Guidebook for Soco Spaces

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Guidebook for Soco Spaces

Food Scene

Serving up New York-style thin crust pizza in a fun, urban atmosphere. Always packed, but worth the wait, they also feature a take-out window next door at More Slice for slices-to-go (including late night).
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Home Slice Pizza
1415 South Congress Avenue
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Serving up New York-style thin crust pizza in a fun, urban atmosphere. Always packed, but worth the wait, they also feature a take-out window next door at More Slice for slices-to-go (including late night).
Great indoor and outdoor seating. Chic, modern, laid back, delicious and healthy food. Located in the beautiful South Congress Hotel.
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Café No Sé
1603 S Congress Ave
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Great indoor and outdoor seating. Chic, modern, laid back, delicious and healthy food. Located in the beautiful South Congress Hotel.
One of the best Italian restaurants in Austin.
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Vespaio
1610 South Congress Avenue
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One of the best Italian restaurants in Austin.
The “ever-changing” prix fixe menus at this Bouldin Creek destination comprise “locally sourced, sustainable” fare from hot-climate cuisines (Mediterranean, Indian, French) plus craft beers and wine.
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LENOIR
1807 S 1st St
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The “ever-changing” prix fixe menus at this Bouldin Creek destination comprise “locally sourced, sustainable” fare from hot-climate cuisines (Mediterranean, Indian, French) plus craft beers and wine.
One of our most beloved neighborhood businesses. Enjoy pastries, tacos and sandwiches, plus Stumptown coffee.
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Jo's Coffee
1300 South Congress Avenue
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One of our most beloved neighborhood businesses. Enjoy pastries, tacos and sandwiches, plus Stumptown coffee.
Eco-friendly, bohemian cafe offering hearty vegetarian meals, coffees & a rotating monthly art show. It has a great outdoor patio. Tends to be busy so it's best to go between rush times.
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Bouldin Creek Cafe
1900 South 1st Street
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Eco-friendly, bohemian cafe offering hearty vegetarian meals, coffees & a rotating monthly art show. It has a great outdoor patio. Tends to be busy so it's best to go between rush times.
Don’t leave Austin without a visit to Whip In, the best little secret on the I-35 feeder road. Live music, south asian food, local & organic foods. Fantastic selection of beer & wine. Live music!
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Whip in
1950 South Interstate 35 Frontage Road
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Don’t leave Austin without a visit to Whip In, the best little secret on the I-35 feeder road. Live music, south asian food, local & organic foods. Fantastic selection of beer & wine. Live music!
Hopdoddy has a winning formula: gourmet burgers at great prices. Burgers include beef, bison, turkey, tuna, veggie, plus a daily special. Organic salads, truffle fries, & innovative cocktails as well!
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Hopdoddy Burger Bar
1400 South Congress Avenue
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Hopdoddy has a winning formula: gourmet burgers at great prices. Burgers include beef, bison, turkey, tuna, veggie, plus a daily special. Organic salads, truffle fries, & innovative cocktails as well!
Austin celebrities have been known to frequent this Austin institution, but most locals are more interested in the margaritas and tacos. Enjoy live music in the beautiful oak filled courtyard.
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Güero's Taco Bar
1412 South Congress Avenue
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Austin celebrities have been known to frequent this Austin institution, but most locals are more interested in the margaritas and tacos. Enjoy live music in the beautiful oak filled courtyard.
Dolce Neve serves up 20 flavors of house-made gelato, sorbet, vegan gelato, and espresso in an an adorable little bungalow on south first. The owners are from Italy, this is the real deal!
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Dolce Neve Gelato
1713 South 1st Street
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Dolce Neve serves up 20 flavors of house-made gelato, sorbet, vegan gelato, and espresso in an an adorable little bungalow on south first. The owners are from Italy, this is the real deal!
Amy’s whimsical roster of rotating flavors runs the gamut from Coffee Toffee to Shiner Bock. They also carry fruit ices for the nondairy crowd.
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Amy's Ice Creams
1301 South Congress Avenue
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Amy’s whimsical roster of rotating flavors runs the gamut from Coffee Toffee to Shiner Bock. They also carry fruit ices for the nondairy crowd.
