South Congress ( SOCO ) - The Wonderful Shopping District of Austin with Exceptional Vibe, Great Restaurants/Pubs, Live-music in New Mexico, USA

Austin is beautiful and has parks, walks, architecture and lot more, but it's soul is in South Congress Avenue and today we are bringing this blogpost to share about why SOCO is must visit place in Austin city when you are in New Mexico state of USA. After taking the best walk around Lady Bird Lake near Downtown, I came back to South Congress Avenue for a quick stroll and this Photo Journey shares some photographs along with some details which can help you plan your visit well.

Austin is beautiful and has parks, walks, architecture and lot more, but it's soul is in South Congress Avenue and today we are bringing this blogpost to share about why SOCO is must visit place in Austin city when you are in New Mexico state of USA. After taking the best walk around Lady Bird Lake near Downtown, I came back to South Congress Avenue for a quick stroll and this Photo Journey shares some photographs along with some details which can help you plan your visit well. 


South Congress Avenue has a very different vibe and I recommend going there in second half of the day or in evening. Austin people love coming here after their busy days and enjoy their drinks/meal with live music. Most of the restaurants or pubs have live music arrangements in Austin and in SOCO it's unlevelled to a different level. Above photograph shows a small ice-cream shop with huge queue outside it. Seems like Austin people are crazy about ice-cream by Amy's Ice-cream. I was thinking about getting into the queue but I realised that it's moving very slow and will easily take 45 mins for me to get my order. So I skipped and moved on.   In general, Austin has a very good food scene. Not only fancy restaurants or pubs, but you will find some interesting food-trucks all across the city serving some delicious Mexican food. You will find some crazy Taco places in Austin, so if you like Tacos you must do some research some of the most interesting Taco places in and around Austin.

South Congress Avenue has a very different vibe and I recommend going there in second half of the day or in evening. Austin people love coming here after their busy days and enjoy their drinks/meal with live music. Most of the restaurants or pubs have live music arrangements in Austin and in SOCO it's unlevelled to a different level. Above photograph shows a small ice-cream shop with huge queue outside it. Seems like Austin people are crazy about ice-cream by Amy's Ice-cream. I was thinking about getting into the queue but I realised that it's moving very slow and will easily take 45 mins for me to get my order. So I skipped and moved on. 


In general, Austin has a very good food scene. Not only fancy restaurants or pubs, but you will find some interesting food-trucks all across the city serving some delicious Mexican food. You will find some crazy Taco places in Austin, so if you like Tacos you must do some research some of the most interesting Taco places in and around Austin.  

South Congress in Austin draws plenty of people to its vibrant stretch of hip boutiques, trendy lodging options and Austin-original eateries.

South Congress in Austin draws plenty of people to its vibrant stretch of hip boutiques, trendy lodging options and Austin-original eateries.


South Congress is a neighbourhood located on South Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas, United States. SOCO is also a nationally known for shopping and as cultural district known for its many eclectic small retailers, restaurants, music and art venues and, more recently, food trucks.

South Congress is a neighbourhood located on South Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas, United States. SOCO is also a nationally known for shopping and as cultural district known for its many eclectic small retailers, restaurants, music and art venues and, more recently, food trucks.


SOCO is a very interesting place where you find some very interesting things to experience. Above photograph shows a kiosk of a poet on street. He has a small typewriter. You give him a situation or word and he will type a poem for you. Isn't that interesting?

SOCO is a very interesting place where you find some very interesting things to experience. Above photograph shows a kiosk of a poet on street. He has a small typewriter. You give him a situation or word and he will type a poem for you. Isn't that interesting? 


SOCO shopping district in Austin contains numerous shops, restaurants and music venues. There is a square featuring a number of food trucks serving tacos, falafel, cupcakes, and more. Notable retailers on South Congress include Allens Boots, Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds, Uncommon Objects and Friends of Sound. Restaurants in the area include Guero's Taco Bar, where Texas Radio Live is broadcast on Sun Radio every Wednesday evening, Home Slice Pizza, South Congress Cafe and Hey Cupcake. First Thursday is a community event held each month where businesses stay open to 10 p.m. or later to celebrate the neighbourhood's boutiques, restaurants and galleries. The event is held on the first Thursday of every month between Barton Springs Road and Elizabeth Street.

SOCO shopping district in Austin contains numerous shops, restaurants and music venues. There is a square featuring a number of food trucks serving tacos, falafel, cupcakes, and more. Notable retailers on South Congress include Allens Boots, Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds, Uncommon Objects and Friends of Sound. Restaurants in the area include Guero's Taco Bar, where Texas Radio Live is broadcast on Sun Radio every Wednesday evening, Home Slice Pizza, South Congress Cafe and Hey Cupcake. First Thursday is a community event held each month where businesses stay open to 10 p.m. or later to celebrate the neighbourhood's boutiques, restaurants and galleries. The event is held on the first Thursday of every month between Barton Springs Road and Elizabeth Street.


SOCO is well connected through buses of Austin. I took a bus from Zilkar park to SOCO.   Route 801 traverses South Congress Avenue providing express service to the rest of the city. Specifically, the route has stops at Auditorium Shores, SoCo, Oltorf, and St. Edward's stations. South Congress Transit Centre at Ben White Boulevard also provides connection to other bus routes in the area. South Congress will be future served by the Orange Line light rail service as a part of Project Connect.

SOCO is well connected through buses of Austin. I took a bus from Zilkar park to SOCO. 

Route 801 traverses South Congress Avenue providing express service to the rest of the city. Specifically, the route has stops at Auditorium Shores, SoCo, Oltorf, and St. Edward's stations. South Congress Transit Centre at Ben White Boulevard also provides connection to other bus routes in the area. South Congress will be future served by the Orange Line light rail service as a part of Project Connect.

South Congress begins at the Colorado River and Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge and runs due south towards Ben White Boulevard/TX-71. The area is bordered by two historic South Austin neighbourhoods: Travis Heights to the east and Bouldin Creek to the west.

South Congress begins at the Colorado River and Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge and runs due south towards Ben White Boulevard/TX-71. The area is bordered by two historic South Austin neighbourhoods: Travis Heights to the east and Bouldin Creek to the west.

When you walk around the South Congress in Austin, you will find many of these graffitis on the street walls as well as walls of restaurants/pubs etc.

When you walk around the South Congress in Austin, you will find many of these graffitis on the street walls as well as walls of restaurants/pubs etc.  

While walking around SOCO, I realised that there are lot of kiosks put on daily basis to sell designer cloths, jewellery, food, drinks etc. Lot of vendors come here for promotional activities as well and will offer for food to taste for free. There are good number of food trucks parked around the streets or parking lots to offer you different kinds of Tex-Mex food items. 

South Congress Avenue has been transformed from a rural country road to the capital city gateway and to the shopping district that it is today. Some Austinites attribute its enduring popularity to the unobstructed view of the Texas State Capitol.

South Congress Avenue has been transformed from a rural country road to the capital city gateway and to the shopping district that it is today. Some Austinites attribute its enduring popularity to the unobstructed view of the Texas State Capitol.

South Congress Avenue is a great place to hang around in Austin and we highly recommend it. and when you are there, make sure you enough time to explore it's cafes, souvenir shops and food.

Above photograph shows man with dog, waiting for bus. 

South Congress Avenue is a great place to hang around in Austin and we highly recommend it. and when you are there, make sure you enough time to explore it's cafes, souvenir shops and food. 

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