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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31. El Chilito
2219 Manor Rd
148local recommendations
Sharon
Sharon says “Groovy little taco stand. Agua frescas, beer, sangria, great tacos & burritos. Walk up window, outd...” ·
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32. The University of Texas at Austin
174local recommendations
Margie
Margie says “Museums, Texas Memorial Football Stadium, LBJ Presidential Library, observatory, UT Tower, Bass Con...” ·
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33. Quickie Pickie
1208 E 11th St
155local recommendations
Renee
Renee says “Lots of local beers on tap. Great alcohol selection. Pick up ready-made quick bites, pasta, sandwich...” ·
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34. East Side Pies
1401 Rosewood Ave
150local recommendations
Charles
Charles says “East Side Pies' thin-crust works of pizza art boast a plethora of fresh, local farm and ranch toppin...” ·
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35. ACL Live at The Moody Theater
310 W Willie Nelson Blvd
136local recommendations
Ben
Ben says “One of the best new venues in Austin - not a bad seat in the house. Small, intimate theater, tons of...” ·
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36. Polvo's Mexican Restaurant
2004 S 1st St
145local recommendations
Susan
Susan says “Polvos serves great interior Mexican food and drinks to the heart of Austin's own 78704. Known for i...” ·
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37. Uchiko
4200 N Lamar Blvd
136local recommendations
Michelle
Michelle says “Sister restaurant of Uchi, this Asian fusion place is one of the best restaurants in town--it also h...” ·
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38. Thunderbird Coffee
2200 Manor Rd
133local recommendations
Grace Marie
Grace Marie says “Coffee? Beer? Wine? Snax? Cool peeps to chill with? Inside/Outside seating? Check check double check...” ·
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39. South Congress Cafe
1600 S Congress Ave
129local recommendations
Lenore
Lenore says “Brunch til 4. Awesome happy hour with $3 mojitos/ margaritas $5 marys and fabulous half price appeti...” ·
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40. Chuy's
1728 Barton Springs Rd
138local recommendations
Heather
Heather says “Famous mexican food local. Jalapeno ranch is as popular with the chips as their salsa. Pretty sure t...” ·
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41. The Liberty
1618 E 6th St
134local recommendations
Angel
Angel says “Try Paul Qui's (Winner of Top Chef 2012) award winning Japanese street food in a food truck behind L...” ·
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42. 24 Diner
600 N Lamar Blvd
126local recommendations
Steven
Steven says “Open 24 hours. Not your average diner. Has excellent roasted chicken as well as chicken and waffles” ·
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43. Yellow Jacket Social Club
1704 E 5th St
123local recommendations
Meredith And Rip
Meredith And Rip says “Tucked away on a quiet stretch of 5th St. is this little place. Good food and drinks and a lovely be...” ·
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44. Mozart's Coffee Roasters
3825 Lake Austin Blvd
122local recommendations
Lorie
Lorie says “On Lake Austin just a couple of minutes from the house. Next door to the Hula Hut and other restaur...” ·
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45. Eastside Café
2113 Manor Rd
123local recommendations
Gwen & Richard
Gwen & Richard says “Posh and excellent restaurant. Enjoy the garden and the chickens in the lot next to the restaurant....” ·
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46. Whip in
1950 S IH 35 Frontage Rd
146local recommendations
Emmanuel
Emmanuel says “This Austin gem is more than just a Indian restaurant, it's also a pup (serves only beer, ciders, an...” ·
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47. Hula Hut
3825 Lake Austin Blvd
119local recommendations
Lisa
Lisa says “Good mexican food right on Lake Austin. It get's packed but worth the wait. I love the tubular tacos...” ·
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48. Haymaker
2310 Manor Rd
135local recommendations
Christopher
Christopher says “They bill themselves as "a hipster sports bar". So yeah, it's more of an "East Side" sports bar... ...” ·
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49. Juan in a Million
2300 E Cesar Chavez St
122local recommendations
Priscilla
Priscilla says “If Juan is there, put out your hand to get his famous hand shake. Hipsters, Martha Stewart, Los Lon...” ·
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50. Curra's Grill
614 E Oltorf St
122local recommendations
Anthony & Hayley
Anthony & Hayley says “Local go-to adorned with colorful art, supplying standard Mexican eats. Home of the Original Avocado...” ·
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51. Bennu Coffee
2001 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
121local recommendations
Joe And Susan
Joe And Susan says “Students gather at this chill, cozy 24/7 cafe pouring fair trade coffee drinks, plus light fare. "yo...” ·
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52. Cherrywood Coffeehouse
1400 E 38th 1/2 St
124local recommendations
David
David says “Walking distance from the duplex. Opens early and stays open late. Good coffee, nice food, good be...” ·
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53. Odd Duck
1201 S Lamar Blvd
120local recommendations
Ken & Mary Beth
Ken & Mary Beth says “Trailer-turned restaurant, this American food eatery is helmed by James Beard Award nominee Chef Bry...” ·
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54. Saxon Pub
1320 S Lamar Blvd
120local recommendations
Lisa
Lisa says “Austin landmark music venue. Music just about every night from 6pm - 2am. Blues, country and Americ...” ·
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55. Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden
79 Rainey St
119local recommendations
Jason
Jason says “100 craft beers on tap. ATX's largest selection of sausage. Big outdoor eating area. Mon-Bring your ...” ·
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56. Easy Tiger
709 E 6th St
116local recommendations
Dana
Dana says “A bakery counter and beer garden with phenomenal breads and pastries, a basement gastropub and a ste...” ·
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57. Stubb's Bar-B-Q
801 Red River St
115local recommendations
Chuck
Chuck says “Experience truly a "Austin" brunch with live Gospel music and a great buffet, featuring such items a...” ·
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58. Radio Coffee & Beer
4204 Manchaca Rd
114local recommendations
Paula
Paula says “(Radio Coffee and Beer) 20 minute walk or 3 minute drive. Locally owned Coffee and Craft Brew Bar. N...” ·
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59. Lick Honest Ice Creams
1100 S Lamar Blvd
112local recommendations
Brian And Meredith
Brian And Meredith says “Lick uses only pure, whole ingredients in their ice creams. They have flavors I couldn't have ever ...” ·
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60. The Buzz Mill
1505 Town Creek Dr
112local recommendations
Loren
Loren says “Support local business! The Buzz Mill is a 24-hour full-service bar and coffee shop. Enjoy locally r...” ·