Welcome to Downtown Austin
A charming mix of old and new
Downtown Austin is the historic heart of the city. Its streets are lined with a variety of architectural styles reflecting the city's rich history. The area was first settled in the 1830s, and many of the original buildings were constructed in the Victorian style. In the early 20th century, Downtown Austin underwent a period of rapid growth, and several notable skyscrapers were built in the Art Deco style. Today, Downtown Austin is a lively mix of old and new, and its spirited nightlife and eclectic shops make it a popular destination for both locals and visitors alike.
Downtown is home to a mix of businesses, including corporate offices, retail stores, restaurants, and hotels. The area also features several landmark buildings, such as the Texas State Capitol
and the University of Texas at Austin
. In recent years, Downtown Austin has undergone a major transformation, with dozens of new high-rise buildings and residences popping up. This growth has brought new life to the area, and today Downtown Austin is a vibrant and thriving community.
What to Love
- Walkable downtown area
- Easy parking in the main business district
- Socially active community
- Large range of restaurant options
As you walk through the charming streets of Downtown Austin, you can't help but be impressed by the architectural spread. The area is home to a variety of local businesses, restaurants, and art galleries. The downtown area is privy to a number of local events and festivals. Whether you're looking for an exciting nightlife scene or a quiet place to relax, Downtown Austin has something to offer everyone.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
If you're looking for an all-inclusive shopping experience, look no further than the Second Street District. With over 100 stores and restaurants, you'll find everything you need in this trendy area. Blu Dot
has sleek, contemporary furniture and home decor. If you're in need of a new outfit or just want to get your clothes tailored to perfection, Bykowski Tailor & Garb
is the place for you. This high-end store offers the best in men's fashion.
When it comes to things to eat, you can’t go wrong with Austin’s Downtown selection. Olamaie
is a Southern-style restaurant with a modern twist. The Walton's Fancy & Staple
, on the other hand, specializes in old-fashioned favorites like biscuits and gravy and homemade sandwiches. For those looking for something more upscale, there's The Roosevelt Room
at The Driskill Hotel
, a hotel in a gorgeous historic landmark.
Things to Do
There's no end to the things to do in Downtown Austin. For a night of dancing, head to one of the many nightclubs, or catch a live performance at Esther's Follies
. Or you could join the Congress Avenue Kayakers.
If you're looking for something to do during the day, there are plenty of museums and art galleries to explore. The Texas State Capitol building is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city. The building was completed in 1888 and is the largest state capitol building in the United States.
The annual Pecan Street Festival
is a two-day event featuring live music, arts and crafts, and delicious food. The Austin City Limits Music Festival is another popular event taking place downtown. This three-day festival features over 150 musical acts across eight stages.
The Austin school district
offers a variety of public schools at different levels to meet the needs of all students. Here are some educational highlights of Downtown Austin:
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