The East Cesar Chavez district is one of Austin’s most distinctive neighborhoods. Situated just south and east of downtown, the neighborhood is deeply rooted in local culture and presents a fantastic mix of old favorites and trendy new spots. If you’re looking for a vacation rental home near downtown that offers a flair for authentic Austin, the East Cesar Chavez district where you need to be. It’s one of the hippest districts – in the hippest city – in Texas.

The neighborhood has excellent vacation rentals available for your Austin vacation. If you decide to stay in the East Cesar Chavez district, you’ll be close to all the action. There’s a lot to do in the newly revived neighborhood, and downtown is only a short drive away. The University of Texas campus is not far, either. In fact, you can drive just about anywhere in Austin from its central location.

The upscale neighborhood is located east of Interstate 35 from East 6th Street on the north end to Lady Bird Lake/Colorado River on the south end. The western boundary is Chicon Street. The chic Holly neighborhood is directly west of the East Cesar Chavez neighborhood. To the east are the Red River Cultural District, Waller Creek District and Rainey Street Historic District, from north to south.

Whatever your flavor, the East Cesar Chavez district has a vacation rental for you. The neighborhood has a fantastic offering of original homes that have been wonderfully preserved. Some beautiful homes in the East Cesar Chavez district have been in families for generations. Many residences have been fully upgraded with new technologies while retaining their classic ambiance. There are also several newer homes that have been built in the past 10 years.

East Cesar Chavez Vacation Rentals

There are some marvelous private homes in the East Cesar Chavez neighborhood that are available to rent for your Austin getaway. The district has private homes, historic lofts, condominiums, duplexes and townhouses that are stylish and upmarket. Many residences have high-end luxury finishes and amenities.

Vacation rental homes in this area are generally larger, presenting three or more bedrooms for guests. Most have at least two bathrooms, and many have a dedicated bathroom for each bedroom. Bigger homes for rent may have an enhanced master bathroom suite with a Jacuzzi tub or jetted tub, or a steam shower. Rental residences in the East Cesar Chavez district also have air conditioning for the summers and electric heat for the cool Austin nights.

Many vacation rental homes here have patios or decks that provide extra space to gather. Some have sizable decks that have tables or spaces for larger groups, while other vacation rentals have a smaller balcony. Bigger private homes may have additional space indoors as well, such as a media room, a den, or a home gym. For the ultimate in relaxation, consider an on-site hot tub or a condo with a complex pool for your vacation.

East Cesar Chavez Neighborhood Attractions

Some of Austin’s coolest hangouts are in the East Cesar Chavez neighborhood. Fiesta Gardens is home to a handful of the city’s most influential annual festivals and events, like the Austin PRIDE festival, Texas Craft Brewers Festival and the Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Fest. Cinco de Mayo Austin, the city’s top May 5 celebration, also takes place at Fiesta Gardens.

East Cesar Chavez Restaurants

Around the neighborhood, there are plenty of ways to spend your vacation time. Begin your day with a fresh cup of Joe and a local coffee shop like Cenote or Flat Track – both on East Cesar Chavez Street. At the legendary taco shop Juan in a Million, you can try a really, really big taco. Or, at Counter Culture, go for a savory vegan teriyaki jackfruit taco. Jacoby’s has been serving up Southern favorites for more than three decades, 

From succulent seafood at Monger’s Market & Kitchen to a few can’t-miss Texas barbecue and Tex-Mex cuisine spots, there are countless places to grab a bite to eat for lunch or dinner. Here a few of our favorites:

·        Bufalina Pizza (Neapolitan Pizza)

·        Counter Culture (Vegan)

·        EastSide Tavern (Texas Barbecue)

·        Grizzelda’s (Tex-Mex)

·        Jacoby’s (American/Southern)

·        Juan in a Million (Tex-Mex)

·        Juniper (Italian)

·        Kemuri Tatsu-ya (Izakaya/Japanese)

·        la Barbecue (Texas Barbecue)

·        Las Cazuelas (Mexican)

·        Monger’s Market & Kitchen (Seafood)

·        Oseyo (Korean American)

·        Sawyer & Co. (Cajun/Creole)

East Cesar Chavez Bars and Breweries

East Cesar Chavez is lined with hangouts that run the gamut from laid-back to swanky, so it’s easy to pick your personal flavor among the district’s many pubs, taverns, bars and breweries. At Central Machine Works Brewery, you can sip a frothy beverage at the bar or in their spacious outdoor area. The microbrewery has several beers on tap, along with classic American fare. If sour-mashed brews are your thing, head to Blue Owl Brewing.

For chill outdoor games and fun movie nights, head to Lou’s, an East Austin favorite. Lustre Pearl East has a wonderful patio for enjoying Happy Hour specials. The Electric Church mixes psychedelic music with a bohemian vibe and offers some of the coolest shows, events and performances in the city. Stay Gold on East Cesar Chavez Street features countless hip shows and ample cold brews and creative cocktails.

Shopping Near East Cesar Chavez

You won’t have to go far to find a cool souvenir to take home from your Austin vacation. There are several boutique shops and vintage stores around the East Cesar Chavez neighborhood. At Resistencia Bookstore, you can pick up a fresh title from a noted local author, or support the local community by stopping by Bat City Comic Professionals, a nonprofit comic book shop. At Corocoro, you can browse exquisite jewelry or other accoutrements, or take home a larger item or piece of crafted furniture. Coco Coquette has vintage costumes, wigs, makeup and jewelry to make you feel glamorous. For more rare finds, visit Treasure City Thrift. For quality, handcrafted goods for the home, stop by EA/ST Co. At Form + Function on 6th Street, you can unwind with affordable therapeutic, neuromuscular, trigger point and Swedish massage.