Texas State Capitol
One of the most iconic buildings in all of Texas, don’t miss the whisper gallery rotunda and the Austin tourism office.
The slogan states that “everything is bigger in Texas,” and if you look at its capitol, the phrase rings true. Standing a stately 309 feet and modeled after the nation's Capitol in Washington D.C., this is the nation's tallest capitol building. Designed by architect Elijah E. Myers and constructed using red granite, the capitol took more than seven years to complete. It was finished in 1888, at a total cost of more than three million dollars, an extravagant price even by today's standards. The perfectly landscaped grounds reflect the languid pace of life under the Texas sun, inviting you for a quiet stroll or a lazy day under a tree.
Address:1100 Congress Street, Austin, 78701
phone:+1 512 463 0063
This restaurant serves Mexican food prepared with natural, wild-caught, and local ingredients.
Not to be mistaken with Tex-Mex cuisine, Manuel's prides itself on serving regional Mexican dishes. Like true Austinites, the family sources their protein from organic farmers while serving seasonal dishes that are sure to delight.
Address:10201 Jollyville Rd, Austin, 78759
phone:+512 345 1042
The Austin Antique Mall
A unique place to look for of antique furniture, jewelry, toys, art, and collectibles.
The Austin Antique Mall is one of the places to check out if you're looking for old and unique items. They have a large selection of dealers covering a space of over 25,000 square feet.
Address:8822 McCann Dr., Austin, 78757
phone:+512 459 5900
This is a waterfront venue accessible by land or water.
Hula Hut is one of the premier destinations in town for lakefront drinks and a fun atmosphere. The establishment is located on beautiful Lake Austin and offers both indoor and outdoor seating, with an elevated pier serving as the outdoor section. This local favorite is known for its drinks, food, exceptional views, and ambiance.
Address:3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, 78703
phone:+512 476 4852
One of Austin's oldest tourist attractions
At 785 above sea level, this quaint point of interest is located directly above Lake Austin, and is considered one of the most romantic and inspiring destinations in the area. With 105 steps to the top, this is a perfect attraction for all ages, and one of the best photo opportunities in the surrounding area. Don't forget your camera
Address:3800 Mt. Bonnel Rd, Austin
phone:+512 795 6088
Brazilian-style steak with service that stands on its own.
This unique and local treasure is not to be missed. Nowhere in town will you experience the attentiveness and focus from a service staff as you will at Estancia. Their delivery and ability to maintain incredible service is a show in itself. 15 types of meat are available at reasonably inclusive prices, not to mention a vast salad bar and incredible regional sides.
Address:10000 Research Blvd, Austin, 78759
phone:+512 345 5600
Max's Wine Dive
The quality champagne and fried chicken, marinated in buttermilk spiced with jalapeño, have made this wine bar a household name in Austin.
Max's Wine Dive is frequented by a young and stylish clientele for its globe-spanning wines as well as American food that blends traditional and modern flavors. The interiors too amalgamate elements from urban and rural scenes to form a unique space. Its banquet room has an ornate carpeted flooring, columns adorned with lamps and quirky paintings hung on textured walls. This room is used for both Sunday brunch and hosting birthday parties and corporate functions. The restaurant is most famous for its signature fried chicken dish that is soaked in buttermilk with hints of jalapeño. The preparation time for this dish is almost three days! Order a sparkling wine or a local beer to complete the delightful experience.
Address:207 San Jacinto Boulevard, Austin, 78701
phone:+1 512 904 0111
Unique and eclectic pool of vintage vendors.
Established in 1991 as a small antique collective, Uncommon Objects today features twenty-four hardworking antique sellers have been assembled under one roof to bring you this very genuine and sometimes quirky slice of American culture and history.
Address:1512 South Congress Ave, Austin, 78704
phone:+512 442 4000
Micklethwait Craft Meats
Finger licking BBQ right in the heart of downtown Austin.
Don't miss this hotspot if you're craving BBQ while site seeing in the downtown area! This is one of Austin's best food trailers, and a definite yes if you're in the mood for a family picnic. The tasty menu is sure to satisfy your taste buds!
Address:1309 Rosewood Ave., Austin, 78702
Bullock Texas State History Museum
There is no better place to learn the story of Texas with three floors of exhibits and even the only IMAX theater in Austin.
A 35-foot bronze Lone Star sculpture greets visitors at the entrance of this epic museum. This place narrates the story of Texas, sharing its rich cultural heritage and traditions. The three floors of the impressive building present interactive exhibits, special effects shows and more. On the first floor, you will find a permanent exhibit called Encounters on the Land, which highlights the first meetings between Native Americans and European explorers. The second and third floors have exhibits that showcase the evolution of Texas from the time of its inception. The museum boasts a total of 17 media installations and over 700 artifacts, not to mention Austin's only IMAX Theater.
Address:1800 North Congress Avenue, Austin, 78701
phone:+1 512 936 8746
Charm School Vintage
Where all the good vintage clothes come to find homes, you can be sure your finds will be originals at this truly charming shop.
