The next stop on our city tour lies deep in the heart of Texas. From great live music to all the chips & queso you can eat, Austin is a must-see city! Check out some of our favorite places in the Texas capital below.

To Eat

South Congress Café

1600 S. Congress Ave.
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Start a day spent on SoCo with brunch at South Congress Café. With its famous Bloody Marys and Carrot-Cake French Toast, this café is one of the best brunch spots in Austin.

Little Barrel & Brown

1716 S. Congress Ave.
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Right down the street from South Congress Café is Little Barrel & Brown, a cute and charming restaurant that recently made the switch from New American to French cuisine. Restaurant favorites like chicken & waffles still remain, but these dishes are now accompanied by delicious ratatouille, cheese boards, baguettes, and more!

Torchy’s Tacos

Multiple locations (our favorite is at 1311 S. 1st St.)
torchystacos.com

It would be a mistake to visit Austin without indulging in tacos, and Torchy’s has some of the best street tacos you can find! Originating in Austin, there are now multiple locations throughout Texas; our favorite is still the original Torchy’s Trailer Park location.

Guero’s Taco Bar

1412 S. Congress Ave.
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Speaking of tacos…you have to visit Guero’s Taco Bar for great tacos, authentic Mexican food, and hand-shaken margaritas made the traditional way (with fresh lime juice). You can even catch some great live music out in their Oak Garden Stage Wednesdays through Sundays.

June’s All Day

1722 S. Congress Ave.
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If you’re looking for a chic & Instagramable restaurant with an outdoor patio that is pet-friendly, June’s All Day is the spot for you! The café and bar offer breakfast, brunch, grab-and-go pastries, and a frequently changing beer & wine menu.

To See

“Greetings From Austin” Mural & Roadhouse Relics

1720 S. 1st St.
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Skip sending a physical postcard, and send one through the ‘gram instead! Nothing says “Wish you were here!” like a photo in front of the “Greetings From Austin” mural. After you snap your pic, stop into Roadhouse Relics to say hi to local artist Todd and see some of his amazing neon signs.

“I Love You So Much” Mural & Jo’s Coffee

1300 S. Congress Ave.
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While you’re on the hunt for the perfect Instagram spots, you have to stop by the “I Love You So Much” mural to take an adorable photo with bae. Once you’re done, you can hop in line at Jo’s Coffee for a great cup of coffee and a breakfast taco!

Mount Bonnell

3800 Mount Bonnell Dr.
austintexas.org/listings/mount-bonnell/2925/

If you’re up for a little hike, there is no better place to view the city than Mount Bonnell. The hour-and-a-half hike up this historic landmark is well worth it once you get to the top and take in the breathtaking view of the capital of Texas.

Lady Bird Lake

austintexas.gov/page/lady-bird-lake

Don’t be surprised if you hear locals call it Town Lake (old habits die hard)—this spot is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon in the city. Rent a paddleboard or kayak (or take a river cruise if you prefer something more relaxing), and hang out by the South Congress bridge to watch the bats head out at sunset.

To Experience

Lala’s Little Nugget

2207 Justin Ln.
lalasaustintexas.com

It’s the holiday season all year round at Lala’s Little Nugget! This bar will transport you to the North Pole with decades of holiday décor. You can even spot Santa & his reindeer outside on the roof.

Seventh Flag Coffee

1506 S. 1st St.
seventhflagcoffee.com

Stop by Seventh Flag for a warm & cozy coffee experience. This coffee shop is nestled into an old house in South Austin, where both the coffee and the customer service is 5 stars!

South Congress Hotel & Café No Se

1603 S. Congress Ave.
southcongresshotel.com/
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A beautiful picture spot, The South Congress Hotel is a gorgeous site in Austin that is located where the much-loved SoCo food trailers once stood (RIP). While you’re visiting, stop by Cafê No Se inside the hotel for a delicious meal!

Radio Coffee & Beer

4204 Manchaca Rd.
radiocoffeeandbeer.com

Photo credit: Reagan Hackleman

Whether you’re in the mood for caffeine or booze, grab a drink and catch some live music at Radio Coffee & Beer. If you’re hungry, head out back to the taco truck and grab something to eat!

Which spots in Austin would you most like to visit?