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Readers rejoice: 6 Austin bookstores reign in Yelp’s Texas Top 25 list

(Jennifer Lee)

A beloved, sustainable Austin bookstore topped the charts for best local bookstore in Texas.


Used book shop Recycled Reads claimed the top spot on Yelp’s Texas Top 25 Local Bookstores. Austin is also the city of bookworms, with more stores on the list than any other Texas metro.

Austin had six spots on the list, Houston and Dallas both had four, while San Antonio and Fort Worth each had two. Businesses were ranked using factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews.

The best local bookstores according to Yelp:

#1. Recycled Reads | 5335 Burnet Rd.

Recycled Reads receives materials retired from the Austin Public Library system and public donations including books, CDs, LPs, DVDs, art, board games and puzzles. Most of its inventory is priced under $2 and proceeds go to benefit the public library.

#6. BookPeople | 603 N Lamar Blvd.

A famous independent bookstore that has been serving the city since the 1970s, BookPeople has been voted the best bookstore in Austin for over 20 years and has been visited by two presidents. BookPeople and Waterloo Records were the first businesses to popularize the saying “Keep Austin Weird,” with the message of shopping local.

#8. Book Woman | 5501 N Lamar Blvd.

The woman-owned and LGBTQ+-positive place to buy your books has been serving North Lamar since 2008, but it has been open in various locations throughout Austin for 46 years.

#9. Malvern Books | 613 W 29th St.

Named after Medieval poet William Langland’s “The Vision of Piers Plowman,” Malvern Books specializes in visionary literature and independent poetry. Malvern often hosts book clubs, musical performances and poetry readings.

#20. South Congress Books | 1608 S Congress Ave.

This tiny bookstore tucked away on South Congress specializes in used, collectible and vintage works, as the owner has been collecting for more than 30 years. This is a great spot to enjoy that signature book smell.

#25. Black Pearl Books | 7112 Burnet Rd.

This Black-owned business serves a “multicultural, multi-generational, multi-socio-economic community,” and frequently highlights authors of color, hosts chess club, children’s reading time and book clubs in a cozy location in a house.

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway