Lucky for me, our guest room is always filled with guests! Whether it be my parents, my best friends or someone that has never been here before, I love showing them around this great city!
While we are a city with constant growth, there are still Austin staples that are must-do’s in my opinion. Even if it is your first or 14th trip to Austin you’ll enjoy these very much!
Drinks at the San Jose Hotel
South Congress is a must for any visitor! Walk around the street, get coffee at Joe’s, a slice at more homeslice and enter through the green gates of the cutest boutique hotel, San Jose. If the weather permits (you have a great chance it will), sit outside on their patio and sip their oh-so refreshing cocktails. Maybe after a drink or two you’ll be ready for vintage shopping or costumes galore at Lucy in Disguise.
Whistler’s + Thai Kun
So I call it “hipster east” which I know is not correct but it’s the only way I know how to say it without people thinking I’m talking about dirty 6th. Although Whistler’s is way down the 6th street path, it is worth the hike. NOT to mention the greatest addition to the bar, Thai food from Thai Kun!!! Prepare your mouths and your wallets! Just kidding because you can order everything on the menu for around $50. So come for dinner and bar hop or make it your last night stop for drunk munchies 🙂
Morning Acai Bowl
Blenders and Bowls inside the Wanderlust yoga studio. I’m addicted to these things. My friends beg me to take them every morning while they’re here. To order: Mango Madness if in season or the chill berry with coconut water 🙂
Whole Foods Market Headquarters
It sounds silly to visit a grocery store but many people still don’t know that Whole Foods originated from Austin. Take a stroll through the aisles with a beer in hand, or a fresh juice and take in all the delicious foods!
Patio Lunching & Brunching
Now the list can go on and on for these but these are a solid 4 that won’t disappoint:
1.) Elizabeth St. Cafe- chic vietnamese food with the cutest patio
2.) Clark’s- the little sister restaurant to Perla’s which is also a good choice but this tiny little spot has such charm and amazing snapper ceviche 🙂
3.) Josephine house- Tucked deep into clarksville you would never guess there was an adorable restaurant in this blue house. Definitely go but only if you can sit outside! & if you’re in the mood for an amazing $teak for dinner, Jeffrey’s is my favorite steakhouse in the city.
4.)Sway- higher-end Thai food that usually is great for dinner but they don’t take reservations and the wait can sometimes be realllly long. Conclusion: Come for lunch! The food is delicious and you can really feast but in my opinion only come if you can sit out on the patio. Inside is too dark and the tables are too big for proper conversation. The patio on a beautiful day with mouth watering spices and sake = bliss.
Ok ok so I’m not just saying this because I’m a longhorn and UT is the greatest school on earth 😉 BUT it is great place to people watch around the “drag” and of course visit the tower.
Take a jog/walk around Town Lake AND/OR Paddleboard
Now this is one of the main reasons I fell in love with Austin. Coming from Houston, I never did anything like this. Even if you’re not a “fitness” person, make sure you do yourself a favor and at least leisurely walk around the lake. If the weather is nice, rent a kayak or a paddle board. I always start by Juice Land so I can end up there and treat myself to a fresh green juice or watermelon fresca (hehe). It’s a beautiful way to see the city and everyone is so happy because endorphins = happiness 🙂