These Are the Best Local Spots in East Austin

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We originally published this as part of a series for visitors coming to Austin for SXSW. As we all well know, the festival is no longer happening in 2020. But that isn’t going to stop us from celebrating some of the best areas in Austin.

To get things started, we’re serving up the best eats and treats available in East Austin!

East Austin is an incredibly diverse area and it’s growing rapidly. You can find bungalows with hip cocktail bars on every corner. The food scene is eclectic and you’re bound to discover some of the city’s best street art!



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Looking to eat like a local?
Try these restaurants:

Photo from Licha’s Cantina’s Instagram.

Want to drink like an Austinite?
Here are some of our favorite bars:

Photo from Kitty Cohen’s Instagram.

Grab your morning pick me up at one of these coffee shops:

Photo from Cuvee Coffee’s Instagram.

Shop local at one of these popular boutiques:

Photo from esby apparel’s Instagram.

And don’t forget to keep your eye out for street art!
Here are a few of our East Austin faves:

  • You’re My Butter Half: 2000 East Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
  • Black History Tribute: 12th Street and Chicon
  • MLK Tribute: Sam’s BBQ, 2000 East 12th Street
  • ‘Til Death Do Us Part: East 7th and Waller
  • Let’s Band Together: Whisler’s, 1816 East 6th Street

And if you happened upon this article and you’re NOT attending SXSW, have no fear. We rounded up a whole list of events and activities to help you escape the fest altogether. You can check that out here.

Want to know more about some of Austin’s best restaurants, bars, and more? Check out these posts: