Austin, Texas USA
Austin is known as the live music capital of America, and it does not disappoint. Every night of the week you can catch an up-and-coming artist in just about every genre. Whether it's an open mic night in a pub, a street party with a pint, or a free concert at an outdoor restaurant, you can find great music all over Austin. Incredible food is everywhere so my list is by no means exhaustive.
Here is a starting point for your first visit to Austin. Try something new, explore by foot, & stay up late!
Austin is pretty much all about the food! Seriously, it is so good, you end up planning the next place while eating. Food trucks are a huge thing in Austin & held to a higher standard than restaurants, so don't be shy, try that smoked brisket taco out of an airstream! Many top chefs are breaking away from the kitchen to open a food trucks around Austin, upping the food game completely.
Lunch in Austin typically means sitting outside and soaking up the sunshine. The Shady Grove is top on my list! Most of the seating is outdoors & they have free live music every Thursday night. Torchy's Tacos has several locations & had the best tacos I have ever had, with deep friend avocado & polbano sauce- top notch! Breakfast proved to be my favorite time of day in Austin, with places like Austin Java, Tacodeli (Organic & local,) Magnolia Cafe, Kerbey Lane Cafe(homestyle cooking,) & Gueros. For granola people, Blenders&Bowls is a great spot for a lighter breakfast. When it comes to brunch in Austin, expect Mexican twists on traditional dishes as well as all the American classics. For truly Austin experience, try Gospel Brunch at Stubb's BBQ, but book your tickets ahead, as they have a line down the street every day!
Live music is all over Austin, so it's easy to find something happening every night of the week. Find out what's going on HERE. For a guaranteed great night out, Rainey Street is the way to go. Part block party-part hipster cocktail party, it's the best place to spend the evening bar hopping & checking out what live music is on offer. If beer is your thing, Banger's Sausage Hour & Beer Garden boasts the largest tap wall in Austin, with specialty sausages to accompany. For dancing until the wee hours, Container Bar has great cocktails, outdoor space & DJ's. The Continental Club Gallery is a great night out & Elephant Room is great for Jazz!
Coffee in Austin is top shelf Small batch roasters and top trained baristas are plentiful- even the food trucks are pumping out artisian crema. I like the chilled vibe of Houndstooth Coffee, the artistry of Caffe Medici & the variety of Austin Java (which has delicious food too!) If you need to go for a grocery shop, you can visit the original WholeFoods Market & snag a cup of great coffee there!
Yoga is well represented in Austin's. There is a real zeal for fitness throughout the city. Downtown the 10 mike lake run is packed with runners, bikers & walkers all day. I tried a quaint, donation-based studio TreeHouseYoga The studio has a lovely view of the treetops & good quality equipment. With 4-5 classes per day, there is something for everyone on the schedule. Other popular yoga studios include YogaYoga Austin & Wanderlust which hosts international teachers, workshops & teacher trainings. Smaller studios like the Clearspring Yoga are peppered around Austin's residential areas.
Austin's bounty of street art murals have become iconic city landmarks. From the "I love you so much" mural on the side of Jo's Coffee to Rory Skagan's "Greetings from Austin" on south First Street, there is so much to see. You can easily spend the better part of a day seeing street art. Check out the Spratx collective for even more, or explore the city by foot! Just make sure you stop for tacos!