Retail Roundup: Clarksville Area Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

Austin is known for great food, and Clarksville is home to a number of Austin’s top restaurants.

Jeffery’s, a long-time local favorite, has been offering fine European cuisine since 1975. Building on their success, the ownership group recently opened up a sister restaurant — Josephine House — next door.

Foodies from all over Austin love the locally sourced, Mediterranean-inspired menu at Cipollina, as well as the modern Mexican flavors at Zocalo Café, where the drink specials and tacos receive rave reviews. Locals also head to Galaxy Café for fresh salads, wraps and hearty dinner options. All three restaurants are located on West Lynn in the heart of the neighborhood. In addition, for spicy comfort food, Corazon on West 5th St. offers high-end Mexican cuisine.

One of Austin’s most historic and beloved landmarks, Nau’s Enfield Drugs, is also located in Clarksville. Serving the community since 1951, Nau’s is a fully-functioning pharmacy, but still has an old-fashioned soda fountain in the back, which makes it one of the few places left in town where you can get a grilled cheese sandwich and a root beer float for lunch.

“I adore all the restaurants in the neighborhood,” says Clarksville resident Christina Martell.  “We just ate at Zocalo last night, and love the Josephine House, with its delicious nibbles and drinks. Cipollina is phenomenal, and Caffe Medici is one the best coffeehouses in town.”

Fresh Groceries and Food for the Soul

For everyday needs, the cozy and very popular Fresh Plus grocery store is located within easy access of Clarksville residents on West Lynn.  With the best of locally grown produce, a choice selection of meats, as well as house ground and roasted coffee, this local grocery combines variety and convenience.

For more extensive food shopping, there’s a Randalls on nearby Lake Austin Boulevard, and the Whole Foods flagship store is even closer at 5th and Lamar. This 80,000-square-foot healthy food mecca offers a scintillating variety of organic produce, a full European bakery, a gourmet deli and half a dozen mini-restaurants. Best of all, it’s within walking distance for Clarksville residents.

As the Shopping List Grows, So Does the List of Stores, Shops and Boutiques

When the shopping list includes more than just groceries, folks who live in Clarksville enjoy an enviable variety of places to shop. From the favorite local stores dotting the immediate area to downtown’s world-class selection of retailers, and the legendary eclectic shops and boutiques of South Congress, the choices are endless.

For those who prefer one-stop shopping, Barton Creek Square, one of the largest malls in Texas, is located less than 10 minutes away. Featuring 180 specialty retail stores and restaurants, locals can easily find everything on their list at Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Macy’s, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ann Taylor, Apple, Banana Republic, Bath & Body Works, Chico’s, Foot Locker, Frederick’s of Hollywood, Gap, Lane Bryant, Lego, Nine West, Old Navy  as well as Sears and many others. And for date night or family fun, movie buffs also love to check out the latest blockbusters at the 14-screen AMC Barton Creek cinema.

When the occasion calls for live entertainment, Clarksville is just minutes away from the exciting nightlife of downtown and Austin’s famed 6th Street entertainment district.  A few Clarksville venues even host visiting bands and dignitaries during the annual week-long SXSW music festival in the spring.