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South Congress Avenue

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Street lined with lots of great restaurants.

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Great shopping, food, and entertainment

A dozen blocks of fun-weird shops. Cool-trendy restaurants. Entertainment. Funky old hotels. Easy to spend a few days wandering the area. Free parking.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A dozen blocks of fun-weird shops. Cool-trendy restaurants. Entertainment. Funky old hotels. Easy to spend a few days wandering the area. Free parking.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This side of Congress on the less congested side of Lady Bird Lake has a cool vibe with restaurants, shops, art galleries and the Palmer Event Center. Check it out you will be glad you did.

Thank Brian C
Kerrville, Texas
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

6th Street is a great for drinks and wandering, but South Congress is a unique. The restaurant are vybrant and varied. The shops are even more varied... from western wear to kinky art, to costume shops and shops that you have to experience them because they are hard to describe. Finding parking can be the biggest challenge to visiting SCA...... More 

Thank David E
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of different shops and restaurants. A couple of good restaurants and one definitely over priced and trendy. Neat area don't miss it!

Thank 6491
Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While very tourist filled, South Congress still holds a lot of old Austin... The Continental Club is there... Lucy in Disguise.... some old shops... Lots of food trucks and some street vendors. It is a great place to wander and watch people on a sunny afternoon. I live here now, so I am mostly there when I bring guests in... More 

Thank Teresa H
Phoenix, AZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an excellent place to visit to enjoy live music and captivating shopping as you stroll down the sidewalks. Highly recommend it on a weekend.

Thank giddytraveler
Naperville, Illinois
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

South Congress has numerous stores and restaurants to satisfy all tastes. It's the place to be to people watch, shop for the unusual, and dine at restaurants such as June's, South Congress Hotel, and many others, If in Austin, be sure to walk South Congress.

Thank MicheleC106
Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Some flavor depending on the taste. Few good food establishments, ice cream parlor. Some people love it, for others it is trinket, for some a little bit of nostalgia. I guess it depends on Your mood of the moment.

Thank rdrozd7
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The shops in this area need to update their merchandise. I have never seen so many socks in my life. Almost every store had those overpriced, ugly socks! The clothing prices were extremely high for the quality. We left after 2 hours, which included time for having lunch!

Thank Brenda R
Edmond, Oklahoma
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3 reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Lots of great shopping and food. Torchy's Tacos is a must! My sister and I found several great t-shirt spots.

Thank Melissaandmalek

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