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Guidebook for Austin

Sharon

Guidebook for Austin

Food Scene
Austin is a city of fun and casual dining. Even fine dining has a more relaxed feel in Austin (black tie...or any tie, is never required). This is just a sampling of some local dining close to your home away from home. Get out and explore and discover your own Austin finds.
They have their own bakery, smoke their own meats AND vegetables (have you ever had smoked carrots? Amazing!). Outdoor space for dining and drinking, a bar and inside dining. Check out their happy hour. And now Wednesday Trivia Night!
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Sour Duck Market
1814 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
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They have their own bakery, smoke their own meats AND vegetables (have you ever had smoked carrots? Amazing!). Outdoor space for dining and drinking, a bar and inside dining. Check out their happy hour. And now Wednesday Trivia Night!
Great fresh made smoothies and juice,, it's a daily habit for me! I like to pick up some of their raw food lunch options, pre-prepared and ready to go. Cool vibe!
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JuiceLand
1900-A East Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
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Great fresh made smoothies and juice,, it's a daily habit for me! I like to pick up some of their raw food lunch options, pre-prepared and ready to go. Cool vibe!
This doesn't really fit into a category such as "cafe". It's a outdoor dining area with a walk up window that just happens to have the best sandwiches and salads in town. My sister makes it her mission to go to ADP every time she visits. Bonus: Free Beer Fridays!
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Austin Daily Press
1900 East Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
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This doesn't really fit into a category such as "cafe". It's a outdoor dining area with a walk up window that just happens to have the best sandwiches and salads in town. My sister makes it her mission to go to ADP every time she visits. Bonus: Free Beer Fridays!
Open 24/7, fun and funky with great coffee. Decorated with what appears to be leftover office furniture and shabby couches, this place always attracts a crowd. Free wi-fi and power outlets everywhere. Any time of day or night you'll find students of all ages studying, socializing and sipping java. Has breakfast tacos, pastries, light bites and cold drinks too.
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Bennu Coffee
2001 East Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
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Open 24/7, fun and funky with great coffee. Decorated with what appears to be leftover office furniture and shabby couches, this place always attracts a crowd. Free wi-fi and power outlets everywhere. Any time of day or night you'll find students of all ages studying, socializing and sipping java. Has breakfast tacos, pastries, light bites and cold drinks too.
Yummy local food in a French setting. I love this little hide away spot. Good shopping all around and just a mile from your home away from home. Stop in to Charm School Vintage before or after lunch. You won't regret it! Ate a bit too much? Check out Sukha Yoga across the street.
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Blue Dahlia Bistro
1115 East 11th Street
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Yummy local food in a French setting. I love this little hide away spot. Good shopping all around and just a mile from your home away from home. Stop in to Charm School Vintage before or after lunch. You won't regret it! Ate a bit too much? Check out Sukha Yoga across the street.
A 24/7 diner with the best omelette I've ever had..seriously! The veggie omelette with spinach and mushrooms is the one to order. Fun and funky, this is our go to late night place only minutes away.
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Star Seeds Cafe
3101 Interstate 35 Frontage Rd
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A 24/7 diner with the best omelette I've ever had..seriously! The veggie omelette with spinach and mushrooms is the one to order. Fun and funky, this is our go to late night place only minutes away.
Hippy sandwich...mmm! Big as your head ice teas (we drink our tea iced in Texas) with free refills. Thursday nights get there early for live music in the garden. Good food, good fun! Great after a day at Barton Springs Pool.
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Shady Grove
1624 Barton Springs Road
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Hippy sandwich...mmm! Big as your head ice teas (we drink our tea iced in Texas) with free refills. Thursday nights get there early for live music in the garden. Good food, good fun! Great after a day at Barton Springs Pool.
When you're downtown, slip into the Hideout for a beverage and a light bite. Fun little hole in the wall with, wait for it...a live theater upstairs! Check out my review of the Hideout Theatre! Open late for that after dinner coffee and cake.
The Hideout Coffee House
617 Congress Avenue
When you're downtown, slip into the Hideout for a beverage and a light bite. Fun little hole in the wall with, wait for it...a live theater upstairs! Check out my review of the Hideout Theatre! Open late for that after dinner coffee and cake.
Easy walk and down home cooking like chicken-fired steak, okra and tomatoes and peach cobbler. Daily specials on a chalkboard with huge portions and friendly service. This is a go to for us!
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Hoover's Cooking
2002 Manor Road
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Easy walk and down home cooking like chicken-fired steak, okra and tomatoes and peach cobbler. Daily specials on a chalkboard with huge portions and friendly service. This is a go to for us!
Great food, good service and a nice outdoor patio. The food here is the bomb! Don't miss this one!
