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200 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
It might be a part of the Colorado River—a man-made reservoir carved out of the river in 1960—but everyone calls the body of water bisecting Austin Lady Bird Lake. On hot summer days, scores of walkers and joggers move...
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214 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
Located in the heart of downtown Austin in the historic district of 6th Street, The Parish is a great indoor live music venue. With a 450 capacity, The Parish has hosted musical legends such as Pete Townshend, Slash, and Perry Farrell as well as...
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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...
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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...
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3755 S Capital of Texas Hwy B, Austin, TX 78704, USA
First things first, The Barton Creek Greenbelt is considered the seventh best hiking trail in Texas. My favorite trail is a 7.25-mile (11.67 km) stretch of public land that begins at Zilker Park and stretches South/Southwest to the final section...
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912 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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The Mohawk is home for a diverse creative culture. This beloved Bar and Live Music Venue, located on the corner of 10th and Red River in Austin, TX. Handmade in downtown Austin Texas, The Mohawk was built in 2006 as a one of a kind Bar & Venue....
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2908 Fruth St, Austin, TX 78705, USA
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Spider House is a legendary hot spot in Austin with a funky retro vibe. Sit inside one of the cozy rooms or on the expansive patio and enjoy all kinds of delicious libations. Must try: Quiche of the Day: Housemade quiche served with Arugula salad...
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Austin, TX, USA
WEST is a free, self-guided tour that champions the abundance of talent within Austin’s large and wildly diverse creative community. Hope on your bike, ride your scooter or drive around Austin's West side in search for new artistic talent; see...
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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...
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4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756, USA
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You need something fun do with your family? Something that involves live music, plays-capes, amazing food and a great wine/beer selection?! The Cafe at Central Market has got you covered. From local acts that will entertain the entire family to a...
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900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
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"Franklin Barbecue in Austin may be the most popular barbecue joint in the world," says Daniel Vaughn, the barbecue editor for Texas Monthly. "It actually made the local news when the line was short due to crazy cold temperatures. They make my...
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915 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703, USA
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Fresa's Chicken al Carbon is an Austin-owned restaurant serving charcoal-grilled, locally raised chickens, freshly prepared tortas, salads, sides, homemade ice creams, aguas frescas, and a selection of beer and wine. The...
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1618 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
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The first of Top Chef Winner, Paul Qui's four East Side Kings food trucks, the Liberty Bar location remains the best food of the bunch and possibly the best food in town. Period. Don't be afraid to hop a pedicab and leave the confines of downtown...
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1900 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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The Bouldin Creek Coffee House has become a South Austin staple. The entirely vegetarian menu is still diverse and the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Bouldin Creek is a big hangout for the "Keep Austin Weird" community and...
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1611 W 5th St #165, Austin, TX 78703, USA
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Beets Living Foods Café is an upscale raw-food dining experience. Come in and experience breakfast, lunch, dinner, a snack or dessert, and take pleasure in discovering how delicious healthful cuisine can be. Chef Sylvia, a true Texas girl, helms...
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5604 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78745, USA
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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...
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2529 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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Whether you roll out of bed at 6 a.m. or 2 p.m., start your day with Austin’s favorite Tex-Mex invention: the breakfast taco. A hometown institution, the Tamale House (5003 Airport Blvd.) serves eggs and bacon wrapped in a flour tortilla. At Maria...
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1209 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
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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...
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1010 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
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Come for the famous bagels, great coffee and eclectic menu, and stay for the atmosphere. Built in 1887, this historic house is a treasure, and after many careful renovations, it stands strong as a remembrance of the old Austin. Sit inside and sip...
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1600 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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Hands down... my favorite place for Sunday brunch in Austin is the South Congress Cafe (note that they serve brunch every day of the week). The restaurant is also a great place for lunch or dinner, but I love hitting the SoCo Cafe late Sunday...
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2113 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722, USA
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Eastside Cafe is a staple in Austin. It is known for it's fantastic garden, it's eclectic mix of food from the healthy to the decadent, and for its delicious brunch. Whether you're looking for a decadent dish or a healthy vegetarian entrée, we've...
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908 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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A great place to stumble upon on Congress Street. It's cozy, the staff is friendly, the food is tasty and the pizzas coming out of the brick oven are perfect with a glass of wine. It's a great place for a date...take a walk down Congress Street...
