WHAT TO DO

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Sukha Yoga

Sukha Yoga is a family owned small business that specializes in leading heart centered practices that enhance your life! It is a sanctuary for meditation, yoga, deeper studies both online and in person.

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Austin B-cycle

Didn’t bring a car to Austin or just don’t want to deal with downtown parking? Hop on an Austin B-cycle right across the street from The Cat Noir Hotel. This bike sharing service is great way to easily navigate the downtown area, including the East side, and is available 24/7. Rates start as low as $8/day. Get on their website to find out how it works and for pricing options. P.S. There is another B-cycle station one block from the hotel!

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Slavonk & Hortus Terraria
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Plant Party

Get your cacti fix right down the street at this terrarium studio. Offering workshops, solo and group builds as well as retail this shop givers you no excuse not to stop and smell the succulents.

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Helm Boots

This locally owned shop with a rustic-chic vibe is located just a hop, skip, and a jump away. Check out the selection of upscale leather footwear and accessories.

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Texas State Capitol

The granite Texas statehouse stands as a testament to the history of the Lone Star State. The Texas Capitol is widely recognized as one of the nation’s most distinguished state capitols. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986

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Take Heart
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Take Heart

This charming little boutique a few doors down offers a “thoughtfully edited” collection of gifts and accessories, including art work from local artists. Owner Nina Gordon will help you find a great gift to take home.

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Miranda Bennett Studio

  • Miranda Bennett Studio is a collection of modern, plant-dyed apparel made in the USA. Their apparel is dyed, cut, sewn and shipped within a 9 mile radius in Austin, Texas.

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Charm School Vintage
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Charm School Vintage

The selection of ladies’ vintage clothing from this new addition to E. 11th Street (although not new to the East side—they’ve been here for many years!) is gorgeous, yet affordable. They carry clothing from just about every era, and make it timeless and wearable. They also carry crystals and jewelry from small, independent designers and apothecary products.

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Gadabout Goods

Gadabout Goods offers a thoughtfully curated, small batch collection of home goods, accessories and gifts from India, Southeast Asia, and North Africa.

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Victory Grill
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Victory Grill

Across the street is a music venue that has been around since the end of World War II. The Historic Victory Grill opened in 1945 as a gathering place for African-American soldiers returning home from the war. Over the years it played host to music legends such as BB King, Etta James, Billie Holliday and James Brown. Now reopened as a live music venue, it is also home to The Rolling Rooster restaurant, which specializes in chicken and waffles.   

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Texas State Cemetery
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Texas State Cemetery

You might be surprised to find a cemetery on this list, but the Texas State Cemetery is worth a visit. The beautiful grounds are located just a few blocks east of the hotel, and are the final resting place of Texas governors, legislators, judges and other legendary Texans including Stephen F. Austin.

WHERE TO EAT & DRINK

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Franklin Barbecue

It really is worth the wait! In addition to simply the best brisket we’ve ever tasted, Franklin Barbecue has a super friendly staff that helps make the sometimes three-hour wait go by more quickly.

WHERE TO EAT & DRINK

Old Thousand
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Old Thousand

Old Thousand offers a modern twist to classic Chinese dishes which is only made better by craft drinks and a cool ambience. Our favorite? Brisket fried rice.

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Try Hard Coffee Roasters

Founded in 2020, Try Hard Coffee is a specialty coffee roaster and café that offers tasty coffee, scratch-made pastries, house-made tacos, and good vibes all around. And $2 from every bag of coffee purchased at Try Hard goes directly to HAAM (Health Alliance for Austin Musicians).

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Hillside Farmacy

Set in a beautifully restored former pharmacy, this restaurant stays true to its “farm fresh” mantra, serving everything from local cheeses to quail. If you like oysters, you are in for a treat here!

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Paperboy
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Paperboy

Paperboy is a breakfast and lunch spot, known for its thoughtfully curated menu and comfortable atmosphere. They use simple, quality ingredients in their dishes, with bread, juices, sauces and preserves made in-house.

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Nickel City

Just two doors down you will be sure to find any number of delicious libations to wet your whistle. This neighborhood bar with a whisky focus will be accompanied by Delray Cafe, a Detroit style food trailer.

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Quickie Pickie
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Quickie Pickie

Part convenience store, part café, part beer joint, Quickie Pickie allows you to choose from over 20 beers on tap, eat delicious snacks, and buy the toothpaste you forgot to pack. Yep, it’s hard to believe you can find all this in one place!

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Micklethwait Craft Meats
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Micklethwait Craft Meats

Franklin’s isn’t the only great barbeque joint located in our little neighborhood. Just a few blocks in the other direction is Micklethwait Craft Meats. Although their name may be a mouthful, you’ll be glad when you get a mouthful of their simply divine smoked meats, including brisket, lamb sausage, beef and pork ribs, chicken and pulled pork. Everything here is homemade, including the sauce, all sides, bread and desserts (doesn’t a homemade moon pie sound incredible?).

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Rosewood

Rosewood celebrates the traditions and inspirations of South Texas cuisine and pays homage to their 1890 home, local farmers, ranchers, and Gulf Coast fishers, who supply the provisions we all get to enjoy.

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East Side Pies
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East Side Pies

A thin, crispy crust topped with homemade sauce and locally sourced toppings shows why this East side favorite has been satisfying Austinites’ craving for New York style pizza for many years. And they deliver!

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J & J Spirits
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J&J Spirits

Conveniently located right next door, J&J Spirits has been an East side institution since 1968. Formerly owned and operated by twin brothers Harold and Howard Joseph (whose picture still graces the wall), new owners recently have taken over the business, and continue to dole out the charm of the neighborhood’s locally-owned liquor store. J&J carries premium spirits, local beer, wine, cigars and specialty grocery and bar ware.