If you’re planning a trip to Austin, you must certainly put South Congress Avenue (SoCo) on your list. So many great shops, restaurants, coffee spots, and other fun places, all gathered on one street. My tip: start at the Bat Observation Center and walk south or start at June’s All Day and walk north to see all the hotspots I listed here for you!
(Fried Chicken Sandwich & William Chris Vineyards Sparkling Rosé @June’s All Day Austin)
This neighborhood cafe is named after Master Sommelier June Rodil, so you can expect to find a huge variety of white, rose, red, and sparkling wine. Do you have a hard time choosing or can’t remember the name of that wine you like? Just ask their staff for a custom advice. Besides amazing drinks, this trendy spot serves breakfast, brunch, and grab-and-go pastries & coffee in the morning and an all day food menu late into the evenings. The instagrammable decor with marble tables, lots of natural light and a patio right on South Congress make June’s a must-visit for your next visit to Austin.
(Unique vintage items @Feathers Austin)
This shop is a must-visit for fashionistas looking to score unique clothing, shoes, accessories, and home goods. Besides hand-selected vintage items, Feathers sells a line of new items and their own line of re-worked vintage. Don’t be fooled by the small entrance, once you’re through the door there are two more spaces to discover.
(Beautiful bright décor @Café no Sé Austin)
This all-day spot located in the South Congress Hotel has a beautiful bright décor and a relaxing patio. The pastry and coffee bar give the place a warm and homely feel. Café no Sé serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a popular weekend brunch. In between all the shopping and strolling, it’s a great place to fuel up and enjoy some SoCo people watching.
(Beautiful interior and tasty drinks @Mañana Austin)
This trendy coffee, juice and bakeshop is located in the courtyard of the South Congress Hotel. A little tucked away, but many people manage to find their way to Mañana to get a latte on-the-go or sit down for a minute to enjoy their homemade pastries. The shop is very thoughtfully decorated with beautiful blue tiles and warm wooden tables, making it a perfect location to snap your Instagram shots!
(Stop for a manicure or pedicure @tenoverten Austin)
Did all the shopping on SoCo leave you feeling a little tired? Then tenoverten nail salon is a perfect next stop. This concept from NYC is focused on non-toxic, cruelty-free and beautiful nail care and gets you the pampering professional mani or pedi you deserve. Besides their own tenoverten polish and nail care line, they carry luxurious brands like Christian Louboutin and Chanel.
(Tens of thousands of boots @Allens Boots Austin)
Looking for new boots or just want to see tens of thousands of boots all under one roof? Then be sure to hit up Allens Boots on South Congress, indicated by the big red boot right above the entrance. This famous 4-building store opened its doors in 1977 and attracts people from all over the world. Prices range from $150 to $13,000, so you’re sure to find a pair that fits your budget and style. For those who want something truly unique, they also offer custom boots.
(Lots of treasures @Uncommon Objects Austin)
Their name basically says it all! In this shop on South Congress you find lots and lots of unique and quirky items. Uncommon Objects gathers 24 antique sellers under one roof, whose items range from jewelry and home décor to hunting trophies and peculiar dolls. Keep Austin Weird and make sure to step inside!
(Delicious vegetarian La Bandita @Hopdoddy Austin)
Austin’s hottest burger bar is located on South Congress. Hopdoddy has a full menu of burgers that should be able to sate your appetite, including the Angus Beef Magic Shroom with mushrooms and goat cheese, Buffalo Bill with Bison and Bacon, and the vegetarian La Bandita with a black bean-corn patty. If you want to go all out, order their Oreo milkshake, so delicious and smooth!
(Snap an iconic shot @Jo’s Coffee Austin)
After visiting all these Instagrammable restaurants and shops, you must check off one more spot: the iconic ‘I Love You So Much’ wall created as an open love letter by Amy Cook. This backdrop of many engagement, group, and couple shots can be found on the sidewall of Jo’s Coffee.
(Deliciously sweet donut @Gourdough’s Austin)
Gourdough’s is technically not located on South Congress Ave, but their food truck on South 1st Street is only a couple blocks away and worth every detour. Their tempting menu lists lots of different options like the sweet Heavenly Hash that comes with Marshmallow and Chocolate Fudge Icing and the savory Mother Clucker with Fried Chicken Strip and Honey Butter. Feeling inspired? Create your own and select your icing, filling, and toppings.