Collected by Greg Marks
1508 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Men, I will warn you. Your girlfriend, wife, or significant other can spend hours (and hundreds of dollars!) in this hip, women's boutique called Maya Star! To be honest, I also like going in there. Their merchandise is incredible, and includes...
East Austin, Austin, TX, USA
The East Austin Studio Tour is held every November when over 100 local artists open their studios and workshops to the public. It's a great way to discover the hidden art scene in the East Austin community. From the streets, most of east Austin...
1720 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704, USA
This south Austin mural located on the corner of Annie and South 1st Street is a popular location for travel photos as well as engagement photos (or just cheesin' out in general). Why not take your photo in front of the mural the next time you...
S Congress Ave, Austin, TX, USA
What began as a simple country road leading into the state capital is now Austin's most vibrant shopping district. Packed with small shops, popular restaurants, street musicians, and food trucks, South Congress Avenue is a cool neighborhood to...
1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Browse folk art at Yard Dog gallery. Along with its focus on work from the Deep South, the gallery also exhibits pieces by musicians, such as local singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston. During SXSW, check out performances in the intimate backyard. My...
1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701, USA
Since everything seems bigger in Texas, it's no surprise that the Texas State Capitol holds the title for largest state capitol building in the union (360,000 square feet of floor space in the main building!). The building is also quite...
603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703, USA
Leading the charge for independent bookstores since it opened in 1970, Book People is legendary for creativity and a strong calendar of events. The store holds frequent author signings—and we're talking big authors—and book...
525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703, USA
Celebrate the season at the plaza at Whole Foods on North Lamar. Take your kids for a twirl, grab a delicious and healthy lunch or dinner before or after, enjoy music, sip cocoa or buy a cup of soup...pay $10 and skate until your legs can't skate...
3001 Industrial Terrace, Austin, TX 78758, USA
5604 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78745, USA
This Sengalese food truck, which usually operates out of East Austin at 1102 E. Cesar Chavez, is part of this year's SXBites, SXSW's food truck court on the corner of Rainey & Driskill. And it may just be the best of the bunch. The presentation is...
507 Calles St #101, Austin, TX 78702, USA
The tap room is open Thursdays & Fridays 2 to 8 and Saturdays & Sundays 12 to 6...come in, taste the beers, perhaps take a brewery tour at 1 & 3 on Saturdays. These guys are local and make the earth, sustainability and community a big part of...
1808 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
You could wait for your friend with the cute little house to invite you over for a cocktail party—or go to East Austin’s Weather Up, a craft cocktail bar that is in an actual house (complete with a homey porch). While it feels small town, the...
1300 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Jo's Coffee sits on a prominent corner in the vibrant, always-busy South Congress shopping district. Jo's serves coffee (from Austin local Cuvee Coffee), drinks, beer, baked goods, salads, and sandwiches. This is more than just a coffee shop—stop...
705 Wallingford Bend Dr #110, Austin, TX 78752, USA
Industry Screen Studios a full fledged screen print studio that is keeping the screen process alive. From concert posters and fine art prints to custom t-shirts and apparel, Industry works with very talented Artists and Illustrators to create fun,...
1602 Fortview Rd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
An antique collective with hipster flair, Uncommon Objects lives up to its name, starting with the giant jackalope with light-up eyes perched atop their sign. Inside, you’ll find meticulously arranged displays organized by theme and color,...
600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703, USA
In this modern age of Spotify, iTunes, and Pandora, record stores often seem sad and bitter places. Not so Waterloo, where music lovers—both staff and customers—celebrate the art. Bands playing Austin come in for in-store performances...
2613 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
It was the aroma of something cinnamon-y baking that lured me in, but it was the delicious cupcakes that made me come back. Nestled in downtown east Austin, Sugar Circus is an adorable bakery with friendly faces and tasty, freshly baked treats!...
1712 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Whether you’re looking for a unique gift or just trying to duck out of the blazing Austin sunshine, Monkey See Monkey Do is a fun stop on the SoCo shopping strip that’s doing its part to “keep Austin weird.” Inside this spacious store, you’ll find...
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