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Salty Sow
1917 Manor Road
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Great food, good service and a nice outdoor patio. The food here is the bomb! Don't miss this one!
Drinks & Nightlife
I could write a book about the many venues for music, dancing, drinking and playing in Austin. Besides the local places listed here, most of which are walking distance, check out Manor Road (just to your south and also an easy walk), East 5th/6th and 7th Streets (coffee shops, great eateries, fine dining, bars and music), 6th Street District (a dense area of live music venues and tattoo parlors with walk up pizza windows and food carts), the Warehouse District, 2nd Street District (more dining and shopping near the City Hall downtown), SoCo (South Congress is a strip of music venues, novelty stores, antiques, galleries and even a vintage costume shop, Lucy in Disguise).
Great music on Tuesday...yes, Tuesday nights! Austin weird, and Austin friendly. Old sofas, bar stools, eclectic decor and great music.
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Dozen Street
1808 East 12th Street
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Great music on Tuesday...yes, Tuesday nights! Austin weird, and Austin friendly. Old sofas, bar stools, eclectic decor and great music.
Mezcal is the drink supreme here. But if it's not your thing, not to worry, they have some of the most inventive cocktails I have every tasted (and I've tasted a few)! Weekend music, with a jazz vibe. A back yard with picnic tables and games. Did I mention the FANTASTIC pizza? Paper thin, cracker crust and loaded with fresh and imaginative toppings. A fav hang for us!
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King Bee Lounge
1906 East 12th Street
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Mezcal is the drink supreme here. But if it's not your thing, not to worry, they have some of the most inventive cocktails I have every tasted (and I've tasted a few)! Weekend music, with a jazz vibe. A back yard with picnic tables and games. Did I mention the FANTASTIC pizza? Paper thin, cracker crust and loaded with fresh and imaginative toppings. A fav hang for us!
Okay, it's not in the neighborhood, but it's not far either. A short drive, or take a shared ride. Some of the greatest acts that come to Austin play at the Continental Club. It's a throw back and the music is always good. Check out their happy hour shows starting at 6:30. Roots, rock and roll, blues and country...all in one place. Iconic Austin!
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The Continental Club
1315 South Congress Avenue
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Okay, it's not in the neighborhood, but it's not far either. A short drive, or take a shared ride. Some of the greatest acts that come to Austin play at the Continental Club. It's a throw back and the music is always good. Check out their happy hour shows starting at 6:30. Roots, rock and roll, blues and country...all in one place. Iconic Austin!
Arts & Culture
Austin is filled with history, art and culture. Everything from Blanton Museum with fine art to the hole-in -the-wall theaters like The Vortex and The Hideout. More into big name and Broadway shows? Check out the Zach Theatre, The Stateside Theater and the Paramount.
Terrific interactive displays. A wonderful history of Texas beautifully done. Fun for everyone!
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Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 Congress Avenue
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Terrific interactive displays. A wonderful history of Texas beautifully done. Fun for everyone!
Beautiful architecture, terrific permanent collection and special events. A new cafe makes this a great spot to spend the afternoon with a friend or family.
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Blanton Museum of Art
200 East Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
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Beautiful architecture, terrific permanent collection and special events. A new cafe makes this a great spot to spend the afternoon with a friend or family.
Beautiful artwork!
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The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria
3809 West 35th Street
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Beautiful artwork!
Charles Umlauf was a noted sculptor and taught sculpting here in Austin. One of his most well known students was Farrah Fawcett. Check out his works at the sculpture garden as you walk along winding paths in this beautiful outdoor setting. Inside the gallery, you can see works by Farrah and other noted students. If you get a little too warm, go across the street to Barton Springs for a dip.
Umlauf Sculpture Garden Trail Pedestrian Walkway
Charles Umlauf was a noted sculptor and taught sculpting here in Austin. One of his most well known students was Farrah Fawcett. Check out his works at the sculpture garden as you walk along winding paths in this beautiful outdoor setting. Inside the gallery, you can see works by Farrah and other noted students. If you get a little too warm, go across the street to Barton Springs for a dip.
This place rocks! A small theatre button-holed above a great coffee shop. Saturday evenings at 6:00 catch singing improv. Yes, you heard me right, SINGING improv. Hysterical! It's something fun and different...and you can take your drink from the coffee shop upstairs to the theatre. They do sell out so buy your tickets on line in advance.
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The Hideout Theatre
617 Congress Avenue
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This place rocks! A small theatre button-holed above a great coffee shop. Saturday evenings at 6:00 catch singing improv. Yes, you heard me right, SINGING improv. Hysterical! It's something fun and different...and you can take your drink from the coffee shop upstairs to the theatre. They do sell out so buy your tickets on line in advance.
