One of the highlights of our trip to Austin this summer, was visiting this little gem of an area known as South Congress or SoCo as the locals like to refer to it. The area is located on South Congress Avenue, from Johanna to Gibson Streets. It features an eclectic array of restaurants, shops, antiques and music venues.
The first thing I noticed about SoCo was its fabulous use of Airstream trailers! I think Airstream’s are beautifully designed, and I loved seeing how they were being put to use for everything from hot dog stands to pet shelters!
One of the things I loved about this area was its use of color! There was color on the sides of buildings, interspersed graffiti and brightly painted doors and storefronts at every turn.
While strolling the streets we passed Gueros Taco Bar which (thankfully) had misters out on their patio. We had just come from kayaking, and it had to be at least 100 degrees with the humidity, so everyone stopped to partake of the free droplets. It really was a treat. Next time I would like to try their tacos in addition to their mist!
One block up from Guerros is my new favorite Austin store. It is called Uncommon Objects. I was not able to spend nearly enough time in this place. Uncommon Objects is a collective of approximately 24 vintage sellers housed under one roof . . . or as they like to say . . . “a one of a kind emporium of transcendent junk”. But don’t let the word junk fool you. They wouldn’t let you take photos inside so you’ll have to go and see for yourself. I only managed to snap the two below, but they don’t give you much to go on. The store is amazing, take my word for it. I could have spent beaucoup hours and mad dollars$ in there. Can’t wait to go back next summer. Secretly wishing we had one here in Cali . . .
By this time we were all famished. My niece had been telling about Homeslice Pizza since our last visit so we decided to go there for dinner. The wait time was Ri-DIC-u-LOUS, however, the pizza was AH-mazing! And they had the coolest patio out back complete with a ping pong table and chairs. They even have a separate location next door with a walk-up take out window. Way to cover your bases right?
By the time we left Homeslice it was late and we were all tired. . . but not too tired to stop by Hey Cupcake! and get a cupcake for the road! They didn’t have any gluten free options available, so I ordered the Red Velvet for Rob. I loved the whole design of this little cupcakery. To sit out in the warm night air and snack on cupcakes under pink umbrellas with friends? Yep, I’ll take it!!
SoCo is a great area to check out if you are visiting the Austin area. For more information, maps and a free visitor guide click here.