Austin, Texas’ friendly spirit and assorted industries have attracted an eclectic population defined by art, music, politics, and progressive thinking. The city prides itself on its weirdness, with a vibrant music and arts scene and home base for the annual South by Southwest and Austin City Limits festivals. W Austin Insider Frank Everet is here to show off the best and weirdest spots in Austin, from the unique shopping district to the greatest places to hear new sounds.
Austin’s Second Street District features six blocks of shopping, dining and entertainment venues and is located north of Town Lake, along the south edge of downtown Austin. A perfect place to wander.
524 North Lamar
A staple in Austin’s fashion scene, you can find unique items made in town and an array of eclectic one-offs from the world’s most sought after designers.
We are what we eat, so where your food comes shouldn’t be a mystery. A new concept restaurant at W Austin brings traceability to the table, using local ingredients that are truly sustainable, renewable, organic and highly delicious.
1800 S 1st St
Colorful and distinctive neon signs are a hallmark of Austin’s vibrant and unique style. Evan Voyles, an industry expert in all things neon, crafts vintage-style designs with a modern twist at his studio and gallery. His work shines bright even amongst the eclectic group of people and businesses in funky South Austin.
916 Springdale Rd
East Austin is THE place for up-and-coming Texas artists, and the Canopy creative community is one of its standouts. A visit emphasizes the connectedness between art, culture, and the public. Explore a working artist’s studio, browse public galleries and shops, or grab a hand-crafted coffee all in one place.
310 Willie Nelson Blvd
ACL is the longest running music series in American television history. On view at The Moody Theater, a state-of-the-art facility that sets the stage for live musical performances from your favorite artists and some of the world’s best undiscovered talent in an intimate setting.