Already the city’s trendiest thoroughfare for dining, shopping, and staycations, South Congress Avenue just got a little more buzzworthy with the arrival of Music Lane. Here’s a peek at the new development between Academy and Riverside Drives, which is home to upscale restaurants, boutiques, and Bunkhouse Group’s latest gem, Hotel Magdalena.

 

Dine

Frequented by celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Justin Bieber, fast-casual chain Sweetgreen is beloved for its sustainably sourced grain bowls, hearty salads, and seasonal offerings.

Dine alfresco under a 100-year-old Heritage Oak on the patio of Aba, a celebrated Mediterranean concept from Chicago. The restaurant features signature dishes such as crispy short rib hummus, shawarma spiced skirt steak, and decadent orange blossom crème brûlée pie.

 

The hummus with lamb ragu at Aba. Photo courtesy Aba.

 

Stay

The biggest hotel to date by hospitality group Bunkhouse (which also helms SoCo’s Austin Motel and Hotel San José), Hotel Magdalena drew design inspiration from Barton Springs and 1970s lakeside culture.

Largely tucked away from street view, the stylish hotel boasts 89 guest rooms, a central pool deck with a view of the downtown skyline, and a guests-only pool bar. Order brunch at its on-site restaurant, Summer House on Music Lane, which includes sweet and savory options like ricotta pancakes, smoked salmon tartine, and brioche breakfast sandwiches.

 

Hotel Magdalena has a laid-back design inspired by Barton Springs and 1970s lakeside culture. Photo by Nick Simonite.

 

Shop

In addition to perennial favorites like Lululemon and Madewell, Music Lane has a plethora of new-to-Austin options, including chic women’s clothing store Reformation, modern mattress company Tuft & Needle, and popular perfumery Le Labo.

Looking to knock out your holiday shopping? Splurge at local jewelry brand Nak Armstrong’s brick-and-mortar or peruse the millennial-approved labels at Neighborhood Goods, such as Faherty, Boy Smells, Create & Cultivate, and Cancelled Plans. (The latter brand’s cleverly named candles, like French Exit and Social Anxiety, make great stocking stuffers.)

 

Explore

Elevate your fitness and self-care routine at Equinox, a bougie New York–based gym that includes cycling, barre and yoga, and reform Pilates studios as well as an in-house spa. Be on the lookout for the debut of SoHo House, the international members-only social club, which is slated to open its Austin outpost at Music Lane next spring.

 

*Openings could be affected by COVID-19. Check websites or call ahead before you go.



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