Karin's Guidebook

Karin
We have been living on this site since the 1990s. Patrick and I have both traveled extensively, mostly in Europe, and have strong interests in the environment, entrepreneurship, and community. We... read more
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Things to do in Austin

779 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Just because it is the soul of Austin!

319 local Airbnb hosts recommend

It' the Continental Club. Need I say more?

292 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Pizza! Best in Austin!

261 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Some of the biggest lineups in town are for this joint! Great hamburgers and one of those things that Austinites want to experience. This is the best alternative to a BBQ joint on South Congress.

224 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The mothership of Austin Tacos!

182 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of Austin's favorites, and don't forget to get your picture taken in front of their globally recognized "I love you..." wall.

#7

Perla's

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 1400 S Congress Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

167 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Your best SOCO seafood option!

#8

Güero's

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1412 S Congress Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

168 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Don't forget their outdoor venue for live music (check their schedule on-line).

238 local Airbnb hosts recommend

10+ miles of fun. Head East or West and you will find something of interest to do on town lake, if not just walking through all of the nature and people watching.

#10

Magnolia Cafe

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1920 S Congress Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

155 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Magnolia's motto: "We're sorry, we're open." This place is legendary, open 24/7/365, and one of our favorites. No place like it for real, Austin-style food. Watch out for the Sunday morning lineups.

129 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A fun place to go for the evening out. Not a budget conscious place, but you will not be disappointed by the food! A great hip place for dinner.

#12

Blanton Museum of Art

Arts & CultureMuseums
200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

160 local Airbnb hosts recommend

161 local Airbnb hosts recommend

We were surprised about just how easy it is to spend time here, with or without kids. Lots to learn and see. One of Austin's best places to visit with a family.

#14

Vespaio

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 1610 S Congress Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

87 local Airbnb hosts recommend

For special occasions and romantic evenings. Lovely atmosphere and terrific Italian food. Not for the budget-conscious.

#15

Hotel San José

Everything Else
$$$· 1316 S Congress Ave·Map·Website·

91 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Their public bar area closes at about 10-10:30 pm

#16

Enoteca Vespaio

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1610 S Congress Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

70 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of the best brunches along South Congress. We love their Italian delicacies as a take home snack. Definitely something to check out.

82 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The best ice cream on SOCO. Did I mention the Italian Gelato shop over on South First?

60 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of the best food options in Austin. All macro-biotic. Wayo Longoria has been making this essential healthy food place available to Austin for such a long time. Thank you Wayo! Check out the... read more

#19

Doc's Motorworks

Food SceneRestaurants
$· 1123 S Congress Ave·Map·Website·

57 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A great outdoor patio/sports bar, and the perfect place for people watching.

55 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Coffee, pastries and a cool place to hang out.

534 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great for people watching (ahem) and possibly one of the best places to start a romantic evening if you are starting it alone. Everybody loves checking out each other's baskets (ahem). Lots of ea... read more

51 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Don't believe the marker they use to indicate the location. It is above Lady Bird Lake and just 4,000 feet from our home.

73 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If this is in your program, then you need to go here!

#24

Botticelli's

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1321 S Congress Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

36 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Check out their backyard and band schedule. One of the few places on South Congress that you can sit and read a book while you wait for your food.

354 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of Texas' most popular destinations.

30 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Saturday mornings from 9am - 1 pm in Republic Square. One of our favorite places to bike to.

#27

Lucky Robot

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1303 S Congress Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

27 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A great budget restaurant based on Japanese food. I really enjoy their food, and it is very reasonably priced.

50 local Airbnb hosts recommend

17 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Take out or eat in, one of the best food quality, budget friendly places to eat. This is one of our go-to places when you just don't want to cook but you don't want to break the weekly budget.

213 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of the older model HEB stores.