portobello Ribeye, followed by tempting desserts like Caramel Apple Goldrush. And the Milano Cafe, a 5-star classic Italian eatery, conveniently located just outside the neighborhood, offers chicken marsala, mouth-watering fresh pasta dishes, such as its Florentini Fettuccini or Penne Bolognese, as well as its famous honey-and-walnut crepes.