Welcome to East Austin
A cool, cultured, and funky-fresh standard of living.
East Austin is one of the city’s most diverse, colorful, well-rounded, and charming communities. Some of the best restaurants in the state, public works of art, and global influence can be found along Cesar Chavez, Holly Street, and East 6th, while charming mid-century homes on larger lots beneath mature treetops are found in the northeastern portion of the neighborhood. Modern townhouses and garden-style villas in Mueller offer a great halfway option, allowing denizens to enjoy peace and quiet, all while remaining mere minutes from countless entertainment options.
Rich in history, sites such as the Texas State Cemetery, Victory Grill, and many others stand alongside brand-new neighborhood additions bringing more life to Austin’s bustling east side.
What to Love
- Rich in historical significance
- A plethora of locally-owned coffee shops, bars, barbecue joints, Tex-Mex eateries, and more
- Mere minutes from downtown
- Wide variety of housing options from condos to townhomes, and single-family residences
Casual, cool, and laid-back East Austin has climbed the rankings to become the most trendy neighborhood in town. No big-box chain stores here - mostly every business in East Austin is locally owned and operated, with several having been established many decades ago. The neighborhood has adopted a modern attitude for the 21st century, with the construction of modern homes popping up on every block, and historic craftsman bungalows being restored to their former glory boasting vivid colors and contemporary appeal. In East Austin, modern flair and old-school culture have collided, making this funky-fresh neighborhood one of the most coveted in the city.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
A varied dining scene includes hip, trendy eateries and a few older native options which have been around for generations. Launderette on Holly Street is a modern cafe situated in a former neighborhood laundromat. A great happy hour, popular weekend brunch featuring a rotation of daily pastries, and the most popular ice cream sandwich in town have consistently landed this charming brasserie on the bucket list of several local foodies. For a taste of the old neighborhood, head a few blocks over to Juan In A Million. This unpretentious neighborhood joint has been serving consistently delicious breakfast tacos, enchiladas, and Menudo for over 40 years.
With one location on Cesar Chavez and one on 11th Street, Quickie Pickie is a neighborhood market unlike any other. Perfect for forgotten grocery items, artisan snacks, or a spontaneous craving for local craft beer, both Quickie Pickie locations also offer excellent in-house dining. The 11th Street location serves a mouth-watering brisket chimichurri taco, while the Cesar Chavez location is home to la Barbecue, a relatively newer addition to Austin‘s barbecue scene which has made quite the splash.
The buttermilk biscuit, a southern staple, has been perfected at Bird Bird Biscuit. Fluffy biscuits topped with sausage, egg, and cheese, spicy fried chicken, and hot honey are great grab-and-go options, thanks to their uber-convenient outside pick-up window. Nearby, Hank’s is another brunch option sporting a bright, modern space and menu of refined, yet traditional Southern offerings. Hot chicken sandwiches, loaded avocado toast, baked ricotta, and frozen Palomas are a few of their more popular options.
Things To Do
Despite its central urban setting, East Austin is actually home to a high number of green spaces and historic sites. The Texas State Cemetery is located in the heart of the neighborhood and is the final resting spot for some of the state’s most important figures. Festival Beach at Lady Bird Lake boasts a canoe launch, and picnic tables, and is a great spot for watching native wildlife. The city of Austin has extensive plans to further develop Festival Beach, making this waterfront icon even more beautiful than it already is. For those living on the northern side of the neighborhood, Ella Wooten Park and Pool is a great spot to cool off on those sometimes-toasty summer afternoons. Guests enjoy access to basketball courts, playground equipment, green space, and a sparkling pool.
Unique educational opportunities are afforded to children living in East Austin. A few options consist of: