Downtown Austin

Heart of the city with a vivacious and upbeat lifestyle.

Welcome to Downtown Austin

Heart of the city with a vivacious and upbeat lifestyle

Downtown Austin is not only the heart and soul of some of the best live music in the world—it’s also a great place to call home. The vibrant, urban community brings a special energy and pride to Austin that makes the city what it is. It’s extremely walkable, providing unbeatable access to the hottest restaurants, musical venues, nightclubs, bars, and cafes. Striding down the streets, you’ll find unique shops and one-of-a-kind vintage boutiques. When it comes to choosing a place to live, you’ll find everything from sleek high-rise apartments and condos with cozy, modern interiors to some charming single-family homes. Kick up your boots and make yourself comfortable, because there’s something for everyone in this exciting part of the city.

What to Love

  • Upbeat and exciting nightlife scene
  • Convenient and central location
  • Energized community and residents 
  • Stylish apartments and condos

People & Lifestyle

Downtown Austin residents live for convenience and fun; they enjoy the opportunity to walk to and from work and easy ability to stroll through the city at night and on weekends. You’ll find every walk of life here, from young professionals to families to retirees. It’s a business district, but people like to let loose. There are some 9,000 residents living in Downtown Austin, but people say it still maintains that down-to-earth and small-town, friendly vibe that Texans crave.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

If you’re looking to be surrounded by the best food, libations, and shopping spots when you step out of your front door, look no further. Downtown Austin is known for its music, but it’s legendary because of its dining. Head to Lamberts to enjoy amazing barbecue, and stay for the awesome atmosphere (it’s in a refurbished general store) and live music. Le Politique is a bright and cheeky French brasserie with gorgeous, tasty foods like steak frites and roasted chicken (try their brunch!). Fresa’s is undeniably good and just a plain good time. It has a walk-up window where you can order Downtown Austin’s best wood-grilled chicken (get the achiote and citrus chicken) and modern Mexican eats (don’t forget the ice cream for dessert). Health food lovers: stop by Flower Child for yummy salads and bowls. Truluck’s is perfect for your seafood and steak fixings, and of course, we would be mistaken not to include Stubbs barbecue.

Things to Do

While the Downtown Austin area is known for its energetic nature, don’t fret. There are still lots of more low-key opportunities to get outside and get active. Lady Bird Lake is full of endless things to do outdoors. There’s a hike-and-bike trail as well as an extensive boardwalk, which combines lush and urban landscapes flawlessly. Did you know that Austin has the largest urban bat population in North America? See the bats at the iconic Congress Avenue Bridge, located right at Lady Bird Lake.  
Of course, there are the classic things to do, too. Learn all about the capital’s history at the Texas State Capitol and visit the Whole Foods World Headquarters (the first location was right here in Austin!). See art at The Contemporary Austin and head to any of the iconic Downtown Austin streets to witness lively entertainment and music. The Austin Downtown Library is pretty cool as well.

Of course, there are the classic things to do, too. Learn all about the capital’s history at the Texas State Capitol and visit the Whole Foods World Headquarters (the first location was right here in Austin!). See art at The Contemporary Austin and head to any of the iconic Downtown Austin streets to witness lively entertainment and music. The Austin Downtown Library is pretty cool as well.

Schools

  • Downtown Austin’s public school district, Austin Independent School District, has several highly rated schools and educational facilities of note, including:
  • Austin High School, Public, 9-12
  • McCallum High School, Public, 9-12
  • Lamar Middle School/Fine Arts Academy, Public, 6-8
  • Becker Elementary, Public, PK-5