Retail Roundup: Balcones Park Area Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

For upscale shopping, Barton Creek Square, The Arboretum and The Domain — three of Austin’s most frequented shopping districts featuring a combined total of over 320 stores and restaurants —are less than 10 minutes away.

A few of the most popular stores at Barton Creek Square include 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. Local movie buffs also love to check out the latest blockbusters at the 14-screen AMC Barton Creek cinema.

Stores, Stores and More Stores

A unique shopping experience, the Arboretum at Great Hills is an open-air mall featuring more than 40 specialty shops and restaurants, as well as a park, water feature and picnic area. Spend a morning being pampered at AZIZ Salon and Day Spa, check out the latest seasonal styles at Chico’s, find that new bestseller at Barnes and Noble and then get together with friends over French onion soup, creamy spinach, Swiss Pochette and a bag of fresh baguettes at La Madeleine, or maybe a roasted vegetable panini and a signature chopped salad of the Brio Tuscan Grille.

For a world-class shopping experience, The Domain is an upscale outdoor shopping mall featuring 100 stores, including high-end retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co and Barneys. A break from shopping for lunch or dinner offers several savory selections including Maggiano’s Little Italy, McCormick & Schmicks, NoRTH and the Daily Grill to name a few. Natural grocers, such as Whole Foods, as well as Randalls and HEB are also conveniently nearby.

Plenty of Restaurants for Family Fun or Date night

When Balcones Park locals get hungry, many can be found at Sao Paulo’s, an Austin original award-winning Brazilian restaurant. Authentic South American flavors intertwine with Tex-Mex classics to create a truly unique culinary experience. Restaurant patrons are especially fond of the Bife a Cebolado: thinly sliced juicy sirloin sautéed with flavorful caramelized onions, served with fried yucca and refreshing arroz à Grega.

For a taste of the local homegrown culture and friendly hospitality nearby, Burnet Road showcases Austin’s best. Local “mom-and-pop” establishments line both sides, including Phoenicia, a Greek grocery and deli with the freshest handmade Greek food, and Apothecary, a cozy café and wine bar where customers are welcome to take home any wine they don’t finish.

Other popular restaurants in the nearby area include Zuzu Handmade Mexican Food, Chez Zee American Bistro, Tino’s Greek Café, Peony Asian Cuisine, and the legendary Interior Mexican cuisine of Fonda San Miguel.

For date night fun, the iconic Dallas Nightclub allows locals to swing to Salsa, two-step to country or swirl to disco and everything in between, while happy hour lovers flock to Billy’s on Burnet, a traditional neighborhood pub with a massive beer selection and (as any local will tell you) Austin’s best queso dip.