Charm School Vintage is a shop that's laid out attractively with retro clothing that would make any girl look pretty. They boast of an impressive line-up of unique vintage accessories and outfits with a rich historical background. Customers will also find a good selection of artifacts and paintings from that era.
Address:2109 East Cesar Chavez, Austin, 78702
phone:+1 512 344 9173
Sip on carefully concocted cocktails in a chic atmosphere at Bar Congress, one of Austin's favorite spots for fancy drinks.
For cocktail aficionados in Austin, Bar Congress is a must visit. Featuring a menu of artisanal cocktails made with quality ingredients (you probably won't find any high-fructose corn syrup in the building), and a well-curated selection of wine, you may have trouble deciding where to start. On top of that, they offer small plates and snacks like kale chips, chicken fried olives, and baked brie. If the Texas heat isn't too much during your visit, snag a seat on the outdoor patio and enjoy the sunshine.
Address:200 Congress Avenue, Austin, 78701
phone:+1 512 827 2760
Brick Oven Restaurant
Design your own meal by adding toppings to pizzas fired in a brick oven and savor it with sides such as salads and Pasta Rustica.
Brick Oven Restaurant is so named as their pizza are cooked to crispy perfection in a brick oven. Guests create their own pizzas by selecting the crust size and toppings like Canadian bacon, Italian sausage, Gorgonzola cheese, Alfredo sauce, artichoke hearts and wood-roasted chicken. It offers lunch and dinner menus with other oven-baked delights such as Cannelloni and Italian Stromboli. Patrons can be seated in their shaded garden and enjoy a selection of salads and pastas. There are separate menus for children and those on a gluten-free diet.
Address:10710 Research Boulevard, Jollyville/Braker, Austin, 78759
phone:+1 512 345 6181
Enjoy dishes reflecting seasonal and organic ingredients from Texas farms at any time of the day, complemented by Californian wines.
24 Diner, as its name suggests, is indeed open all 24 hours except on Wednesdays. It is an ideal place to stop by when looking for American classics late at night along with a bottle of local brew. Compared to most roadside diners, the dishes are non-greasy and made using some of the best organic produce sourced from famous Texan farms. There are two menus that change seasonally, one of which is gluten-free. It is popular for its Chicken and Waffles made from fried and marinated boneless chicken, blended with butter and brown sugar. Other breakfast items include French toast platter and veggie hash, accompanied by a classic mocha latte. The beverage menu features Ace Pear Cider, Palmina Pinot Grigio and the Tanqueray gin-infused The Brooklyn cocktail.
Address:600 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, 78703
phone:+1 512 472 5400
Black Sheep Lodge
Only sports broadcasts overshadow the eclectic selection of beers such as Austin Beerworks Einhorn and the Little Stinkers gourmet burgers.
Black Sheep Lodge is mostly frequented by sports enthusiasts as tables here are literally surrounded by large television screens. Most people come by during major tournaments and they also serve more than 25 beers that fuels the excitement during the games. If you are bored of watching the screen, head to their outdoor patio with wooden benches or play a round of pool with friends. The beer menu features Crispin Cider, Blue Moon Belgian White, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Shiner Ruby Redbird Grapefruit. The beverages are complemented by gourmet bar snacks like Black Bird Chicken Sandwich, Chili Cheese Dog and Black Sheep Burger.
Address:2108 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, 78704
phone:+1 512 707 2744
For that missing piece you can’t seem to find anywhere else, Gypsies is here to save the day as all the items are true gems.
The staff of Gypsies Antiques receives their high-quality items (mostly antique, vintage furniture) via two methods: shopping trips throughout the United States and/or Europe, and by people showing up on their driveway stating “Hey, do you want to check out what I have?” Of the European selection, impressive inventory hails from England, France, Italy, Spain and Sweden; some of which was painstakingly handcrafted. Strike up a conversation with the wonderfully friendly employees and you'll learn of upcoming deals and events that they host.
Address:5202 Burnet Road, Austin, 78756
phone:+1 512 451 6200
Black Star Co-op
Black Star Co-op is the world’s first cooperatively-owned and worker self-managed brewpub.
Black Star Co-op is a membership owned brewpub that sells locally brewed drafts as well as guest bottles from the immediate Austin area. The food is sourced locally from organic Austin farmers that maintain the spirit of farm to table.
Address:7020 Easy Wind Drive, Suite 100, Austin, 78752
phone:+512 452 2337
Kerbey Lane Cafe
A local favorite of homemade food encompassing the Austin experience.
This local hotspot is a must for anyone looking to capture the Austin comfort food experience at any time of the day. Starting off from a humble beginning as small house, Kerbey Lane Café has branched into different areas of Austin allowing people to choose a preferential location that caters people towards a unique experience each time.
Address:13435 Hwy 183 Ste 415, Austin, 78750
Country cooking that is simply pure Austin.
