South Central Austin

The 78704 zip code has a cachet all its own. Who doesn’t want to get lost in a mystical neighborhood of winding roads and forested patches? The commercial stretches scream “Austin weird.” Bordered on the north by Lady Bird Lake and on the south by Ben White Boulevard, South Austin has long been associated with Austin’s quirky side.

South Congress Avenue is perhaps its most prominent calling card with shops, restaurants and bars resonating with a cool vibe. Think Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds costume shop, Jo’s Coffee, the legendary Continental Club live music venue, Allen’s Boots and Guero’s Taco Bar — just to name a few beloved hangouts.

The neighborhoods surrounding the well-trod streets off South Lamar, South First, South Congress and Travis Heights Boulevard are as eclectic as you’ll find in any city — from cozy historic bungalows to contemporary new-builds a stone’s throw from Austin’s renowned Zilker Park. It’s all happening and happy.

Across South Austin there are high spots among the many hills that offer an inspiring view of Downtown Austin’s rapidly evolving skyline. But this one right outside of St. Ed’s Old Main is as good as it gets — providing a panorama of skyscrapers and new construction that nearly takes your breath away. You should see it at night!