Live music, colorful street art, and delicious Tex-Mex food. What more do you need? If you think Austin sounds like a little slice of paradise, you aren’t alone. Austin is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States with over 2 million people living in the metropolitan area.
Austin is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” but the city offers more than just the South by Southwest festival. Any given night you can wander into a bar (or walk past someone’s porch) and hear the sweet strums of a guitar.
In addition to music, Austin offers an incredible culinary scene. Multiple Austin chefs and restaurants have been recognized by the James Beard Foundation. Just ask an Austinite, and they will tell you the best spots for craft beer, Mexican fare, and fresh sushi in their city.
Austin is a cultural hub where you can enjoy live music, delicious eats, and plenty of outdoor time. But when you are choosing your neighborhood in Austin, where should you start? Each of Austin’s neighborhoods has its own identity and unique experiences to offer.
Spend some time thinking about what you want out of your Austin experience. Then, keep reading to learn more about Austin’s main neighborhoods. Austin is a thriving, quirky, and weird city– which is why we love it– so keep reading to find out the spot where you belong!
Want to be part of the action? Downtown is the place for you. During the day, this neighborhood is run by professionals. At night, downtown pulses with activity as the bars and live music venues light up.
Parking downtown can be a nightmare, but most residents prefer to walk, bike, rent one of the many scooters on the sidewalks, or take the bus here.
Downtown Austin is more relaxed than most other major cities. But, you won’t run out of things to do in this neighborhood. Museums, art galleries, bars, restaurants, theaters, and trendy boutiques line the downtown streets.
For a more authentic experience, check out Austin’s East Side. This gritty area is considered by many to be the “real” Austin. The cool hole-in-the-wall speakeasies, eclectic coffee shops, and restaurants in this neighborhood remind locals of what Austin used to be.
If you want a non-conformist and artistic vibe, this is the neighborhood for you. Plus, East Downtown is so close to Downtown that you really have the best of both worlds.
Ample parks, pools, and botanic gardens make this one of Austin’s most outdoorsy neighborhoods. Barton Hills feels much more residential than Downtown or East Austin.
But, that doesn’t mean the residents only lounge in parks or sit in their houses. Barton Hills has a thriving live music scene that is a bit more laid-back than you’ll find in other parts of the city. If you want a mix of suburbia and the charm of Austin’s music scene, this is the place to be!
Before you get too attached you should know, this is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the city. The charming historic homes make this a very desired neighborhood (and living here comes with a price tag to match).
That being said, its no wonder why Clarksville is so popular. This neighborhood has a strong sense of community and is incredibly walkable. Add in the quaint mom-and-pop shops, colorful outdoor street art gallery, and some of the best restaurants in the city (i.e. Jeffrey’s) and you’ll understand why Clarksville feels like home to so many!
True to the city’s slogan, North Loop is working to keep Austin weird. This hip area offers tree-lined streets, modest homes, modern apartments, and plenty of record shops. This neighborhood’s funky restaurants and hangouts attract artists, young professionals, and university students.
North Loop is laid-back, walkable, and trendy. Expect to shop for furniture at vintage stores and end your evenings enjoying the relaxed nightlife scene.
Boggy Creek is an unpretentious neighborhood that is close (but not too close) to campus. This is an ideal spot for older university students who still want to be part of the action in the city.
In contrast to some of the other neighborhoods, this spot is fairly quiet and residential. Weekends in Boggy Creek consist of laid-back BBQs in the park and live music in the neighborhood’s casual venues (this is still Austin after all).
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