Often noted as the fastest growing neighborhood in Austin, the eclectic and trendy eastside area has a new, robust restaurant scene and has become a popular home choice for many Austinites. East Austin is often referred to as an “authentic” view of Austin due to its unique vibe and culture.
What to Expect
Hip and trendy neighborhood known for offering residents a great quality of life and cool factor.
Robust range of exciting dining options from lunch at the popular Franklin Barbecue to brunch at Hillside Farmacy to a cozy dinner at Justine’s.
Great boutiques and vintage shops full of unique finds.
Tends to be more affordable than other close-in Austin neighborhoods and features character-filed apartments and homes.
YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH
Touring the east side’s breweries, such as Hops & Grain, Lazarus and the appropriately named, Austin Eastciders.
Hip, Restaurants, Outdoor Activities, Shopping, Nightlife Scene, Walkable
Around the Block
Where Austin’s dynamic past and sky’s-the-limit future converge.
It’s no wonder that an increasing number of residents are so drawn to the city’s energetic hub. Downtown is dotted with historic reminders of the enterprising frontier town Austin once was (see the built-for-a-cattle-baron Driskill Hotel) and is abuzz with the creative energy of the start-ups and tech companies that have been relocating here.
What to Expect
Busy sidewalks and a new skyscraper seemingly every week.
Downtown’s sidewalks hum with office workers and scooter-riding visitors, but they become noticeably more mobbed on weekend evenings and during the city’s headline-making festivals, like South by Southwest. The local joke is that the official bird of Austin is the construction crane.
The ideal balance of work and play.
Both tourists and business professionals are happily surrounded here by a full spectrum of fine restaurants, food trucks, and watering holes, particularly around Sixth Street and Rainey Street. And, as you would expect of the self-proclaimed Live Music Capital of the World, there is an abundance of worthy nightlife venues. Most retail is centered around the 2nd Street District.
Green spaces that temper all the sleek concrete.
Downtown’s southern boundary kisses a shimmering stretch of the Colorado River. Urban dwellers (and their pups) enjoy the well-maintained trails along the river’s edge and fill the smooth waterway with a small flotilla of stand-up paddleboards and kayaks.
Sky-high condos and apartments with prices to match.
Single-family homes are the outliers here. Instead, downtown’s ballooning population has largely traded yards and rush-hour headaches for the horizon-scanning views and balconies of the many luxury high-rise buildings that have gone up in the last decade.
You'll Fall In Love With
Downtown’s homegrown hideaways.
Unlike a lot of urban cores, Austin’s downtown is anything but staid. Just like the rest of the city, the vibe here is mellow and down-to-earth, as evidenced by the many friendly gathering spots and beer gardens, like the creekside Easy Tiger and the 1866 Scholz Garten.
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