From art galleries and furniture havens to darling boutiques and kitschy food trailer parks, South Austin is the crossroad where eccentric meets nostalgic.

Gallery at the Austin Art Garage
Courtesy Austin Art Garage.

AUSTIN ART GARAGE: Intimidated by fancy galleries but want to take home a framer? This welcoming space offers affordable art from 30+ local artists all under one roof. austinartgarage.com
*Palette Pals: The garage often hosts art social happy hours where you can mix and mingle with the featured talent.

MÉTIER COOK SUPPLY: If you’re more professional chef than amateur sous, you’ll appreciate this shop for its hard-to-source cookbooks, high-end culinary tools and unique services like knife sharpening and cast iron restoration. metieraustin.com

SEVENTH FLAG COFFEE: A modern, open space with Wi- Fi, fuel up with the avocado toast or a mug of quality coffee from Huckleberry Roasters and enjoy the natural outdoor patio. seventhflagcoffee.com

Items in Mockingbird Domestics showroom
Courtesy of Mockingbird Domestics.

MOCKINGBIRD DOMESTICS: For a real glimpse of local purveyors, step inside Mockingbird Domestics and peruse Texan-designed handcrafted furniture. mockingbirddomestics.com

CITY SURF FITNESS: Proving you don’t need a trip to the beach to hang 10, this boutique fitness hub showcases floor surfboards that simulate waves rocking for a full cardio and core workout. citysurffitness.com/austin

SOUTH FIRST FOOD COURT: An Austin four-step: Park your B-cycle (austin.bcycle.com); take your pick of grub from one of six trailers showcasing delights like savory crepes, veggie lasagna and dessert-dipped bananas; post up at a picnic table; catch some live music.

FORTRESS OF INCA: What shoes are the locals wearing? Handmade in Peru but based in Austin, Fortress of Inca offers the best in bohemian boots, flats and platforms and can be found at two South Lamar stores, Headdress and Blue Luxfortressofinca.com

The Highball Karaoke Room
The Highball, Karaoke Room. Credit Heather Leah Kennedy. 

ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE AND THE HIGHBALL: For a double feature, grab a pre-flick cocktail at The Highball, then walk it next door to the Drafthouse for a film. thehighball.com; drafthouse.com
*Local Vocal: After the credits roll, head back over to The Highball for a round of karaoke and order bottle service of Draft Ginger Palomas.

BROKEN SPOKE: The beloved dance hall celebrates more than 50 years of entertaining Willie Nelson fans as well as the man himself. Come for a cold beer and stay for a two-step dance lesson, held four nights a week. brokenspokeaustintx.net

SUNROOM: Find fashion-forward labels shipped in from all parts of the globe along with brands born right down the street in this happy, modern space. sunroomaustin.com

THE AUSTIN BEER GARDEN BREWING CO.: The ABGB not only offers brew tours and a mouthwatering selection of handmade pizzas, but is also dog-dedicated with watering stations on the property and events for Austin Pets Alive! programs. theabgb.com