Gulf Coast & South Texas shopping

Top Choice Food in Galveston

La King's Confectionery

Watch the saltwater taffy, peanut brittle and chocolates being made at this throwback to the 1920s Strand. It's an old-fashioned candy store and ice-cream parlor that will delight the young and the young at heart.
Gifts & Souvenirs in Galveston

Murdoch's Bathhouse

Built in the late 1800s, destroyed in the 1900 hurricane. Rebuilt in 1901, blasted again in 1909. Repeated 1910/1915, and again in 2008. Murdoch's has had a tough run of it, but it remains a Galveston favorite for s…
Arts & Crafts in Brownsville

Mercado Juarez

Housed in the former Majestic Theater, this small market is full of color from across the border. Clothing, pottery and other crafts sold by vendors from Matamoros and beyond are convenient for those who won't be ma…
Arts & Crafts in Galveston

Visker & Scrivener

Calligraphers – rejoice! This small shop affiliated with the Proletariat next door is home to all the quills, nibs and inks you could want, many of which they've developed and crafted themselves.
Art in Corpus Christi

Art Centre of Corpus Christi

Gallery space and studios for regional artists are housed in this grand old building downtown, which stays open late on Wednesday nights for an 'Art Market' for fine art. The Citrus Bistro inside is good for lunch (…
Gifts & Souvenirs in Galveston

Hendley Market

Modern gifts and Galveston souvenirs uphold the tradition of this 1845 mercantile house, whose cupola (now destroyed) served as a lookout point for both Confederate and Union forces throughout the Civil War.
Books in South Padre Island


An excellent indie bookstore with a nice patio and a pet-friendly vibe. The collection in store is eclectic, but it can special-order or locate hard-to-find titles upon request.
Gifts & Souvenirs in Kingsville

King Ranch Saddle Shop

The upmarket King Ranch Saddle Shop has expensive clothing, gear and souvenirs branded with the distinctive King Ranch 'Running W' logo, which looks like a squiggly snake.
Arts & Crafts in Laredo

Basket & Pottery Alley

An exuberant cliché billing itself as a Mexican mercado (market), selling everything from pots to piñatas in a fiesta-like setting.
Art in Port Arthur

Texas Artists Museum

More art gallery than museum, this space exhibits and sells work from a diverse range of artists and occasionally hosts classes for the local community and visitors.