Which Austin neighborhood made Lonely Planet’s list of places to go right now?

Another day, another list. But this time, Lonely Planet is getting super local, narrowing down 10 of the best neighborhoods across the country to visit right now.

Only one Texas neighborhood made the list, and yes, it’s in Austin. According to Lonely Planet, Austin’s South First Street district “offers an appealing mix of old and new — and a stark contrast to trendy South Congress Avenue one block east.”

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Alexandra Vavoulis, right, and Noor Majdi look at a photos they took of one another in front of the “Greetings From Austin” mural on the corner of West Annie and South First Streets. Erika Rich for the Statesman

“At first glance, South First Street looks like a ho-hum stretch of cottages, food trucks and weathered buildings. But don’t be fooled by the low-key facade,” Lonely Planet asserts. “Chatty locals keep Bouldin Creek Cafe and the indie coffee shops buzzing, while beloved Torchy’s serves ‘damn good tacos.'”

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Bouldin Creek Cafe employee Aja McMillan reaches for a pencil at the restaurant’s coffee bar. Along with a full menu, Bouldin Creek Cafe offers fresh coffee and 25 different hot teas. Ashley Landis for American-Statesman

Also on the list, which was compiled using tips from U.S. travel experts and Lonely Planet Locals: East Liberty and Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh; Avondale, Chicago; Point Loma, San Diego; East Nashville, Nashville; Capitol Riverfront and Yards Park, Washington, D.C.; Montavilla, Portland; and River North, Denver.

Find the complete list here.


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