The historic area just north of Downtown Austin is home to some of the most iconic neighborhoods including North Loop, Airport Blvd, North Burnet Road, Allandale, Bryker Woods, University of Texas Campus, Hyde Park, and The Triangle. Full of inventive, small, mom-and-pop-shop restaurants and bars, it’s a fabulous place to live and visit.

North Loop, Highland, and Airport Blvd.

North Loop is a quaint part of town filled with many modest single-family homes erected in the suburban boom following WWII. A funky, pedestrian-friendly stretch of North Loop Boulevard features colorful vintage boutiques, plus record and book stores. There are also easygoing restaurants, stylish bars and a 24/7 coffeehouse. The neighborhood is bordered by freeways and strip-mall heavy thoroughfares.

Eat – Home Slice (pizza), Titaya (Thai), Revelry on the Blvd (elevated kitchen & bar – HH all day Tuesday, Sunday brunch $3 mimosas), Vivo (modern Tex-Mex), Stiles Switch (bbq – smoked prime rib on Wednesdays), Michi Ramen (Japanese ramen – every night reverse HH), Mother’s Cafe (vegetarian & vegan cafe), Komé (home-style Japanese, sushi & ramen), East Side Pies (pizza), Daruma RamenBun Belly (Vietnamese), Sala & Betty (casual new American), Tyson’s TacosQuality Seafood (seafood restaurant & market)

Sip – The Brewatorium, Barflys, Drinkwell, PluckersKick Butt Coffee, Easy TigerBlack Star Coop Pub & Brewery

Stay – Brentwood Guest House

Play – Austin Karaoke, Yahala Hookah Lounge, Vigilante Gastropub & Games

Shop – TylersBrazos Trading, The Gaming Goat, Kinokuniya BookstoreYarrow & Sage

Workout – Fuerte FitnessCrossFit City LimitsGolds Gym, East Side Balance Pilates

Burnet Road/Brentwood/Crestview/Allandale

As you continue North on Lamar Blvd, the road will turn into Burnet where you’ll find strips of funky shops, one-of-a-kind restaurants, and local neighborhood bars. Turning off of Burnet will get you into some of the quaint neighborhoods of Brentwood, Crestview and Allandale.

Eat – La Mancha (Tex-Mex , HH brunch Sat. & Sun.), Lucys Fried Chicken (southern comfort food – $4 margs on Mondays), Peached Social HouseDipDipDip Tatsu-Ya (Japanese hot pot), Tumble22 (Nashville hot chicken), Top Notch (burgers), Happy Chicks (fried chicken – vegan chick’n available), Haru Ramen (modern Japanese – extended HH Fri. – Sun.), Little Deli and PizzeriaPinthouse PizzaPicnik (gluten + soy + peanut free kitchen & coffee house), Jewboy Burgers (burger food truck), Dawa Sushi (Japanese & Korean – specialty bubble tea smoothies), Citizen Eatery (plant-based cafe & bar), Tiny Pies (small-batch, made-from-scratch sweet & savory pies), Fonda San Miguel (traditional Mexican – Tuesday all-night HH, Sunday hacienda brunch), Barley Swine (farm-inspired bbq), Bufalina Due (artisan pizza), Taco FlatsMonkeys Nest (coffee shop & deli), Hopdoddy (burgers & bar), District Kitchen (contemporary American – all-day HH Sundays), Jack Allens (rustic American)

Sip – Stinson’s BistroBillys on BurnetThe Little Longhorn SaloonLittle Woodrow’sPour HouseGrowler RoomLala’s Little NuggetThe AristocratCover 3, Night OwlWaterloo Ice HouseSlick Willie’s, Nosh & Bevvy

Play – Yard Bar, Maze Rooms Austin, Dart BowlDK Sushi KaraokeCapitol BingoAustin Pottery Studio

Workout – Dancers ShapeF45Crossfit

Hyde Park/Rosedale/Bryker Wood/Triangle/UT Campus

Hyde Park is a charming residential enclave with tree-lined streets and homes from the turn of the 20th century. Examples of Victorian architecture, including Queen Annes and Tudor Revivals, mix with Craftsman bungalows. The Elizabet Ney Museum, a castlelike residence and studio built in 1893 by a free-spirited sculptor & artist, showcases over 100 of her pieces. Coffeehouses and cafes round out the scene. Just south you’ll find UT Campus and the infamous “Drag” full of restaurants and bars walkable to students. Just west of Campus you’ll find streets filled with 1920’s bungalows, mixed in with new-build McMansions in the neighborhoods of Rosedale & Bryker Wood, complete with the Triangle area filled with upscale strip-mall options.

Eat – Musashino (traditional Japanese & sushi), NeWorlDeli (old-fashioned deli), Uchiko (sushi – daily Sake Social 4-6:30pm), Snooze (breakfast & brunch), Olive & June (Italian), 34th St. Cafe (American cafe & wine bar – daily HH $10 cheese plate), Steeping Room (specialty teas & clean kitchen), Spread & Co.(cheese-centric cafe), Kerbey LaneTiny Boxwoods (Upscale garden cafe & bar), Rosedale Kitchen (American comfort food), Kolache Factory (breakfast pastries & kolaches), Hopdoddy (burgers & bar), Mandola’s (Italian – weekday HH $5 snacks & sips), Blacks BBQ, Uncle Nicky’s (Italian – daily HH $6 spritzes), Asti (Italian), Plow Burger (vegan burgers & wings), Dirty Martin’s (burger joint)

Sip – Cain & Abel’sHole In The WallSpider HouseGrowlerHopfieldsBack LotThe Parlor

Stay – Drifter Jacks HostelThe Otis HotelHotel EllaHancock Guest Cottages

Play – Weird Homes TourTexas Bike ToursShoal Creek ParkArcade UFOHaunted ATX Hearse ToursAntonelli’s Cheese ClassKasbah Hookah, Squarerüt Kava BarDraught HouseStinson’s

Shop – Peoples RX, Central MarketAntonelli’s Cheese Haus

Workout – Pure PilatesFight ClubSolidcoreOrange TheoryMOD Fitness

Photo Credit: The Last Apple
Erin is our resident food and happy hour aficionado. Born and raised in Texas, and spending the last 12 years in Austin, she is constantly trying out new places and giving us her foodie opinion. Erin also is very active in the workout class and wellness scene, providing insight into living a healthy, active and fun lifestyle in our beautiful city of Austin, TX.