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400 W 2nd St A, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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Tacos in Austin are like pizza slices in New York. They’re everywhere. I dined at La Condesa restaurant in buzzing downtown Austin to learn more about quintessential TexMex cuisine. Condesa is known for its hip Latin style and two-story bar...
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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...
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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,...
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1110 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703, USA
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The original Z’Tejas started in Austin back in 1989 in an old Victorian house. Today, the cozy nooks and patios are part of the 6th Street legend. The menu, largely influenced by the South, signifies the rich flavors of Arizona, California,...
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600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703, USA
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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...
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701 Tillery Street B-3, Austin, TX 78702, USA
I first acquired one of Mychal's beautifully handcrafted leather journals in late 2006 as a gift prior to an extended trip to Brazil. It now sits in my bookshelf, filled with sketches, poems and souvenir Brazilian flyers, stickers, photos, etc, as...
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1522 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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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...
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1704 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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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...
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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!...
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1706 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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An old-fashioned soda fountain and 300+ different varieties of bulk candy; Big Top Candy Shop opened its doors in October 2007 and has been satisfying the sweet tooth of all visitors, regardless of age! There's also over 2,000 kinds of wrapped...
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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...
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6103 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757, USA
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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'—...
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1500 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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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,...
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1700 B South Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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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)...
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3001 Industrial Terrace, Austin, TX 78758, USA
Texas alcohol laws caused a lag in Texas and Austin breaking into the microbrew scene that is sweeping the nation, but Austin is rapidly catching up to other markets like Portland and Denver in their offerings of artisan beer. The breweries in...
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1300 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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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...
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7020 Easy Wind Dr, Austin, TX 78752, USA
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Owned and managed by a cooperative made up of its workers and the community, Black Star Co-op supports fair wages, sources its ingredients from local farms, and elects its governing board democratically. Sound strident? It isn't: It manages...
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2034 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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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...
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1950 S IH 35 Frontage Rd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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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...
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1505 Town Creek Dr, Austin, TX 78741, USA
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Where else can you get real Texas pit BBQ, flapjacks, Hamm's Beer, and hot coffee all in one joint? Right here baby! Throw in the full bar and live music and you've got yourself a real Austin original. It's open 24 hours, and there is always a...
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1025 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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Where to go for a great drink and authentic Mexican food? Austin. Add a great patio to the mix and you've got El Alma. Try their creative libations, like the Piñarita, a frozen margarita with tequila-marinated pineapple puree and coconut milk and...
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1411 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
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Takoba has two full bars, in the dining room and one in the great patio, in addition to their bar at Cantina El Milamores. All three of the bars boast the largest Mezcal selection in Austin, as well as an extensive selection of Mexican and Latin...
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609 Davis St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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Sit back and enjoy live music and a great drink at Clive. Like a cabin carved out of the deep Colorado woods, Clive is cozy and non-pretentious, and it delivers a solid drink menu that will keep you happy. Must try: La Otra Palabra: Ilegal Joven...
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114 Linden St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
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Lustre Pearl had me immediately upon entry, with the neon sign above the fireplace reading 'ici tout est bon' (here, all is good). The space is hugely appealing, especially the exterior with ping pong tables and rocking chairs galore. With bars...
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500 San Marcos St #105, Austin, TX 78702, USA
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Full espresso bar. 39 taps of craft beer. Breakfast, sandwiches, bar snacks, and charcuterie. All in one place. If you appreciate good coffee and prefer to sip it slowly, savoring every bit of the dark brew, you are in the right place! If you know...
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2402 San Gabriel St, Austin, TX 78705, USA
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Tucked way in West Campus in an awesome converted home; Freedmen's is a laid-back lounge, beer garden, and smokehouse serving barbecue and retro-inspired cocktails. Happy Hour is from 4 to 7 pm, Tuesday through Friday, and includes $2 Lone Star,...
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1608 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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Slow-smoked Barbecue and award-wining beer, what else could you ask for?! Opened in 2007, Uncle Billy’s Brew and Que is located on Barton Springs Road...just a walk away from Zilker Park and a few minutes from downtown. Whether you’re catching a...