Austin is a musical, outdoors-oriented and nightlife mecca. We are known for southern hospitality and delicious food. Come see what central Texas has to offer you in addition to our top notch jewelry academy. The Creative Side studio is located a few minutes from downtown and close to South Congress. It is about 5-10 minutes away from South Lamar and East Sixth Street.
Austin has grown as a city extensively over the past 5 years, but the downtown blocks centered around Congress and 6th Street are the most fun.
Lambert’s Downtown BBQ – Fine dining BBQ with some of the best ribs in town.
Roaring Fork – Delicious wood fire steaks, fish and delicious vegetarian options.
Austin Java – Breakfast served all day, dinner menu from 11am-close, great coffee.
Mohawk – A small venue with a lot of heart. This is a favorite among locals with 5 viewing areas.
Elephant Room – A Jazz club located in the warehouse district.
Antone’s – Austins own Home of the blues. 40 years and counting.
Book People – The best bookstore in Austin. Local and independent. Cozy on a rainy day, with an in-store coffee shop.
Tears of Joy – A shop full of hot sauces! Huge selection of novelty sauces and made-in-house salsas you have to bring home!
Austin Rocks – Something for every musician in your family. Clothing, instruments, and much more.
South Congress Avenue (SoCo)
This area delivers offbeat shopping, great dining options and legendary live music haunts. The strip is walk-able and spattered with food trucks to keep your energy fueled. Parking can be a bit challenging on the weekends, so be sure to double check street signs for resident/permit only parking.
Hopdoddy – Burgers galore and a great bar. Try their Diablo burger and fries with cheese dip if you’re feeling dangerously hungry.
Lucky Robot – Fresh Japanese cuisine at a great price.
Homeslice Pizza – NY style pizza right here in Austin. Open 11am – 11pm(midnight Fri. and Sat.), with slices served at “More Home Slice” right next door til 3am. Closed Tuesdays
Continental Club – Both the club and the gallery upstairs host wonderful artists near and far. Make sure to check out their free shows during the week with resident musicians.
C-Boys Heart and Soul – Retro soul and blues themed venue.
Hotel San Jose – The parking lot shared by Jo’s coffee shop and the hotel is often converted into a stage with live music.
Allen’s Boots – A Texas staple with handcrafted cowboy boots and western wear galore. Even if you aren’t in the market for a new set of two-steppin’ kicks, it’s worth checking out the store.
Tesoros – Folk art, furniture, jewelry, housewares, clothing and more – the majority of which is handmade and sourced to benefit the people who created it. Features a great spread of Dia de Los Muertos items.
Yard Dog– Offering fine art, pop art, & folky art from the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia since 1995. Also show the work of a number of artists who are also rather well-known musicians……..
A short stretch of road with a lot to offer. Great for ditching the car and spending the day walking or biking.
Chuy’s – Classic Austin Tex Mex. Great enchiladas and margaritas, with a self-serve queso bar during happy hour! What could be better?
Uncle Billy’s Brew-B-Q – Enjoy beers (brewed in-house) and BBQ on their lovely shaded patio. Live music some weekends.
The Picnic – An awesome grouping of about a dozen food trucks with excellent food, and some retail trucks as well. Ample seating on shaded picnic tables.
Shady Grove – This family-friendly spot boasts a large outdoor patio with a permanent stage and acoustic music almost every night.
Blues on the Green – Zilker park is transformed into a concert venue every other Wednesday, from May to August. Featuring local acts and world-famous names alike, come spread out a blanket, bring some cold drinks, and enjoy the music in the fading light of a hot summer evening.
Green Mesquite – This decades-old local BBQ spot hosts live music on their patio almost every night.
Barton Springs Pool – This spring-fed pool stays at 68-70 degrees year-round and reaches a depth of 18 feet at the deep end. A natural bottom complete with kelp and schools of fish provide some entertaining snorkeling.
Peter Pan Mini Golf – In operation since 1946, this BYOB putt-putt course (yes, you read that correctly) features two 18-hole courses with fun sculptures at each hole.
Ann and Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail – This 10-mile trail winds its way around Town Lake, providing excellent views.
This area is more laid-back than other areas on this list with an approachable style. Explore the cheap eateries, thrift stores and dive bars.
East Side King – A must for asian/barbeque fusion with a menu focused on local and sustainable foods.
Torchy’s Tacos – An Austin favorite for outrageous and untraditional tacos.
Opa! – A coffee and wine bar serving Mediterranean fare. Gorgeous outdoor patio where you’re surrounded by plants.
Austin Art Garage – Original art for all budgets and featuring local Austin artists.
downSTAIRS Apparel – Cute clothes and local treasures.
Half Price Books – A local staple, great prices on all the books you love.
Uncommon Objects – Self dubbed the “emporium of transcendent junk,” make sure to use the buddy system so you don’t get lost. Truly a store you can loose yourself digging through the piles of antiques and knickknacks.
The alternative to downtown and just on the east side of IH-35, East 6th offers an eclectic mix of art, dive bars and food truck grub.
Buenos Aires Cafe – One of the only restaurants that’s not a food truck on East 6th, the in-house empanadas and desserts are heaven.
VIA 313 – Fair warning, this pizza is served in a dive bar called the Violet Crowne, but it’s authentic Detroit style flatbreadcheesy, saucy dish is worth it.
Counter Cafe – A fully vegan menu with delicious options sets this eatery apart from the rest.
The White Horse – The place to go for two-step dancing and a young, hip crowd.
Hotel Vegas – An East 6th staple for live music and DJs just about every night of the week.
The Volstead – Enjoy the DJ on the dance floor or escape to an expansive outdoor patio.
Charm School Vintage Shop – Wonderful women’s vintage clothing store.
Maga La Boheme – Austin fashion boutique with South American flair.
Clayworks Studio/Gallery – Architectural ceramics and wheel-thrown pottery, all handmade.
The Great Outdoors
Austin is full of wonderful places to explore outdoors and here are a few of our favorites.
Zilker Park – A gorgeous expanse of open grass and big shade trees with an unbeatable view of downtown. Dog, picnic, kite, frisbee, and sunbathing friendly.
Barton Creek Green Belt – Located just a few minutes from the studio, the greenbelt has wonderful hiking, biking and running trails along with excellent rock climbing routes and seasonal kayaking in the river. This space gives you a moment to breath and disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the city. Dog friendly and free to the public.
Onion Creek Park – Another short drive from the studio, this Southeast Austin park is a watershed, which leads to lush vegetation unlike what you typically think of Texas. However, it also leads to flooding so only plan a visit if it hasn’t been raining.
Lady Bird Lake – Lady Bird Lake (Formerly Town Lake) is a reservoir on the Colorado River located just south of downtown. This is the perfect place to get out on the water with a kayak or stand up paddle board rental. There are walking paths around the lake that allow you great views of the river and all the activities happening on the water. Now featuring a boardwalk open to foot and bike traffic from 5am – midnight.
Pedernales State Park – About 45 minutes outside of Austin is Pedernales State Park with excellent hiking, biking, picnicking, swimming and tubing. It is worth the drive with over 10 miles of trails to explore.