What should I expect to see in the St. Edwards/South Congress area?
Austin is home to multiple universities and institutions, most notably The University of Texas. However, St. Edwards University, a liberal arts Roman Catholic University of about 5,000, is one of Austin’s best-kept secrets.
St. Edwards neighborhood has that small-town college campus feel, there’s a lot of cafes and quirky shops; despite the young undergraduate presence, St. Edwards is home to many youth professionals, young families, and working artists.
How can I plan for an ideal day in the St. Edwards/South Congress area?
Jo’s Coffee is great for a quick breakfast and hot cup of coffee in the morning, but if you want to sit down for a nice meal, South Congress Café has brunch that is exquisite to say the least.
After breakfast, head on over to some fun stores like South Congress Books or Uncommon Objects. For lunch, Ms. P’s Electric Cock (yes, you read that right) has some of the best truffle mac & cheese you’ll ever have.
Take a snack break at Amy’s Ice Creams, which is an Austin staple. There’s a wonderful array of fun flavors to try, might I suggest the Elvis chocolate crunch?
Come evening, South Congress has a fantastic night music scene.The Continental Club is an intimate venue that, historically, has hosted a wide spectrum of blues, country, and rock musicians; from local acts to legends.
If you’re diggin’ The Continental Club, be sure to check out Ego’s, Guero’s Oak Garden, C-Boys Heart & Soul – and keep your eyes open for other fun venues you may stumble upon. If you’re feeling like tad fancier and low-key, make it a date night at Botticelli’s - one of Austin’s busiest, and most respected Italian restaurants/music venues.
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