East Austin is a changing neighborhood. It has quickly grown into a hot location for art, food, and music. If you visit Austin, be sure to wander over to the east side of town and check out these best things to do and places to visit.
While a variety of homes can be seen throughout East Austin, the point where the old mixes with the new is Alamo Street. The change in house style is highly visible when driving down Alamo. While one home proudly boasts the styles of decades past, another has clearly been remodeled with an iron gate archway and brightly painted ‘mini houses’ next to it colored pink and blue.
The Tejano Walking Trails were started by Lori Renteria, a City Council member’s wife. In light of the encroaching gentrification, Renteria thought it would be a good idea to get historical preservation rights to some of the benchmarks of Latino culture that lie in East Austin’s history. The Tejano Walking Trails are a guide of all houses, churches, and parks that have been historically marked so that walkers can be reminded of the vibrant Latino culture that once existed in East Austin.
Map with addresses of each part of the trail available online.
While downtown has become the hub for music during South by Southwest, there are a few joints that host quite a few music acts across the highway. One of the oldest is The White Horse. The shows are generally free, except on the rare occasion that The White Horse is hosting a charity event or a particular artist. Kids are also welcome (if accompanied by adult or legal guardian) and so are dogs (on the patio). The venue is wheelchair accessible and accepts private receptions and events with a reservation. The White Horse is open from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week.
Comal Food Mart isn’t known for its eclectic collection of food. It caters more to the locals of the neighborhood rather than tourists. The old-school mart is a center for community socializing. However, it does sell alcohol and food at lower prices than most convenience stores. It also sells cigarettes individually, which has become a big appeal to some regulars. Ideal Soul Mart is another local favorite. Despite its small size, the store itself sells a variety of candy and drinks not found in popular chain stores. It is family-owned, and the owner can be seen often at the register helping customers.
Comal Food Mart, 220 Comal St, Austin, TX, USA +1 512 480 8829
For more information on where to go while visiting the Lone Star State, visit our article 20 Must Visit Attractions in Austin, or if you are heading downtown read our article on things to do in Austin’s vibrant centre.