- March 9, 2022

Keep Austin Local! These Are Some Of The Best Businesses in Central Austin


As the city continues to slowly start getting back to business, we’re profiling some of our favorite areas of Austin. Whether these neighborhood spots are already open OR planning their re-opening, we can’t wait to show them some love! We already told you about East, North, and South Austin. Now it’s time to talk about Central Austin.

Here are some of the best things about Central Austin!

You’re definitely in Longhorn territory by the UT campus, though you still have the fun nightlife of downtown. There are lots of casual bars and eateries, plus charming homes mixed into the apartment complexes.

Looking for a bite to eat?
Check out these local restaurants:

Photo from Via 313’s Instagram.

Ready for a cocktail?
Check out these bars to get your drink on:

Photo from Garage’s Instagram.

You’ll definitely need a morning coffee after a night downtown.
Head to one of these coffee shops:

Photo from Irene’s Instagram.

Got some downtime?
Check out these shops all located within walking distance of each other:

Photo from Luxe Apqothetique’s Instagram.

Looking to sightsee for a bit?
There are plenty of fun spots below:

Living in Central Austin means high walkability (and/or scoot-ability!) to some of the most iconic eats, drinks, and destinations. While the central zip code has some of the highest home-buying costs in the city, people who want to live in this area still have lots of options for apartments to rent! Understandably, rental rates are high in Central Austin, but that can be alleviated through renting smaller spaces, or splitting rent with a significant other and/or roommate.

Studios in Central Austin start around $1800. Like all housing, the closer proximity to major hotspots (Eastside, Rainey St., Seaholm District, Lady Bird Lake, UT Campus) and the nicer/more modern the finishes and amenities, the higher this price will go. On the low end (think dated finishes, small spaces, distance from hot destinations), 1 bed/1 baths will start around $2100, and 2 bed/2 baths around $2600. If budget is truly no issue, all of the city’s Penthouse units are found in Central Austin – they’ll lease for up to $15k/month!

Central Austin

While these price tags are definitely the highest in the city, most of these apartment complexes have luxury amenities, concierge services, and some even offer residents discounts on food and retail nearby. Tenants may also find themselves saving on gas money and ridesharing apps, since most places “to be” are within walking or scootering distance.

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