Posted in: Dining Nightlife Shopping Posted on: Jun 3rd, 2015

Renting in South Congress, Austin? Shop & Dine Local at These Spots

Photo Credit: Botticelli's by Jill Shih | CC BY-ND 2.0

The South Congress region of Austin is known for embracing individuality and independent businesses. Living here puts you in the middle of one of the coolest places in the country when it comes to the “go local” mentality. Provided below is a quick overview of some of the many local businesses in South Congress.

Shopping

Austin shopping is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. South Congress is full of all kinds of shops, from fashion to food, though its boutiques have earned both local and national media attention. ByGeorge, Co-Star, Blackmail, Maya Star and Stag sell unique pieces of clothing and accessories for men and women. SoCo is also an antiquing dream. Shops like Uncommon Objects and Off the Wall sell all kinds of oddities, like vintage furniture, homewares, artwork, books, jewelry, and other knickknacks.

Dining

Austin is a foodie heaven known for its food truck phenomenon, and this is particularly true in South Congress. According to the city’s tourism department, officials estimate nearly 2,000 food trucks will be in operation by this fall. There is a food truck for every flavor, whether you’re craving cupcakes or kimchi. FoodTrailersAustin.com and AustinFoodCarts.com are both great resources for navigating the city’s burgeoning food truck scene.

In addition to its food trucks, SoCo also has an unbeatable sit-down dining scene. Many restaurants in the area feature al fresco dining and have expansive patios where you can enjoy your meal late into the evenings with a group of friends. For casual burgers and beer, visit Hopdoddy, a restaurant known for its artisanal burgers, craft beers, and unique cocktails. On date night, check out Botticelli’s or Perla’s. Botticelli’s serves classic Italian fare with a twist. Dine outside on the dog-friendly patio while enjoying live music and drinks. Perla’s is a seafood and oyster bar that features a spacious dining room with a saltwater fish tank and a patio shaded by giant oak trees. The seafood-centric menu features dishes with fresh fish and seafood sourced from the Gulf of Mexico.

Nightlife

SoCo is a family-friendly tourism destination by day and a buzzy nightlife hotspot by night. Renting in South Congress, Austin, places a number of nightlife options at your fingertips. Have a drink in the Hotel San Jose courtyard lounge and listen to some live music or check out The Continental Club, a former supper club that is now one of Austin’s premier music venues and bars. C-Boys Heart & Soul is a great dive bar known for its eclectic decor and vintage vibe, and also has live music.

The hidden gems of SoCo are way more exciting than your run of the mill chain stores or restaurants. Support independently owned businesses while navigating this funky neighborhood’s offerings and you’ll feel like a local in no time.