South Congress was a haven for retro clothing before it became SoCo. Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds and Electric Ladyland (that's the store's complete name) is where Bob Dylan is rumored to have shopped for retro outfits. New Bohemia is another retro spot for clothes and home furnishings, plus there are boutiques including Blackmail, for all things black, and Vivid, for all things... well vivid. The avenue is lined with funky, unique to Austin stores and restaurants with an Austin friendly feel. All you need to fill your Austin shopping desires is located along The Street of SoCo. Need that funky new item for the house, stop by Uncommon Objects. Need a new fabulous pair of shoes, drop in to Goodie Two Shoes. What about that crazy costume you've been wanting to strut, you will definitely snag it at Lucy's In Disguise.
First Thursday on South Congress
First Thursday is not just a day on the monthly calendar in SoCo, but marks a local tradition when South Congress shops stay open late, playing host to an array of events and activities. A unique to Austin event for shopping, eating, and listening to local Austin music. SoCo is home to many fantastic food venues also. Including Guero's, Zen, Joe's Coffee Shop, and, of course, you can't go without Amy's Ice Cream. See everyone on First Thursday down at SoCo!
Cool Places to Eat on South Congress
South Congress Cafe
One of the relatively old school additions to the South Congress District, South Congress Cafe is located in the heart of the area and maintains the Keep Austin Weird vibe. Located on the Northwest corner of Congress and Monroe, South Congress Cafe offers a modern take on the word cafe with upscale dining options, a snazzy interior, and a great outdoor dining area and patio. Located in a former drug store, it maintains some design elements from the 40s. The menu offers a variety of options that are moderately priced considering the quality of the cuisine. Check them out on Diamond Tables here for 25% off the check during dinner hours here.
Vinaigrette off South Congress Avenue
Newcomer to the Austin dining scene in 2016, Vinaigrette offers a refreshing style of dining focusing on well crafted salads. Originating from New Mexico with locations in Albuquerque and Sante Fe, Vinaigrette owner Erin Wade strives to source all vegetables and meats from local organic farms and the Texas gulf. Salad dressings are mixed into the salad at just the perfect amount to pack each salad with unique and distinct flavor. A modern, clean interior adds a refreshing touch for indoor dining and the outdoor patio beneath the "tree of life" shown in the picture is one of Austin’s best patio dining. Learn more about Vinaigrette off South Congress here.
A Few Great Shopping Stops
The Yeti Flagship Store
Located a few blocks closer to downtown from the traditional stretch of the South Congress Shopping District, the Yeti Flagship Store elevates the consumer experience by inspiring visitors to go out and explore the wild as it captures a core tenet of the brand in 8,000 square feet. It's a gathering spot for locals and out-of-towners to enjoy a cold beer, listen to music, watch a film or learn from a pro. There's plenty of mercandise to explore and purchase and the store features an energy that is unique to Austin and the Yeti brand. It's definitely worth dropping by on your way over to the South Congress shopping district. Use this link to learn more about The Yeti Flagship Store on South Congress Avenue.
Legendary Boot Store Allens Boots
Having opened its doors in 1977 Allens Boots stands as a South Congress landmark. The giant red boot above its store sets it apart from all the other shops and boutiques you'll encounter. Inside you will be amazed by their incredible selection of boots and knowledgeable staff eager to help you find your perfect pair. No visit to Austin is complete without stopping by South Congress Avenue and checking out a few of the shops. And Allens Boots is one you won't want to miss. Use this link to learn more about Allens Boots on South Congress.
Located in Austins popular South Congress shopping district, Maya Star has a reputation as one of the best boutiques in the city. Featuring a distinctly unique and constantly changing selection of clothing, gifts, and jewelry made by independent designer from around the world, Maya Star’s excellent selection of clothing and accessories for any occasion, age, shape, style, and budget make it a must stop when browsing the shops and boutiques on SoCo. Use this link to learn more about Maya Star Boutique on South Congress Avenue.
While You're in Town, Check Out Our Friends at Haunted ATX!
If you're looking for something fun to do in Austin, make sure you check out our friends at Haunted ATX. They offer two of the most unique tours in town. Their main tour, features a visit to several Haunted sites. You climb into a classic Cadillac hearse that has been converted into a spooky limousine and visit several historic Austin landmarks that are reportedly haunted or have experienced paranormal activity, including the Tavern, Clay Pit, Littlefield House, Driskill Hotel, and more. You get out of the hearse at each location and go inside or walk around, but walking is minimal. The Haunted tours are fun, educational and a little scary at times. There's also a True Crime Tour that is currently featured on Tuesdays and Thursdays and targets an older audience due to the gruesome nature of the tour as it covers several historic murders and attrocities. Plus, if you're interested, there's a VIP upgrade option to get a private tour and custom pickup at your hotel or home. Learn more about Haunted ATX Hearse Limo Tours.
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