Austin January 30, 2018
9 Iconic Austin Streets You Must Stroll At Least Once
Soak up the sunshine and let the breeze fly through your hair. We all spend enough time in traffic, so why not explore Austin on foot? Whether you’re looking for unique stores or just wanting to get some fresh air, Austin is full of colorful places to explore. These are nine iconic Austin streets you must stroll at least once.
There's nothing so classically Austin as South Congress Avenue. Here, shoppers can buy everything from spicy tacos to flashy costumes. Sentimental street arts lines every corner, and foot-tapping music floats through the air. This street ends at the Texas State Capitol, but the main shopping district sits between Mary and Nellie Street.
2. East 11th Street
In recent years, East 11th Street has blossomed into an exciting hot spot. As you stroll along the sidewalks, you'll smell the smoky brisket from Franklin Barbecue, see the colorful Rhapsody mosaic at Urdy Plaza, and browse through stylish boutiques.
3. The Drag
Guadalupe Street runs throughout the city, but the section hugging The University of Texas is known simply as "The Drag." On any given afternoon, you'll see hundreds of students speed walking to classes and studying on patios. Exploring this area is worth it even if you're not a student. In addition to the restaurants and boutiques, The Drag is also home to "The Hole in The Wall," a classic Austin dive bar and music venue.
4. South First Street
South First Street has its own blend of quirkiness. Food trailer parks line almost every block, and art galleries seem to beg you to come inside. In fact, you'll see art almost everywhere you look on South First. Even the utility poles are decorated with stuffed animals, flowers, and postcards.
If you're aching to find some rare antiques and fabulous vintage clothing, look no further than The North Loop. After you scour Blue Velvet and Room Service Vintage, celebrate your shopping success at Work Horse. This neighborhood bar has excellent craft beer on tap and scrumptious burgers.
6. 2nd Street
Whether you're window shopping or on the hunt for something perfect, you'll come across loads of treasures on The Second Street District. Shop high fashion at Luxe Apothetique or take a trip down memory lane at Toy Joy. These downtown city streets are calling your name.
Duval Street is an underrated gem. Life feels simpler, slower, and serene here. Savor the sweetness at Dolce Vita and browse the mouthwatering selection at Antonelli's Cheese Shop. Duval Street is the perfect place to escape to when life gets hectic.
8. Barton Springs Road
It doesn't matter if you're 9 or 99 years old, there's something for everyone on Barton Springs Road. Play putt putt at Peter Pan mini golf, cannonball into the chilly waters at Barton Springs Pool, or lounge in the grass at Zilker Park. Forget downtown! Barton Springs Road is where the fun is.
9. North Lamar
Explore North Lamar between 3rd and 9th streets for some shopping you can't do anywhere else.
The mega Whole Foods Headquarters will drop your jaw, Waterloo Records will introduce you to your new favorite artist, and BookPeople will ignite your imagination. After this exhausting shopping excursion, stop by 24 Diner for a cup of coffee to refuel.
What’s your favorite street in Austin?