Starting out as a corner grocer 25 years ago, Whole Foods (the nation’s very first) in downtown Austin, has become a destination. Besides the array of gourmet and health-conscious items (from Buffalo meat to elegant and organic beauty products and vitamins), there are daily events to enhance your shopping experience. On any given day, partake in a popular winetasting, grab a mini-massage with your take-out, enjoy lunch with live entertainment, or tap into the concierge service if you’re on the clock. This is grocery-shopping, Texas-style.

525 N. Lamar Blvd.