Call this colorful and populated stretch of street in Austin, Texas “SoCo” - no Southern accent required - and you’ll sound like a born and bred local.
Tje Austin at Jo's. Credit Annie Ray.
Jo's Hot Coffee Good Food: This free-standing bean scene offers breakfast tacos, pastries and caffeinated bombs like the Iced Turbo. Be sure to snap a selfie in front of the "I love you so much" mural. joscoffee.com
Keyboardist at the Continental Club. Photo Credit Dave Mead.
Music Scene: From historic blues clubs to record shops stacked with obscure vinyl, the rhythm of this road is gonna get you.
Manana. Credit Kate LeSueur.
South Congress Hotel: Not just for chic slumbering, locals frequent the modern minimalist boutique hotel to partake in on-site features like restaurants Central Standard (centralstandardaustin.com), Café No Sé (cafenoseaustin.com) and Otoko (otokoaustin.com), as well as Mañana coffee bar (mananaaustin.com) and several retail spots. southcongresshotel.com
Courtesy of Contiki.
Go Batty: From March to November, elbow your way into a spot on the Congress Avenue Bridge to watch as the world’s largest urban bat colony emerges from beneath. Get a different perspective by taking the Lone Star Riverboat Bat Cruise (lonestarriverboat.com) and catching the sight from Lady Bird Lake.
Amy's Ice Creams: Get your licks at the famous walk-up stand with personalityplus scoop masters. The Scoop: Order the Mexican Vanilla. Double Scoop: Mad for ice cream? Schedule a tour of the production facility to see how the magic happens. amysicecreams.com
Perla's Photo Credit Casey Dunn.
Shop 'Til You Drop: Get your head-to-toe taxidermy and retail fix all within a few steps of one another:
Uncommon Objects (uncommonobjects.com)
Parts & Labour (partsandlabourstore.myshopify.com)
By George (bygeorgeaustin.com)