South Congress Avenue, Austin
Concierge.com's insider take:
The anchor of Austin's hippest hood, this pedestrian-friendly strip also offers the city's most eclectic shopping. Coeds and scenesters get decked out at vintage stores like New Bohemia (512-326-1238) and Lucy In Disguise With Diamonds (512-444-2002; www.lucyindisguise.com); trendy homemakers haunt antiques emporiums such as Uncommon Objects (512-442-4000); country boys load up on gear at Allens Boots (512-447-1413; www.allensboots.com). Line up with the locals at the walk-up window of Amy's Ice Cream (512-440-7488; www.amysicecream.com). On the first Thursday of each month, SoCo merchants stay open late and offer food, drinks, and live music as part of a boisterous block party (www.firstthursday.info).