Retail Roundup: Hielscher Area Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

Many of Austin’s most popular restaurants are within minutes of Hielscher. The pizzas and patio dining at Mangieri’s are always a hit for a family dinner or little league team’s post-game celebration, while Waterloo Ice House delights kids and parents alike with its outdoor playscape and tasty tacos. For a romantic date night, locals often make plans for a sophisticated meal and a glass of wine at Satellite Bistro & Bar, where the tuna tartare is as enjoyable to look at as it is to eat.

On warm summer days, a New Orleans-style snow cone from Sweet Caroline’s Snow Shack trailer is a guaranteed kid pleaser; and for special occasions, Birthday Cake ice cream from Austin Scoops is always a popular favorite.

Endless Shopping Opportunities Nearby

Going to the grocery store is often a social event for folks who live in Hielscher. It’s common for neighbors dashing in for a gallon of milk and a loaf of bread to stop and chat, catch up on neighborhood news and make plans for their kids’ next playdate.

In fact, there are endless shopping opportunities nearby. Just north of the neighborhood is Escarpment Village, Austin’s first green retail center that features rainwater-harvesting cisterns and solar panels, as well as more than 25 shops and stores. Some of the more popular retailers include a “hybrid” HEB, which incorporates many of the gourmet aspects of Central Market, in addition to Starbucks, Oasis Day Spa, Massage Envy, Eye Tech Optometry, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Allstate Insurance, an Animal Hospital and Tomlinson’s Pet Supplies, among others.

Escarpment Village also has six restaurants. For a casual meal, locals have a choice of several beloved Austin institutions such as Torchy’s Tacos, Waterloo Ice House or Kerbey Lane Cafe (famous for their pancakes and Bacon Pesto chicken with parmesan mashed potatoes), followed by ice cream at D’Lites, which boasts 150 gluten free, naturally flavored varieties.

Even More Shopping and Dining

For a more extensive shopping spree, Southpark Meadows shopping center is about a 10 minute drive, which features more than 120 retail and eating establishments – enough to keep shoppers busy for an entire day. Some of the more popular stores include Ross, Bed Bath and Beyond, Best Buy, Dress Barn, JCPenney, Lane Bryant, Marshall’s, Men’s Wearhouse, Office Max, Payless Shoes, PetsSmart, SuperTarget, Hobby Lobby, and Ashley Furniture, as well as Walmart, Sam’s Club and many more.

Southpark also features a variety of restaurants including the authentic Tex-Mex of Serranos, mouthwatering steak, chicken and fish at the Longhorn Steakhouse, as well as popular favorites Chili’s, Trudy’s and Friday’s among others. For a dinner and movie date night, locals take advantage of the 14-screen Cinemark movie theater followed by something sweet from Amy’s Ice Cream. Both are also conveniently located in Southpark.