It's hard to talk about the growth of Holly without mentioning that other G word, the one that ends in entrification. As one of the oldest neighborhoods in Austin, the area is primarily residential and largely Latino—though, yes, that’s all changing too. On East Cesar Chavez Street, Mexican restaurants give way to bistros (hello, Launderette) and craft breweries. Cross the train tracks on 5th Street, and you’ll find a row of small storefronts that sell beautiful reclaimed wood furniture, handmade cards and clothing with an altruistic slant. Despite Holly’s evolution, there’s a symbiotic relationship between its trendy shops and its beautiful old murals: Creativity abounds in this eastside nabe, and it’s not disappearing anytime soon.
Hops & Grain Brewing: Post up at a picnic table on the brewery’s patio or inside its cozy taproom for an IPA (Hops & Grain highlights the style).
The Paper + Craft Pantry: The colorful stationery store sources goods from more than 560 designers worldwide. Shop for whimsical cards or take one of the workshops, like an intro to modern brush-lettering.
Juniper: This is as close as you’ll get to a gin bar in Austin, with upwards of 20 varieties on the shelves. Come for brunch, particularly the fresh-milled polenta with house sausage.
Link & Pin: A cheerleader for local artists, gallery Link & Pin offers a place for creators to showcase their work—and allows us to explore Austin’s most imaginative minds.