GUIDE TO: Austin, Y'ALL. Come visit! BUT when you do...


As a Local Guide living in Austin, Texas I can honestly say I have yet to live in a better city (within the US)... and trust me when I say I have lived in many, many, many places. So what's the secret? Well, I wont go into detail here and leave some room for you to explore and to establish your own opinion.

One TIP to keep in mind when in Austin:

Blend in! become a local, assimilate, get weird, be authentic, find a true local and have her/him show you around. This tip should hold true for all your travels. not just this one.

If you truly do not have a clue where to start and you are tired of reading random tips and guides then give my custom picked & local itinerary a try. Don't forget to leave feedback if you do!


SIGHTSEEING by foot / on an electric scooter

  1. Swim in Barton Springs

  2. Paddle board or kayak on town lake (tons of rental locations all along the river)

  3. Hang out at Zilker Park (combine this with Barton springs above)

  4. Go see the Texas State Capitol + dont forget to check it out from the inside

  5. Walk down from the State Capitol all the way down to south congress.

  6. Austin City Library


Party streets:

  • West 6th (upscalish vibe)

  • Dirty 6th (college vibe but hell of a time)

  • East 6th (old school / hipster vibe)

  • Rainey Street (nice lounge and bar feel like street. Personal favorite)

OTHER LOCAL THINGS TO DO / day trips / outdoor activities / need car

  1. Hamilton Pool

  2. Enchanted rock

  3. Jacobs Well

  4. Lake Travis

  5. Oasis restaurant on Lake Travis

  6. Mt. Bonnell

  7. 360 Bridge

  8. COTA race track

  9. Museums / Children Musem (Thinkery)

  10. Climb at CRUX indoor climbing gym (if it rains)

  11. Climb downtown on real rock out at the green belt. Affordable company to go with: Rock About.

  12. Boulder at Austin Bouldering project

  13. Explore 5th street, west Caesar Chavez street, 4th street, 2nd street

  14. Get an electric bike or scooter or run around the town lake

  15. THE DOMAIN - Good shopping.

  16. NLAND man made surf park or if closed then (see #17)

  17. BSR Waco surf park

  18. Mountain Bike (Downhill) at Spider Mountain


A. Dinner (can also be lunch but check on your own)

  • Eat good BBQ (best in town is Franklin's and/or La Barbecue but for that you need to wait in line super long - In my opinion, just as good BBQ is at Rudy’s)

  • Torchy’s Taco

  • Salt & Time

  • Emmer & Rye

  • Casa Colombia

  • DeSano Pizza

  • Picnik

  • Veracruz All Natural Food Truck & Radio Coffee & Beer

  • Kemuri Tatsuya

  • Pho Please

B. Lunch (can also be dinner but check on your own)

  • Flower Child

  • True Food Kitchen

  • Whole Foods Downtown (The HQ of Whole Foods - get a Sushi Burrito)

  • Fareground

  • The Culinary Dropout

  • Cava

  • Pizza Vía 313

  • Papalote Tacos

  • Bouldin Creek Cafe

  • Hopdoddy Burger Bar

C. Breakfast / Brunch

  • TACO DELI (my personal 100% favorite)

  • Juiceland

  • Voodoo Doughnut

  • Cenote

  • South Congress Cafe


  • Caffe Medici

  • Houndstooth Coffee

  • Summermoon Coffe

  • Mozart's Coffee

  • Cosmic Coffee

  • Patika

  • Cenote

  • The Buzz Mill

  • Picnik

  • Starbucks Reserve

DISCLAIMER: Did not get sponsored by any of the above mentioned places & nothing is really in order of preference. Depends what you feel like doing or eating so look up these places and have fun!

Let me know if you liked this short guide.

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