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East Austin, Austin, TX, USA
Plaid Pigeon's home studio was a stop on the self-guided East Austin Studio Tour. We pulled up in our car to the normal-looking residential home and were surprised to be greeted by a backyard full of playful plant art and a large greenhouse as we...
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3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703, USA
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There is nothing like a Texas sunset. One of my favorite places to catch the sunset is at the Hula Hut on Lake Austin Blvd, a spot that has a deck that overlooks the lake and the dam. The restaurant provides the perfect vista for the sunset while...
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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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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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Auditorium Shores, Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail, Austin, TX 78704, USA
No trip to Austin is complete with a trip to Auditorium Shores along Ladybird Lake to see the memorial statue of Stevie Ray Vaughan (SRV). SRV dropped out of high-school at age 17 and moved to Austin to pursue his musical career. He continues to...
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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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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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4515 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78745, USA
This live music venue, in the self-proclaimed capital of exactly that, is a great way to finish an evening in the South Congress area of Austin. I recommend staying across the street at the modern, cozy and cool Hotel San Jose so that you can...
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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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3003 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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With five locations all over town, you are never too far from the best pancakes, breakfast and/or weekend brunch in Austin. Pair them with a bottomless cup of Fair Trade coffee and you will be well and ready to get your day started! If you have...
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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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1501 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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If you are craving Pho, Báhn Mì, Bún, and Spring Rolls and wanting it with the classic Vietnamese Coffee, then Elizabeth Street Cafe is your place. Nestled in South First Street, Elizabeth is the epitome of what South Austin is about; "a beautiful...
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614 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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Don't leave Austin without trying one of our Aus-Mex jewels; the Avocado Margarita at Curra's. This creamy, tangy and deliciously alcoholic specialty will make you look at an avocado in a totally different way! Patio seating is available, so come...
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2209 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
River City Market has become one of South Austin's most popular neighborhood grocery stores. Travis Heights new gourmet grab 'n go, River City Market, is a very welcome addition to the South Austin neighborhood. In addition to a prepared foods...
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501 S Hwy 183, Austin, TX 78741, USA
Callahan’s General Store opened its doors for business in June of 1978 and stands today as a tribute to its founders, the late Earl and Lucy Callahan. Not only has it become an Austin Legend, but a central Texas destination with a national and...
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1100 S Lamar Blvd #1135, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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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...
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808 E 51st St, Austin, TX 78751, USA
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Casey's New Orleans Snowballs has been serving up cool treats since 1996. Quench your thirst and please your sweet tooth with one of their many flavor combinations. One of the best is Boston cream pie: custard syrup, Casey's Famous Chocolate, and...
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W 3rd St & Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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Simple, fast and delicious. These Kebabs are tasty and huge! Two buddies from Texas go on a snowboarding trip to the Swiss Alps and discover the Doner Kebab...Kebabalicious is here! Must try: beef/lamb kebab: mixed shawarma topped with lettuce,...
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1511 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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Spongy cake, perfect icing...creative flavors. These cupcakes are one-of-a-kind treats that won’t just hit the spot, they will turn your sweet tooth up a few notches. Must try: Red Velvet and that Michael Jackson
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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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401 Congress Ave #100c, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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Houndstooth, a hip and modern cafe in downtown Austin, serves only the finest coffee, tea, beer, wine and pastries. Local and national suppliers source sustainable products from the finest estates, farms, and provinces around the world. Whether...
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2809 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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This is a dream come true for Executive Chef Michael Rypka. It began with a maxed out business card, a food trailer and a scooter, and now it has became Austin's must go to Taco Joint. These Tacos are creative and delicious, give them a try for...
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507 Calles St #101, Austin, TX 78702, USA
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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...
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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...
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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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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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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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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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534 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704, USA
A unique marriage of Mediterranean and traditional Lebanese cuisine...with a side of Hookah. The atmosphere is laid back and the entire menu is made on site and from scratch. Must Try: Dolma: Grape leaves stuffed with vegetables and rice. Served...