Fun and funky theatre, the Vortex is always a surprise. Stop in before the show for a drink in the Butterfly Bar in the back garden patio.
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The VORTEX
2307 Manor Road
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Fun and funky theatre, the Vortex is always a surprise. Stop in before the show for a drink in the Butterfly Bar in the back garden patio.
Parks & Nature
Known for its green spaces, Austin has pockets of natural beauty everywhere. My favorite is the trail around Lady Bird (aka: Town) Lake. Rent a bike, canoe or kayak, take a paddle boat tour, or just put on our walking shoes and walk the trail. The east side of the trail (east of I-35) is quiet and has beautiful grassy areas for a sunset picnic.
Picnic along the lake, walk around the trail, rent a kayak or paddle board and take to the water. A fav hang out, access to the trail/lake is about 2.3 miles due south, straight down Chicon. The street dead-ends into the park. An easy bike ride.
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Lady Bird Lake
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Picnic along the lake, walk around the trail, rent a kayak or paddle board and take to the water. A fav hang out, access to the trail/lake is about 2.3 miles due south, straight down Chicon. The street dead-ends into the park. An easy bike ride.
What getting out of doors is all about. Take your hiking shoes and your swimsuit for a day of activity. Or, take a blanket and a book for a day of serenity.
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McKinney Falls State Park
5808 McKinney Falls Parkway
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What getting out of doors is all about. Take your hiking shoes and your swimsuit for a day of activity. Or, take a blanket and a book for a day of serenity.
It's no secret...Austin get's hot in the summer. But there is so much to do and see that you can't let the heat deter you. Do what we locals do and head over to Barton Springs Pool for an dip in the icy water. Warm up again on the grassy shores. Repeat. Note: This is a protected natural spring. Food cannot be brought into the pool area. Grab some lunch before you go at one of the many restaurants on Barton Springs Road. We love Shady Grove.
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BARTON SPRINGS POOL
2201 Barton Springs Rd
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It's no secret...Austin get's hot in the summer. But there is so much to do and see that you can't let the heat deter you. Do what we locals do and head over to Barton Springs Pool for an dip in the icy water. Warm up again on the grassy shores. Repeat. Note: This is a protected natural spring. Food cannot be brought into the pool area. Grab some lunch before you go at one of the many restaurants on Barton Springs Road. We love Shady Grove.
Sightseeing
Sights are everywhere! If you feel like a day trip, check out the hill country to the west of Austin. Just plug in Pedernales Falls State Park, Enchanted Rock, or Fredericksburg into your GPS. Spend a day on the Texas Wine Trail, and be sure to stop for some sweet Texas peaches along the way! San Antonio and the Alamo are just an 1-1/2 hours to the south. A nice day trip where you can sightsee and then chill on the Riverwalk.
Stroll 6th street, now spanning from the east side of I-35 all the way to downtown. There is everything...bars and music venues, exotic restaurants, tattoo parlors, live variety shows (Esters' Follies) gift shops, dueling pianos and even a hand rolled cigar shop (they actually sit in the window and roll cigars). Oh, and don't miss "Museum of the Weird"! Street performers, pretzel carts, walk up windows with pizza by the slice...no need to even go inside a venue, though it's hard to resist. And then there are the side streets....OY!
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Sixth Street Historic District
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Stroll 6th street, now spanning from the east side of I-35 all the way to downtown. There is everything...bars and music venues, exotic restaurants, tattoo parlors, live variety shows (Esters' Follies) gift shops, dueling pianos and even a hand rolled cigar shop (they actually sit in the window and roll cigars). Oh, and don't miss "Museum of the Weird"! Street performers, pretzel carts, walk up windows with pizza by the slice...no need to even go inside a venue, though it's hard to resist. And then there are the side streets....OY!
Austin is the capitol of Texas, so a tour of the capitol is a must! The beautiful architecture of the hallowed halls of our capitol is worth the visit. The grounds are lovely, too and beckon you to take a stroll.
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Texas Capitol
1100 Congress Avenue
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Austin is the capitol of Texas, so a tour of the capitol is a must! The beautiful architecture of the hallowed halls of our capitol is worth the visit. The grounds are lovely, too and beckon you to take a stroll.
Essentials
Austin is known for it's diverse and healthy grocery stores. Organics, vegetarian and free-range, non-GMO food is readily available. Toiletries, paper goods and school supplies can be found just a short bus ride away at Target in the Dobi Mall on campus.
Though it is 3 miles away, it is worth the trip. Wheatsville Coop is owned and operated by a collective. It is totally cool and groovy! It has a wide variety of organic and healthy options. A yummy salad bar, taco bar and hot food bar. On Thursdays, starting 5:00PM, the hot food bar is all you can eat for $5! They have a covered outdoor patio for dining, too.
