Austin/East Austin is a district of Austin, to the east of I-35.
- The French Legation Museum, 9th Street and Embassy Drive, . edit Built in 1841 after the monarch of France, King Louis Philippe, officially recognized the Republic of Texas as a sovereign nation and instructed Alphonse Dubois to establish an official Legation. The historic house, kitchen, and carriage house gift shop are open Tuesday through Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. with guided tours given at 1:15, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00pm ($5 per person admission fee). The French Legation Museum Park includes two and a half acres of lush grass, native trees, and formal gardens, open for picnics, Frisbee with your dog, or just an afternoon on the lawn during museum hours. The Alliance Française d’Austin happily hosts new and seasoned pétanque players to a pot-luck buffet every second and fourth Sunday of the month.
- Moonlight Towers. edit Erected in 1894, five of Austin's historic moonlight towers may be found in East Austin. Legend says that these 165 foot steel towers were built to provide light to a city terrified by the servant girl annihilator, a brutal serial killer with possible connections to London's famous Jack the Ripper. Just like Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused , you can "Party at the moon tower" every night at these street intersections: Canterbury St. and Lynn St., E. 11th St. and Lydia St., Pennsylvania Ave. and Leona St., E. 13th St. and Coleto St. and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Chicon St.
- The Museum of Ephemerata, 1808 Singleton Ave, ☎ 512-320-0566 ([email protected]), . edit An occasionally opened museum in the front room of someone's house, it's best to call or email ahead.
- The Thinkery Children's Museum, 1830 Simond Ave., ☎ (512) 469-6200, . Tue- Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm. edit A 40,000 square foot hybrid science and technology center/children’s museum that promises your family will have a new experience with each visit. They focus on “STEAM” learning – science, technology, engineering, art, and math – as well as healthy living.
You can find original theater, music and dance at many venues on the East Side:
- The City Theatre, 3823 Airport Blvd. Suite D, ☎ (512) 524-2870, . edit This small regional theater was voted "Best Theatre Company" by the Austin American Statesman in 2009 and 2010.
- The Off Center 2211 Hidalgo St, (512) 476-7833 Rude Mechanicals (Rude Mechs) manages this performance and event space.
- Salvage Vanguard Theater 2803 Manor Road (512) 474-7886 Adult puppet shows, experimental dance, multimedia happenings, one act plays and marathon performances - SVT presents works from the deliberately experimental to the unashamedly populist.
- The Vortex 2307 Manor Road (512) 478-5282 The Vortex Repertory Company attempts to create and present new, innovative performances that transgress conventional theatrical forms.
The East side practically has a park and a swimming pool every five blocks. Try Metz park where they have cheap classes for all ages, basketball, baseball, soccer fields, a swimming pool and a rec center. The rec center is air conditioned with fooseball, a pool table and clean restrooms. Outside the rec is a free water park for the young'uns.
The hike and bike trails are in pristine condition since they don't get the wear and tear that the trails get on the west side of I-35.
- Tejano Walking Trails In the tradionally minority, tradionally working class East Cesar Chavez neighborhood adjacent to downtown Austin, 11 miles of the Tejano Walking Trails showcase a community dedicated to preserving its cultural history. Two trails highlight historical, cultural, and community gems: the Tejano Healthy Walking Trail focuses on historic structures and promotes healthy lifestyles; and the Tejano Music Legends Trail commemorates Austin's Latino music legends from the 1940’s and 1950’s through art.
- Star of Texas Rodeo, . edit MARCH. Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Lane. Each spring, the 4th largest indoor ProRodeo in the world gallops into far east Austin. A 7 day, 117 mile trail ride and free cowboy breakfast kick off 2 weeks of bareback bronc riding, pig races, bull riding, barrel races, a livestock show, Miss Rodeo Austin pageant, youth art show, BBQ cook-off, fairgrounds and carnival rides. Yippie yi yo kayah, cowboy.
- Austin Psych Fest, . edit APRIL. Founded in 2008 to celebrate Austin's musical history as the birthplace of psychedelic rock, the 3-day festival has developed into the premiere showcase of 'psych' music, with a lineup hand-picked by producers and curators.
- Pachanga Fest, . edit MAY. Fiesta Gardens on Lady Bird Lake. Pachanga latino music festival celebrates Austin's vibrant latino culture with music, cultural arts and food. The Pachanga lineup includes rock, alternative, tejano, mariachi, cumbia, salsa, electronic, funk, hip-hop and indie rock with one singular theme, the sound is brown.
- Music Under the Stars, 1800 N. Congress Ave. edit JULY. In front of the Bullock Texas State History Museum, Every Friday in July from 6pm-9pm enjoy a free concert by Texas musicians on the beautiful front patio under the giant steel star.
