As Austin has grown and expanded, its neighborhood boundaries have greatly shifted. North Austin used to get a bad rap for housing soccer moms and tech bros, but now it has a wealth of delicious restaurants, plenty of shopping, and fun things to do. North of the 183 highway, this part of the city encapsulates the outdoor shopping mall The Domain, the Rock Rose entertainment district, and the Arboretum neighborhoods. Many tech companies have planted roots here, which means remote workers will find plenty of satellite coworking spaces and tech-focused meetups and events, like Greenway Central. It tends to be a much quieter part of the city with larger homes built in the ‘70s that feature huge yards and trees—perfect for those with families. Or, for those who prefer walking home after a night out, there are also upscale condos or apartments available around the shopping and nightlife districts.
The Domain may feel slightly more upscale than the usual “Keep Austin Weird” vibes, and you’ll indeed see more Teslas in this neck of the woods than others, but there are also delicious eateries and fun watering holes that locals frequent, like Second Bar + Kitchen, Thai-Kun, Bakery Lorraine, Plank Seafood Provisions, and more. Even better: The Austin FC soccer team’s Q2 stadium is packed with local eateries and makes for an amazing place to spend the day cheering on the green team. In terms of shopping, North Austin boasts hundreds of retail stores ranging from the bargains to the upscale brands, like Louis Vuitton and David Yurman, plus local staples like Luxe Apothetique, Kendra Scott, and YETI. And when you need to get away to nature, Walnut Creek Park is also the perfect place to while away an afternoon under the trees.
This native Austinite has written for local publications like Tribeza and Austin Monthly. When she's not at her computer, you'll find her at a movie theater, practicing her crow pose, or snuggling with her cat.
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