Lucky Robot offers Tokyo-style street food from sashimi to Asian pizza, plus an extensive brunch menu. A bright, friendly, modern space with affordable prices.
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Lucky Robot
1303 South Congress Avenue
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Lucky Robot offers Tokyo-style street food from sashimi to Asian pizza, plus an extensive brunch menu. A bright, friendly, modern space with affordable prices.
Stop by Enoteca on South Congress any time of day for a delicious meal, a small snack, a sweet treat or a refreshing glass of wine.
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Enoteca Vespaio
1610 South Congress Avenue
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Stop by Enoteca on South Congress any time of day for a delicious meal, a small snack, a sweet treat or a refreshing glass of wine.
An award-winning upscale/modern Mexican restaurant, featuring delicious food and the largest selection of tequila in Austin.
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La Condesa
400 West 2nd Street
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An award-winning upscale/modern Mexican restaurant, featuring delicious food and the largest selection of tequila in Austin.
Magnolia has a casual, laid back atmosphere and serves comfort food 24 hours a day.
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Magnolia Cafe
1920 South Congress Avenue
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Magnolia has a casual, laid back atmosphere and serves comfort food 24 hours a day.
Less of a cafe and more of an upscale eatery, it serves inspired Southwestern fare. They have a great outdoor patio in the back.
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South Congress Cafe
1600 S Congress Ave
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Less of a cafe and more of an upscale eatery, it serves inspired Southwestern fare. They have a great outdoor patio in the back.
Consistently rated as Austin's best Sushi, Uchi is not to be missed.
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Uchi
801 South Lamar Boulevard
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Consistently rated as Austin's best Sushi, Uchi is not to be missed.
Great coffee, fun and cozy atmosphere, with great seating areas outside. Both a shoe store and a coffee house.
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TOMS
1401 South Congress Avenue
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Great coffee, fun and cozy atmosphere, with great seating areas outside. Both a shoe store and a coffee house.
Laid back sophisticated neighborhood cafe & wine bar inspired by Spanish tapas bars, Parisian cafes, and hipster NYC wine bars. Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
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June's
1722 S Congress Ave
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Laid back sophisticated neighborhood cafe & wine bar inspired by Spanish tapas bars, Parisian cafes, and hipster NYC wine bars. Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Fresa's South First features on-site dining, a full bar and a handful of special menu items. The bright dining room and tree-shaded patio lend a taste of the neighborhood's easygoing character.
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Fresa's South First Dine-In
1703 S 1st St
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Fresa's South First features on-site dining, a full bar and a handful of special menu items. The bright dining room and tree-shaded patio lend a taste of the neighborhood's easygoing character.
Tucked behind the South Congress Hotel, everything about Mañana feels boutique. Mexican-inspired tiled countertops, rustic wood furnishings, and a flood of natural light give an otherwise high-designed space a down-to-earth feel. A custom, wood-paneled espresso machine supplies the brew, while the hotel’s James Beard nominated pastry chef fills the cases with creative snacks like everything-seasoned kolaches.
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Mañana
1603 S Congress Ave
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Tucked behind the South Congress Hotel, everything about Mañana feels boutique. Mexican-inspired tiled countertops, rustic wood furnishings, and a flood of natural light give an otherwise high-designed space a down-to-earth feel. A custom, wood-paneled espresso machine supplies the brew, while the hotel’s James Beard nominated pastry chef fills the cases with creative snacks like everything-seasoned kolaches.
Upscale corner neighborhood market. A nice variety of staples, local ingredients, and unique items. It's convenient and the staff is friendly. "Hold me closer tiny grocer"
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Tiny Grocer - Opening March 8th @ 8 am
1718 South Congress Avenue
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Upscale corner neighborhood market. A nice variety of staples, local ingredients, and unique items. It's convenient and the staff is friendly. "Hold me closer tiny grocer"
Gorgeous outdoor patio and wonderful food - great for sharing.
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Aba
1011 South Congress Avenue
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Gorgeous outdoor patio and wonderful food - great for sharing.

