Collected by Lara Dalinsky, AFAR Local Expert
110 The Cir, Austin, TX 78704, USA
The Kimber Modern is a sleek oasis just steps away from the action of SoCO, making it a convenient base for exploring Austin. The boutique hotel only has six rooms and is designed for independent, urban travelers to come and go as they please as...
2908 Fruth St, Austin, TX 78705, USA
The Spider House is a quirky Austin hotspot with a laid-back vibe perfect for people-watching and enjoying no-nonsense café food and drinks. The outdoor patio is a favorite area to congregate. It’s strewn year-round with Christmas lights and...
3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703, USA
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters and Bakery is the perfect destination to head for a good cup of joe with calming views of Lake Austin. With complimentary WIFI access, guests can bring a laptop and unwind in the cafe’s cozy interior or spacious waterfront...
1110 E 52nd St, Austin, TX 78723, USA
Carousel Lounge is a kitschy dive bar that’s operated for over 50 years and perfectly exemplifies the “keep Austin weird” mentality. It’s a unique place to enjoy live music with a mixed crowd full of characters. Don’t come to this circus-themed...
900 E 6th St #103, Austin, TX 78702, USA
Sebastian Foster is a gallery in east Austin that sells carefully curated artwork by contemporary and emerging artists. The gallery features work that reflects a broad range of styles and ideas yet are still sophisticated and timeless. Owner Lad...
1304 Newning Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
The Fairview is not your typical, stuffy bed and breakfast. This Austin boutique inn is set in a majestic mansion that’s just a few blocks away from South Congress Street. Though the building is historic, owners Jimi and Vivian have equipped the...
24300 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78620, USA
Escape the Texas heat in Austin’s most magical swimming hole—Hamilton Pool. This enchanting dripping grotto is part of a 232-acre natural preserve located 30 miles west of the city. From the parking lot, it’s an easy 0.25-mile hike down to the...
1900 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Texans love their meat, but diners won’t miss it at Bouldin Creek Cafe. This funky Austin restaurant serves up wholesome, vegetarian fare that’s both tasty and satisfying. The breakfast taco selection is one of the most popular highlights on the...
1950 S IH 35 Frontage Rd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Part Tex-Indian restaurant, part brewpub, part music venue–Whip In is anything but ordinary. This former convenience store-turned-restaurant is where locals go for south Asian food with South Austin moods. This quirky stomping ground offers...
2900 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705, USA
Don’t let the name fool you—Texas French Bread may be known as an Austin institution that’s perfected baked goods since it opened in 1981, but it has expanded its menu to serve much more. This quaint, farm-to-table bistro in the West University...
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