Finally! I’ve lived in Austin a little over three years now – and yes, it’s taken me this long to get a recommendations master list out to y’all, haha! But I guess the plus side of that is that now I am a seasoned veteran and have had the time to really scope out the best-of-the-best places when it comes to eating, things to do and places to stay. Like any other booming city (seriously, I think Austin is the city in the U.S people are moving to the most right now!) – things are always changing. So I promise to always keep this list up to date as find new favorite places, things to do & places to stay!
Austin is really such a magical place. Coming from Nashville, it really had a lot of similar vibes to me. Bachelor & Bachelorette parties everywhere, everyone is so nice, tons of unique restaurants with AMAZING food (my life was forever changed when I discovered tex mex) and there is seriously just so much to do. I can’t wait for you to come visit. Safe travels, and enjoy Austin!
Where To Eat
Matt’s El Rancho – fun atmosphere, great patio!
Chuy’s – classic Tex Mex!
El Alma – best rooftop!
Fonda San Miguel
Homeslice Pizza – best pizza ever!
Juliet Italian Kitchen
Via 313 Pizza on Rainey – detroit style pizza, so fun!
Olive & June
Elizabeth Street Cafe
Clark’s Oyster Bar
Shore Raw Bar & Grill
Other Favorite Restaurants
Central Standard – vibey atmosphere
Moonshine – walking distance to Rainey
Mattie’s – such a fun atmosphere in a 19th century home, (real) peacocks everywhere!
Hop Doddy Burger Bar
Foreign & Domestic
Steiner Ranch – overlooks Lake Travis, a little drive outside of downtown
Texas French Bread
South Congress Cafe
Unbarlievable – so fun, has a giant slide!
Garage Bar –coolest speak easy in a parking garage
Here Nor There – speak easy
The Broken Spoke – two stepping!
Geraldine’s – in Hotel Van Zandt
The Roosevelt Room
The Tips Alchemist
The White Horse
The Container Bar
Amy’s Ice Cream
Tiny Boxwood’s – chocolate chip cookies!
Taquero Mucho – must see for bachelorette parties! Pink & girly EVERYTHING.
The Oasis – oversees Lake Travis
Things To Do
– Bar hop on Rainey Street
– Bar hop on West or Dirty 6th street
– Rent scooters & tour the city
– A pool day at The W or Hotel Van Zandt
– Hike Mount Bonnel
– Hike/go see 360 bridge
– Hike/walk/run the Lady Bird Lake loop trail
– Take a Soul Cycle Class downtown
– Take a Barry’s Bootcamp class downtown
– Zilker Park
– Go see the “I Love You So Much” sign on the side of Jo’s Coffee
– ATX sign for pictures, in front of Whole Foods downtown
– Walk/shop South Congress
– Rent a pontoon boat on Lake Austin or Lake Travis
– Kayak/Paddle Board Lady Bird Lake
– Swim at Barton Springs
– Watch the bats at sunset on South Congress
Where To Stay
– Hotel Van Zandt
– The W
– The Line Hotel
– The Westin
– Hotel Zaza
– JW Marriot
– The South Congress Hotel
– Rent an Airbnb or VRBO – there’s tons!