Austin, Texas Y’all

My home away from home is the eccentric Austin, Texas. This is much less of a blog post and more of a suggestion on where to go, where to eat & what to do. I’ve created this list because Austin is becoming an ever-so popular vacation spot, friends and family are constantly asking me for recommendations and I’ve learned to keep a running list. (P.s. my absolute favorite places in each category are starred*).

 

RESTAURANTS:

  • Sawyer’s
  • Shady Grove
  • Hopdoddy’s * a must!
  • No. 28 * my second favorite restaurant in this whole city, authentic Italian pizza
  • Second Bar and Kitchen *
  • Lambert’s
  • Valentina’s Tex Mex
  • Bangerz
  • Cane Rosso * awesome crafty pizzas! (fruity pebbles waffles for brunch!!)
  • Hillside Farmacy * cute restaurant in an old pharmacy with original fixtures
  • Annie’s
  • Burger Bar
  • Lucy’s Fried Chicken
  • The Local Post Pub
  • Cenote *
  • Juan in a Million
  • True Food Kitchen *
  • Bonhomie
  • Olive and June
  • El Alma *
  • Contigo
  • Dry Creek Cafe
  • The Grove
  • Moonshine Patio Bar and Grill *
  • East Side Tavern
  • CRU Wine Bar * the real MVP on second street right here
  • Corner Star- their burnt ends are extremely underrated
  • Boudlin Creek Cafe
  • Irene’s *
  • Central Standard
  • Ernie’s on the Lake *
  • Mattie’s * cute place to grab dinner with the girls
  • Sushi Bang Bang * all you can eat sushi on Wednesdays!
  • Abel’s on the Lake *
  • Hula Hut * they have just about everything on their menu with a great view of the lake
  • Deckhands
  • Fareground * many restaurants all in one convenient location downtown
  • Cedar Door
  • The Launderette
  • Altas Cafe
  • Mandola’s * great Italian food!
  • Flower Child *
  • Ranch 616
  • Capital Grill
  • Perry’s * 1/2 Price Pork Chops on Fridays for lunch
  • Eberly
  • Geraldine’s * fancy!
  • Salty Sow *literally THE BEST restaurant in Austin, challenge me.
  • Cafe No Se
  • Home Slice- amazing NY style pizza that tastes just like it smells
  • Toss *
  • Guerro’s
  • Torchy’s Tacos *the craftiest and yummiest tacos (queso is a must)
  • Nightcap
  • TNT
  • Gino’s Vino * authentic Italian food
  • Vinaigrette
  • Arlo’s

VEGETARIAN:

  • Counter Culture
  • Boudlin Creek Cafe
  • Vegan Nom
  • Bangerz
  • The Beer Plant
  • Veg Heaven
  • True Food* my favorite place for lunch downtown
  • Flower Child

CAFES:

  • Halycon * build your own smore’s platter!
  • Jo’s * congress (i love you so much mural) or second street
  • Blenders & Bowls * smoothies!
  • Antonelli’s * cheeeeeeeeeese lovers unite (also in fareground)
  • Zhi Tea
  • Easy Tiger
  • Seventh Flag Coffee Co.
  • Mozart’s Coffee * beautful place to go sit by the lake
  • Tom’s *
  • Batch
  • Forthright
  • Brew & Brew
  • Cafe Medici
  • Sa-Ten
  • Nate’s
  • Better Half

SWEETS:

  • Cow Tipping Creamery *
  • Gordough’s * literally everything served on a donut, even a burger…
  • Cafe Creme
  • Prohibition Creamery * yes, it’s alcoholic ice cream
  • Dolce Neve
  • Couldron Ice Cream
  • Roll With It
  • Cold Cookie Co. *
  • Churro Co. *
  • Teo Gelato
  • The Baked Bear

BRUNCH:

  • Sawyer’s* classic brunch options
  • Second Bar and Kitchen
  • Hillside Farmacy* fancy brunch options
  • Snooze*
  • The Russian Room
  • East Side Tavern
  • Moonshine* classic restaurant fare
  • Olivia
  • East Side Cafe
  • South Congress Cafe
  • Juan in a Million* there’s a line out the door for these breakfast tacos, order for pick up!
  • Gloria’s* amazing Latin brunch
  • Max’s Wine Dive* start the day with a carafe of grapefruit mimosas!
  • Emmer & Rye* classy brunch
  • Javalina* not so classy brunch $5 pint glass mimosas, grab some breakfast tacos too
  • Picnik

BBQ:

  • Franklin’s* skip the line and order 5lbs for pickup
  • Salt Lick* the driftwood location is beautiful
  • Big Cat
  • Black’s*
  • Schmitt’s
  • Ironworks* great options for everyone
  • Cooper’s* the best bbq downtown
  • Old 300
  • County Line
  • Slab BBQ & Beer
  • Texas Ranch
  • Micklethwait
  • Brown’s

BARS:

  • West 6th Street* pick a bar, any bar
  • Dirty 6th Street* bar hop all night
  •  East 6th Street* hispter bars
  • Colorado Street* a lot of rooftop bars
  • Rainey Street* small, old houses turned into bars
  • Hangar Bar
  • Ten Oak Bourbon Room
  • Mort Subite* amazing beer selection
  • Azul* the best sunset view of the Austin skyline
  • The Russian Room
  • Craftsman
  • Speakeasies- Midnight Cowboy, Firehouse Lounge, Vinyl, Red Headed Step Child, Green Light Social*
  • The Driskill* thebest place in Austin, hands down
  • Haymaker* $2 margarita specials on Friday night
  • Black Sheep Lodge
  • Moontower* outdoor ranch type bar with live music and food trucks
  • The BrokenSpoke-Austin’s authentic honky tonk
  • Dance Across Texas* learn to two- step!
  • The Domain* another street of bars, you cant go wrong with whatever one you choose
  • Punch Bowl Social* all ages until 10:00 pm, drink and play games like bowling, jenga, foosball, cornhole, etc
  • The Goodnight
  • Draught House Pub
  • Spider House
  • Vigilante Game Bar
  • Gibson’s*
  • Whistler’s* Fun on the East Side!
  • Geraldine’s* awesome place to grab a fancy drink on Rainey Street
  • Brew & Brew
  • Hotel Granduca* their courtyard is the most beautiful place to have a glass of wine
  • Mezcaleria Tobala* Tequila bar, need I say more?
  • School House Pub*

 

BREWERIES:

  • Oasis* the most breathtaking view of Lake Travis
  • Uncle Billy’s* super convenient and chill place
  • Adelberts
  • Jester King* one of my favorite places to grab a beer… and pizza!
  • Last Stand
  • Treaty Oak* also a distilling ranch, must see!
  • Zilker
  • South Austin
  • Hops & Grains
  • Real Ale
  • Austin Beer Works
  • Austin Beer Garden
  • Blue Owl
  • Circle
  • Twisted X* a small, ranch feel
  • 512
  • Revolution Spirits
  • Deep Eddy* an awesome place to grab a unique drink during the day
  • Iron Wolf
  • St Elmo* I’m afraid to tell anyone about this spot in fear of it becoming more crowded

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WINERIES:

  • Spicewood
  • The Austin Winery- great location at The Yard
  • Fall Creek* My Favorite vibez (both locations)
  • Driftwood Estates
  • Wimberly  Valley
  • Texas Hills
  • Solaro* voted Best Texas Winery
  • Los Olivos

 

FARMER’S MARKETS:

  • Mueller* my absolute favorite way to spend a sunday morning
  • Barton Creek
  • Sunset Valley
  • Springdale
  • Green Gate
  • Johnson’s Backyard Garden

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ACTIVITIES:

  • Greenbelt*
  • Mt. Bonnell* hike the 360 bridge
  • Lake Travis* you wont want to miss this
  • Barton Springs Pool*
  • Paddle Boarding* always fun on Lake Austin, some awesome views along the way!
  • Austin Ghost Tours
  • Bullock Texas State History Museum* free admission every first Sunday of the month
  • Picnic in the park
  • Movies in the Park- check the website during the summer for show times
  • Austin Public Library- amazing views!
  • Pub Crawler- beware of the cardio
  • K1 Speed*- there’s also go-carting at COTA
  • Esters Follies- good for a laugh
  • So Far Sounds
  • Trampoline Park
  • Longhorn Cavern State Park* beautiful rainy day activity
  • Wanderin’ Stars Farm (you can rent a cabin for some glamping)
  • Top Golf*
  • Volente Beach
  •  NLand Surf

SWIMMING:

  • Paddle Boarding at Lady Bird Lake*
  • Tubing
  • 27 free pools
  • 12 free splash pads
  • Hamilton Pool* a beautiful, small “beach”
  • Greenbelt* enjoy a small “hike” and reward yourself with a small waterfall, “cliff” jumping and swimming
  • Devil’s Cove* awesome place to boat out to and swim
  • Lake Travis* there are several beautiful beaches to relax on during the day
  • Austin Party Boats* always a fun time on the lake renting a boat
  • Canyon Lake
  •  The Blue Hold
  • Jacob’s Well
  • Deep Eddy Pool
  • Barton Springs* a truly unique swimming experience

TRIPS:

  • Georgetown- beautiful town square with shops, restaurants and lots of history
  • Fredericksburg- an overwhelming amount of wineries
  • Johnson City- small town on the way to Fredericksburg with shops and restaurants
  • Marble Falls- quaint little town with a sqaure of shops and restaurants and the infamous Blue Bonnet Cafe
  • Inner Space Caverns
  • Krause Springs
  • River Place Nature Trail
  • Wimberly- cute little town square with shops and restaurants
  • Perdanales State Park
  • Big Bend National Park- as amazing as The Grand Canyon, right here in Texas (make sure to stop at Big Bend Brewing and enjoy the little towns of Marfa and Alpine)
  • San Antonio River Walk- ahhh, the famous river walk!! (Never forget the Alamo)
  • Dallas- I’ve got separate suggestions
  • Houston- I’ve got separate suggestions

There it is, my complete guide to Austin. It can be overwhelming, I know. I’m always open to comments, questions and any other information you need!

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