Collected by Stephanie Perry, AFAR Local Expert
Everything is better in Texas.
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,...
2918, 407 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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...
400 W 2nd St A, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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...
1600 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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...
1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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...
609 Davis St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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...
2131 William Barton Dr, Austin, TX 78746, USA
Texas summers are hot! When the heat hits, the people of Austin flock to the Barton Springs Pool to cool off and chill out. The $8 summer entrance fee (for nonresidents) buys you a whole day of fun. Get your hand stamped for reentry if...
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...
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,...
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...
Austin, TX, USA
Sushi may not be the most intuitive choice for Austin dining, but Lucky Robot Japanese Kitchen should definitely be high on your list. Their menu is a mix of traditional sushi and sashimi as well as out-there fusion maki rolls like the R2D2, a...
407 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
Take note of Turf ‘n’ Surf’s reversed name: the “turf,” or seafood, definitely comes first here. Their enormous sandwiches range from $10-15, but they’re crammed with big slabs of blackened mahi-mahi, Cajun chicken, fried catfish and bacon, or a...
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