The Austin Guide

Apart from being the closest, easy to get to city by my hometown (Houston), Austin holds a very special place in my heart.

I remember my parents taking us when were kids to Barton Springs and to explore around town. It was a city I escaped to several times after getting my drivers license. When my husband and I were dating, it was our place to go for the weekend or just for the day. It was where he proposed on one of those said day trips with a surprise picnic he planned at Mount Bonnell. It was where we got married at the gorgeous, quaint venue, Hummingbird House. It was where we took our fur child, Bowie, to his first trip out of town since it’s such a dog friendly city.

This has been a highly requested post and one I get asked on several occasions. I have planned many Austin trips for friends, family and several others, it just felt appropriate to finally create it for anyone to refer back to and use a guide.

From its great scenery, hilly roads and not to mention delicious food & coffee, there’s never a shortage of ideas to add to the itinerary. Though there’s SO much to choose from, here are our personal favorites that we frequent anytime we’re in town and would highly recommend.

Take a pic in front of the “Greetings from Austin” mural located on 1st ST. (1720 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704)

Take a pic in front of the “Greetings from Austin” mural located on 1st ST. (1720 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704)


COFFEE

Fun Fact: Once Over’s fantastic outdoor patio was where my husband and I would have the best talks discussing future plans when we were dating and practically planned our wedding over coffee breaks after wedding vendor meetings.

Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors

Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors

But first….Alfred Coffee! Located inside the beautiful The Line hotel.

But first….Alfred Coffee! Located inside the beautiful The Line hotel.


LUNCH

  • Hillside Farmacy - 1209 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702 Known for its gorgeous interior (restored drugstore from the 50’s) and always delicious farm - to - table dishes.

  • Epicerie - 2307 Hancock Dr, Austin, TX 78756 Quaint space with unique French inspired comfort food and scrumptious desserts.

  • Blue Dahlia - 1115 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702 Casual spot for brunch or lunch after shopping around the local shops in 11th ST.

  • South Congress Cafe - 1600 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

    Take a break from hanging around SoCo and stop by for their popular brunch menu items in the liveliest space.

  • Josephine House - 1601 Waterston Ave, Austin, TX 78703 The perfect Sunday brunch spot, breakfast or lunch that’s dog friendly - Bowie’s favorite.

Hillside Farmacy

Hillside Farmacy

Epicerie Cafe & Grocery

Epicerie Cafe & Grocery


DINNER

  • Grizzelda’s - 105 Tillery St, Austin, TX 78702 With an eclectic, artsy interior and delicious Mexican inspired dishes - how can you not go and try it out?

  • Arlo Grey (inside The Line) - 111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701 Top Chef’s, Kristen Kish (season 10 winner) upscale restaurant located inside the modern downtown hotel - The Line.

  • Kemuri Tatsu -ya - 2713 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78702 Ramen Tatsu- ya’s (I highly recommend them as well for ramen) Japanese & Texan fusion inspired dishes meant to share whether your on a date night or with a group of friends.

  • Foreign & Domestic- 306 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751

    Casual date night spot (wouldn’t recommend for more than 2 people per party) that serves a variety of unique dishes.

  • Suerte - 1800 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

    Good luck trying not to order all of menu items offered at this relatively new Mexican restaurant already named as one of the best new restaurants in America.


    Side note: Highly suggest making reservations to all lunch & dinner spot mentioned.

Top Chef’s season 10 winner Kristen Kish’s restaurant Arlo Grey.

Top Chef’s season 10 winner Kristen Kish’s restaurant Arlo Grey.

MISC

  • South Congress - South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704 An iconic shopping and eating area with that also has the famous “I love you so much” wall at Jo’s Coffee.


  • Tillery Street Plant Co. - 801 Tillery ST Austin, TX, 78702

    A lovely garden to pick up a variety of flowers and plants that also has great photo opportunities.

  • Antone’s Record Shop - 2928 Guadalupe Austin, TX 78705
    Stop by to peruse and stock up on vinyls to add to your collection.

  • Mount Bonnell - 3800 Mount Bonnell RdAustinTexas 78731

    Go for a hike and catch the best views of Austin - especially during sun set.

  • Barton Springs - 2131 William Barton Dr, Austin, TX 78746

    Get away from the Texas heat and take a swim at the natural spring swimming pool located in Zilker Park.


If you’re planning to stay for a couple days, we been really enjoying staying at the Airbnb’s Austin has to offer.

Snap a pic outside Kendra Scott’s gorgeous new location that has an adorable cafe inside as well (still in SoCo).

Snap a pic outside Kendra Scott’s gorgeous new location that has an adorable cafe inside as well (still in SoCo).

We’re always discovering new places every time we visit so I’ll make sure to include any new discoveries that are worth mentioning.

Do you live in Austin or have ever visited? What are some of your personal favorites you recommend? Let me know in the comments!

-J