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Here's how to spend a perfect day in Govalle

Explore Govalle, a growing neighborhood in East Austin, with our guide to the area's best restaurants, bars and activities
Photograph: Natalie Seeboth Jacoby's
By Erin Kuschner |

There are plenty of ways to explore Govalle, but there’s only one perfect way to spend a day in this East Austin neighborhood. We've put together an itinerary for your ideal day in this up-and-coming ’hood.


Kick off your day at Flitch Coffee, a casual trailer selling breakfast tacos and coffee from
a variety of roasters. They often have live music or community events taking place in their outdoor patio area, so be sure to check out their Facebook page for any announcements. 
Just up the street, East Austin Succulents offers custom arrangements in addition to individual succulents and cacti to decorate your home. Roam around the flora before picking out a couple pots for your windowsill. Then it's time to get moving: scramble around at Austin Bouldering Project, where even beginners can find routes to tackle. Classes are available for both first-timers and intermediate climbers; afterwards, quench your thirst with a beer or two from nextdoor brewery Friends & Allies.


For lunch, head to Sa-Ten. The Japanese-inspired café serves plenty of gluten-free and vegan options, like the grilled vegetable plate with koshihikari rice. Ready to throw some shit? Just down the road, Urban Axes Austin offers competitive axe throwing, so you can practice hitting that bull’s-eye like the badass lumberjack you are (be sure to check out their reservation and walk-in hours). To channel your creativity, head to CRAFTa dream for adults looking to flex their artistic side. Sign up for a workshop (screen printing, chocolate making, ceramics), and come out with the perfect homemade gift.


Start winding down with a trip to  Cloud Tree Studios, which spotlights works by various local makers, like wood artist Brian David Johnson. Getting hungry? Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile sits on the river, so you can savor seared Atlantic scallops and chicken-fried steak with a view for dinner. End your day at Justine’s Brasserie, one of Austin’s most sultry restaurants and bars, where you can clink your Sazeracs and French 75s well into the next day—the drinks and late-night eats last until 2am.

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