The SoCo District in Austin is a trendy neighborhood located South of Congress Avenue. It is known for its restaurants, music venues, eclectic boutiques, and food trucks. An epitome to the saying “Keep Austin Weird”, the district entertains visitors with its unique atmosphere and prime people watching.
Lined with local shops and eclectic boutiques, the SoCo District is great for finding unique gifts or apparel. A full directory of the boutiques can be found here along with a short description of each. If you are planning on visiting Austin for the first week of the month, First Thursdays are worth checking out. Similar to a block party, on the first Thursday of the month, all of the stores along South Congress stay open late (until 10 pm) and some have special sales or give out free drinks.
Besides the cool, hipster vibe, there are many well-known restaurants in the SoCo area. While visiting I was able to grab a bite at Hopdoddy Burger Bar, which had a long line of people waiting at the entrance. I ordered the Magic Shroom burger with a vegetarian patty and it was one the best vegetarian burger I’ve ever had (tied with the Shake Shacks ‘Shroom Burger in NYC).
Fun, unique, and very Austin, the SoCo district is definitely worth a visit during your trip. Whether you are looking to buy some cowboy boots (Allens Boots) or want to stroll down South Congress Avenue while eating a cupcake (Hey Cupcake!) there are many fun options to choose from that are guaranteed to provide you with a good time.