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Your quick fire guide to East César Chavez, Austin

Walking past colourful music-themed wall mural

Just west of downtown and fringing the wide open expanse of Lady Bird Lake, East César Chavez offers urban living, contemporary dining, a friendly ‘everyone’s welcome’ vibe, and gorgeous nature, all in equal measure.

How do I get there?

Walk – it’s just a hop, skip and jump from 6th Street.

What’s the vibe?

The spirit of downtown, but with a small town vibe that’s still reminiscent of Austin of old.

Who hangs out here?

Hipsters, artists, homeowners, retirees and free spirits. Formerly a pretty residential area, the close proximity to downtown and the growth of the restaurant and bar scene here means there’s now something for everyone.

What are the locals eating?

Classic Neapolitan pizza from Bufalina, tacos from Veracruz All Natural, and old fashioned barbeque from La Barbecue.

Where can I grab a coffee?

The French pressed and fair trade coffees from Cenote are the perfect early morning pick up/hangover cure, especially when washed down alongside the speciality Grilled Rockstar bagel.

What does my cocktail look like?

The ‘Tiger in the backseat’ from Weather Up is pretty potent, and their brunch Bloody Mary’s are also the ideal way to start a lazy weekend.

How do I spend an afternoon?

100% outdoors, walking, cycling or picnicking around the Festival Beach waterfront, Town Lake or Lady Bird Lake.

What’s my ultimate must do?

East César Chavez has a heavy Mexican influence, so taco eating is pretty much essential, with the area rich in Mexican food markets and pop-ups (East 1st Street is especially good). It’s also something of an artist’s haven with multiple studios, and if you’re in the area around November time be sure to make time for the East Austin Studio Tour; an annual event that sees artists opening their doors so you can check out their workspaces (and buy art, obvs).

Should I plan an evening here?

For sure. Head for drinks at dive bar Drinks Lounge, then make your way over to East 6th Street for low maintenance music venues, yet more colourful dive bars, and late night dining options a-plenty.

Want even more?

Want even more Austin goodness? Check out our comprehensive guide to the 04 (south of the bridge) right here.