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South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas

Austin , Texas'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;; trendy homemakers haunt antiques emporiums such as Uncommon Objects (512-442-4000); country boys load up on gear at Allens Boots (512-447-1413; Line up with the locals at the walk-up window of Amy's Ice Cream (512-440-7488; 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 (

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