Best things to do in Austin

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Locals’ favorite places

Here’s your definitive guide to the best parks, restaurants, landmarks and local spots, all according to locals

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1. Barton Springs Municipal Pool
2131 William Barton Dr
779local recommendations
John
John says “You. Must. Go. You can bike to the spring from the paths, have a day swimming and then head back on ...” ·
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2. Franklin Barbecue
900 E 11th St
366local recommendations
David
David says “Seriously, it's the best. Anthony Bourdain says so. President Obama says so. Texas Monthly says s...” ·
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3. The Continental Club
1315 S Congress Ave
319local recommendations
Lauri
Lauri says “You really need to catch a show at The Continental Club. The granddaddy of all local music venues, ...” ·
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4. Home Slice Pizza
1415 S Congress Ave
292local recommendations
Stephany
Stephany says “Home Slice Pizza is an independent neighborhood pizza joint serving authentic NY-style pizza—by the ...” ·
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5. Zilker Metropolitan Park
2100 Barton Springs Rd
646local recommendations
Rv
Rv says “Zilker Park is known as the crown jewel of the Austin parks system. It is named for Andrew Jackson...” ·
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6. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema South Lamar
1120 S Lamar Blvd
342local recommendations
Stephany
Stephany says “Cold beer, hot movies, and delicious snacks and meals; The Alamo Drafthouse is dinner, drinks, movie...” ·
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7. Bouldin Creek Cafe
1900 S 1st St
272local recommendations
Kayla
Kayla says “This all vegetarian (with lots of vegan options) is inside an old gas station in south Austin. Be pr...” ·
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8. Hopdoddy Burger Bar
1400 S Congress Ave
261local recommendations
David
David says “Best "upscale" burgers in town. Texas company, focusing on locally sourced ingredients. They have ...” ·
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9. Uchi
801 S Lamar Blvd
251local recommendations
Paprika
Paprika says “Amazing Japanese Food! There’s no disputing the fact that Uchi is one of the most famous restaurant...” ·
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10. Torchy's Tacos
1311 S 1st St
224local recommendations
Lyric
Lyric says “TORCHYS. This place has gone to the moon and back with some off-the-grid taco combinations. The Brus...” ·
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11. The White Horse
500 Comal St
246local recommendations
Jennifer
Jennifer says “Where hipsters and cowboy culture collide. Live music every night. Every Saturday at 7pm they offer ...” ·
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12. Elizabeth Street Cafe
1501 S 1st St
194local recommendations
Stephany
Stephany says “Love, love this place! Elizabeth Street Cafe is the brainchild of Thomas Moorman and Larry McGuire....” ·
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13. Justine's
4710 E 5th St
208local recommendations
Stephany
Stephany says “Justine's Brasserie serves up some of the best food in Austin. Specializing the French cuisine, Just...” ·
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14. Blue Dahlia Bistro
1115 E 11th St
195local recommendations
Sharon
Sharon says “Organic, locally sourced, fresh food. The tartines (French style open faced sandwiches) are yum! Oli...” ·
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15. Hillside Farmacy
1209 E 11th St
182local recommendations
Ojas
Ojas says “A former pharmacy transformed in a restaurant by Mickie Spencer & Sonya Coté that serves sharable pl...” ·
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16. Austin Convention Center
500 E Cesar Chavez St
181local recommendations
Priscilla
Priscilla says “Casa Willow is conveniently close to the Austin Convention Center East off IH-35 on Cesar Chavez St....” ·
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17. Broken Spoke
3201 S Lamar Blvd
183local recommendations
Stephany
Stephany says “Real Deal Older than dirt honky tonk. Come eat a great Chicken Fried Steak or some BBQ and enjoy a ...” ·
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18. Sway
1417 S 1st St
171local recommendations
Angel
Angel says “James Beard awarded chef just opened this new hot shop, Thai, Asian Fusion... crispy lotus root, sno...” ·
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19. Jo's Coffee
1300 S Congress Ave
182local recommendations
Cari
Cari says “The people watching is almost as great as the coffee! They have good snacks and frequently have live...” ·
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20. MUNCHIES & FRIENDS with Matty Matheson at Contigo
2027 Anchor Ln
168local recommendations
Theresa
Theresa says “Fantastic appetizers, food and drink menu. Fire pits in winter, shade in summer. Constantly receivin...” ·
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21. Perla's
1400 S Congress Ave
167local recommendations
Stephany
Stephany says “Perla’s was founded in the Spring of 2009 by chefs Larry McGuire and Tom Moorman Jr. with the goal o...” ·
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22. Ah Sing Den
1100 E 6th St
173local recommendations
Kent
Kent says “Technically, it's a restaurant. But it has a fantastic speak-easy vibe going and some of the best c...” ·
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23. Cenote
1010 E Cesar Chavez St
180local recommendations
Native Hostel
Native Hostel says “Cenote not only serves amazing coffee, they also have a full food menu of fresh offerings made with ...” ·
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24. Salty Sow
1917 Manor Rd
165local recommendations
Heather
Heather says “Yummy, yum, yum! The pastrami salmon and brussel sprouts are ridiculous as is everything else on the...” ·
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25. Güero's
1412 S Congress Ave
168local recommendations
Camellia
Camellia says “Great place to go for Happy Hour. Especially Wed-Sunday when they have live music right outside the ...” ·
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26. The ABGB
1305 W Oltorf St
168local recommendations
Kiki
Kiki says “Spacious and friendly brewpub, with plenty of acreage inside, and twice as much outside. We love it ...” ·
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27. Lady Bird Lake
238local recommendations
Robby And Beth
Robby And Beth says “"10 miles of trails border Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin and serve as a social hub for runners, ...” ·
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28. Magnolia Cafe
1920 S Congress Ave
155local recommendations
Barbara And Robert
Barbara And Robert says “Sorry, they're open: 24/7. Scrumptious breakfasts served all day with huge omelets, pancakes as big ...” ·
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29. Whisler's
1816 E 6th St
164local recommendations
Julie
Julie says “Top notch craft cocktails in an iconic old building that used to be my dad's hang-out when he used t...” ·
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30. Black Sheep Lodge
2108 S Lamar Blvd
160local recommendations
Heather
Heather says “Laid back bar with tasty bar food (burgers, wings, etc). Great sweet potato fries & beer selection, ...” ·