- East Austin Studio Tour NOVEMBER. This free annual self-guided tour is wildly popular, taking place each November on the two weekends prior to Thanksgiving with additional events throughout the week between. Artists working in East Austin open their studios to the public, exhibiting and selling a wide variety of art and some crafts.
Known to the locals as The Pinata District, east Austin has plenty of pinata stores.
- Pinata Party Palace, 1704 E Cesar Chavez St., ☎ 512-476-7727,. Mon-Fri 9:30am-7:30pm. edit
- Ruth’s Piñataland, 2017 E. Cesar Chavez St., ☎ 512-236-0975, . Mon-Sun 9am–6pm. edit
- HOPE Farmers Market - weekly community gathering space where local farmers, artisans, community groups, families, and urban consumers can find fresh foods, community programs, artistic creations, agricultural education and wellness workshops. Aims to introduce those in the Austin area to surrounding area farms, healthy lifestyle companies, education in the arts and local community volunteer programs. - Sundays - 11 AM to 3 PM; 414 Waller Street (corner of East 5th + Waller)
- Clayworks Studio & Gallery 1209 E Sixth St, 4 blocks East of IH35 on 6th st 512-474-9551 As well as sconces, handmade tiles, and decorative address numbers, see clay sunfaces, wheel thrown pottery, tile tables and other works of clay in our gallery. Texas themed tiles and murals make unique Austin, Texas souvenirs
- in.gredients, 2610 Manor Road. Mon-Sat 9AM-10PM, Sun 10AM-10PM. edit Package-free and zero-waste neighborhood microgrocer selling local food with pure ingredients. Bring your own fillable containers or purchase a reusable one here. Hang out at the tables in front of the store and enjoy local beer, wine and cider by the glass or by the growler.
- SprATX Gallery, 501 Pedernales Unit 2A, . Tue-Sat 12-8, Sun 12-5. Consignment items from local artists with a particular emphasis on the muralists/ street artists from the HOPE Outdoor Gallery edit
There are plenty of great places to eat in East Austin.
- Angie's Mexican Restaurant 1307 E 7th St. Good Tex-Mex with its own loyal customers.
- Casa Colombia 1614 E 7th St (at Concho St.) 512-495-9425 Tue-Thu 11AM-9PM, Fri-Sat 11AM-10PM, Sun 11AM-6PM Authentic Colombian food; absolutely delicious. Try the yucca root (yuca) and the empanadas. Location at 1614 E 7th St closed on July 27, 2014. A new location at 2409 East 7th St is set to open in 2015.
- Cisco's Restaurant and Bakery 1511 East 6th St. 512-478-2420 7AM - 2:30PM President LBJ's favorite breakfast spot is still going strong. This historic eastside spot offers outstanding migas, huevos rancheros and fajitas, and don't miss the fresh biscuits.
- Contigo 2027 Anchor Lane 512-614-2260 Mon - Wed: 5 PM - 11 PM, Thur - Sat: 5 PM - Midnight, Sunday brunch 10:30 - 2:30 Dinners $9-16 Bringing South Texas' Contigo ranch to Austin with dishes like Rabbit & Dumplings or the Ox Tongue Slider with pickled green tomatoes. Seating is mostly outdoors.
- Eastside Cafe 2113 Manor Road 512-476-5858 Mon-Thu 11:15AM-9:30PM, Fri-Sat until 10PM, Brunch menu Sat-Sun 10AM-3PM Entrees $9-$28 Fantastic restaurant in an old house, complete with their own vegetable and herb garden, which the seasonal menu revolves around. The menu includes salads, sandwiches, pasta, fish, beef, pork, shrimp, enchiladas. Vegetarian dishes available.
- El Zunzal Restaurant 642 Calles St (near 7th - almost in the HEB parking lot) 512-474-7749 Tamales in banana leaves make a meal with just one or two. Pupusas, mondongo, salpicon, yuca, various tacos, and aguas frescas round off the experience.
- Franklin Barbecue 900 E. 11th St. 653-1187, Hours: 11am until sold out Tue-Sun. The best barbecue in Texas, hence the best in the world. The line here forms early - bring a chair and chat with your neighbors during the hours spent waiting for the singular experience that is Franklin's beef brisket. If you aren't already in line when they open, they will likely be sold out.
- Hoover's Cooking 2002 Manor Rd. 512-479-5006 Mon-Fri 11am–10pm Sat-Sun 8am–10pm Dinners $9-15 While Texas and Oklahoma debate endlessly over who invented our popular Chicken Fried Steak with cream gravy, you can get your fix (with all the fixin's) at this much loved East Austin restaurant.
- Jacoby's Austin 3235 E Cesar Chavez St 512-366-5808 Tue-Sat 5pm-10pm (closed Sun & Mon) Ranch-to-Table dining experience with a great porch overlooking the Colorado River. Beef is bred, born, raised, and processed at the Jacoby family ranch. Dishes reflect Texas home style cooking with staples like a pimento cheese appetizer and chicken fried steak. Reservations accepted.
