Anchored by a lively square, this Hill Country haven attracts artists, musicians, and spirited shoppers.
Photograph by Wyatt McSpadden

1. The Leaning Pear

It’s hard to predict what creative dishes are in your future at Matthew and Rachel Buchanan’s cozy restaurant. The eclectic menu doesn’t take shape till the locavore couple scours the farmers’ market across the street. So today’s pork-and-beef meat loaf with scallion mashed potatoes could be edged off the menu tomorrow for a pan-roasted duck breast with maple spaghetti squash. The soups (lentil-bacon and cremini mushroom) and desserts (pumpkin cheesecake with a gingersnap crust and coconut stracciatella gelato) revolve faster than a lazy Susan too. 111 River Rd., 512-847-7327, leaningpear.com

2. Circa

American beauties can steal pampering secrets from their global counterparts at this blissful, Victorian-chic apothecary. Take a cue from French femmes and lather up with a block of Savon de Marseille palm oil soap. Or sprinkle a few scoopfuls of Dead Sea salt (imported from Jordan) in your bath and slip, post-soak, into an ethereal Mulmul nightgown made of an airy Indian muslin. Men can spoil themselves with Virgilio Valobra shaving balm from Italy and a bar of Heno de Pravia, the Spanish soap Hemingway favored. 14015 Ranch Road 12, 512-847-1095

3. Brocante

A bohemian whimsy enlivens Circa’s sister store, where the inventory evokes the je ne sais quoi of a Parisian flea market. Romantics will go weak-kneed for the frothy fifties prom gowns, striped pastel bustiers, and French cancan stockings (at $204, they’re a serious boudoir investment). Style hunters, meanwhile, will fire off Tweets broadcasting their finds: burlap throw pillows, metal candleholders with eagle talon “feet,” and Jane Austen hardbacks re-covered in cheerful fabrics—all possibly unessential but delightfully irresistible. 14015 Ranch Road 12, 512-847-8577, brocanteboutique.com

4. Wimberley Valley Candy Company

This brightly colored sweets shop opens daily at ten, which

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