Located near downtown, this area has transformed from a working-class neighbourhood into a local hot spot that begs to be explored. Past and present mixes along its streets, with museums next to craft breweries, and a nearly 150-year-old university set alongside modern music venues.

1. Indulge in Smoke Brisket at la Barbecue

Photograph by Keegan Attlee.

Tucked away in the Quickie Pickie restaurant and grocery store, la Barbecue serves mouth-watering Central Texas-style smoked brisket, beef and pork ribs, turkey and sausage from its custom-built smoker. Hailing from the famous Mueller family, owner LeAnn Mueller puts a salty and savoury spin on her meats, which are sourced from a local ranch that raises grass-fed, hormone-free cattle.


2. Drink Beers and Craft Brews at Lazarus Brewing Co.

Photograph courtesy of Lazarus Brewing Co.

Dog- and kid-friendly, Lazarus Brewing Co. thrives on East Sixth Street by pouring English, American, French, Belgian and German beers and craft brews. Seven days a week, it serves pints of Prodigal Pils and Despereaux, plus Mexican street food favourites, including tacos, and house-roasted coffee at its espresso bar.


3. Groove to Live Music at the Historic Scoot Inn

Photograph by Katrina Barber.

Enjoy live outdoor music at the Historic Scoot Inn, which takes place rain or shine. From Wednesdays to Saturdays, musicians performing a wide range of genres rock-out on stage. Established in 1871, the bar at the Scoot Inn is also the oldest in Central Texas and slings one-of-a-kind cocktails.


4. Learn from Historical and Cultural Artifacts at the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center

Photograph courtesy of Austin Parks and Recreational Department.

Focused on exhibiting, researching and collecting African-American historical and cultural artifacts, the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center houses galleries, meeting rooms, a theatre, darkroom and dance studio. Walk 10 minutes south from the museum to explore the oldest college in Austin—Huston-Tillotson University was founded in 1875 and sits on a 19-acre campus.

austintexas.gov/carvermuseum and htu.edu

5. Browse Crafted Goods at Take Heart

Photograph by Michael Mueller.

Discover a selection of thoughtfully crafted goods such as organic cotton towels, essential oils and alpaca teddy bears at Take Heart. Artists with a strong emphasis on Japanese design and minimalism feature in housewares, books, jewelry and children’s items.


6. Shop Handmade Items at Charm School Vintage

Photograph courtesy of Charm School Vintage.

Handmade items inspired by Victorian times, along with vintage 1930s and 1970s clothing and accessories, line the walls of Charm School Vintage. Whether you’re looking for leather, lace, velvet or silk, this boutique has it all in the form of ethically sourced materials from companies with serious sustainability practices.


Two More Things to Do in Austin

1. Explore the Tejano Walking Trail

Takoba restaurant along the Tejano Walking Trail, photograph courtesy of Andy Rhodes/Texas Historical Commission.

Tour the Tejano Walking Trail and its many Hispanic cultural sites, including a Cesar Chavez statue.


2. Listen to Records at BLK Vinyl

Photograph courtesy of BLK Vinyl.

Shuffle through the records at BLK Vinyl for everything from soul to hip-hop.


[This story appears in the January 2020 edition of WestJet Magazine.]