Fall in love with austin by checking out these local go-to spots!

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Once you arrive in Austin, it’s time to fall in love with your new city. Whatever you’re looking for, Austin has it. From funky dining spots to upscale galleries, from old antique stores to swanky shops, you’ll find everything you’re looking for and more. 

With the help of family and friends, I’ve compiled a “best of” list for four categories: restaurants, art and culture, activities for everyone and music.

Dive in and find your perfect match!

There's always something to do in Austin!


Barbecue and tacos are staples of the Austin diet, but the city offers so much more. Austin has become a hot spot for dining, with diverse culinary options around the city. These are some of my favorites.

Antonelli's CheesE Shop

El Alma

Micklethwait Craft Meats

Cosmic Coffee Beer Garden


Elizabeth Street cafe

Hillside farmacy

via 313

Kemuri Tatsu-ya


The little darlin'

Radio cofee & Beer

It's Italian cucina


TLC Austin

Austin didn’t earn the title of “Live Music Capital of the World” by happenstance. On the weekends, local watering holes play host to various acts, from all genres. 

In October, the city holds the Austin City Limits music festival, which has been ranked among the best festivals in the nation. Additionally, South by Southwest (SXSW), which takes place in March, is another good time to hear some of your favorite acts as they take to the stages of some of Austin’s most famous venues. 

What are those venues? Check them out:


Austin’s outdoors scene is tops in Texas, with miles of hiking trails and hundreds of acres of greenspace located inside the city limits, within view of the downtown skyscrapers. Zilker Park is an urban gem, located just south of downtown. It is home to oceans of grass, soccer fields and volleyball courts. The Park has access to some of Austin’s other draws: the historic Barton Springs swimming pool and the downtown Hike and Bike Trail on Town Lake.

Here’s the full list of my favorite activities in the city:

Activities for everyone

Art isn’t just a tourist attraction in Austin. It’s part of our soul and creative spirit. And there’s no better way to plug into that aspiring energy than with a visit to some of the city’s top art museums, galleries, performing arts spaces and annual art events.

Arts & Culture