The Insider Guide to Austin
Collected by Rey Madolora, AFAR Local Expert
Tourists in Austin know to hit the State Capitol and try Texas barbecue, but the best way to experience the city like an insider is to visit its local gems. Knowing the residents’ favorite spots for eating, shopping, and the great outdoors provide a deeper insight into the city’s culture and deeper understanding of why Austin has developed a reputation for being such a unique and special place.
602 W Annie St, Austin, TX 78704, USA
This shop and bakery is known for it's Macarons and Chocolate Croissants, but stay for the coffee and quaint atmosphere. Soraiya Nagree is the owner and baker, and it was a Parisian infatuation that transformed this engineer into a brilliant...
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...
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...
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...
3110 Guadalupe St suite #400, Austin, TX 78705, USA
A local bar that combines French-style recipes with a truly amazing beer selection, outdoor seating and a classy, laid back atmosphere to really show how a gastropub should be done. Don't leave without trying the Mushroom Leek Tarte,mushrooms,...
1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
2700 W Anderson Ln #501, Austin, TX 78757, USA
Disclaimer: I lived in South Korea for 2 years. In those 2 years I developed a deep love for Korean food, and Korea House seems to be the only restaurant in Austin to be able to satisfy my cravings for this delicious cuisine. In a cold day, try...
616 W 34th St, Austin, TX 78705, USA
Let's face it, FoodHeads knows sandwiches. With freshly baked breads, delivered daily from local bakeries and the finest quality deli meats and cheeses how can they not create such masterpieces?! Tucked away on 34th street, this homegrown deli has...
3300 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757, USA
Start with an appetizer of smooth hummus, rich Baba Ghanooj, tasty Dolmeh, and tangy tabouli with a side of wine or beer, or dive into the buffet and taste an array of Persian specialties, including Lamb dishes. If you come for dinner either...
1313 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Southside Tattoo on South Congress is known most for the shop's incredible talent, and Noska is one of those tattoo artists that makes the experience that much more memorable (not lasering this one...ever!). He has been in Tattoo Conventions all...
5301 Airport Blvd #100, Austin, TX 78751, USA
I have been to Japan three times, and every time I've discovered a new favorite dish. As a traveler, I will venture out of my comfort zone to experience the best a cuisine can give. At Kome, I felt like I was in Osaka or even Fukuoka experiencing...
10025 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78758, USA
A new quick-service eatery in Austin, TX. Owned by Austinites who felt there weren't enough healthy options in Austin. This is delicious, healthy, organic, local...and FAST. GreenGos is about well-being and making it tasty amazing. Must try:...
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...
Wine ~ Beer, 2110 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Locally owned by a young couple and two adorable babies; travelers by nature, wine connoisseurs by hobby. Decor Walk into Aviary and be blown away by the beautiful pieces for sale; contemporary pieces from all over the world, handpicked by the...
5207 Brodie Ln #120, Austin, TX 78745, USA
From the makers of the famous Clay Pit; Tarka Indian Kitchen is about fresh, fast and flavorful Indian food. Affordable and healthy Indian cuisine, including a variety of Vegan & Gluten Free Menu Items. The entire menu is priced under $10. The...
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