Alright, let me just say: I’ve visited a decent amount of cities in the U.S., and Austin was at the way top of my life. It was a dream city for me: endless taco spots, food trucks on every block, string lights at night, beautiful walking/hiking trails, so many outdoor activities, and amazing live music. I wanted to put together some of the things we did and places we ate that I loved, so that you can try them next time you go! Figured this page was the best place to do it 🙂 I know there are tons of places that are amazing that we weren’t able to do because we were only there for a few days, so this list is not exhaustive of Austin as a whole – just things we personally did and loved! Enjoy and let me know if you have any questions!
- Breakfast tacos at Pueblo Viejo
- We walked straight from breakfast tacos to the state capitol – it was definitely worth spending a little time walking around inside. Apparently the “thing” is to count how many stars there are inside – I don’t think it’s actually possible, but there are a LOT.
- We went from there to check out the Facebook Austin office – our two friends we were visiting work there so we were able to get visitors passes. I don’t know if it’s open to the public, but if you ever get the chance to go, it was really cool to see!
- From the capitol, we Ubered over to South Congress. I LOVED it there! It is basically just a neighborhood with a ton of fun, quirky shops, and then bigger ones like Kendra Scott and Madewell. This is where we took our photo with the “I love you so much” wall mural! This is also where all the guys decided to try on $1,500 cowboy boots where they looked ridiculous, hahaha.
- While you’re on South Congress and you’re done walking around, GO TO TORCHY’S TACOS. I ordered “The Democrat” and it was honestly one of the best tacos I’ve ever had in my life – and that’s saying a lot from the taco queen.
- That night, we ate dinner at Ramen Tatsu-ya. There may be a line, but if you’re with a group, have some people hold your spot in line while you go to the patio bar next door (called Domo Alley-Gato) and grab a drink outside!! I got the “DIY Chu-Hi” where you choose a house tonic and spirit – the Fords London Dry mixed with the “violet” tonic was AMAZING!! Also be sure to pet all the dogs there.
- Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar on 6th Street IS A MUST-DO. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN. Make sure you request they play Piano Man, and take a shot of tequila or three. Get ready to sing really loud and maybe lose your voice. People in Austin call 6th Street “Dirty 6th” because it’s definitely the “college-y” area to go out, but it was really really fun for the night. Kind of reminded me of Broadway in Nashville in a sense.
- The next day, we got breakfast tacos at Tacodeli before walking on the Barton Springs Greenbelt Trail to Barton Springs!! It was such a beautiful trail and Tacodeli is directly across the street. Their guac is seriously some of the best I’ve ever had – I will warn you that it has a kick!
- Zilker Brewing Company – It’s also on 6th Street. The sour beer is SO good!!!
- Jacoby’s Restaurant and Mercantile if you’re looking for a bit of a nicer dinner. Really good food and cocktails!
- Comedy show at The Velveeta Room downtown!! This was one of my favorite parts of the trip, so much fun.
- Go out of Rainey Street!! It is all these cute little house-esque places that were converted into bars.
- Go to La Barbecue!! Especially if you don’t feel like waiting as long as Franklins. A lot of locals say it’s just as good! We pre-ordered ahead of time, picked it up, and just ate it outside at the picnic tables. It was so nice skipping over the long line!
- We went straight from La Barbecue to walk around Town Lake, which was so nice! I love how many walking trails there are in Austin.
Austin, we’ll be back! 🙂