Collected by Staci Schneider
1950 S IH 35 Frontage Rd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
I think that the Whip In is my favorite place in all of Austin. Anyone who knows me can probably guess this. I am biased, as our house is only a few blocks away (and I often joke that the main reason we bought the house was its proximity to the...
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...
1415 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
If you're driving or walking down South Congress Ave on an afternoon or evening you'll smell the scent of pizza dough. It is an unmistakable smell and my girlfriend and I are convinced that Home Slice Pizza is actually setup to push the smell out...
1522 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
When you're hitting the food truck or restaurant scene on South Congress, be sure to head in to Allens (look for the big red boot) to be wowed by the craftsmanship and the selection. The minute you open the entrance door, the smell of leather hits...
1209 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
A restaurant and specialty grocery store located in the old Hillside Drugstore building beautifully restored using original pharmacy cabinetry. It's hip, it's cozy, it will challenge your taste buds and it's the perfect way to start your evening...
South Congress, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Austin keeps going and going. And growing and growing. I know all my local friends bemoan the influx of new people, Californication and other bad elements, but really, there is so much cool stuff going on here, it puts most of the rest of the...
3201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
This Texas Dancehall will have you two stepping the night away, in the the spirit of the musical history that dates back to Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys. There's traditional country music played by true country musicians and autographed photos...
6103 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757, USA
The Turquoise Trading Post has been an Austin institution since the mid 1990s, and offers a wide array of beautiful Native American jewelry, sourced from artists across the Southwest. They also have a selection of pottery, and Zuni 'fetishes'—...
1100 S Lamar Blvd #1135, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Want to get that small-town-ice-cream-shop feeling in a big city? Head to Lick for fresh and unique seasonal ice cream. With each lick of your cone, a new complexity of flavor is revealed. Ice cream here is made with only wholesome...
1500 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
My favorite thing about my neighborhood (besides the Whip In - http://www.afar.com/highlights/a-south-austin-institution) is South Congress Avenue. It is home to my favorite coffee shop and several of my favorite restaurants (South Congress Cafe,...
S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
If you haven't before seen 1.5 million bats flying out for their nightly feeding at once, now's your chance. The largest urban bat colony in North America, Austin's Congress Avenue Bridge is the home to hundreds of thousands of Mexican free-tail...
801 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
In the 1970′s, Stubb’s restaurant became the heart of an explosive music scene. Stubbs was ground zero for musicians like Joe Ely and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Now, it is home for some amazing live music. This no frills venue isn't trying to hard, it...
626 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703, USA
Legendary food in a tiny locale. Counter cafe has what you are looking for in a Diner, creative-good-comfort food, interesting people, a great counter. Come with your newspaper or strike a conversation with the waiter. Recognized by Texas Monthly...
2330 W N Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78756, USA
Fonda San Miguel is a hacienda-style Mexican restaurant in central Austin that opened in 1975. Known for its mole, Acapulco-style ceviche, decadent Sunday brunch, and killer margaritas, the restaurant pays equal attention to its decor, with...
434 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
In the heart of the Second Street District, Violet Crown Cinema makes dinner and a movie an experience worth checking out, with four screens devoted to independent, documentary, and foreign films, great food and cocktails, and...
2034 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
The oldest original bar in South Austin, since 1965. You will fall in love with this "beer joint," as it is as Texas as it gets. Laid back and filed with regulars and new visitors alike, "The Shoe" has cold beer and a great Shuffleboard...
1700 B South Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Feathers Boutique has offered a carefully curated collection of vintage clothing for women since 2005, and now also boasts a collection of artisan jewelry to match. Best of all, they're committed to making fashion accessible (that is, affordable)...
1704 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Anything that you can imagine, made local and beautiful! Parts & Labour has been working with local crafty artists for many, many years, and the shop is truly like walking into a studio filled with one of a kind pieces. This is the ideal place to...
6100 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78752, USA
Holiday shopping in Austin would not be the same without The Blue Genie Art Bazaar. This Bazaar is an annual arts show that features unique work from over 140 local and regional artisans – with a portion of proceeds going to Make-A-Wish Central &...
4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739, USA
I have been reading about a national conference held in the 1960's about natural beauty held at the White House and co-chaired by Lady Bird Johnson. Her vision led to many programs and projects throughout the United States as well as the creation...
464 Becker Farms Rd, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, USA
With three dozen and counting wineries dotting the Texas Hill Country, Fredericksburg is a convenient jumping point to around 20 of them. The epicenter of the Texas wine industry is rapidly garnering a “Mini-Napa” reputation thanks to impressive...
323 E Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, USA
The Auslander is German for the word outsider, foreigner, or tourist, which seems a suiting name for this great restaurant and biergarten located right in the heart of historic Fredericksburg. The German cuisine is as authentic as it comes in the...
Fredericksburg, TX 78624, USA
Great 2 bedroom Bed & Breakfast just off Main Street. Private and quaint, built in the 1860's with all you need for a romantic weekend or just one night. Close to unique galleries, shopping, wineries, live music, the Nimitz and other super cool...
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