Head east of I-35 on 6th Street, and you'll find a hotbed of small galleries and studios popping up in this revitalized neighborhood. Each year, the artistic community of the East Side hosts a 10-day East Austin Studio Tour to help promote contemporary art in the city.
You won't find any chain restaurants on the East Side; here, it's all about eating local, and many of the neighborhood's most popular establishments have been around for decades. The Victory Grill, one of the last remaining joints on the Chitlin Circuit, still serves up soul food and live music, while over on 11th Street, crowds line up for Franklin's BBQ brisket.
For years, Austin's nightlife scene has been centered around 6th Street west of the interstate, but as more and more establishments pop up on the East Side, it's becoming a new hot spot for live music and good beer.
The shopping scene on the East Side is dominated by thrift stores, vintage boutiques and locally owned specialty shops. If you're looking to get your bike serviced or pick up some new gear, the neighborhood is home to several fantastic cycle shops that cater to Austin's thriving bike community.