Austin’s Market District

Austin’s Market District is on the western edge of downtown.

Looking to keep it local when it comes to Austin eats and drinks? The Market District is the perfect place to do just that!

From shopping to dining, drinks to photo ops, Austin’s Market District is loaded with urban art, local bites, walkable shopping, and patio drinks.  It’s a Sunday Funday paradise!  Here are some of the best shops and restaurants the Market District has to offer.


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Whole Foods Market

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The flagship location of Whole Foods Market is what gives this area its name. Whole Foods focuses on organic and natural products, features all forms of prepared foods, has a huge beer and wine selection with most of the local breweries and Hill Country vineyards represented, and best of all was started right here in Austin!  The store is topped with a HUGE roof deck where they host everything from yoga, to ice-skating, to summer evening movies!  Buy your bottle of wine inside and enjoy it at any of the roof-deck events or pick up lunch and let your kids play on the rooftop playground.  Check out the Whole Food Events Calendar and plan your visit!


BookPeople is a bibliophile’s paradise! Two floors of books, books, books, plus unique gifts for that quirky person in your life. Check out their event calendar and nab tickets to see your favorite authors in the flesh and even get a signed copy of your their latest book!

Waterloo Records

In-store performances, rare vinyl releases, and used records and cds;  Waterloo has it all! Come here for help from expert sales people who will make sure you walk away with a new earworm! You can even bring in your albums you’re done with and Waterloo will give you cold, hard cash. For SXSW, Waterloo is THE place to be, with free performances all week long in their store at the corner of Sixth and Lamar!

Other market district stores worth a stop:

  • By George – Local-owned designer fashion boutique for men and women
  • Wildflower Organics – Locally-owned, high-end decor and furniture
  • Anthropologie – Super cool outpost of the national boutique chain. Stop by for their boho clothing and home furnishings.
  • Urbanspace Interiors – Unique modern furniture and accessories that are worthy of a sophisticated downtown apartment or condo. Their design professionals can make sure your pad is the envy of all your friends!
  • Fortney’s Home – If you are willing to walk a couple of extra blocks, this eclectic little antique shop in a historic building is will be well worth the trip!  Make it by December 25th 2018, because they are moving to Nacogdoches after 22 years on W 6th.  We’ll be sorry to see them go!



Bites and Sips!

24 Diner


24 Diner has been filling a hole in Austinites’ drunken bellies since Katz’s closed its doors on West 6th. Stumble into 24 Diner after a fun evening on the town for late-night food fit for a king! Everything is locally sourced and organic, so you can treat your body right all day and all night!


The Dogwood

The Dogwood has a full food menu of Southern Classics like Pulled Pork Sandwiches. Perfect for soaking up their delicious cocktails, wine, and beer! Grab your friends and head to their weekday happy hour from 4 to 7pm for $5 apps including their addictive Cajun Chicken Fritters!



This market district spot is known for their stiff drinks that make you feel like you’ve gotten your money’s worth! They also have make-your-own grilled cheese, so you can put together your own unique take on the comforting classic. Start your weekend morning off right with their brunch that features $5 Frosé and melt-in-your-mouth biscuits.  Head to the cozy, chill patio for a laid-back date night or round up your squad and enjoy a night in their dark, loud interior.


Not Full Yet?

  • Hut’s Hamburgers Iconic burger and beer restaurant that’s been keeping Austinites full since 1981.
  • Frank and Angie’s – This Frank Sinatra-themed restaurant has been slinging pizza and pasta for almost 40 years. We’re sad to hear they’re closing soon, so go wolf down a slice while you still can!  
  • Walton’s Fancy and Staple – Owned by Austin’s own very famous homegirl, Sandra Bullock, Walton’s is known for their desserts, so don’t fill up on their sandwiches, shrimp and grits, or other delicacies! You can even get them to make you a custom flower arrangement, although we can’t guarantee Sandy will be the one making it for you! 

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