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South Congress Avenue, Austin
(4.3/5 based on 1,000+ reviews on the web)
With places to eat, shop, and relax, as well as a distinct bohemian atmosphere, South Congress Avenue is a favorite hangout in the city. Often referred to as SoCo, the street has housed shops and galleries selling unique and handmade items for decades. If you're looking for a souvenir, explore the wide selection of funky clothes, accessories and household items. Sample some Tex-Mex or barbecue at one of the restaurants, or head to a bar for a pint of local beer. Some of the restaurants and bars have patios, which are perfect for people watching. Of course, no visit would be complete without a stop in the iconic music venues located here. The latest addition to the street are food trucks, where you can grab a taco or a sweet on the go. If you’re diving, bear in mind you may have to spend some time looking for a parking spot. Make South Congress Avenue part of your personalized Austin itinerary using our Austin trip builder.
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  • This is where I picked up most of my gifts for my friends. I took my little sister here to buy a pair of jeans too. I like the shops here. 
  • go during the day and at night - and walk some of the more residential side streets: very redolent (to a Brit) of a mixed kind of suburban charm that is brilliant to find so close to the city centre 
  • South congress is what Austin use to be all about. Prior to the glass high rises and corporate American buying out downtown. Austin was S congress. Don't miss it because it's the heartbeat of Austin.