It’s no mystery why 10,000 people move to Austin every month. After what can only be described as a 24-hour fling with this hot city, we totally get it.
Now, let it be said at the outset that we never even crossed the river into downtown Austin. We were completely captivated by an area called South Congress, which has – according to locals – morphed from an area best known for drug deals a decade ago to the epicentre of Austin’s laid-back, hip cultural scene.
The strip of SoCo, as it’s called, is peppered with vintage clothing boutiques, serious western boot stores, taco bars, actual bars, retro-hip barbers, curio shops and more food trucks than Ottawa has in its entirety. In short, it’s a heavenly place to wander around for a day.
This is how I feel about Austin.
South Congress, so close yet so far from downtown.
The best taco bar in the area is an old feed store with wicked margaritas.
No boring walls here.
Tourists and locals gather to watch the largest bat colony in the US, which lives under this bridge, come out to feed at dusk.
Lots of amazing Day of the Dead items, so close to Mexico.
Kiavash finds a pair of second-hand cowboy boots to call his own.
On a day as hot as today, the place locals go to cool off is Bouldin Springs, a cold spring-fed creek surrounded by pecan trees. Hands down the best swimming of the trip so far.
Dinner at the Snack Bar – south (classic mac ‘n cheese) meets southwest (grilled corn with cojita cheese and fresh lime)
Stay weird in Austin at the Austin Motel – it was great!