A guide to the neighborhoods of Austin, Texas

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One of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. and the second fastest growing city in the south according to recent research. As the tourist trade has boomed Austin Texas has become a diverse mix of cultures, race and ethnicities. People come to Austin from all different countries and regions. The area is bursting with bars, restaurants, and cafes offering all types of cuisine and regional inspirations to satisfy just about any taste.

A haven for music lovers, a paradise for hipsters, and a sanctuary for nature lovers. With great shopping, markets and booming business areas, Austin has everything you might need. Comprised of of unique and diverse neighbourhoods, here is a guide to some popular areas of Austin.


Downtown Austin

The heart of Austin and one of the coolest places to visit. The Downtown area is one of the main tourist attractions. It is the home of culture and art, historic theatres, and live music venues that attracts millions of visitors every year.

A great social scene provides a perfect backdrop for romantic evenings or for fun nights out with friends. Share a drink with a friendly resident or chat with a stranger in a local bar. The people of Austin are known for their friendliness. Recent years have seen fast economic growth in the city of Austin. It’s home to business men and women, office and tech workers. Dell is one of the biggest employers in the area. By day it is a professional business city, displaying its thriving economy, by night it’s a great place to enjoy restaurants, nightlife, music, and merriment.

University of Texas

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Located just north of Downtown, University of Texas students can enjoy one of the many cafes, bars, bistros and shopping boutiques. University of Texas students keep this academic neighborhood bright and lively.

This is the perfect location for students and other professionals who are visiting Austin. Grab your favorite book and enjoy reading at any local bar or cafe. Educational and academic tours are available to anyone interested. In recent years UT has attracted foreign students of many different nationalities, all who have come to Texas to complete their studies.

Public transport lines go through “The Drag” on Guadalupe Street, the area’s 24 hour non-stop student area, with a whole range of bistros, hip boutiques, and bookstores.

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Clarksville, Austin

A main attraction for visitors in an upscale area. An intriguing neighborhood close to popular sixth Street, Clarksville feels like its own little town in an urban setting. A perfect location offering walking distance to any attraction, and readily available public transportation can get you wherever you need to go.

Historic homes line Clarksville’s streets which contain local shops and is the home of the first Whole Foods ever opened. This quirky neighborhood is pedestrian friendly and a short walk to downtowns many bars and music venues.

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Bouldin Creek

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Situated near downtown across from Lady Bird Lake Bouldin Creek and one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Austin. Bouldin is edgy and eclectic in all the best ways. Highly diverse with a mix of cultures and backgrounds, it is one of the most popular areas in Austin. Boulding started its growth in the 1920s and 30s and has several historic homes on its streets. Known for its mix of art galleries, tattoo parlours, coffee shops, and second hand stores. Bouldin Creek emits just an all around ‘cool’ vibe.

East Riverside

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A sprawling community south east of Austin. It is a less expensive area of the city and home to many students and struggling artists. Made up of many apartment complexes and strip malls it can initially seem a bit nondescript. But being situated on the lake and having a slew of Biking and running trails helps with its appeal. It is also becoming known as the living area of choice for many local Austin musicians.

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