The Real Weird Austin

by Judith Helburn

We, in Austin are trying to retain our reputation even though we are now the 11th largest city in the US. A taste of weird Austin remains on South Congress, about a mile south of the river [Lady Bird Lake]. Unfortunately, no bus takes you there, but it is only about 2.5 miles from the Sheraton. Take RideAustin or another mode of transportation to Annie St and begin your stroll north on the west side of the street.

You might want to check out almost every shop for the next 3 blocks. Leigheluna has crafts, nice very casual clothes and adult-ish toys. It specializes in Austin made leather goods. The best toy store is Monkey See, Monkey Do. Do stop at the candy store. Close by. Parts & Labour has art, crafts, clothes—but you gotta pick ‘n choose. It is still worth a peek.

Milton’s on the corner has lotsa Mexican. Try the Vespaio deli for lunch—the main restaurant has great Italian. After that comes SoCo books. I can’t resist a book store. And then, Limbo with nice jewelry—not weird, upscale—all made in Austin. My favorite restaurant on the strip is South Congress Café.

Past Monroe is Allen Boots. How can you leave Austin Texas without a pair of cowgirl boots? Then come some funky art shops after which is Maya—yummy clothes. Lucy in Disguise is the perfect place for your new tiara or your wild “diamond” earrings. Perhaps a feather boa? Just stop in and feast your eyes. You could rent almost any costume to impress the NAA. Tesoro’s Trading Post is the place to shop for international crafts of high quality. And if you want TxMex food, across Elizabeth is Guerro’s—very popular. Need a cupcake?  Cross the street to the east side and visit “Hey Cupcake” trailer.

Time to go back and put your feet up. Have fun.