Texas Hill Country’s Best Shopping Spots

Visitors or residents alike can enjoy many opportunities for fun, excitement and refinement in the Texas Hill Country. From great eateries and restaurants to fun activities and cultural fulfillment, this distinctive region forming the border between the Southeast and Southwest United States is a gem worth exploring. For newcomers looking for the best shopping locations and locales, read on for a rundown of four of the top centers for casual as well as more earnest shopping.

New Braunfels

For those on the lookout for collectibles and antiques, particularly vintage furniture pieces, head straightaway to the 12,000 square feet Downtown Antique Mall in Downtown New Braunfels’s charming and storied main plaza. In addition, treasure hunters can seek out the nearby Red Rooster World which boasts an impressive 25,000 square feet of collectibles and antiques. New Braunfels also offers more modern shopping destinations, such as the conveniently located New Braunfels MarketPlace or the Town Center at Creekside.

San Marcos

Named one of the top three places to shop on the nationwide ABC program, “The View,” San Marcos draws in droves of travelers as well as native Texans from near and far to the area’s premier shopping center, Premium Outlets. Shoppers will likely find what they are looking for as Premium Outlets boasts an impressive array of retailers, from Coach, Converse, and Gucci to the Banana Republic. With Tanger Outlet, with a less luxurious but still quite impressive line-up of stores, a few minutes away, San Marcos certainly deserves a spot on this list.


Found within the city limits of New Braunfels, shoppers and travelers owe it to themselves to spend a weekend afternoon in historic Gruene. Take in as much charm as you can stand while strolling the central streets, and be sure to set aside time on a weekend to visit the Gruene Market Days or the timeless Gruene General Store, named a top 40 place to visit in Texas.


This city’s Hill Country Mile offers travelers looking for a boisterous, busy and lively destination for all sorts of shopping, distinctive dining and unique lodging a warm and special place to find all three. Wander through this long stretch of bustling activity, which includes plenty of welcoming green spaces to take a breather, and don’t miss the historic places of interest. Places of special note for shopping include the Boerne Emporium and Antique Mall and the Boerne City Center.

If this list of shopping spots in the Texas Hill Country has caught your attention, it is time to plan a visit to this area! You’ll find that many hotels and bed and breakfasts are just a short drive away from these must-visit shopping areas. Blair House Inn is a beautiful bed and breakfast that is set in the heart of Texas Hill Country. If you want a more original hotel experience, the Hyatt Regency is also a great option. No matter where you decide to stay, you’ll find that the Texas Hill Country boasts the best shopping!

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