Where is East Austin?
Some refer to the East Side as any part of Central Austin east of Interstate 35, but we'll define it as the area bordered by Interstate 35 to the west, Springdale Rd to the east, Lady Bird Lake to the south, and Manor Rd to the north. This encompasses the primary residential, retail, and service areas without being too vague. Located near Downtown and the University of Texas campus, East Austin offers everything in the way of social and cultural amenities including great restaurants, nightlife spots, and charming, up-and-coming neighborhoods.
*Using Chicon & 6th Street as our center
Distance to Major Austin Amenities & Attractions
Interstate 35: 0.8 mi, 4 min
UT: 2.6 mi, 8 min
Lady Bird Lake Hike & Bike Trail: 2.2 mi, 9 min
Mopac Loop 1: 3.5 mi, 10 min
ACC: 3.7 mi, 8 min
Barton Creek Greenbelt: 8.8 mi, 14 min
Lake Austin: 5.1 mi, 14 min
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport: 6.6 mi, 12 min
Circuit of the Americas: 12.4 mi, 19 min
Lake Travis: 23.3 mi, 38 min
Texas Hill Country: 26.4 mi, 31 min
Nearest Emergency Hospital: University Medical Center at Brackenridge Hospital, 2.2 mi, 9 min
Nearest General Physician: James Jeffree MD, 2.5 mi, 8 min
Nearest Major Employers: Dell Hospitals, University of Texas, various nightlife and hospitality jobs, Austin Independent School District, Huston-Tillotson University
Nearest High School: Garza Independence High School, 1.2 mi, 5 min
Nearest Outdoor Recreation Areas: Kealing Park, Rosewood Park, Boggy Creek Park, Festival Beach, Roy G. Guerrero Park, Riverside Golf Course, Montopolis Park, Lady Bird Lake Hike & Bike Trail
Things to do in East Austin
East Austin is one of Austin’s most diverse areas, home to communities of artists, young families, college students, and entrepreneurs. Homes in East Austin are as eclectic as the personalities here. East Austin real estate is very neighborhood-centric, rich with community facilities and amenities.
Nearby recreation includes Lady Bird Lake, Edward Rendon Park at Festival Beach, Rosewood Park, and Govalle Park. Other community amenities and attractions include Texas State Cemetery, Carver Library, Terrazas Library, East Austin Neighborhood Center, Blackshear Neighborhood Garden, and the Austin MetroRail. One of the most notable aspects of East Austin, however, is its nightlife, entertainment, and dining options. It’s one of the few places where you can get an authentic French meal at Justine’s and then get your two-stepping on at the authentic White Horse honky-tonk.
When it comes to late night entertainment, East Austin offers plenty of unique hangout spots. Whether you’re in the mood for jazz and a classic cocktail at the East Side Showroom, or a 1960s themed dance party at the ND at 501 Studios, you are sure to have a great time exploring the East Side after dark.
In addition to a bustling nightlife, East Austin also has a great food culture. It has one of the highest concentrations of mobile food eateries in the city and plenty of food options from vegan chili to genuine Texas barbecue. Eastside restaurants and cafés also serve up some of the best coffee, pizza, and Tex-Mex food in town.