Whip In has Indian-infused breakfast items available until 2 p.m., perfect for late risers. Naan (Indian flatbread), scrambled eggs, cheese and your choice of chutney (a spiced, Indian condiment) makes up the breakfast naan (cilantro chutney is rather appetizing). As if that wasn't enough, they also have an impressive beer selection on tap, a vegan/vegetarian grocery aisle, a wine and beer area, and a tobacconist with Indian candles & incense.
Established in 1978, this small neighborhood shop carries the latest in science fiction and fantasy for Austin's exploring minds. In addition to one of the city's best collections of sports trading cards, it also has a stellar selection of vintage toys, posters and science fiction paraphernalia. Explore the huge selection of comics and books that celebrate pop culture in America. On occasion, noted science fiction authors stop by to meet fans and autograph books, so keep an eye on their event calendar.
This business has been functioning for more than a few decades, and the store has been open at its current location for more than a number of years. So far, it is the only Japanese grocery and gift store within the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos metropolis. For being the only store of its kind in this large capital of the second most populated United State, this mid-sized boutique packs a punch! Everything from frozen meat, to produce, to even hakama shirts (traditional Japanese men's wear) are for sale. Browse the clearance bin at the far end of the store to carefully examine the price tags of the alcohol, as bargains are rampant.
To call ATown a boutique is erroneous--it's actually pretty big! Support crafty, creative Austin artists by shopping at this store to keep the good karma flowing; if you keep paying for their work, they will continue to provide you with high-quality art (like wall paintings inspired by famous Austin landmarks), accessories (like colorful bracelets manufactured out of Legos), and clothing (like cute tees for vegetarians that proudly advertise their lifestyle), amongst other things (like eco-friendly candles).
If you've got a serious candy craving, Big Top Candy Shop probably has what you're looking for. In its circus-themed store, complete with striped walls and circus posters on the walls, candy is everywhere. Big Top has old-time goodies like Bit-O-Honey and Chick-O-Sticks, as well as new novelty candies and other edibles, like bacon-flavored mints. Children of the 80s will find Now & Laters and Fun Dips. A glass case holds unusual chocolate-covered items like potato chips and gummy bears, while bulk bins contain a large selection of gummies, jelly beans, and hard candies. A real soda fountain also offers treats like egg creams, phosphates, and Blue Bell ice cream.
Science-fiction and fantasy aficianadi, there's a store for you! The Dragon's Lair shop looks average from the outside, but it's quite MASSIVE. Everything that falls under the umbrella terms of "science-fiction" and "fantasy" is sold here. Amongst the books, there are action figures, autographed memorabilia, board games, home decor, set pieces, stuffed animals, t-shirts and more. A large room in the back and a few tables throughout the store are reserved for special tournaments, such as Dungeons & Dragons. Snacks, like M&Ms and Skittles, are sold as well to keep serious gamers happy during their battles. Those of you who are allergic to cats, take note, since there are a couple of cats belonging to the staff that roam free in the shop.
In business since 1991, the Austin Wine Merchant strives to bring the best wine and spirits to this Texan city from the world over. Whether you're looking for a gift, a special drink for yourself, or accessories to go with it (glassware and more is available), this place has it all. Be forewarned though, that they keep the store on the colder side for the wine, so bring your jackets!
Royal Blue Grocery has become a fixture in the Austin community. It provides the basic needs a person could need in foods, drinks, magazines and newspapers, medicine and even housewares. This contemporary general store offers a certain convenience in both its proximity and accessibility. The store's long hours means it'll likely be open when you're having a late-night craving. The staff is friendly and go out of their way to aid customers. This is a neighborhood corner store that the locals enjoy.
This 1876 building was originally the Lundberg Bakery. Its confections have served many a famous visitor, including Ma Ferguson and Teddy Roosevelt. O. Henry was even known to have lunch at this bakery while working at the Old General Land Office building. Listed with the National Register of Historic Places, the bakery occupied the building until 1936. Today, it has been restored and is staffed by volunteers as a gift shop, confectionery and hospitality desk to welcome visitors to Austin.
Lucky Lizard Curios and Gifts is the go-to shop in Austin for all things weird and wonderful in Austin. Located in the popular Sixth Street area in downtown Austin, Lucky Lizard has become a fixture in the local community. They've got a vast collection of world music, classic comic books and magazines, a library of books covering an eclectic array of subjects from the paranormal and movie monsters to pirates and vampires. The owner is also the curator for the Museum of the Weird located alongside the Lucky Lizard shop. This is a great place and is certainly worth stopping in.
Whole Earth Provision Co. is a wonderful haunt for those interested in active, eco-friendly, and hippie lifestyles. The inventory ranges from backpacks and fleece jackets for hikers, to TOMS shows and Sanuks, to Tibetan prayer flags and paper lanterns. Whole Earth Provision Co. also sells jewelry from other countries (such as Guatemalan bracelets) and organic lip balms, amongst other accessories. The store also has a humorous side, evident by its novelty and gag gift selection. A perfect example is within their book area, where many deep belly laughs can be heard from patrons flipping through comedic picture books, such as Cake Wrecks. On a tight budget? No worries! The staff is okay with customers just browsing around on lazy days.