Micro-brewed beer? Coconut water? Kale from someone's back yard? If these items regularly find their way onto your weekly grocery list, here is where you need to be shopping.
Austin's home-grown, truly hippie era co-op, where the kombucha flows like honey and there are always a bevy of organic veggies. The popcorn tofu (in the deli/prepared salad section) is insanely, amazingly delicious.
The home of fancy food imports, as well as a cooking school with a celebrity chef roster. I went to a truly enlightening wine class at Central Market several years ago. Well, at least the first half (the "white" section) was enlightening...I confess I don't remember the red.
Greenling delivers seasonal, weekly produce from local and regional farms, along with a helpful list of recipes with which to prepare your new fare. The local box contains more than enough food to last a couple or small family for one week, and costs just under $40 per weekly delivery.
Microbrews on tap, live music, a jaw-dropping wine selection, and its own Indian food cafe make this 26 year-old Austin "convenience store" so much more than that.
This is the downtown farmer's market, and makes for such a delightful trip on on a Saturday morning. Open year-round, hit this place up for Buddha's Brew (one of Austin's local kombucha companies), Casa Brasil (delicious locally roasted coffee), and Dai Due, a local, craft sausage and charcuterie company.
Open every Wednesday 3-7pm, this is a smaller, but delightful, farmer's market. It feels like they are always folk singers playing and kids running around. Several farm-based florists, like Flower Farm Scott and Indian Hills Farm, sell here, as does Lightsey Farms, a semi-famous local peach orchard that you'll want to remember come summertime.
A petite little grocer on Barton Springs Road that carries local Austin confections, blends up their own protein shakes, and let's you create a "mix n' match" six-pack of microbrew bottles.
A Colorado import, Natural Grocer is the grocery store offshoot of Vitamin Cottage -- which could explain its truly staggering vitamin and supplement section. All kinds of fun, homeopathic products abound here, like in-house ground almond butter, kefir yogurt, and every kind of dried fruit imaginable.
The poor man's Trader Joe's for Southwesterners, Sprouts in Austin has a reasonably-priced produce section (with a smattering of organic picks), as well as a larger-than-you'd-think reach in cooler of healthy lunch options.