Austin, Texas has been on my list of places to visit for a while. It came up on a shortlist for a girl’s trip last Spring and I jumped at the chance. It’s a weird corner of Texas and I absolutely fell in love. There are tons of outdoor activities, amazing tacos and great entertainment.
Getting around: Austin has pretty good weather most of the year. It’s extremely walkable if you don’t mind getting lots of steps. They have lots of bike rentals available. We used Lyft for all of our nighttime activities.
Places to stay: We used AirBnB and it was the perfect situation for our trip. There were tons of options. You can use this link for a discount if you’ve never tried it before. If you are more of a hotel person, I’ve heard amazing things about the Hotel Van Zandt and it’s in an awesome location.
My Favorite Places:
Rainey Street - There is an entire section of this road with old houses transformed into bars and restaurants. It feels like going to a block party with a whole bunch of strangers and having the best food and drinks.
El Alma - We stayed close to this restaurant and ended up having our first meal in Austin there. The bar was set super high after this amazing meal. We ordered lots of small plates and shared and it was amazing. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
The Tasty Spoon - If you’re on your way to the famous Austin mural, this is a great spot to stop and grab some coffee and maybe some ice cream if you need to cool down.
Jo’s Coffee - We came for the coffee, we stayed for the breakfast tacos. There are a few locations, so you will be close to one and you should head there for breakfast.
Lazarus Brewing Co - We walked down East 6th Street in search of a patio that would provider us with cold beverages. After checking for gluten free options for one of my girlfriends and striking out, we found this place and it was perfect. Beers were good and the patio was amazing.
Hill Country for Texas Bluebonnets - In the Spring, the bluebonnets fill fields outside of Austin. We drove through the hill country and took in the colorful hillsides. There are so many great little towns and we were even able to track down a winery. Definitely worth a trip if it’s the right time of year.
I can’t wait to go back because there is so much food I have not enjoyed yet and we didn’t even get a chance to swim at Barton Springs. Have you been to Austin? What would you recommend?