Nothing really says “Austin” quite like the “Keep Austin Weird” bastion of South Congress. A street known for its quirky stores and businesses, this is a great place to spend an afternoon if you’re into people watching, great food, and vintage/antique shopping. This should be on your list of what to do in Austin.
It can be a quick picker-upper for the soul on a warm and sunny day just taking in all the sights, sounds, and general awesomeness that the South Congress vibe creates. Here are a few of my favorite spots to hit up when you are down there:
Lucy in Disguise
If you’re looking to burn a few hours, your time will easily be sucked away inside this costume shop. Established in 1984, this has been the place to go for your random all year long costume parties and celebrations. They have just about EVERYTHING.
I really wish they would allow cameras inside the store because it is a place like no other. These guys are garage and estate sale gurus, bringing you the best from the Central Texas area. From mannequins from the early 1900s to old signs, I had to talk myself out of buying an old, green arsenic bottle once… because, you know… IT IS AWESOME.
Also with a pending post on it’s gloriousness, this newish establishment (well, new for South Congress) is not going ANYWHERE. Founded by Shorty Stump, the 7ft tall ukulele player from one of my favorite Austin bands, the White Ghost Shivers, this place is a steampunk-circus DREAM. Make sure to order some chocolate covered bacon to go with your Italian soda.
Food Truck Lot
Austin is going through a sort of food renaissance where the city has more than 1500+ food trucks. For a city of less than a million, that is quite the number! With so much to choose from, keep your mind open and your stomach empty when traversing this part of South Congress.
Walk Around and Soak the Weirdness
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