Austinites know that wholesome, fresh groceries aren’t difficult to find in their city. Residents can choose among organic emporium Whole Foods, gourmet groceteria Central Market and everyone’s favorite neighborhood superstore, H.E.B. While these stores are great options, Austin is also home to several small, city-wide grocery stores that have for years provided fresh, local produce and products to their patrons. So if you haven’t yet, stop by one of these local Austin grocery stores the next time you shop for food.
Royal Blue Grocery
With five locations across the city, Royal Blue Grocery keeps customers happy all over Austin. The corner store’s owners pride themselves on the individuality of each of their locations, and tailor products to suit the variety of neighborhoods they serve. Open from 7 a.m. until midnight, Royal Blue has everything from avocado breakfast tacos to zucchini.
Wheatsville Food Co-Op
Austin’s community-owned grocery store has been serving residents for nearly 40 years and was voted “Best Neighborhood Grocery” by Austin Chronicle readers for seven years straight. Here you can find more than 2,000 locally made goods, including Bearded Brothers Energy Bars, Ruta Maya coffee, and Southern Style Spices. Join 17,000 Austinites by becoming an owner of the co-op to get special savings as well as voting rights for the Board of Directors and community action plans.
Thom’s Market is a Barton Springs staple that vends 100 varieties of craft beer as well as local products like El Milagro Tortillas, White Mountain yogurt and Good Flow Honey. From 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., swing by the Zilker Park grocer for anything from fresh vegetables to Tacodeli treats.
Founded in 1927, Fresh Plus is one of Austin’s oldest grocery stores. Today, the market has four locations that offer healthy snacks, fresh produce and regional beer. Open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fresh Plus is a convenient grocery store for both the ramen-fed college student in West Campus and the family of four in historic Clarksville.
Ready to load up your shopping cart with nutritious, delicious and local foods? Join the thousands of Austin residents who call one of these neighborhood markets their favorite grocery store.