A guide to local favorites in North Loop
- By Omar L. Gallaga
- Photos by Ilana Panich-Linsman
While downtown is the home of continuous construction, parts of central Austin that are north of the University of Texas are refreshingly retro. Historic neighborhoods like Hyde Park have kept their character while long-standing appliance stores and gas stations coexist with newer restaurants and gyms at North Burnet Road and North Lamar Boulevard. North Loop Boulevard is a must-visit for bookstores, vintage clothing shops, dive bars and coffee shops that have managed to hold onto Austin’s funky-weird aesthetic.
Meet Omar Gallaga
Omar has lived and worked in the Austin area since 1997. He’s watched the city change and still loves how friendly and open to new experiences people are here. He’s always looking for that perfect bowl — not just a cup — of queso.
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