Barbara And Robert's Guidebook

Barbara And Robert
We have been residents of South Austin for twenty years and are deeply ingrained into the community through our theatre work as writers, performers, Arts Editor of The Austin Chronicle (Robert), pr... read more

Things to do in Austin

779 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The soul of Austin. Barton Springs pool is a spring fed, enormous, natural bottom pool that has been cooling people and feeding souls since the beginning of time. It's waters are home to the Barton... read more

319 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Rockin' South Austin since 1957 with live roots music. A must visit (and must play) venue for musicians and music lovers worldwide.

292 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Best pizza in town? Lots of folks think so and I'm not about to argue. New York style pies and a slice window that serves slices until 3am.

646 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The crown jewel of the city, our answer to Central Park and home to the gargantuan ACL Music Fest. Acres and acres of parkland that includes soccer fields, a jewel of a botanical garden, a kiddie t... read more

272 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Super great vegetarian restaurant/café. If it's good enough for Paul McCartney, it's good enough for you!

261 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Ridiculously outrageous burgers and yummy beer as the line attests. It’s worth the wait.

224 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Damn good tacos in the coolest trailer park on the planet on South First or at the eye-popping, new flagship on South Congress.

194 local Airbnb hosts recommend

French Vietnamese cuisine.



Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 1417 S 1st St·Map·Hours·Website·

171 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Nationally recognized modern Thai food.

182 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Fantastic coffee, lots of great dogs, yummy treats, wi-fi. Some of the best people watching on South Congress. And take your picture in front of the I Love You So Much mural.



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

167 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Seafood so fresh it all but swims. Oysters from all corners and one of the best people watching venues from the expansive outdoor patio.



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

168 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Incredible tacos and outstanding hand-shaken margaritas in a funky former seed store. Live music under the giant Live Oaks where on Wednesday evenings KDRP Radio broadcasts live.


Magnolia Cafe

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

155 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Sorry, they're open: 24/7. Scrumptious breakfasts served all day with huge omelets, pancakes as big as your face (try the gingerbread) and a variety of fresh food in a friendly, Austin setting.

174 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Eyes of Texas are upon you at the 40 acres, home of one the top universities in the world! The campus is enormous, grand, and home to the legendary Longhorns. Hook 'em!

145 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Outstanding interior Mexican food and the best frozen margaritas on the planet.


Blanton Museum of Art

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

160 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A world class university deserves a world class art museum and the Blanton delivers. A rare combination of lofty art and a hip vibe, the Blanton attracts students, doyennes, and everyone in between.

161 local Airbnb hosts recommend

"It ain't braggin' if it's true" So goes the motto of the first temporary exhibit about the story of Texas and that good-natured bravado imbues the entire, grand, fun-filled museum. It's home to an... read more



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

87 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Widely considered the finest and most authentic Italian dining in the city. Exquisite but not stuffy.


Hotel San José

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

91 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Zen-like ambiance at the outdoor bar in this ultra cool modern motel. Bar open to the public.


Enoteca Vespaio

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

70 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The more casual bistro-like sister to the fancier Vespaio, Enoteca shares a kitchen, menu and high standard of fare. The suppli (stuffed risotto balls) are out of this world. Check the daily antipa... read more

70 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Retro vibe bar that oozes cool and features live music on weekends.



Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 1807 S 1st St·Map·Hours·Website·

62 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Intimate, chic, casual, fantastic French fare.

82 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Super-rich, super-yum, hand-scooped, locally made ice cream. Try the Mexican vanilla. Add crush-ins.

48 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Real Italian gelato with locally sourced ingredients.

46 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Ridiculously delicious and indulgent REAL skillet fried chicken and other crazy stuff like fried deviled eggs.


Hey Cupcake!

Food SceneRestaurants
$· 1511 S Congress Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

38 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Sweets for the sweets from the most charming dessert airsteam in town.

37 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A candy wonderland plus hand jerked sodas!

109 local Airbnb hosts recommend

South Congress is steps from your door and is the most walked, most-visited, coolest, hippest, uniquely Austin avenue in the city. Pop in to any shop and you'll be delighted and surprised by destin... read more


Allens Boots

ShoppingClothing Stores
$$$· 1522 S Congress Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

61 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Real cowboy boots where ropers and celebrities alike shop.


Uncommon Objects

$$$· 1602 Fortview Rd·Map·Hours·Website·

89 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A jam-packed treasure trove of finds from the distant and near past. You will find something that utterly delights you; the question is what will it be?