Top 10 in Austin: Best Spots to Spot Street Art
Here at INK, we’re proud to call the “little big town” of Austin our home. Whether you’re passing through, staying for awhile, or just need to get out more, these lists are our way of sharing the best of our city with you. Enjoy!
I’ve spent many vacations wandering around neighborhoods and peeking down alleyways looking for brilliant murals and street art, so naturally, we had to feature our favorite places in Austin to spot some inspiring graffiti.
Castle Hill at 11th St and Baylor St: Where a building once stood, now a street art park. Walls upon walls of some of Austin’s best graffiti. Never the same twice.
Going north on North Lamar toward West 5th St: The large empty city wall makes is a popular canvas for street artists around town.
The Pedestrian Bridge: Look to the east at the train tracks and you’ll some of Austin’s most iconic and mysterious pieces of street art, though often changing.
5th St between Congress and Brazos: This wall is often a gem among the tall office buildings.
West 5th St, heading west under MoPac bridge: The poles that hold up the MoPac bridge do double-duty as canvases.
Pedestrian bridge under MoPac bridge, and on either side: Look at the poles, look up and look down at your feet. Often something creative for you to find.
East 5th St between Comal and Chicon: Mismatched graffiti spanning the side of a building, top to bottom, for an entire block. Perfect for a photo shoot.
Nooks and crannies of the East Side: Down alleys, on old buildings and even on the pavement. Keep your eyes open in the neighborhoods east of I-35, and you’ll find something great.
Corner at East 4th and Waller St: Once the location for the HOPE Farmer’s Market, this corner has some lovely art you can’t miss.
Entrance to parking garage at 2nd St and Lavaca St: Another gem among some a sea of condos and offices, there are a few beautiful pieces here left over from a local art festival.
Wall at 4th St and Guadalupe: Typically refreshed every SXSW, this wall features commissioned work from the world’s most renowned street artists.
BONUS! Take a jump pic in front of Austin’s iconic murals:
- “I love you so much” at Jo’s Café on South Congress
- “Hi, How Are You” at 21st St and Guadalupe
- “Don’t Mess With Texas” at I-35 and 6th St
- “Greetings from Austin” at Annie St and South 1st St
- “You’re My Butter Half” at MLK Blvd and Alamo St
- “Live Music Capital of the World” on 6th St near San Jacinto