Abundant green spaces, hip, lively districts, quirky coffee shops, delicious food, a city that is renowned for decades for its music scene. South Austin is one of the most ideal places to live in. The area is known for its proximity to plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment centers; almost everything can be just within the driving range.
Within this blog, we’ll help you explore South Austin whether you are visiting, residing, or planning to live in South Austin; here are some of the best places that you shouldn’t miss!
1. Green Spaces
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Zilker Metropolitan Park is a 350-acre park is one of the best family attractions in South Austin. It is home to the spring-fed Barton Springs Pool. Aside from swimming, hiking and biking are allowed in the area. You can also find a playground and a botanical garden and stroll on the trail along with your friends or family.
Barton Springs is located within the grounds of Zilker Park is one of the most popular swimming spots in Austin. The recreational outdoor swimming pool is filled with water from the main Barton Spring. It has also become a habitat for wildlife that is federally protected. Up to this day, visitors in the area are near to 800,000 every year.
2. South Austin Bars and Restaurants
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Taste Austin’s delicious and unique homegrown dishes that are freshly made from farm to plate! South Austin is home to locally-owned restaurants that showcase dishes that are founded by award-winning chefs and pitmasters and has been loved by locals.
Some of the best on our list are Uchi, a non-traditional Japanese restaurant by Chef Tyson Cole. Odd Duck presents all things Southern, that you’ll definitely love. For a Texas-Asian fusion restaurant, head to Loro. For your seafood cravings, get stuffed at TLC Austin! Gibson Street Bar offers the best cocktails in 78704 along with their fast service and chill ambiance, this is one of the best places to bring your friends for a night out!
If you want to know more, check out our blog about the Best Restaurants in South Austin!
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3. Local Coffee Shops
It can be a challenge to choose your favorite since there are plenty of cafes that serve the best cup of joe in South Austin! Some of our favorites are Cosmic Coffee, which offers specialty coffee, cocktails, and plenty of room both indoor and outdoor to enjoy your drink!
Opa Coffee and Wine Bar serves organic, fair-trade,locally-roasted coffee plus a wide selection of Greek eats! Radio Coffee & Beer is another local favorite and has a great place to hang out with your friends for a casual afternoon.
4. Arts in South Austin
Austin’s music scene is thriving. There’s live music everywhere you go. Aside from that murals are all around the area. Don’t miss out snapping an Instagrammable photo in front of the iconic Greetings from Austin mural. The mural can be found at South 1st outside popular artist, Todd Sander’s studio. It features the city’s landmarks such as the Congress Avenue Bridge, The University of Texas Tower, and Barton Springs.
Need to catch a film? The Violet Crown Cinema is locally owned that features indie, documentaries, and foreign films. The ZACH Theatre can be found at S. Lamar showcases music and performances in Austin.