- Joe's Bakery & Mexican Food 2305 E 7th St. (right past Prospect Ave) 512-472-0017 Has good Tex-Mex and Mexican Pastries. They are only open until 3p and closed on Mondays. The staff is friendly and there is always at least a 10 minute wait on weekends but the tortillas are fresh and the food authentic Tex-Mex.
- John Mueller Meat Co. 2500 E. Sixth St. at Pedernales Hours: 10:30am-6pm or until sold out Tue-Sun. This little trailer offers some of the best bbq in Texas as well as a notoriously crotchety pit master. Crisp black bark gives way to moist brisket with ribbons of well rendered fat, the excellent sausage is made in house and the beef ribs are likely the best in Austin. While sides and sauce are largely ignored in the Texas bbq world, both the cheesy baked squash and the tomato and vinegar sauce here are worthy of the meat they accompany.
- Juan In A Million 2300 E Cesar Chavez St. (past Robert T. Martinez St.) 512-472-3872 Daily 7AM-3PM Lunches $6-8 Another Tex-Mex restaurant with a nice atmosphere and a shaded patio. The owner is always there to shake hands and meet the customers. The Don Juan breakfast plate is an Austin staple, especially if you are feeling the effects of last night's partying.
- la Barbecue Cuisine Texicana 1200 E. 6th St. (behind Uptown Sports at the corner of E 6th and Waller), Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 11am ’til sold out. Texas Hot Guts sausage made in house daily, brisket cut moist or lean depending on your preference, beef ribs and pork are all smoked low and slow over seasoned post oak, planting this food trailer firmly in the upper echelons of Texas barbecue.
- Mr. Natural 1901 E Cesar Chavez St 512-477-5228 Daily 8AM-7PM Dinners $4-9 This is a must try. Everything is organic and vegetarian and delicious. They also offer yoga classes and a vitamin store. Also they have all natural baked goods. Traditional Tex-Mex breakfasts (tofu migas) are done here with a vegetarian twist.
- Mi Madres 2201 Manor Rd 512-322-9721 Mon-Tue 6am-2pm, Wed-Sat 6am-10pm, Sun 8am-4pm It's worth it for the deliciously cheap tacos. The staff is friendly and the small restaurant is filled with regulars. Nice patio; they also serve lunch. Amazing migas as well as chips and hot sauce.
- Sam's Bar-B-Cue 2000 E 12th St 512-478-0378 Sun-Thu 10:00am-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 10:00am-3:00am Open until 3AM and on the east side, which works well after leaving 6th Street. Sam's has been serving bbq since the 1940's. Blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan famously had their 'que shipped to him when he was on tour.
- Patrizi's 2307 Manor Rd 512-522-4834 Sat-Sun 5pm-11pm; Located behind the Vortex Theater and Butterfly Bar, the Patrizi's trailer offers authentic Italian food with hand-pulled pasta made-to-order. Patrizi's organizes a family-style dinner at least one Wednesday a month that serves a prix fixe menu that breaks away from the traditional Italian fare.
- Las Trancas, 1210 E. Cesar Chavez, . 11a-12a daily. Great food trailer serving authentic Mexican street-style tacos. This place has been around for years and it's always delicious. Tacos are $1.50 and small, so get a few! edit
- Cenote, 1010 E Cesar Chavez St, . Coffee, drinks, and food, including brunch, in a charming renovated house with a patio. edit
- Cuvee Coffee Bar, 2000 E 6th St, . Fresh brewed coffee, or try their nitro coffee for a jolt. edit
- The Butterfly Bar, 2307 Manor Rd., . 5pm-Midnight every day. edit Hidden back from the street next to The Vortex theater, you can enjoy a drink inside this this whimsical Beer Garden & Wine Bar with a 100-year-old bar or outside on a large deck in a big private yard bedazzled with strands of red lights. The venue is dedicated to providing a supportive and creative habitat for local artists and the events reflect that. Entertainment could be anything from live bands playing swing or punk to dj sets to spoken word to free movie screenings.
- Hotel Vegas, 1502 E. 6th St, . This former flophouse plays host to underground music acts with a cheap cover and affordable drinks. Plus a backyard! edit
- Yellow Jacket Social Club, 1704 E 5th St, . 11am-2am. Dive bar by the train tracks with an awesome patio. Food also served, brunch on weekends. edit
- Heywood Hotel 1609 E Cesar Chavez St (512) 271-5522 Check in 3:00 P.M. Price $$-$$$ Located five walkable blocks East 6th Street's bar and restaurant scene, Heywood provides free off-street parking, free wifi & free bicycles.