South First Street is one of the best places to visit in the US!

That’s not surprising considering Austin is the most fun city in TexasAustin 360 reports on why Lonely Planet loves South First Street so much.

Bouldin Creek Cafe

Lonely Planet says this vegetarian South First Street cafe is popular with “chatty locals”. Bouldin Creek specializes in delicious vegetarian and vegan fare like the Renedict. A favorite with regulars, it features eggs or tofu scramble, tomatoes, and tofu bacon on grilled ciabatta. Their vegan hollandaise sauce poured on top finishes the tasty dish off!

Torchy’s Tacos

Torchy’s Tacos trailer on South First Street gets a shout-out from Lonely Planet as well. The travel publication loves the casual, easy vibe of the area. They recommend it for avoiding the touristy vibe of South Congress. The Fried Avocado is a don’t-miss choice on Torchy’s menu of “damn fine tacos!”

CapMetro Bus 10

Lonely Planet suggests this bus route as a fantastic way to explore the boutiques, vintage shops and bakeries along South First Street.


Renting a B-cycle is another great way to get around and really enjoy South First Street! Rates start at $12 for a 24 hour pass. Pro tip: sign up for a membership to make your ride even more economical.

Greetings from Austin Mural

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Lonely Planet says you can’t miss getting a photo at the “Greetings from Austin” mural. Located at West Annie and South First Street, this is an Instagram-must!

South Congress Hotel

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For lodging, Lonely Planet says this hotel is popular for staycations. Bonus, dogs are welcome, so you don’t need to leave your best friend at home! Lonely Planet also recommends renting a local house or room using Air BnB or Home Away.  

The other destinations in the country that Lonely Planet said were must visits are:

  • East Liberty and Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh
  • Avondale, Chicago
  • Point Loma, San Diego
  • East Nashville, Nashville
  • Capitol Riverfront and Yards Park, Washington D.C.
  • Montavilla, Portland
  • River North, Denver

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