South Congress Street
Austin's shopping hub filled with stores and restaurants
Filled with shops, restaurants, and nightlife, all ranging from classic Austin funky to modern cool kid chic, this is the commercial hub of the city. This strip is also home to some of the murals the city has become known for. Our favorites listed from north to south are: I Love You So Much by Amy Cook on Jo’s Coffee, Mercury Is Out Of Retrograde by Zuzu (@zuzubee) on one side of The Continental Club Gallery with Niz's (@elenizzle) Aretha Franklin and friends on the roof on the other side, Mr. Rogers also by Niz on More Home Slice, Willie for President by by Jacqui Oakley, Erick Montes, Joe Swec on STAG Provisions, Smile! on Hey Cupcake, Mind Blowing by Ellen Rutt (@ellenrutt) in between Limbo Jewelry and Triple Z Threadz, the SOCO sign on Hudson Meat Market by Rory Skagen, and Love From Austin by Charley Copp on Prima Dora.
Hi, How Are You Mural
Iconic mural by musician Daniel Johnston
In 1993, local legend Daniel Johnston was commissioned to paint a mural on the side of the Sound Exchange record store, which was as much a fixture in the local music scene as Johnston was himself. He chose to paint a version of the album art he created for his 1983 album “Hi, How Are You- The Unfinished Album” featuring a character he named Jeremiah the Innocent. If it looks familiar, it might be because Kurt Cobain wore the album cover art on his t-shirt to the MTV Video Music Awards in 1992, which helped Johnson gain a measure on international fame. Even though the building has been sold numerous times over the years, the mural has been preserved and the mayor even declared January 22nd “Hi, How Are You” Day to celebrate mental wellness in honor of Johnston and his mural.
East Cesar Chavez Street
Great place to eat, drink and look at art
East Austin is famous for the street art and murals that cover it's streets, with East Cesar Chavez being a favorite place for artists to showcase their work. From West to East these are some of our favorites: Home is Where Y'all Are by Phoebe Joynt (@feebee_n_jay) on Swoon Salon, Day Dreaming by Levi and Sarah Ponce (@leviponce, @sarahannponce) in the Cenote parking lot, If You're Happy It's Happy Hour by Mike "Truth" Johnston (@mikejohnstonartist) on the corner of Cesar Chavez and Waller, the Agave Print mural by Owen Dodgen (@owendodgen), the Selena and Loteria mural at Flat Truck by Filiberto Mendieta, Gandhi and the Virgin mosaics at East 1st Grocery by Stefanie Distefano, Vegetarians of the World at Mr. Natural by ULOANG (@uloang) and Nanu Berks (@nanu_berks), Selena by Federico Archuleta (@el_federico) at Taqueria Chapala, Ziggy Stardust at Aston International Academy also by ULOANG, Hola Friend, Hi Amigo at the corner of Cesar Chavez and Robert T Martinez Jr St by Will Hatch Crosby (@willhatchcrosby), PAZ Veterinary mural also by ULOANG, the East Side mural across from Blue Owl Brewing and Fluffy Worm by NocturN (@_nocturn) around the corner. After you are done here, cut up to East 6th on Pedernales Street and head west to hit all of those murals so that you end up near where you left off.
Native Hostel Murals
Covered in beautiful murals on all sides
During SXSW in 2019, Facebook partnered with HOPE to hope to bring this massive installation to life. Fifteen local artists, with some help from a local youth group, each painted a section of the wall based on their interpretation of the theme: art fostering empathy and community. This is not the only wall of Native Hostel that is covered in art. Check out the rest of the building for incredible works by local and internationally acclaimed artists.
East 6th Street
Street filled with bars, restaurants and incredible art
East Austin is famous for the street art and murals that cover it's streets, with East Sixth being a favorite place for artists to showcase their work. From East to West these are some of our favorites: the four story East ATX mural on the parking lot of the E6 Apartments by Mouf (@mouf_ltd), Bob Marley by Erin Bower (@erinbowerstuff) on Lazarus Brewing, Let’s Band Together at Wisler’s by Federico Archuleta (@el_federico) with Jason Eatherly's (@jasoneatherly) Old Friends, Fresh Ink just beyond it, Frida Kahlo by ULOANG (@uloang) that can be seen over the fence in the Tamale House East parking lot, the Cisco’s mural by Nicholas Conrad Miller (@ncmillerart) and the Show Goat Mural Works piece across the street, Shop Small mural by Michael Sieben (@sieben_up) on The Volstead Lounge, the Austin Body Works (When You're Strange mural by Dave Lowell (@davelowell), and the Tango Dancers by Kristin Freeman (@kristinfreemanart). We recommend walking east on Cesar Chavez to see the murals down there, then cutting up to East 6th on Pedernales Street and heading west to hit all of these murals, ending up near where you left off.
Austin Art Walk
Colorful street art tour
Austin is filled with incredible murals and works of street art, with the highest concentration of art and talent in East Austin. Starting on Cesar Chavez, this tour will cover 1.2 miles of murals, street art, and local art history. You will even leave with your own booklet containing the Instagram info of every artist on the tour.