Sightseeing

A fantastic urban run, walk, and bike trail.
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Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk
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A fantastic urban run, walk, and bike trail.
The Congress Ave Bridge spans Town Lake and is home to the largest urban bat colony in N. America. Watch them at dusk from mid-March to November.
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Statesman Bat Observation Center
305 S Congress Ave
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The Congress Ave Bridge spans Town Lake and is home to the largest urban bat colony in N. America. Watch them at dusk from mid-March to November.
Live out your Huck Finn fantasies while chugging up and down Austin's lake that's really a river. See the city like you've never seen it before.
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Lone Star Riverboat
208 Barton Springs Road
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Live out your Huck Finn fantasies while chugging up and down Austin's lake that's really a river. See the city like you've never seen it before.
Featured gardens include a Japanese garden, xeriscape demonstration garden, rose garden, butterfly garden, and herb & fragrance garden.
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Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Road
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Featured gardens include a Japanese garden, xeriscape demonstration garden, rose garden, butterfly garden, and herb & fragrance garden.

Entertainment & Activities

Take the kids to Little Stacy Park! It has a shaded playground, a wading pool, tennis courts, and friendly families.
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Little Stacy Neighborhood Park
1500 Alameda Drive
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Take the kids to Little Stacy Park! It has a shaded playground, a wading pool, tennis courts, and friendly families.
Enjoy a journey on LadyBird Lake in an ADORABLE retro boat.
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Retro Boat Rentals ATX
74 Trinity Street
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Enjoy a journey on LadyBird Lake in an ADORABLE retro boat.
Free neighborhood pool - open year-round and spring-fed!
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Big Stacy Neighborhood Pool
700 East Live Oak Street
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Free neighborhood pool - open year-round and spring-fed!
Stand up Paddle Board and Kayak rentals
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Rowing Dock
2418 Stratford Drive
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Stand up Paddle Board and Kayak rentals
Stand up Paddle Board and Kayak rentals
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Texas Rowing Center
1541 West Cesar Chavez
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Stand up Paddle Board and Kayak rentals
Take the kids to Little Stacy Park! It has a shaded playground, a wading pool, tennis courts, and friendly families.
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Little Stacy Neighborhood Park
1500 Alameda Drive
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Take the kids to Little Stacy Park! It has a shaded playground, a wading pool, tennis courts, and friendly families.

Shopping

Step inside the Herb Bar and savor the wonderful smells and sights that greet your senses—an oasis of earthly delights. The Herb Bar is an Austin original since 1986, and a haven for healing.
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The Herb Bar
200 West Mary Street
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Step inside the Herb Bar and savor the wonderful smells and sights that greet your senses—an oasis of earthly delights. The Herb Bar is an Austin original since 1986, and a haven for healing.
You'll feel "a wave of nostalgia" at this "eye‑popping" "sweet‑tooth circus" on SoCo.
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Big Top
1706 South Congress Avenue
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You'll feel "a wave of nostalgia" at this "eye‑popping" "sweet‑tooth circus" on SoCo.

Essentials

The flagship whole foods. It's easy to spend hours here.
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Whole Foods Market
525 North Lamar Boulevard
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The flagship whole foods. It's easy to spend hours here.
open 24 hours
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H-E-B
2400 South Congress Avenue
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open 24 hours
The 70,000-square-foot fresh Central Market was designed to be reminiscent of a European style market, with aisle upon aisle of fresh produce, meats, seafood & an incredibly large cheese department.
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Central Market
4477 West Gate Boulevard
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The 70,000-square-foot fresh Central Market was designed to be reminiscent of a European style market, with aisle upon aisle of fresh produce, meats, seafood & an incredibly large cheese department.

Arts & Culture

The Long Center is a performing arts venue located along Lady Bird Lake, be sure to check out their calendar - something great is aways happening.
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The Long Center for the Performing Arts
701 West Riverside Drive
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The Long Center is a performing arts venue located along Lady Bird Lake, be sure to check out their calendar - something great is aways happening.
Small theater with plush seating, featuring indie films; Good food and cocktails selection. Oh yeah! We love it!
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Violet Crown Cinema
434 West 2nd Street
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Small theater with plush seating, featuring indie films; Good food and cocktails selection. Oh yeah! We love it!
A unique combination of theater and restaurant, the Alamo shows the best first-run and independent films and offers an extensive menu and a wide selection of beer and wine.
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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema South Lamar
1120 South Lamar Boulevard
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A unique combination of theater and restaurant, the Alamo shows the best first-run and independent films and offers an extensive menu and a wide selection of beer and wine.

Drinks & Nightlife

A sleek, minimalist, Zen outdoor patio featuring well-chosen beers, wine, and a snack menu.
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Hotel San José
1316 South Congress Avenue
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A sleek, minimalist, Zen outdoor patio featuring well-chosen beers, wine, and a snack menu.
Beer garden/brewery/venue/ restaurant /good people /nice place to hang/creative community
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The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
1305 West Oltorf Street
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Beer garden/brewery/venue/ restaurant /good people /nice place to hang/creative community
Bustling seafood & oyster bar that serves lunch & dinner daily, and brunch on the weekends. Great large patio for dining and people watching.
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Perla's
1400 South Congress Avenue
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Bustling seafood & oyster bar that serves lunch & dinner daily, and brunch on the weekends. Great large patio for dining and people watching.
Rock, country, jazz & blues acts, national & local, are found at this legendary South Congress club.
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The Continental Club
1315 South Congress Avenue
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Rock, country, jazz & blues acts, national & local, are found at this legendary South Congress club.
Downstairs there's an R&B theme, with live music on the weekends, while upstairs is a Japanese-American bar.
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C-Boy's Heart & Soul
2008 South Congress Avenue
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Downstairs there's an R&B theme, with live music on the weekends, while upstairs is a Japanese-American bar.