Retail Roundup: Ridge at Alta Vista Area Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

When it comes to shopping and dining, The Ridge at Alta Vista has a world-class selection. Nearby shopping centers include the Vista Ridge Shopping Center, Lohman’s Crossing Shopping Center, and the Hill Country Galleria.

Unusually Lovely Shopping at the Hill Country Galleria and More

Just over five minutes away, the Hill Country Galleria is an outdoor mall that features more than 20 restaurants and 80 stores. A few of the most popular retailers include Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Banana Republic, Chico’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dillards, Eddie Bauer, American Eagle Outfitters, and many other popular beauty, accessory, and clothing boutiques.

But the Galleria isn’t only about shopping. Local families enjoy hearing the work of local musicians at the center’s small outdoor amphitheater. The center also features a Cinemark theater, offices, apartments, condominiums, and 50 acres of green space.

Whole Foods Market at the Hill Country Galleria offers a full line of organic produce and meats as well as other groceries and daily needs. All Star Burger, Amy’s Ice Creams, Buenos Aires Café, Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar, and Madam Mam’s Thai Cuisine are among the center’s many popular restaurants. In addition to the Galleria’s Whole Foods Market, locals also shop for groceries at the Lakeway Randalls Market, about five minutes away.

There are four shopping malls — Barton Creek Square Mall, Sunset Valley Market Fair, Village at Westlake and Escarpment Village — which can be reached within about 20 minutes of the Ridge at Alta Vista. Together, these popular retail centers include more than 350 stores and restaurants.

Comfort Food and French Cuisine

As for restaurants, locals rave about the award-winning Fore, serving American comfort food in a casual setting. Fore is renowned for its many happy hour and weekend specials, a vibrant dance floor featuring live music on weekends and the best cheeseburgers in north Austin. Diners can construct their own half-pound burgers (cooked the way they like) and top them with a wide selection of extras, including fried eggs, applewood-smoked bacon and sautéed mushrooms. Whether for a family dinner night or a relaxing lunch with friends, Fore is the place to be.

Other celebrated dining locations include the Artisan Bistro, an upscale traditional French bistro, bakery, and wine bar with a small but quality selection of high-end menu items. The signature beef bourguignon is tender beef in a rich, hearty red wine sauce, and makes for an unforgettable dining experience.