Kayla's Guidebook

I live in Austin, TX with my senior pit bull, Truffle, who loves deeply and snores loudly. I work as an environmental law attorney during the week, but spend a lot of my free time volunteering ... read more
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779 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I've traveled a lot and there's nothing quite like Barton Springs Pool. It is a spring fed mecca in the middle of downtown Austin, and the water is 68 degrees year round. It can get really crowded ... read more

272 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This all vegetarian (with lots of vegan options) is inside an old gas station in south Austin. Be prepared for a wait during busy weekend hours, or grab a seat at the bar. The tofu scramble can't b... read more



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

168 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Guero's is always super crowded except for brunch on the weekends. I have no idea why! They have their own small parking lot that may actually have an open space on a weekend morning, and if you si... read more


Odd Duck

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 1201 S Lamar Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

120 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I'm not much of a foodie, but this is my go-to for special occasions. You'll more than likely need a reservation. It's pricey but definitely worth it. They are happy to veganize a menu if you like,... read more

80 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Elephant Room is just a cool bar. And if you like jazz, then you'll really like it! It's downstairs in a great space, and seating goes quickly on the weekends.

81 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Kerbey Lane is an Austin chain with several locations across the city. Food is always solid, the waitstaff is pleasant, but be prepared for a wait on the weekends. They're known for their gingerbre... read more

73 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Mohawk always seems to have fun bands so check listings. Insider tip: get there when doors open to snag a front spot on one of the 3 balconies for a perfect view (very important if you're short... read more

102 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Deep Eddy is a nice alternative to Barton Springs. It is also spring fed, and the water is about 70 degrees year round. There's a wading pool for kiddos, and lots of nice grassy spots to lounge abo... read more

49 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Donn's Depot is an Austin icon that shouldn't be missed. It's in an old train depot, and the ladies bathroom is an actual caboose. This bar will have patrons anywhere from 21 to 81, and if you're t... read more

91 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Mi Madres is solid Tex Mex, with the best chips and salsa in town. It's a bit of a hole-in-the-wall, but the service is great and you'll leave feeling satisfied.

39 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Midnight Cowboy is a really special place where I always take out of town guests. You must have a reservation, and you have to go down to dirty 6th (which I normally avoid), but it's worth it. It's... read more

49 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is my favorite dive bar, hands down. Plenty of seating, cheap yet strong drinks, friendly bartenders, and clean bathrooms. I like the Iron Whip, which is basically a frozen Orange Julius with ... read more


Knomad Bar

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$· 1213 Corona Dr·Map·Hours·

40 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is a great bar about 10 minutes from my house. The service is always friendly. It can get pretty noisy inside and pretty smoky outside. They make a great old fashioned though to make up for it!

12 local Airbnb hosts recommend

It doesn't matter if you are vegan or not, these trailer tacos are some of the best in town. You cannot go wrong with the Migas, and the salsas are the BEST. Insider tip: call your order in about 1... read more

20 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Pinballz is a blast! It's an arcade with...pinball machines! But there's classic video games as well. It's also BYOB which makes it more popular than it probably would be otherwise.

17 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Dart Bowl is a great hole-in-the-wall bowling alley. The music is awful in a good way, the drinks are cheap, and I've heard that the enchiladas aren't so bad. Call ahead though because it can get p... read more

8 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Parish is one of my favorite music venues. Yes, it's on dirty 6th, but it's a nice, intimate venue so I get over it. Limited seating. Check online listings to make sure they're not sold out. And dr... read more


Cafe Java

Food SceneRestaurants
$· 11900 Metric Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

7 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is probably the closest restaurant to my house that serves a great breakfast. It can get crowded on the weekends but it's worth it. The waitstaff is always nice and the coffee is fantastic.

4 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The UT Tower was closed after a 1966 shooting, and also apparently after several suicides. It is now open again, but you must have a reservation and go on a guided tour. It offers a fantastic view ... read more

3 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This sports bar (which is also a chain) is about 2 miles from my house. They have your typical bar food, along with an impressive beer selection and a full bar. Patio and indoor seating.


H-E-B Grocery

EssentialsGrocery Stores
$· 500 West Canyon Ridge Drive·Map·Hours·Website·

6 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This Texas chain of grocery stores will have anything you need as far as toiletries, groceries, and beer and wine. It is about 2 miles from my house. Make sure you bring your own bag!

2 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you want one of the best and cheapest massages ever, look no further! English is limited so don't bother trying to call to make a reservation. They'll show you the menu when you arrive, and you ... read more

2 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I love Ka Prow and think it's the best Thai in the city! The waitstaff is always efficient, the food is excellent, and the price is right. They have some good happy hour specials too. You can order... read more

146 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Pedernales Falls has some of the best hiking and swimming, and is about an hour from my house. The rocks make you feel like you're on the moon, and the swimming holes are clear and crisp. It's a gr... read more


Austin Detours

602 E 4th St·Map·Hours·Website·

2 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I haven't actually taken one of these tours but my friend Ike is one of the tour guides and he is one of the most awesome people I know! I promise you won't be disappointed if you take an Austin to... read more

1 local Airbnb host recommends

This is a female-owned tattoo shop with some amazing artists! They do take walk-ins but just be aware they will see appointments first. This shop is above a great bar, the Liberty, so you can rewar... read more


La Tapatia

$· 12601 Tech Ridge Blvd·Map·Hours·

1 local Airbnb host recommends

This place is nearby and has pretty decent breakfast tacos. Don't expect great service but you'll get your money's worth - and make sure you get the red salsa!