Mueller neighborhood in Austin, Texas

City Guide / Austin

Austin Neighborhood Guide: Mueller

By Bri Hand | Jul 13, 2021

If you’re looking for an apartment for rent in Austin, TX, you’re likely trying to figure out the best neighborhoods in Austin, and which one would be the right fit for you. Mueller, a modern development built in 2007 off of what used to be Austin’s Robert Mueller Airport, is a family-friendly community with grocery stores, parks, and schools all within walking distance. This neighborhood is only four miles from downtown Austin, yet you can enjoy its quieter vibe, brand-new apartment buildings, and great retailers. 

Thinking about renting an apartment in Mueller? Here’s our guide to the best restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, outdoor attractions, gyms, nightlife, and transportation in this Texas community. 

Where to go out to eat

For Korean-inspired barbecue, hit up Chi’lantro, which is known for its mind-blowing kimchi fries and tasty tacos. This hip spot also has wraps, bowls, and Korean fried chicken beloved by residents.

Xian Sushi and Noodle is another popular eatery among Mueller residents, serving hand-pulled Chinese noodles and their signature sushi rolls. We definitely recommend trying the sesame balls! 

In the mood for a treat? Head over to Tiff’s Treats, a beloved cookie delivery shop in the Mueller area. The salted caramel brownie with vanilla ice cream will blow your mind, and you can’t leave without trying their delightful chocolate chip cookie truffles. 

Where to get groceries

If you’re moving to the Mueller area, you’ll want to grab your groceries at the nearby H.E.B. grocery store. You can also pick up fresh produce at the Texas Farmers Market at Mueller, which has been voted the best farmer’s market in all of Austin by residents. Mosaic Market sells specialty groceries in addition to wine, beer, and Boar’s Head sandwiches. 

Where to get coffee

There’s no shortage of spots in the Mueller area to get your caffeine fix. Streamway Coffee is a food trailer in the Mueller Trailer Eats food truck park that serves locally roasted specialty coffee, complete with beautiful latte art! 

If you want some coffee with a bit of a zing, check out Halcyon and its famous caffeinated cocktails. Try the Voodoo Lady with chai tea, rum, and Cafe de Fuego liqueur, or dare to imbibe on the Long Island Iced Coffee (which is rightfully limited to one per guest!).  

Kerbey Lane has all your coffee classics, along with hearty breakfast favorites such as chicken and pancakes, chilaquiles, and breakfast tacos that Austinites love.

Outdoor attractions

Mueller is surrounded by gorgeous green space perfect for getting your nature fix. Mueller Lake Park is a great spot to spend the afternoon if you want to lounge by the lake or have a picnic. Want to get a workout in? There are 30 acres of Mueller Lake Park to explore, whether you want to check out its public art installations or hike and bike along its five-mile loop trail

The area is also home to Patterson Neighborhood Park, which has a community garden, a pool, and even a playground for the kids to enjoy. You can also get some exercise in the park by playing tennis, basketball, or volleyball.

Located near the Mueller retail center is the Northwest Greenway, a perfect park to hike and bike—or, if you’re looking for a calmer day, have a picnic! 

Local gyms

Working up a sweat in Mueller is easy, with gym options such as OrangeTheory Fitness, and TrainLifeFit in the area. If you’re a yogi, you can also visit Ashtanga Yoga Austin and Yoga East Austin (even if you’re just there for the Savasana—you do you!).

It might even be possible to work out without having to join a gym. If you’re looking to rent an apartment, many Austin apartments offer onsite fitness centers and even pools. Be on the lookout as you browse apartment listings and floor plans, since an in-home gym can save you a ton of money in gym membership fees.

Nightlife

If you’re living in Mueller, TX, you’ll quickly learn about Barrel O’ Fun, a carnival-themed bar with an impressive craft beer selection, specialty cocktails (and adult shakes!), along with live music, comedy, and more types of performances to enjoy. The place is family-friendly during the day, but once evening rolls around, the “R-E-L” on their sign fritzes out and the space becomes the “Bar O’ Fun.”

For a chill night filled with good friends and even better beer, visit B.D. Riley, an Irish pub with a pet-friendly patio and TVs you can watch your favorite game on. Be sure to try the Fish n’ Chips!

Bobo’s Snack Bar, a community tasting room, is all about keeping things local, with cocktails made from local spirits and Texas-made beer and wine. We love a great community-based bar!

If you’re a movie buff, you’ll love spending an evening at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Mueller on Aldrich Street, where you can pair your flicks with delicious cocktails and craft beers (an Oscar-winning combination!). 

Things to do

One major attraction in Mueller is The Thinkery, a hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) experience that’s popular among kids of all ages. This spot was known as the Austin Children’s Museum up until a few years ago. 

If you’re on the lookout for some retail therapy, you can also spend the day shopping at the Mueller Retail Center, which includes all your favorite chain stores, and plenty of places to grab a bite to eat. 

Transportation

CapMetro operates a few bus lines that go in and out of Mueller, including the 10, 20, 335, and 350 buses. There’s also plenty of parking in the area if you have your own car, and it shouldn’t be too difficult to hail a Lyft or Uber if you need to get around Austin. This neighborhood is also known for its stellar walkability, so you should be able to get around on foot for most errands.

Find a great apartment rental in Mueller

If you like the idea of renting a Mueller apartment in Austin, TX, Landing offers fully furnished apartments with flexible lease terms, concierge services, seamless transfers, and all the state-of-the-art amenities you need. Browse our available apartments in Mueller here, or contact us to learn more about how a Landing membership works.

Still looking for the right Austin neighborhood for you? Browse our Austin neighborhood guides to learn more about what part of this Texas city is right for you:

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About the author

Bri Hand

Bri Hand is Landing's Content Marketing Manager. She currently lives in Salem, Massachusetts, with her partner and dog, Arlo, but relishes any opportunity she can to travel so she can try new foods, see gorgeous sights, and daydream about living somewhere new after visiting there for less than 24 hours.