South Lamar : Neighborhood Guide

austin, texas Jennifer Ferrara January 24, 2024

South Lamar, locally know as SoLa, is Austin’s not so hidden gem.

It is one of the up and coming renter hotspots in the city with it's wide boulevard lined with both apartment buildings, restaurants and shops. It is the perfect home base if you’re an urbanite to your core. 

Experience a unique ecosystem where everything needed is within reach. As new businesses and events move to South Lamar, SoLa area is rapidly growing in popularity amongst young professionals looking for a vibrant neighborhood with an authentic vibe.

In this blog, we'll dive into South Lamar's insights and explore the hottest spots this neighborhood has to offer

 

LOCATION & LIFESTYLE

South Lamar Blvd is a major artery that makes its way southwest from Lady Bird Lake to Ben White Blvd. This popular area of Austin is full of thriving businesses—restaurants, bars, food trailers, coffee shops, galleries, etc.—and more are popping up every day. The area also includes many quiet side streets and single-family homes in small communities just off the broad, bustling road.

A combination of mixed-use developments, single-family homes and independent shops and restaurants make this an exciting yet cozy neighborhood. 

TRANSPORTATION

South Lamar Blvd is a significant thoroughfare straight into the heart of downtown Austin. Bike lanes run the road’s length, making it an accessible path for cyclists and electric scooter riders. Plus, there’s a bus line that runs throughout South Lamar, Austin, for easy access to the city core, and North Austin beyond.

SCHOOLS

Elementary: Zilker, Becker and Barton Hills Elementary Schools ( central area of South Lamar), Joslin Elementary (southernmost residents) 

Middle school:  Lively Middle School, located nearby on South Congress Ave,  O. Henry Middle School or Covington Middle School and Fine Arts Academy.

High school:  Crockett High to the south, Travis High to the east, or Austin High to the north.

 

 

P. Terry’s Burger Stand 

404 S. Lamar Blvd.

P. Terry's offers real, honest fare, which makes it so much more than just fast food. When it comes to burgers, this spot is one of the most popular in Austin. The veggie burger is called the best in Austin by many. 

Aviary Wine + Kitchen

2110 S Lamar Blvd

Aviary is a great spot to hang out for a while with a friend and some fromage - or, you know, by yourself. Try one of their vast array of wines (sorted by which celebrity their personality resembles) and sample some cheeses paired with fresh bread. 

Barton Springs Saloon 

424 S. Lamar Blvd.

Located in a prime spot on the corner of Barton Springs Road and South Lamar, this saloon has been a neighborhood favorite since it opened its doors in 2006. The indoor-outdoor watering hole has a chill atmosphere, laid-back regulars, and a daily happy hour that make it the ideal place to enjoy a cold drink after work.

Black Sheep Lodge 

2108 S. Lamar Blvd.

Another casual bar with an awesome atmosphere, BSL has everything you could need in an eating and drinking establishment: a dog-friendly patio, tons of TVs, shuffleboard, darts, pool, the “Best Burger in South Austin,” and Wi-Fi for all your fantasy football needs. 

Chi'Lantro

1509 S Lamar Blvd

Renowned for their fusion stylings, the Korean-Mexican Austin staple has quickly become Austin's staple for delicious food. Try their infamous loaded kimchi fries!

El Meson 

2038 S. Lamar Blvd.

Not your typical Tex-Mex joint, El Meson offers what they call real Mexican food, allowing you to experience the flavors of our friends south of the border, sans the Texas twist. 

Gourdough’s Public House 

2700 S. Lamar Blvd.

From sandwiches to entrees : their chicken fried steak, fried chicken, and even meatloaf are all served atop a hot donut. 

 

Irie Bean Coffee Bar 

2310 S. Lamar Blvd.

Whether you grab an espresso and curl up on a couch inside, enjoy their “Beer of the Month” on the fabulous back patio during their daily happy hour.

Kerbey Lane Café 

3003 S. Lamar Blvd.

Open 24/7,  Kerbey Lane, a local favorite, offerins classic diner food plus a seasonal menu, plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, and creations that are quintessentially Austin.

Loro

2115 S Lamar Blvd

The Asian smokehouse collaboration between Austin chefs Tyson Cole (Uchi) and Aaron Franklin (Franklin Barbecue) is nothing short of excellence.

Maria’s Taco Xpress 

2529 S. Lamar Blvd.

 “South Austin’s Taco Queen,” Maria Corbalan. Enough said!

Phil’s Icehouse & Amy’s Ice Creams 

2901 S. Lamar Blvd.

Combine the so-called “Happiest Burger Joint in Texas” and arguably the city’s most adored ice cream - you get Phil's.

Uchi 

801 S. Lamar Blvd.

One of the most famous restaurants in Austin, specializing in contemporary Japanese dining and sushi.

 

OTHER AMENITIES TO NOTE: 

 

GROCERIES:

Mr. Natural 

2414 S. Lamar Blvd.

People’s RX 

3801 S. Lamar Blvd.

Soup Peddler 

2801 S. Lamar Blvd.

Sprouts

4006 S. Lamar Blvd.

Wheatsville 

4001 S. Lamar Blvd.

 

FITNESS: 

FIT Austin
 
LA Fitness
 
The Fit Pit
 
The Lindy Project
 

PARKS

Hoppin House
 
Ricky Guerrero Splash Pad
 
South Austin Park
 
 

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