Y’all, Austin, Texas is one of those places we can visit over and over and continue to find new things to enjoy. We’ve done Austin a few ways and they’re all great. The first time Zach and I went together we had a jam packed schedule trying to do, see, and eat so many things. The second time I went with college buds and did the going-out scene (6th Street and Rainey are TOO fun!). This third time was really nice because we just meandered, took our time, and had less of an agenda.
Instead of going the Airbnb route, this time we early booked the South Congress Hotel in order to lock in a discounted price. I would 10/10 recommend staying here! The interior design is absolutely amazing – I wanted to steal all the furniture and bring it back to Chi with me. They’ve got it ALL covered – a hip coffee shop, a stunning rooftop pool, a beautiful bar (hit up happy hour for sure), and a trendy restaurant. Plus the location is the best! Easy access to all kinds of restaurants and shops right on South Congress. We also had a rental car and didn’t have any issues finding free parking right behind the hotel (we did stay during the week).
Picnik – Picnik was probably my favorite meal in Austin. If I lived in Austin I could find something new to try every day! We went to the flagship location on Burnet Road but they also have multiple trailer locations in South Lamar and East Cesar Chavez. Their motto is that they make good food that is also good for you, and that’s exactly how I felt after eating there. Dreaming of the pancakes now….
Launderette – I actually wanted to eat at Launderette the first time Zach and I visited Austin, but I was too late in making reservations. Not this time! We enjoyed every item at the converted gas station/laundromat turned restaurant. I was especially a sucker for the birthday cake ice cream sandwich.
Café No Sé – Located right inside the South Congress Hotel. The burger was bombbb. Also the interior is so stunning. The cool blues and bright space gave me some serious California vibes.
Hopdoddy Burger – I didn’t manage to take Zach here, but when I went with my college buds we waited in line for a while and the way I remember it was WORTH the wait.
Home Slice Pizza – We had already stuffed our faces for brunch when we walked by Home Slice Pizza, but that didn’t and will never stop Zach. Pizza by the slice is his soft spot and I really love him for it. It was SO good. I imagine a lot of people stop here on the way home for the night but we also enjoyed it midday in the daylight.
Bird Bird Biscuit – Breakfast biscuits, OMG drool.
Juan in a Million – Homemade recipes, breakfast tacos, family restaurant. Just go!!
Juice Land – We are smoothie lovers and this place hits the spot! We loved it so much we had to make it back a few weeks later when we visited Dallas. We also tried Juice Society – the aesthetic was cool but not a fan of the smoothies if we’re keeping it real.
Amy’s Ice Cream – Zach and I indulged in both Austin trip numero uno and numero dos. It’s that good.
Salt and Sow – Farmhouse fare, laid-back setting, & the first place I tried and loved bone marrow.
Things to Do:
Barton Springs – I thought this place was so neat! The pool is filled entirely with water from natural springs – which means it’s cold! It’s a great way to cool off if it’s warm when you visit.
Walk Congress Ave – So many cute shops and restaurants!
Run, Kayak, or Paddle Board Lady Bird Lake – Our first trip to Austin I was training for my first marathon and our second trip Zach was. We love to run as a way to learn our way around a city we are visiting!
Hamilton Pool Preserve – For both of our visits we’ve been rained out, but I reallllly want to get there! It looks like it’s out of a movie!
The 360/Pennybacker Bridge – We visited for sunset on trip #1 and it was beautiful (but crowded).
Other Ideas for Next Time:
Food/Drink: Saigon Le Vendeur, DEE DEE, Veracruz All Natural, Via 313, Odd Duck, TLC Austin, The Eleanor (cocktail bar), Ramen Tatsu-ya, 40 North, Hank’s Austin (aesthetic), Greater Goods Coffee Roasters, Josephine House
Outside of Austin: The Oasis on Lake Travis
Until next time,