Located along a short stretch in North Austin, centered at Braker and North Lamar, is the North Lamar International District, a neighborhood that weaves new and old world to create a unique history all its own. Visitors to this charming neighborhood are greeted by the picturesque pagoda that adorns its Chinatown Center; it is the epicenter of its annual Chinese Lunar New Year festivities, where adults and children can take in the magic of dancers floating in colorful silks, the time-honored Dragon and Lion dance teams, and partake in traditions that reach across boundaries and borders to touch the hearts of all who come here. The North Lamar International District offers residents and those around town the opportunity to shop for goods not normally found in Texas stores; MT Supermarket contains grocery goods, fresh seafood, a food court and household products from China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan, while International Food Market is one of the largest halal markets in Austin, with goods and food from the Middle East, Mediterranean region and more. A foodie’s paradise, the North Lamar International District is home to Austin’s best dim sum spot, New Fortune Chinese Restaurant, and delicious Vietnamese at Pho Saigon Noodle House. For those with a sweet tooth, Peace Bakery & Deli offers a variety of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean desserts like their heavenly bird’s nest baklava, a local favorite. The district has many amenities for its local residents. For those looking for an alternative to traditional elementary education, there’s the French School of Austin, offering classes and immersive summer abroad programs designed to grow bilingual skills in children. Banks, beauty salons, travel agencies, insurance and tax services, and florists are just a taste of what the North Lamar International District has for those who call this district home.
The North Lamar International District is dedicated to building awareness through the creation of new business and cultural events. In collaboration with Souly Austin and local artists, the North Lamar International District is looking into the creation of public art to beautify currently underused spaces. Improvements to public safety and current infrastructure include pedestrian and traffic safety repairs, streetscaping, and wayfinding.