Austin, you well and truly stole my heart. Blazing sun, natural watering holes, food trucks on every corner and great Texas hospitality. I will be back soon, promise.
Where to stay…
A beautiful, thoughtful hotel with incredible attention to detail. Located right off Rainey Street, you’ll be surrounded by some of the best bars and food trucks in Austin. Oh, and the pool and bar are the perfect escape from the Austin summer heat.
Where to eat…
Following the farm to table philosophy as well sourcing local ingredients, the tasting menu at Barley Swine was one of the best meals I’ve had in recent memory. If you choose to do a’ la carte rather than the tasting menu please, please, please order the bone marrow butter and parsley croissant, it’s hands down the best dish I’ve eaten in a long time.
They’re everywhere in Austin. And they’re good. Torchy’s Tacos does a mean breakfast burrito and right next door, Gourdough’s Big Fat Donuts will give you a sugar rush like no other. Head to Rainey Street to find various trucks peppered along the street.
Everyone will tell you that Franklin Barbeque is the best in Austin, and that may be true, but I don’t think any BBQ is worth waiting 6 hours in the blistering sun. La Barbeque is considered Austin’s second best, and the wait is slightly shorter. We rode our bikes over to the empty lot where La Barbeque lives and only had to wait 2 hours for delicious brisket, ribs, sausages and sides. Get it or regret it.
If you’re after something a little fancier than BBQ on the side of the road, then Jeffrey’s is a perfect choice. A dark and moody space with beautiful food and wine to match. Note: Austin is a pretty casual town but don’t make the same mistake we did and turn up to this place in sandals and a t-shirt. It’s a little fancier than that.
Where to find coffee…
A cute space across the road from Gordough’s Big Fat Donuts. Drink your iced coffee on the lawn or in the air-conditioned cafe.
A cool little pitstop on South Congress to grab an iced coffee and cool down on the patio. They serve Stumptown Coffee as well as sandwiches and tacos.
Where to shop…
Everything my dreams are made of! A gorgeous and highly curated collection of clothing, accessories, and homewares with a nod to Mexican design. I could have taken home every. single. thing in JM Drygoods.
A South Congress staple for women’s, men’s and homewares. Expect Acne Studios, Céline, Chloé, MANSUR GAVRIEL and much, much more.
This place can only be described as a quirky mish-mash of vintage, antique, and new things. You can’t go to Austin and not visit Uncommon Objects.
One for the boys. A fresh range of denim and classic essentials. They carry a small range cute homewares too.
Acne Studio, Rachel Comey, Issey Miyake, Women by Common Projects and so much more. It’s a minimalist’s dream.
What to see and do…
Hamilton Pool is probably the most popular (and beautiful) swimming hole in Austin. Don’t forget to reserve your spot before you drive all the way there. Barton Springs is an Austin icon; this one is right in the heart of the city and an oasis in the midst of the summer heat. Krause Springs is about an hour’s drive out of the city. There are two swimming pools and a butterfly garden. Stop by Jester King for lunch on the way back to your hotel.
It’s everywhere, in every bar, on every corner. You won’t have to venture far to find it.
A beautiful building and the grounds are spectacular too. Formal tours can be booked, but I suggest grabbing some bikes and riding through the paths and gardens.