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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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  • Street south of Colorado river with plenty of restaurants , bars and music venues. Street parking available  more »
  • Love taking visitors to this area. The strange shops make for great fun and the restaurants are total Austin.  more »
  • A place not really for families but it certainly looked cool. V long walk if trying it that way. Assume there is parking off road as how the hell would you get there? Seems to be a good place to hang ...  more »

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Austin bills itself as the "Live Music Capital of the World," so it shouldn't come as a surprise that many of its hotels sell out long before the city's popular festivals. If you wish to stay near downtown's live music scene, look for package deals and book your accommodations well in advance. If downtown clubs and bars aren't your priority, consider hotels located just outside the central part of town, in comfortable areas where you won't need a car to get to most of the city's major cultural sites.
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