Shop, Dine & Play Like a Local

Make the 2ND Street District your first stop in Austin.

Austin-owned boutiques, award-winning restaurants and exciting entertainment make the vibrant 2ND Street District Austin’s top destination, especially for visitors. The 2ND Street District is just a few blocks away from Lady Bird Lake, making it the perfect stop to refresh and hydrate on your way to or from a long stroll exploring the city. From local cuisine and alfresco dining to trendy shops, awesome live music and more, this walkable district is jam-packed with the homegrown community vibe of Austin. There’s no doubt you’ll get a big Texas welcome and instantly feel like a local when you hang out here.

Group of friends walking through 2ND Street District in downtown Austin Texas

The 2ND Street District is home to more locally owned and nationally acclaimed shops, restaurants and venues than anywhere else in downtown Austin. Shop a variety of styles from dozens of boutiques like Luxe Apothetique (for women’s fashion and beauty products) and League of Rebels tailored menswear to music-inspired apparel at Austin Rocks. Once you’ve had your dose of retail therapy, refuel at Jo’s, your go-to for turbo-charged coffee, or sip a cold-pressed concoction of fruits and veggies from The Well.

Dine on fine Mexican cuisine at the award-winning La Condesa or traditional Italian dishes and pizza at Taverna. Taverna recently opened The Baci Room, a vibrant and magnetic lounge offering everything from brunch to dinner, complete with craft cocktails, live music, Friday and Saturday night DJs, and more. III Forks is known for its upscale interior and steaks, while Lamberts serves up slow-smoked barbecue in a restored historic building. Local Foods and Sweetgreen have you covered for your healthy cravings while Yummi Joy offers sweet treats like vegan ice cream and nostalgic candies.

women drinking margaritas at la condesa in 2ND Street District in austin texas

In between shopping, pamper yourself with a variety of services including blowouts at drybar, nail care at Lacquer and a full spa day at milk + honey salon

In the evening, sip a glass of bubbly at Crú Food & Wine Bar or take in a film at Violet Crown Cinema while enjoying movie-themed craft cocktails. Get crafty (on all levels) at Upstairs Circus with drinks and DIY projects or see a concert at ACL Live at The Moody Theater, where the famed Austin City Limits music television show is taped (and be sure to snap a selfie with the bronze Willie Nelson statue out front).

Man and woman holding hands while walking past the entrance of the Violet Crown Theatre in Austin's 2ND Street District.

Indulging isn’t the only thing to do in the District. Get active at its numerous fitness studios, like Barry's BootcampRIDE Indoor Cycling, Orangetheory Fitness or [solidcore] Pilates and strength training. If you’re in need of a last-minute necessity, the 2ND Street District also offers daily services like haircuts at milk + honey salon and Finley's Barber Shop, Apple services at Austin MacWorks or shopping for essentials and grab-and-go snacks at Royal Blue Grocery.

Woman with tattoos cutting a man's hair in a barbershop chair, their reflection showing in a mirror.

Don’t miss 2ND Street District’s signature annual events. In late November and throughout the holiday season, catch the Holiday Window Walk, where local storefronts transform into festive holiday scenes, with installations designed by college students competing for scholarship funds. All installations are viewable from the sidewalk where guests are able to stroll at their own pace while social distancing. Visitors can cast their vote on the 2ND Street District Facebook page for which store they think deserves a prize for the best holiday window display.

Photography courtesy of 2ND Street District.