Austin is a weird place, and that’s part of the reason it’s such a well-loved place. If you’ve lived in Austin for some time, you’re likely already aware of some of these unique Austin quirks. If you’re new to the city, get ready for a quick rundown on the in’s and out’s of some of Austin’s most confusing and endearing personality traits, or as we like to call them, Austin-isms
- It’s harder to find somewhere without live music on the weekends than it is to find somewhere with it
- It’s pronounced man-shack, not mahn-CHA-cah
- Some of the best food in town can be found in trucks
- 360 loop isn’t actually a loop
- Neither is Loop 1. Also, Loop 1 is called Mopac not Loop 1
- You can eat some variety of tacos for every meal of the day
- You’ll probably see more dogs than kids when you’re out and about
- Guadalupe is pronounced gwah-dah-LOOP not gwah-dah-LOO-peh like you would think
- You can’t beat the views here. If you’re moving to Austin, be sure to let your real estate agent know if a view is on your “must have” list
- FM 2222 has so many different names. At any point along the length of its reach, you’ll hear it called Koenig, 2222, Allandale Rd, Bull Creek, and/or Northland Dr.
- Almost every restaurant has a patio
- Your 2-mile commute might take 40 minutes. Or it could take 5. It’s anybody’s guess really.
- Most people in Austin aren’t from Austin. And the people who did grow up here are often referred to as “unicorns” now
- There’s no shortage of outdoor activities
- There’s no place quite like ATX
What are some of your favorite perks and quirks about Austin?