Retro Delights in SoCo
Before it gained the trendy nickname “SoCo,” South Congress was already a haven for retro clothing enthusiasts. One iconic store in the area is Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds, affectionately known by its full name. Legend has it that even Bob Dylan himself frequented this shop in search of vintage outfits. Another retro gem in the neighborhood is New Bohemia, a hotspot for both clothing and stylish home furnishings. Additionally, visitors can find unique boutiques like Blackmail, specializing in all things black, and Vivid, offering a vibrant array of items.
As you stroll along this avenue, you’ll encounter a delightful assortment of funky and distinctive stores and restaurants, each embracing Austin’s friendly and welcoming atmosphere. SoCo, also known as The Street, is your one-stop destination for fulfilling all your Austin shopping desires.
Whether you seek a funky addition to your home or a fabulous pair of shoes, Uncommon Objects and Goodie Two Shoes respectively have got you covered. And, of course, if you’re longing for that eccentric costume to flaunt, you can most definitely find it at Lucy’s In Disguise.
First Thursday on South Congress: A Local Tradition
First Thursday is not merely another date on the monthly calendar when you’re in SoCo—it represents a beloved local tradition. On this special day, South Congress shops keep their doors open late, hosting an array of exciting events and activities.
It’s a uniquely Austin experience, where you can indulge in shopping, dining, and listening to local musicians. SoCo also boasts numerous fantastic food venues, including the renowned Guero’s, Zen, Joe’s Coffee Shop, and the must-visit Amy’s Ice Cream. We look forward to seeing everyone on First Thursday in the vibrant heart of SoCo!
Discovering Delightful Dining Destinations on South Congress
South Congress Cafe: A Classic Establishment
As one of the longstanding fixtures in the South Congress District, South Congress Cafe exemplifies the Keep Austin Weird spirit. Situated at the Northwest corner of Congress and Monroe, this eatery offers a modern twist on the traditional concept of a cafe. With its upscale dining options, stylish interior, and inviting outdoor dining area and patio, South Congress Cafe continues to delight visitors.
Housed in a former drug store, the restaurant retains some charming design elements from the 1940s. The menu presents a diverse range of reasonably priced dishes that showcase the restaurant’s culinary excellence. Don’t miss the opportunity to book a reservation using the button below and enjoy a generous 25% discount on your bill.
Vinaigrette: A Fresh Culinary Experience
Since its arrival on the Austin dining scene in 2016, Vinaigrette has been a refreshing addition to the culinary landscape. This establishment specializes in expertly crafted salads, offering a dining experience that rejuvenates the palate.
Originally hailing from New Mexico, with locations in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, Vinaigrette’s owner, Erin Wade, prioritizes sourcing local organic produce and meats from Texas Gulf and nearby organic farms.
Each salad is meticulously prepared with just the right amount of dressing, infusing each bite with distinct and delightful flavors. The restaurant boasts a modern and clean interior that adds a refreshing touch to indoor dining, while the outdoor patio beneath the captivating “tree of life” depicted in the picture stands as one of Austin’s finest spots for al fresco dining.
Don’t Miss Haunted ATX During Your Visit
While you’re in town, we highly recommend checking out our friends at Haunted ATX for an unforgettable experience. They offer two of the most extraordinary tours in Austin. The main tour takes you on a spine-chilling journey to several haunted sites across the city. Climb aboard
South Congress Avenue Shopping Gallery
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