South Congress is one of the most iconic streets in all of Austin! It has everything you’d ever need including local favorite restaurant, shops, hotels, and big brand name shops. With thousands of people everyday, here are the top things to do in South Congress!

Downtown Austin view on South Congress


Food is one of the most important things about Austin culture. You can’t have an important street like South Congress without some amazing restaurants. If you’re looking for a classic restaurant with anything and everything, we’d recommend South Congress Cafe and Cafe Nose. If you’re feeling a bit fancy and want amazing seafood, Perla’s will be your next favorite place. Need a quick bite with friends and a couple of beers? Hopdoddy’s is located at the heart of South Congress. And finally dessert, Amy’s Ice Cream is a local favorite.

Amazing sea food selection available at Perla’s

Coffee Shops

What’s Austin without its coffee shops?! There are many different options to choose from in South Congress. Jo’s Coffee Shop is a staple and you can take the classic “I love you so much” picture in front of the mural. Mañana is a little hiddem gem next to the South Congress Hotel. And if you feel like shopping for shoes but also enjoying a great cup of coffee, visit Tom’s!

Some of the best coffee available at Joe’s Coffee Shop

Kendra Scott

When you think of Texas, what’s the first jewelry brand that comes to mind? Kendra Scott! The brand started out in Austin back in 2002. Their Flagship location is in South Congress and it has everything you need, limited-edition beautiful jewelry you can only get at that location, a cute cafe that sells delicious frosé and a cute mural for amazing photos. What more could you ask for!?

Kendra Scott flagship store on South Congress


As South Congress keeps growing, more and more cute shops are popping up throughout the whole strip. At the top, there are local shops with Austin-related knick knacks. Coming down closer to downtown, there is a new shopping area called “Music Lane,” where high-end stores like Reformation, Lululemon, Madewell for men and many more coming soon!

Yard Dog on South Congress

South Congress keeps growing and growing as the years go by as it’s become one of the most iconic Austin streets. With the growth Austin has seen, there are definitely big opportunities for this street to keep evolving!