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Wheatsville Food Co-Op
3101 Guadalupe Street
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Though it is 3 miles away, it is worth the trip. Wheatsville Coop is owned and operated by a collective. It is totally cool and groovy! It has a wide variety of organic and healthy options. A yummy salad bar, taco bar and hot food bar. On Thursdays, starting 5:00PM, the hot food bar is all you can eat for $5! They have a covered outdoor patio for dining, too.
Austin is the home of Whole Foods. You've probably been to one, but our downtown location is the "Largest Whole Foods on the Planet". Raw bar, sushi bar, salad bar...the food bars are countless! Even a chocolate fountain! Don't forget to swing by the walk through beer cooler. Check out their schedule of live music on the roof top patio. Oh, and I understand you can stock up on groceries, too. ;-)
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Whole Foods Market
525 North Lamar Boulevard
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Austin is the home of Whole Foods. You've probably been to one, but our downtown location is the "Largest Whole Foods on the Planet". Raw bar, sushi bar, salad bar...the food bars are countless! Even a chocolate fountain! Don't forget to swing by the walk through beer cooler. Check out their schedule of live music on the roof top patio. Oh, and I understand you can stock up on groceries, too. ;-)
A great grocery store, going to Trader Joe's feels like an adventure abroad. Prices are great, too!
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Trader Joe's
211 Walter Seaholm Drive
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A great grocery store, going to Trader Joe's feels like an adventure abroad. Prices are great, too!
Located in the Dobi Mall, near the McComb's School of Business, you'll find a Target with all the essentials you might need. From school supplies to home goods and paper supplies, Target has you covered. They even have a small selection of groceries. Very convenient.
Target
2021 Guadalupe St
Located in the Dobi Mall, near the McComb's School of Business, you'll find a Target with all the essentials you might need. From school supplies to home goods and paper supplies, Target has you covered. They even have a small selection of groceries. Very convenient.
Entertainment & Activities
Austin, Entertainment Capitol of the World! So much to do and so little time. Here are just a few suggestions. If you are bored in Austin, you just aren't trying. 😉
Conveniently located due south of us, Live Love Paddle has paddle boards, kayaks and more. Nothing says Austin like a day on the lake, paddling around. Don't forget the sunscreen!
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Live Love Paddle
1610 East Riverside Drive
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Conveniently located due south of us, Live Love Paddle has paddle boards, kayaks and more. Nothing says Austin like a day on the lake, paddling around. Don't forget the sunscreen!
Premiere electric bike rental. I love these folks! I have an electric bike (which I purchased from them) and when I had a flat, they sent out a van to pick me up, took me home and took my bike in to repair the flat. No extra charge! They have the most up to date electric bikes that will take you 20 miles per charge. Rent by the hour or the day.. They offer tours, too!
Rocket Electrics
408 W 2nd St
Premiere electric bike rental. I love these folks! I have an electric bike (which I purchased from them) and when I had a flat, they sent out a van to pick me up, took me home and took my bike in to repair the flat. No extra charge! They have the most up to date electric bikes that will take you 20 miles per charge. Rent by the hour or the day.. They offer tours, too!
You're in UT territory! If you are a sports fan, you'll want to go to a game. Walking distance, too!
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UFCU Disch-Falk Field
1300 East Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
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You're in UT territory! If you are a sports fan, you'll want to go to a game. Walking distance, too!
University of Texas Longhorns are Austin's home team and well loved by the locals. Catch a game at Memorial Stadium...or just tailgate from the back yard.
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Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium
2139 East 23rd Street
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University of Texas Longhorns are Austin's home team and well loved by the locals. Catch a game at Memorial Stadium...or just tailgate from the back yard.
Sukha is my favorite Austin yoga studio. Imagine starting a class with your teacher playing guitar and singing. So Austin! They are opening a new location on East 6th and Waller...right here in our hood! How exciting! Grab your mat and get your sweat on!
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Sukha Yoga Austin
2324 South Lamar Boulevard
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Sukha is my favorite Austin yoga studio. Imagine starting a class with your teacher playing guitar and singing. So Austin! They are opening a new location on East 6th and Waller...right here in our hood! How exciting! Grab your mat and get your sweat on!
One of the most hip, unique movie theaters in Austin. Check Out a film in style!
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Violet Crown Cinema
434 West 2nd Street
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One of the most hip, unique movie theaters in Austin. Check Out a film in style!
Vaudville, meets magic and political satire. This is a must see! Buy tickets in advance and arrive early for a good seat.
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Esther's Follies
525 East 6th Street
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Vaudville, meets magic and political satire. This is a must see! Buy tickets in advance and arrive early for a good seat.