Because you were all so helpful in planning my trip to Atlanta in January, I thought I’d defer to you again for your dining and shopping recommendations in Austin! My boyfriend and I are headed there this weekend as it’s one of his favorite cities and I’ve never been! I’m so excited to see what the city has to offer. So far I’ve been told not to miss Elizabeth Street Café (pictured above) and Josephine House. What are your Austin favorites? Thank you in advance! xx

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  1. You must go to Perlas! You will love the atmosphere and preppy waiters!!!! Also, uchi is amazing and different. I always love the bar at the four seasons! Enjoy!

  2. I thought of you when I drove by Josephine House today… They just planted pink geraniums, to go with their navy house- it’s like they know you’re coming! If you run out of time to catch a meal there, at least go grab a drink in the afternoon & sit out on their lawn & people watch! Enjoy your time this weekend & welcome to the 512!

  3. South Congress:

    – Perla’s for brunch or cocktails on the best patio in Austin
    – CoStar for clothes
    – MayaStar for jewelry
    – Botticelli for happy hour or dinner
    – Jo’s for coffee outside and especially Sinner’s Brunch (music on Sundays – so Austin)
    – Uncommon Objects for a unique antique experience

    South First:

    – Elizabeth Street for anything
    – Torchy’s Tacos original trailer
    – Dolce Neve for gelato
    – Bouldin Creek Cafe for a true hipster scene
    – End of an Ear for vinyl
    – Amelia’s Retro-Vogue & Relics for vintage
    – Nannie Inez for Austin minimalist style


    – UCHI for a fancy dinner that is totally worth the splurge
    – Lick for ice cream
    – Henri’s for killer grilled cheese/cheese plates/wine/beer
    – MOSS DESIGNER CONSIGNMENT!!!!!!! must go.

    Other stuff:
    – Barton Springs (duh. even if you don’t go swimming)
    – Justine’s for a magical and romantic perfect French dinner on the East Side. so worth it
    – W Austin for cocktails in The Library
    – Midnight Cowboy for speakeasy-style craft cocktails (make reservations in advance online)
    – Jones Contemporary Center
    – Blanton Museum and Harry Ransom Center exhibit (UT Campus)
    – Laguna Gloria
    – Upper Crust Bakery for the best cinnamon buns ever
    – Kayaks on Town Lake towards the skyline
    – Rainey Street bars
    – East 6th bars (East of I35) – East Side Show Room, Shangri La, White Horse, Yellowjacket Social Club, Whislers(!!)
    – Weather Up
    – Backspace Pizza
    – Salvation Pizza

    Just trust me 😉


  4. Walton’s Fancy & Staple (one of Sandra Bullock’s places!) is a super cute lunch spot. My other favorite lunch spot is FoodHeads. As mentioned, Hillside Farmacy is pretty cute too. My favorite spots for brunch are Moonshine (Sunday buffet!), 24 diner, and Russell’s Bistro (great food, great atmosphere). For a casual dinner, Hut’s Hamburgers, Hula Hut (Tex Mex on Lake Austin!), and Mandola’s are great. Uchi is a splurge-worthy dinner, if you’re looking to spend. At night, I love getting smores at Halycon. But one of my favorite spots in the city is Mozart’s Coffee Roasters! I hope you have a great trip!

  5. Was there in January. South Congress Cafe – fish tacos AND carrot cake French toast are to Die for! Amazing cocktails! BBQ, Deep Eddy Vodka, bar crawl on ‘dirty 6th’ and the flagship Whole Foods. Oh and Gourdough’s truck for life changing (huge) doughnuts!!!!!

  6. Best Mexican Breakfast is at Joe’s Bakery.
    Clark’s Oyster House, right by Josephine House (love JH for lunch)
    Vaspaio on South Congress for excellent Italian.
    Barton Springs, because there is nothing like it. Best people watching ever.

  7. Homeslice on South Congress is to die for! Order a slice of margherita pizza and some garlic knots. Hey Cupcake is also great for dessert. Or go to Orange Leaf for some great frozen yogurt.

  8. South Congress cafe for weekend brunch is an absolute must! They don’t take reservations, but you can call ahead and put your name on the waiting list.

    SnoBeach is a shaved ice food truck that is out of this world. Make sure to get ice cream on the bottom and cream on top!

    The best breakfast tacos are at a quaint little place called Taco Shack – locations all around town.

    Kerby Lane cafe is necessary for late night – you haven’t lived until you’ve had Kerby Queso.

    For night light – the W is great for drinks, West 6th – especially Star Bar and the Ranch are my favorites.

    Email me at if you’d like more recommendations! After four years of college there, I’ve got quite the list of recs 🙂

  9. Salt Lick BBQ is absolutely the best! Also, go swimming in Barton Springs if you have the chance. It’s so fun! Enjoy your time in Austin!

  10. Anything on South Congress will be fun. Lots of great food and shopping. Zilker Park. Barton Springs Pool. Trudy’s – great Mexican food. Salt Lick BBQ. Duchman Winery. (these two are a little out of Austin).

    Also try looking at They’ll have anything you could think of to do on that site. 🙂

  11. Definitely check out Hillside Farmacy! Their brunch is amazing! If you’re into sushi, I highly recommend Sushi Nichi on 24th street. Also, you have to check out Amy’s Ice-cream while you’re in town!

  12. Go down to South Congress and take it all in! There are so many fun restaurants down there. If you’re feeling a tasty burger and a milkshake, go to Hopdoddy’s and get the Nutella Pretzel milkshake, so delicious! Or brunch at Perla’s is so fun…their french toast is to die for. You can always hit up East Side Cafe or Hyde Park Grill for a cozy and delicious dinner as well. And if you want an outrageous dessert, go to Gourdoughs! It’s a food truck on south 1st street that serves crazy gourmet donuts as big as your head! I go to school in Austin at UT and it is such a wonderful place. I know you’ll love it! Enjoy! And also, go to 360 Outlook or Mount Bonnell to watch the sunset over the entire city, it’s a magical view at either place.


  13. It sounds silly… but visit the original Whole Foods store and try a breakfast burrito. Life changing.

    Also, make sure to visit Uncommon Objects; a kooky store full of, well, “uncommon objects” but also great jewelry.

    Austin is the best of the best. Have fun!!