East Downtown

Travel off the beaten path to East Downtown, Downtown's funkier (and grittier) cousin.

Close enough to Downtown to be cool by association, East Downtown's grittier character sets it apart from its neighbor's highly trafficked path. Worn-in hole-in-the-wall bars, casual dives, and mural adorned bodegas lend East Downtown a weathered, artistic edge. Set its nonconformist values against the serene backdrop of Lady Bird Lake, and it becomes clear why many venture out to this East Austin neighborhood.

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On the Map

East Downtown is bordered by Rainey Street, Holly, Rosewood, Travis Heights, East Riverside, Upper Boggy Creek, Downtown, Govalle, University of Texas, and Pleasant Valley

  • Public transit is Difficult
  • Having a car is Easy

Bergstrom International Airport: 15 minutes by cab
Zilker Park: 12 minutes by car
Downtown: 8 minutes by car

Threadbare Trendiness In East Downtown

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Just east of Downtown, building facades transform from clean and contemporary to threadbare and clandestinely trendy.

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Weathered walls and slanting rooftops compose East Downtown's urban environs.

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Behind their rusting aluminum and wild-mannered landscaping, cafes and bodegas serve some of the city's favorite Mexican food.

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USA Austin CesarChaves NM
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USA Austin CesarChaves NM

Compared with Austin's sleek downtown establishments, East Downtown's graffitied walls and raw-material workshops feel a little more rugged.

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You could even say they feel a little more outlaw.

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You might even call it the wild, wild East.

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A certain openness accompanies its undomesticated nature.

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In East Downtown, there are still walls waiting to be creatively covered.

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Be close to everything this energetic city has to offer - live music, delicious food, tasty drinks, green parks, sunny festivals, historic cemeteries and all longhorn sports. Experience Austin as a local would in one of its oldest neighborhoods."

East Downtown In the Evening

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Austinites who prefer to bypass the traditional crowds that congregate along 6th Street head to East Downtown. In this neighborhood, the night begins with a drink.

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It hurtles forward accompanied by live music.

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It settles in with tacos served from the windows of trailers, trucks, and trendy kitchens.

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In East Downtown, the night is persistent.

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Lights, camera.

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Action.

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This is a great place to use as a base camp to explore Austin. So many truly Austin-y places close by, then cozy, comfortable homes to rest in."

Photography

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I'm a photographer & designer living in Chicago, IL. I'm passionate about cultivating a culture of well-lived life through authentic community. When I'm not creating, you can find me: exploring new cities, drinking massive amounts of coffee, digging through vintage shops, enjoying the latest restaurants, and spending time with loved ones.

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