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South Congress Avenue, Austin

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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 one of the best walking neighborhoods in Austin. There are interesting shops and restaurants up and down both sides of the street. Most of the rest of the city is a ghost town most of the time...  more »
  • This was a great area and I really enjoyed browsing the shops. One word of advice-DON'T GO TO EARLY. Most of the shops don't open until 11:00 am. That's really part of the vibe and part of what makes ...  more »
  • While staying at Hotel San Jose we were always "walking the street" along with every dog in town. No pedigrees here, they look like they all came from the shelter - yeah Austin. Every time I would wal...  more »