What’s your favorite zip code? Mine is 78704.

The South Austin zip code known for keeping Austin weird, 78704 is as Austin as it gets. From charming neighborhoods, to eclectic shopping, to sprawling parks that make you forget you’re in the middle of a major US city, 78704 has everything you need to be right at home in Austin.

Within this zip code tree-lined streets and green space create homey retreats from it all, without being far from it all. Full of character, some have even become literary references such as Travis Heights, mentioned in Sarah Bird’s novel Flamenco Academy. Other neighborhoods include Boludin Creek, Barton Hills, and Zilker.

It’s always great to live near the essentials – grocery store, car repair, and schools, but 78704 offers that and so much more. North of Lady Bird Lake Congress Avenue is known as the main street of Texas as it leads to the capitol building. But south of the river, it’s South Congress or “SoCo,” and lives up to its hip nickname. A stroll on Congress Avenue with Austin’s skyline in the background offers shopping options from unique stores like the St. Vincent de Paul thrift shop and Uncommon Objects, Farm-to-Market fresh food, the costume shop Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds, to Tesoros Trading Company offering items from over twenty countries. First Thursday is a monthly mini-festival and party with shops open late and outdoor art vendors selling their wares.

Restaurant options seem limitless in 78704. Nothing feels more South Austin than magaritas and Mexican food on a patio such as Polvo’s, Guerro’s and Curra’s. On Barton Springs Road a little restaurant row includes Aussie’s, Zax Pints & Plates, Uncle Billy’s, Romeo’s, Shady Grove , Sandy’s, and the original Chuy’s. On South Congress options range from the very groovy Snack Bar to Magnolia Cafe which stays open 24 hours a day, and Jo’s Coffee known for live music and fashion shows in the parking lot. On South First Street there are more locally owned choices such as Freddie’s with a great playscape for kids, Torchy’s Tacos with it’s gorgeous mosaic wall, Somino’s Cafe, known for organic offerings and Jovita’s known for great live music.

And the fun continues beyond shopping and eating with more live music options such as the Continental Club, and the local’s favorite intimate Continental Gallery upstairs, the Saxon Pub, and renowned festivals at Auditorium Shores such as the SXSW finale, Austin City Limits Festival and the Urban Music Festival.

There’s plenty of fun for the kids with choices like Peter Pan Mini-Golf, Barton Springs pool, and Big Stacey pool in the neighborhood. The Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail provides a great view for inspiring fitness or some quality family time for along Lady Bird Lake.

The zip code is also home to St. Edward’s University, Texas School for the Deaf and the iconic Austin Motel.