The Top Outdoor Shopping Mall in Austin, Texas April 23, 2019 / Austin / Leave a Comment For those who live here at West Lake Vistas – our premier apartments in Westlake, the finest shopping that Austin has to offer is not far away. The Arboretum of Great Hills is a fantastic place where the entire family can shop, dine, and enjoy a day of outdoor shopping. Here’s the low-down on this fabulous shopping experience that’s just down the road from our West Austin Apartments.Enjoy the Outdoors While You ShopWe would be remiss if we didn’t highlight just how beautiful this outdoor shopping center is. Typically when you think of an outdoor shopping mall, you think of concrete store fronts and maybe some potted plants, but here at The Arboretum, we are lucky enough to have fully-grown trees, beautiful views of the Texas hill country, and as many locals say, “the most delightful shopping experience in north Austin.” Kids can get their wiggles out by running around the park and climbing on the iconic cow sculptures.Delicious Dining Options Whether you’re looking for a cup of coffee, a smoothie, a quick bite for lunch, or a sit-down dinner with the entire family, The Arboretum’s got you covered. Satiate your sweet tooth at Amy’s Ice Creams, where you’ll find ice cream flavors you won’t find anywhere else! You’ll swoon over their delicious vanilla shakes with whipped cream and sprinkles. Choose from a row of candies to fold into your ice cream, and go with a sweet waffle cone! You’ll also find yourself falling in love with their vibrant and fun atmosphere.Just across the way is the Teapioca Lounge, where you can choose from a wide selection of coffees, smoothies, cream teas, and desserts while playing a board game in their calm and clean environment. Choose from their premium teas that you can brew either hot or cold!If you’re looking for the classic yet delicious Italian dinner, look no further than Brio Tuscan Grille! This national chain fosters a cozy yet upscale environment while serving up mouth-watering fare inspired by Italy. If you’re looking for seafood, you’ll be happy with their pan-seared salmon or their delicious Shrimp & Lobster Fettucine. Or get meaty with their Chicken Milanese, Lamb Chops, or Prime Center Cut Filet. Customer favorites include the Spaghetti Carbonara and the Pasta Alla Vodka – with a salad to match!For some alternatives, you can enjoy a dinner at Hanara Sushi and Grill, where you can grab some of the tastiest sushi in town while enjoying their casual digs. They also serve up delicious Ramen, Bento boxes, Teriyaki bowls, udon, and yakisoba.Estancia Brazilian Steakhouse is just across the way, with an upscale environment, a fixed-price menu, and the juiciest, tastiest cuts around. Enjoy a craft cocktail and some hors d’oeuvres, and don’t forget to finish it off with some of their mouth-watering desserts that the whole family will want to sink their forks into.It’s a great way to spend a Saturday – bring the whole family, go shopping, enjoy some beautiful weather outside, and at the end of the day, you can grab an ice-cold beer and prime rib or a bowl of pasta. Hunger pains solved!Shop Till You Drop If you’re looking for a smart pair of shoes, a whole new wardrobe, a few good books, or stunning home décor, you’re sure to leave happy from The Arboretum! Browse the wares at Pottery Barn to take back to your Apartment in Westlake, buy some good books at Barnes and Noble, and don some new glasses at LensCrafters.If you’re a lady with good fashion sense, you’re not going to want to pass up Francesca’s. You’re sure to get in the summer mood with their gorgeous sundresses, adorable jewelry, and fashionable accessories such as handbags and sunglasses. This is also a great place to hit up if you’re looking for super cute gifts and décor.If you have kids in tow, be sure to explore Kids Gap, where you can find the most darling clothes for your tiniest family members, including graphic tees for boys and girls, toddler clothes, and maternity wear for mama.The Arboretum even has its own dental practice! If you’re in need of a cleaning or a cavity fill, be sure to check out Arboretum Dental, located on the Upper Level above Lamps Plus. Arboretum Dental prides themselves on being good with kids, and they have a beautiful, modern office where they practice family dentistry and cosmetic work so you can perfectly maintain those pearly whites.Events For the Whole Community The Arboretum isn’t just a place to shop, but it’s established itself as a gathering place for the whole community. Our neighbors here at our Westlake Apartments love hitting up the events here. Wine lovers are sure to attend “Wine Down Wednesday”, where you can enjoy a happy hour for food and wine tastings for free! And every summer, they host the annual “Pups & Pints” event, where dog owners can come enjoy some beer tastings while listening to live music and perusing the different pet vendors to find the perfect treats and wares for Fido. It’s like shopping with your favorite furry friends!During warm-weather months, The Arboretum hosts “Fridays by the Fire”, where they light the big fireplace and play live music. It’s a great way to enjoy a drink and wine down from the week with some friends.A Great Place for Kids The Arboretum cares about kids and families, and this is made evident by their dedication to KidX Club, where kids can “come together with FREE activities that inspire them to explore their world.” According their website, “With KidX, “X” marks the spot for members to have fun, playful, and educational experiences. Whether it’s expression through art, exploration of a kids safety fair, or the exhilaration of fun fitness activities, KidX brings enriching experiences to members and their families.”This is good news for busy parents – you can get everything done without worrying about your kids being bored and unengaged. Instead, send them to KidX so they can have an educational, enriching experience while you run errands! It’s a win-win!Plenty to Do Near Our Apartments in Westlake West Lake Vistas prides itself on being a wonderful place to raise a family – with our sunny and spacious floor plans, our large, modern kitchens, and our resort-style pool. We are also a wonderful place to live with the doggies! For dogs, we have an on-site bark park, beautiful grounds, and of course, puppy treats in the main office!Schedule your free tour today by going to our website. You can see what life is really like at our beautiful Westlake Apartments in Austin – where you can relax, sit back, and have the time of your life with your family.