An Insider’s Guide to South Austin Near Riverside Austin Apartments


It’s no secret that South Austin is one of the fastest-growing neighborhoods of Austin, and we love being part of the action from our Town Lake Austin apartments near Oracle! If you’re one of our newer residents, or just looking for new ways to make the most of our awesome location, then keep reading for a breakdown of some of the must-visit spots in South Austin!


If you know anyone you’d like to explore South Austin with, be sure to share this blog post with them once you’re done reading so you can start planning your next excursion beyond the comforts of our Riverside Austin apartments (tempting though it may be to stay in and luxuriate with our awesome amenities, #shamelessplug)! For now, read on to see our insider’s guide to South Austin.


South Congress


Every Austinite should have the full SoCo experience at least once! Tons of fantastic local shops, restaurants, food trucks and landmarks line this major Austin thoroughfare. Take a picture at the “i love you so much” mural beside Jo’s Coffee, stop by Allen’s Boots to become an official cowboy (or should we say cowperson), grab a snack at the food truck park off Elizabeth St, and satisfy your sweet tooth at Amy’s Ice Creams.


South First


While not as highly trafficked as South Congress, South First Street is another hub of excellent restaurants, boutiques, and beautiful parks. Auditorium Shores, situated between South First and South Lamar, offers one of the best places in Austin to feel the grass beneath your feet and let the dog run around. Elizabeth St. Cafe is the perfect spot for lovers of Vietnamese fare and French pastries, while plenty of Tex-Mex staples can be found dotted along the sidewalks at places like El Mercado and Polvo’s. Don’t forget to take a picture in front of the Greetings From Austin mural before you leave.


South Lamar


South Lamar is all about good food and good entertainment. Catch a movie at the South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse, or have a karaoke night with friends at the Highball (with both in the same building, you could even do both in a single day!). Zach Theatre just south of the river is a great place to catch a play or concert, while further south there are plenty of restaurants for hungry Austinite. Uchi is one of the best places in town for sushi, while Odd Duck is the perfect date spot for Lunch, Dinner, or Sunday Brunch.




Another must-visit Austin park is Zilker Park, which sprawls out between South Lamar and Mopac. Take a swim in the famous Barton Springs Pool, or rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard and explore Lady Bird Lake. The Zilker Botanical Garden is absolutely breathtaking, especially in the spring, and there are tons of excellent spots for an afternoon picnic throughout Zilker Park.


East Riverside


Meanwhile, within walking distance of our Town Lake Austin apartments is the East Riverside neighborhood, with lots of fun places to eat, shop, and enjoy the outdoors. The Buzz Mill is the perfect spot for our more caffeinated residents and is located conveniently next to several excellent food trucks. Further west along Riverside, Pho Please and Mour Cafe and pantry are perfect spots for a casual brunch, lunch, or dinner. And if it’s exercise you’re after, the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail runs all along the river (including right behind our Riverside Austin apartments).


Ready to explore South Austin? You can’t go wrong with any of these South Austin staples, so get out there and enjoy yourself! If you enjoyed this guide and you’d like to keep up to date with all our tips and recommendations, then be sure to bookmark our blog page! We’ll be back with another post in a few weeks, but in the meantime, make sure you’re following us on Instagram so you stay in the know about community events, special offers, and updates for residents of our South Austin apartments near Oracle.

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