South First Street was named one of the best places to visit by Lonely Planet.

Austin 360 reports that Lonely Planet named the South First Neighborhood one of the top 10 places to visit in the US. Discover the things that made them fall in love with the area.


Bouldin Creek Cafe

Lonely Planet says “chatty locals” keep Bouldin Creek Cafe buzzing. The local restaurant has been popular with those looking for a vegetarian meal for decades.


Torchy’s Tacos

Torchy’s original trailer location on South First is full of patrons all day, according to Lonely Planet. The off-the-beaten-path travel book raves about the casual, easy vibe of South First Street. They recommend the area as a laid-back alternative to nearby touristy South Congress.


CapMetro Bus 10

Lonely Planet recommends taking public transportation. They cite the CapMetro Bus 10 as a great way to visit the boutiques, vintage shops, and bakeries along South First street.



Prefer to see things from street level? Grab a B-Cycle bike and whizz by traffic as you enjoy eclectic SoFi!


Greetings from Austin Mural

Lonely Planet recommends you stop by the mural at the corner of Annie and South First Street for a selfie opportunity!


South Congress Hotel

Lonely Planet suggests a stay at South Congress hotel. It points to it being a favorite for local staycations. Another great way to explore South First Street like a local is by staying in an local AirBnB.



Lonely Planet just alludes to a Pad Thaie atery on South First, but we’re pretty sure they mean Sway. Food is served family-style to encourage sharing and elevates Thai cuisine to a whole new level. South First Street neighborhood locals recommend the Son in law. That’s crispy farm egg, braised pork shoulder, thick soy, and nahm prik pla. YUM!


The other destinations in the country that Lonely Planet said were must visits are East Liberty and Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh; Avondale, Chicago; Point Loma, San Diego; East Nashville, Nashville; Capitol Riverfront and Yards Park, Washington D.C.; Montavilla, Portland; and River North, Denver.

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Featured photo of Elizabeth Street Cafe courtesy of @theaustinaesthetic

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