A legendary Austin establishment that has been around since 1933, Threadgill's offers country cooking for the "cosmic cowboy" in all of us. Events include the Bluegrass Brunch that is offered on Sunday and live music on Wednesday's is what makes Threadgill's a place to fill one's stomach while tapping one's foot.
Address:6416 North Lamar, Austin, 78752
If you're looking for comfort food bacon it's the place, they have old fashion food with a twist & great local beer.
Bacon it's a first come first serve diner, it's old fashion food with hint of new, They use fresh and local farmers for their food, they have a variety of bacon and pork dishes that you can accompany with a great selection of local beers.
Address:900 W 10th St, Austin, 78703
phone:+512 322 9777
Local Austin BBQ that throws in a little bit of Memphis-style flavor for something unique.
Starting out as a food truck, SLAB is known for their delicious BBQ sandwiches. Offering 4 delicious sauces and sides, you can certainly get your fill of Austin BBQ in one sitting. SLAB still even l uses its flagship food-truck to make it easier for Austinites all over the city can enjoy some real dope BBQ.
Address:9012 Research Blvd., Austin, 78758
phone:+512 351 9977
Out Of The Past Collectibles
If you're looking for vinyl records, movies, comics, and yard art, this place will have it.
Out of the Past Collectibles is a family business that buys, trades, and sells collectibles, jewelry, breweriana, and art. "If they don't have it, you don't need it" is what they say, and that's the truth!
Address:5341 Burnet Rd., Austin, 78756
phone:+512 371 3550
Not you're usual coffee shop, Monkey Nest is a relaxing place where you can enjoy a cup of coffee.
Monkey Nest is a local eco-friendly coffee shop where you can enjoy organic coffee, teas, and freshly made sandwiches from their diverse menu. They are open 24/7. You can enjoy live music and different events that take place periodically here.
Address:5353 Burnet Rd., Austin, 78756
phone:+512 505 8033
Overlooking beautiful Lake Travis, this is the perfect place to bring family and friends on a sunny afternoon.
The Oasis is a piece of paradise, right here in Austin! Bring the whole family to this beautiful area located on Lake Travis.
Address:6550 Comanche TRL, Austin, 78732
Stenier Ranch Steakhouse
If you're looking for Texas hospitality, this rodeo steakhouse just might be for you!
Stenier Ranch Steakhouse has three awesome floors of luxurious fine dining. It has one of the best views in town along with a heartwarming story of how it all began. A must see while visiting Austin.
Address:5424 Stenier Ranch Blvd., Austin, 78732
Austin Overtures Tour
A 90 minute tour that is offered 3 times daily.
See the beauty of Austin during this 90 minute highlight tour that showcases many of the attractions and points of interest that make the city a must see for all.
Address:602 E 4th Street, Austin, 78701
phone:+512 659 9478
Knotty Deck & Bar
Keeping Austin weird and delicious in our very own kitchen.
The Knotty Deck can be considered an homage to Austin's unique style and unusual elegance. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner with food all sourced within the state of Texas but with an original Austin flavor. Come relax on our outdoor deck while over looking the Texas Hill Country; our fire pit sets the mood to a perfect evening while mingling with friends or networking. What a delight!
Address:9721 Arboretum Blvd, Austin, 787589
Barton Creek Greenbelt / Twin Falls Trail
If you're looking for a good hike, a date with nature, or just a good swim, Twin Falls is the place for you.
Twin falls at Barton Creek Greenbelt can definitely speak for itself. If the hike up the nature trail doesn't capture you with its beauty, it's waterfalls surely will. This day trip is one of the many hidden adventures near Austin that is both family and pet friendly, making it an absolute go-to when the Texas heat decides to show off. Don't forget your swim trunks!
Address:S MoPac Expy, Austin, 78746
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Mozart's Coffee Roasters
When coffee and ice cream are the only solutions, Mozart's is the answer.
Mozart's Coffee Roasters is one of Austin's sweetest spots. With it's delicious dessert menu and tasty coffee selection, your sweet tooth is sure to be satiated. Visitors can enjoy their drinks and sweets while watching the sun play across Austin Lake's shimmering surface.
Address:3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, 78703
Barton Springs Pool
Barton Springs Pool is a natural spring-fed pool located in the center of the city.
This popular swimming pool is considered by many to be the best in Texas. With 3 million gallons of cold spring water filling it each hour, the pool remains at a constant 68 degrees, year round. To add to its uniqueness, the pool features a completely natural floor of stone and sand, as well as small fish, turtles, and endangered salamanders that call the pool home.
Address:2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, 78746
phone:+512 867 3080
VIP Marina/ Watercraft Rentals
This locally owned, service-oriented marina provides rentals and service for a wide variety of watercraft.
Located on the south shore of Lake Travis, VIP Marina offers many options in terms of watercraft rental. From party barges to wave runners, the marina has it all. The marina is located in Volente, which is also home to Volente Beach Waterpark, making the area a prime destination for families seeking summer fun by the water. Be sure to reserve your watercraft in advance.
Address:16107 FM 2769, Volente, 78641
phone:+512 331 5281