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Our Guide to the Best Neighborhoods in Austin, Texas

By Bri Hand | Jul 13, 2021

If you find yourself moving to Austin, Texas, Landing can help you find your footing across the Austin metro area—starting with choosing the right Austin neighborhoods for you. Below are our guides to the best neighborhoods in Austin, including the best places to eat and drink, how to navigate public transportation, and where to get groceries. 

Barton Hills 

Barton Hills is one of the best Austin neighborhoods to consider if you want to be close to downtown Austin with all the perks of a more suburban life. Surrounded by major highways and just a few miles away from downtown Austin, Barton Hill gives you access to Austin’s bustling nightlife—and a quiet neighborhood to come home to. 

Your Guide to Barton Hills

Downtown Austin

The heart of the city’s nightlife and live music scene, Downtown Austin is also abundant in outdoor recreation and excellent dining options. Close to the Convention Center and a stone’s throw from the Capitol, you’ll feel right at home among all this dynamic city has to offer. 

Your Guide to Downtown Austin

East Austin

East Austin, located just east of downtown and Interstate 35, is a great example of an up-and-coming neighborhood that’s popular among young professionals. This culturally diverse neighborhood features worldly cuisine, easy access to downtown Austin, beautiful parks, and a perfect blend of old and new communities. 

Your Guide to East Austin

Hyde Park 

Just north of the University of Texas in central Austin is Hyde Park, the city’s oldest suburb. This historic neighborhood offers all the benefits of being close to both the university and downtown Austin, including great restaurants, fascinating museums, quaint, shady streets, and beautiful historic homes.

Your Guide to Hyde Park

Milwood

Milwood, in North Austin, offers a well-established community that is perfect for young professionals. There’s no shortage of things to do in this area, with plenty of parks to be outside and get active.

Your Guide to Milwood

Mueller

This family-friendly and eco-conscious Austin neighborhood is a quiet area, but is a stone’s throw away from downtown Austin. Built in 2007 off of what used to be Austin’s Robert Mueller Airport, Mueller has everything you could need within walking distance. 

Your Guide to Mueller

South Congress (SoCo) 

If you head to South Austin, don’t stop driving until you arrive in South Congress, an affordable neighborhood that’s still only a freeway away from downtown. This neighborhood lets you embrace a slower pace of life while still enjoying its unique Austin flair thanks to craft breweries, new restaurants, and great shopping

Your Guide to South Congress

South Lamar 

This is one of Austin’s hippest neighborhoods, with trendy dining options and plenty of local shops and bars. You won’t get tired of exploring all South Lamar has to offer!

Your Guide to South Lamar

The North Loop 

The North Loop neighborhood is located just north of the University of Texas and Hyde Park, and is the perfect home base for young professionals with its cool coffeehouses, vintage shops, and relaxed nightlife. Long considered an up-and-coming neighborhood, the North Loop is both quirky and historic—and, best of all, affordable when compared to other parts of Austin.

Your Guide to the North Loop

The Domain 

The best thing about living near The Domain in Austin is that it really packs a punch! Close-knit and convenient, there’s no shortage of amazing food, shopping, and entertainment just steps away.

Your Guide to The Domain

Zilker 

Abundant greenery and a thriving nightlife meet in Zilker, a central Austin neighborhood. Close to Barton Springs, this neighborhood gives you prime access to Barton Springs Pool in Zilker Park—which is prime real estate on hot Austin days!

Your Guide to Zilker

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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.