Austin, the city of music and murals, barbecue and boutiques and active people who love life on the lake and lonestars, has it all in our opinion. From the out-of-this-world restaurants to creative hotel interiors, there’s inspiration on every block. Shallon, our Fashion and Lifestyle Director is an Austin native. She is the ultimate traveler and gets more excited about creating and sharing a good trip itinerary than her own birthday. Here is her round-up of what to do in Austin.
THE AUSTIN BUCKET LIST
WHERE TO STAY
This iconic, luxury hotel is a Texas landmark. Located on 6th Street in the heart of downtown Austin, the Driskell is the perfect hotel for people seeking the true Texas experience.
Hotel San Jose
Hotel San Jose is a boutique hotel is located on South Congress. The 40 room urban bungalow-style hotel is tucked behind stucco walls and set amidst lush garden courtyards. The outdoor lounge is a favorite for afternoon drinks and snacks.
The Four Seasons Hotel
The 5 star luxury hotel is located in downtown Austin on Lady Bird Lake. This 5 star hotel boasts an incredible spa, pool, restaurant and bar.
South Congress Hotel
South Congress Hotel is another boutique hotel located on SOCO. The hotel is more modern, and boasts, multiple fun restaurants, tenoverten Nail Salon, and one of our favorite coffee shops in Austin- Manana.
WHERE TO EAT
Fonda San Miguel
The best traditional and authentic mexican food in Austin, served in a hacienda style space just north of downtown.
My go to spot for lunch or brunch on the weekends. The little blue house located in Clarksville has an eclectic menu featuring the best locally sourced products. Grab a drink on the lawn before dinner next door at Jeffreys.
Elizabeth Street Cafe
A great place for lunch or a casual dinner. This vietnamese cafe and French bakery is delicious. Sit outside when the weather is nice, and enjoy one of there many Bun dishes with a glass of Rose or a punch.
Micklethwait Craft Meats
For those who do not want to stand in line for BBQ. This is where the local chefâs eat BBQ in Austin.
The perfect place for a special occasion steak dinner. The cozy bar, plush velvet booths and moodly lighting makes it hard to leave. The restaurant boasts an old school martini cart, delicious popovers, and impeccable service.
For the best sushi in Austin, and possibly the country. Make a reservation in advance, both restaurants book up fast.
The newest and best addition to the Austin food scene. This mexican inspired restaurant in east austin is the perfect place for a fancier or special occassions dinner. The cocktails are also some of the best in town. It was recently named one of the best restaurants in America by Eater, so make a reservation in advance!
A cool neighborhood cafe and bistro, with a great wine menu and Burger. Located on South Congress.
WHAT TO DO
Visit a Museum
Enjoy an afternoon at the Blanton Museum of Art.
Canoe On The Lake
Rent a boat with friends on Lake Austin, dock your boat at one of the many restaurants or bars on the lake.
Go swimming at Barton Springs Pool (Shallon's Favorite) Fun Fact: Austin has some of the best natural watering holes and natural aquifers in the US.
See Live Music
Go listen to music at ACL or any of the many Live Music venues.
WHERE TO SHOP
Both North Lamar and South Congress locations - A luxury fashion and lifestyle boutique that aims to provide the world's best clothing, fine jewelry, and home goods embodying the spirit of Austin . This is Shallonâs favorite store.
An Airy women's clothing boutique with an artsy vibe selling casual designer clothing.
An Austin Texas Tradition. The place to buy your cowboy boots.
A General store for all Men. They carry a range of menàs designers that are classic and modern, traditional and progressive, old and new, respectful and rebellious. Located on South Congress.