- March 9, 2020

These Are the Best Local Spots in Central 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.

We already told you about East Austin.

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Now it’s time to talk 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 sight see for a bit?
There are plenty of fun spots below:

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