NileGuide Expert Says:
Shopping along South Congress Avenue is a must-do. The restaurants along SoCo are among the best and there's no better place to find locally made merchandise.
South Congress Ave
(between Riverside and Oltorf)
Austin, TX 78704
Known for its funky style, South Congress Avenue, located about a mile south of the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge
and with a clear and brilliant view of the Texas State Capitol, draws Austinites and area visitors for its shopping, eating, and live music opportunities. Stylish boutiques filled with eccentric and often locally made clothing and accessories share South Congress Avenue with fun local eateries and antique stores brimming with undiscovered treasures. Food trailers offering everything from cupcakes to Vietnamese sandwiches congregate near Monroe Street. There's often a band playing on Guero's
outdoor patio, and the Continental Club
is rocking seven nights a week. The first Thursday of each month brings the aptly titled First Thursday event, where SoCo storefronts remain open later, often serving margaritas or cold beer to a slew of people meandering the street in this open-to-the-public street festival. People watching is at its prime on South Congress Avenue during weekend afternoons when many emerge for a lazy day of window shopping.