East Austin City Guide

The creative hideout of Austin, the East Side is full of good eats, great shops, and an amazing blend of cultural richness. 

EAT 

Prohibition Creamery

(Alcoholic Ice Cream. Perfect for a sweet and boozy treat. Try the bourbon with cookie dough.)

La Matta

(Casual Italian. Perfect for a simple lunch. Try their #8 panini.)

Nasha 

(Indian. Perfect for sharing plates or stocking up on leftovers. Try their paneer enchiladas.)

Chicon

(American. Perfect for date night or snacking and trying small plates. Try their charcuterie board!)

Blue Dahlia Bistro

(French. Perfect for breakfast and lunch with friends. Try their a chicken salad or Brie tartines!)

Paperboy

(Breakfast food truck. Perfect for sunny Saturday mornings. Try their French toast!)

Hillside Pharmacy

(Eclectic eatery. Perfect for cocktails and appetizers or a spirited brunch. Try the malt vinegar fries.)

Eastside Cafe

(American. Perfect for Sunday brunch or a caffeine boost. Try their eggs Benedict or grab a coffee from Elaine's Pork and Pie!)

Old Thousand

(Asian fusion. Perfect for satisfying an Austin-centric food craving. Try their Kung Pao cauliflower and orange chicken.)

El Chilito

(Taco stop. perfect for on-the-go. Try the Cherrywood taco and Ojo Rojo.)


DRINK 

Lazarus Brewing

(Neighborhood Brewery with Soul. Perfect for patio chilling and beer tasting. Try their black bean tacos.)

Rhino Room

(Local favorite + Austin's only martini bar. Perfect for intimate conversations and the occasional Connect 4 game.) 

Native Hostel

(Hip. Perfect for happy hour and appetizers on the couch or a fun Friday night. Try their waffle fry nachos.)

Yellow Jacket Social Club

(Edgy and laid-back. Great for a relaxed drink + smoke or soulful Sunday brunch.) 

Whisler’s

(Rustic-chic. Perfect for a date night and listening to live music. Try a Rosemary's Baby or Whisler's Old Fashioned.)


CAFFEINATE 

Figure 8

(Bright and lush. Perfect for working quietly or sitting on the patio with a friend. Try !)

Brew & Brew

(Urban. Perfect for peacefully coworking. Try their iced tea. Everyone kind of hates their actual coffee.)

Cenote 

(Eclectic. Perfect for eating while you work on stuff on your laptop. Try the grilled cheese.)

Flat Track Coffee

(Austin gem. Perfect for a coffee stop while filling up for gas... or shopping for a bike. Try any of their yummy blends.)

Royal Blue Grocery

(Chic and convenient. Perfect for grabbing some snacks or necessities while walking around East 6th or having a slice of pizza outside. Try their Eastside Pies.)


SHOP 

Take Heart 

(Trinkets + home goods.)

Solid Gold 

(Upscale vintage + curated jewelry.)

Fox Den

(Mod-grade Vintage + plants.)

Charm School Vintage

(Colorful vintage + leather goods.) 

APT F

(Home goods + beauty buys.)

Paper + Craft Pantry

(Paper + Office products.)

The Special

(Home goods + imaginative decor.)


INSTAGRAM

Fair Market (1100 E 5th St) - Bright teal metal doors and solid distressed white walls.

East 11th - This street is charming, and great for lifestyle photos.

Blue Owl Brewing (2400 E Cesar Chavez St) - White wall with two dynamic blue stripes. 

1109 N I-35 - Sketchy, but such a cute two-tone pink wall.

Brew & Brew (500 San Marcos St) - Great for those artsy coffee pics.


EXPLORE

East Austin Succulents  (801 Tillery St) - So many different options for succulents, rocks, and planters. 

Sunday Farmer’s Market Mueller (4209 Airport Blvd) - Bring cash to shop farm fresh finds!

Boardwalk Southshore (Parking along the river) - Great for a date night stroll or evening run.


How to Dress - Laid back clothes with an edgy twist. It's more than socially acceptable to show up at any bar in jeans and a cotton tee, but leather jackets and funky accessories are East Side favorites as well.

What to Bring - The two most important things you can bring to the East Side when visiting are a camera and an appetite! Home to my favorite walls in Austin, the area is perfect for snapping Instagram photos or shooting film. And the food is, well... Divine.


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