Downtown offers the best of Austin, amplified. This is where creativity and ingenuity meet to deliver the latest foodie hotspots, legendary live music venues, one-of-a-kind shops, and year-round outdoor fun. Rock out or relax – it’s your call. LET’S GO


Downtown is the epicenter of Austin’s 24/7 idea exchange. This is where enterprises headquarter and entrepreneurs incubate, all harnessing our city’s incredible talent pool, business-friendly infrastructure and uniquely collaborative culture. LET’S GO


Downtown Austin offers residences to suit any style, whether you’re renting or putting down roots. This is where city excitement meets creature comforts – your walkable new neighborhood puts both nightly entertainment and daily essentials within easy reach.LET’S GO



For errands or all-day affairs.

Downtown Austin is a one-stop shopping destination for every price point and pursuit.



DOWNTOWN: As Austin As It Gets™

Downtown  offers A Unquely Austin Experience with the perfect mix of local boutiques and...

a few favorite namebrands  like Anthropologie, Brooks Brothers, Design Within Reach, Urban Outfitters and Patagonia. Grab a quick gift on your lunch hour or leisurely browse from block to block. Easy parking and five densely packed retail districts make it easy to score that perfect find.



Downtown Retail Districts


Congress Avenue

Referred to as The Main Street of Texas, Congress Avenue is the heart of downtown Austin. Between the Capitol and Lady Bird Lake you’ll find numerous shops, restaurants, museums and theaters, all along one of downtown’s three National Register Historic Districts.
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2nd Street

“Where Texas Warmth Meets Austin Cool,” the 2nd Street district is home to 50 specialty shops, services and dining establishments. Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater and the Austin Children’s Museum anchor this downtown district, which spans Second Street between Congress Avenue and San Antonio Street.

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E. 6th Street

With a collection of music venues, restaurants, the original Alamo Drafthouse movie theater, the Austin Visitor Center and an eclectic array of stores that include local favorites Wild About Music and the Hatbox, E. 6th Street is literally open day and night. Most of Austin’s musical history points to E. 6th Street, so be sure to take note of this 7-block National Register Historic District’s array of 19th’ century, 2-story architectural buildings – some of the best in the state.



West end

Located on the western edge of downtown at Sixth Street and Lamar Boulevard, this retail district’s key landmarks include Whole Foods Market, Anthropologie, REI and Book People, Texas’s leading independent bookstore. This is a great area to get goodies for yourself, your home and tonight’s dinner.



South congress

Just one half mile south of the river lies the heart of South Congress, or SOCO. Home to many of Austin’s uniquely quirky, funky and hip stores, it is also the home of the Continental Club, a locally revered live music venue, as well as much of Austin’s food trailer culture.