Retail Roundup: North University Area Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

Easy access to the University of Texas campus is the main draw for people who live in the North University neighborhood. With many weekend events, campus conferences and sporting events, the university’s energy can really be experienced here. Just about everything is within walking or biking distance, so the streets are always lively but not crowded. Activity can be found at all hours, as most restaurants are open very late, if not 24 hours a day.

California Omelets at 3 AM, Convenient Grocery Shopping and More

Nothing beats a hearty California omelet and a refreshing mimosa at 3 a.m. at the iconic Kerbey Lane Café, or midnight margaritas and scrumptious Tex-Mex dinner plates at Trudy’s. Spiderhouse Café is a cozy 24-hour diner with plenty of handmade lattes and milkshakes. The Crown and Anchor Pub is dog friendly and another favorite local hangout. True to the “Keep Austin Weird” spirit, locals rave about the veggie burgers with optional crispy bacon — a satisfying combo.

Shopping is also a breeze. Wheatsville Co-op, a legendary Austin grocer, is within walking distance. And just around the corner is the Hancock Shopping Center, with even more mainstream shopping options, such as HEB and Sears.

The Luxury of a Nearby Regional Shopping Mall

For a bit of luxury, The Barton Creek Square mall is less than 10 minutes away. One of the largest shopping malls in Texas, Barton Creek Square features 180 specialty retail stores and department staples such as Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Macy’s, Sears and Banana Republic. Families and movie buffs also love to check out the latest blockbusters at the 14-screen AMC Barton Creek cinema. And of course, Austin’s biggest attractions are never far off. The hustle and bustle of Austin’s legendary downtown nightlife is only 10 minutes away.