I just booked my first trip to Austin for the end of April and can’t wait for hot weather, lots of live music, and great food. The promise of citywide breakfast tacos sold me, but now that I’ve started my research I don’t know how I’ll be able to cram all the places I want to eat and things I want to do into four days. Papi Tino’s and Elizabeth Street Cafe are definitely on the list so far – do you have any favorite spots in Austin? Any must-do activities?

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  1. Fun shopping and eating at the Domain. Best restaurant or happy hour at the Domain is BlackFinn. Great seafood at Clarks on 6th Street. Best burgers at HopDoddy’s on South Congress. Really good french/cajun food at French Quarter Grille on North Lamar. Take a segway tour of downtown Austin. Best movie theater is Violet Crown on 2nd street with okay food/drink but you can pick your own seats online. Enjoy Austin.

  2. Hillside Farmacy for lunch or dinner or a cocktail and a to go bag! Everything is delicious! It’s decorated like an old pharmacy. I think you’ll love it!

  3. Aw, welcome to my city! Spend a lot of time outdoors. Swimming in Barton Springs and walking around Ladybird Lake are must dos!

    The Alamo Drafthouse is the best place to watch a movie. Plus, they sometimes do fun sing alongs which are great parties! You can also eat a creme brulee or a great goat cheese salad while watching a movie. Not too shabby.

    Make sure to check out all the fun shops on South Congress and all the fantastic vintage stores on North Loop!

  4. I’m just going to end up commenting on all of your travel posts, but just got back from Austin and loved loved loved the city. If you’re looking for a cheap and quirky place to stay, I ended up loving the Austin Motel. Rooms are themed; mine had a nice forest going on one of the walls. Super convenient on South Congress. Lots of shopping down that way. perla’s for fancy schmancy seafood, homeslice for late night pizza, jackalope on 6th st. (do not go to 6th on Thursdays, it is college night and will make you feel soooooo so old), peche for a romantic dinner with great cocktails, stubbs for sunday gospel brunch (make sure you make a reservation), and the bats that leave the bridge. We weren’t there for the season, but I wish I could have seen them! Also, if you’re willing to cab/drive it out there, I had a great time at Ginny’s Little Longhorn. It gets CRAZY for chickenshit bingo, so we couldnt bet, much less see, but it was this great dive with a live band and old dudes grabbing ladies to two-step. one of my favorite stops.

  5. So many awesome suggestions!!! Thank you so much – I am getting so excited!

    Sydney – Hopdoddy’s is definitely going on the list – those burgers sound amazing!

    Danielle – Hillside Farmacy looks like my perfect restaurant!! One grapefruit jalapeno margarita please.

    Holly – YES!!! A quick look at Torchy’s Tacos’ Yelp page confirmed I’ll be stopping there and ordering fried avocado tacos and queso.

    OhDizzle – The Alamo Drafthouse looks awesome!! Big Lebowski quote-along…yes!!

    Kristen!! I love it – please just start emailing me vacation recaps with all of your notes. Thank you for the warning about 6th on Thursdays! All of this sounds so great – I can’t wait!

  6. These are all great recs. I was in Austin for 10 years before moving to Houston kicking and screaming six months ago. As a previous Austinite, I encourage you to hike the Barton Creek Greenbelt. It’s just beautiful and often times has water in the creek when you get to the end of the trail.

    I think one of the most unique places for music, food, and fun is Whip In. Don’t judge it by the exterior or its I35 neighbor. Lastly, the east side should not be ignored. Travel along east 6th street for great trailer food parks and dive bars, or for slightly more mainstream bars without being so 6th street, go to Rainey Street. Enjoy!

  7. You will absolutely love it!!!!

    I would add Lambert’s for live music and cocktails (upstairs) and really good BBQ, El Chile for Mexican, Perla’s for seafood, Jo’s on 2nd or S. Congress for coffee, and Dry Creek is a total dive bar (beer only) that overlooks Lake Austin but the view is beautiful!!!

    For home/clothes shopping, Wildflower on S.Lamar, By George, Kick Pleat, and Feathers for really good vintage.

    Be sure to pick up an Austin Chronicle to check out live music while you’re in town! Can’t wait to hear about your trip!

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