Cari's Guidebook

I live in this awesome city with my husband and little girl. I love arty flicks, interesting galleries, riveting books, fun bands, tasty food and good wine! Our recently-remodeled bungalow is in - ... read more
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342 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Of course this is not just any old movie theater - you get a waiter, a menu full of food and drinks, and a unique dining/movie watching experience! Their pre-movie show is worth the ticket price al... read more

182 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The people watching is almost as great as the coffee! They have good snacks and frequently have live music, but it is always a scene. Every Sunday they host live music, and you'll probably want you... read more

145 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Yummy and inexpensive - great breakfast tacos and other Mexican breakfast dishes every day, plus a whole range of Mexican dishes.

275 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is the highest peak in Austin! The staircase to the top provides a great little workout. The view from the top is amazing, and worth the climb. You can walk back down on one of the nature trai... read more

122 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Yes this is a very "hip" eatery, but it also happens to have a delightful menu of moderately priced, simple, DELICIOUS food. It has a lovely outdoor area and also a bright and cheery dining room. T... read more

116 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you're in the mood for an indie flick, this is your spot. Come early and order a glass of wine and dinner from the restaurant, then take it into the theater! You can also just hang out in the re... read more


Hotel San José

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

91 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great place to grab a drink and hang out on the patio for some quality people watching! A very chill and hip scene. Sometimes they have DJ's, sometimes small live bands. Always cool.


Enoteca Vespaio

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

70 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of our favorite restaurants - homemade pasta, duck confit, pizza, you name it. Small, intimate, with amazing food.



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

62 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is probably our favorite restaurant in Austin! It has won numerous awards and accolades for its fresh approach to Texas cuisine. It's a very intimate setting, perfect for a special dinner. And... read more

82 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The best ice cream in town, and also tasty fruit smoothies.

93 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is the former Children's Museum, and is now more of a hands-on science museum. If you have kids and need an indoor option, this is definitely it! There is so much to do for kids of all ages, e... read more

64 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If it's summertime, the bats are here! This is a great spot to watch North America's largest colony of Mexican freetail bats wake up and fly out over the river. It's a sight to see millions of bats... read more


Lucky Robot

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

27 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Casual, fun Japanese dishes and fresh sushi. Be sure to check out their happy hour, there are some great deals. And the sake punches are delicious and refreshing! The weekend brunch is very good, a... read more

49 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The downtown location of the Contemporary Austin is their main exhibition space, and hosts an impressive array of exhibitions of works by some of the world's top contemporary artists. Check their c... read more

28 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The lobby bar at the South Congress Hotel is a great place for groups to gather for a special cheers, or for a romantic gathering. It has lounge-y couches or high tables, and a huge space. There's ... read more



Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 2201 College Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

11 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Lots of vegetarian-friendly dishes, paired with hearty proteins (love the kale salad with ahi tuna!). Even the drinks have a veggie flare. The outdoor patio is absolutely the best in the area. Beho... read more

27 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is a gorgeous farm, and offers a farm stand to the public on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Also on those days, Chef Sonya Cote hosts her food truck, Eden East. Shop for fresh local produce and hav... read more

49 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is a tiny store, but they pack it with all the essentials - bread, eggs, beer, wine, produce, laundry detergent, you name it. It is locally owned, and they feature many goods by local producer... read more

43 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Barton Springs Bike Rental will deliver bikes to the front door! Bikes are a great way to get around the city from our house.


Trader Joe's

EssentialsGrocery Stores
$$· 211 Walter Seaholm Dr·Map·Hours·Website·

37 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A brand new Trader Joe's is just two miles from our house! Stock up on all your TJ's faves.

17 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This expansive and beautiful park is just around the corner from our house. From the playground at the north end of the park, to the year-round swimming pool at the south end, there's a little som... read more

2 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Ride sharing is in a state of flux in Austin. Uber and Lyft have suspended operations because of a legal battle with the city. Three new operators just started service: RideAustin, Fasten, Fare and... read more

11 local Airbnb hosts recommend

There are usually multiple Car2Go's within a couple block of our house - often right in front of our house. If you're a Car2Go member, you're in luck! If you're not, consider getting a membership, ... read more

7 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The views from this pedestrian and bike bridge can't be beat! It's a bridge, but it's also a comfortable and expansive place to hang out. Watch the kayaks go by, or the bikers and walkers and runne... read more

10 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Easy to walk to modern convenience store with lots of locally-made goods. Great spot to grab some beer, wine and chips and queso!

18 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Fun, flirty clothes for women. Great jewelry and shoes too!

5 local Airbnb hosts recommend

There are multiple Austin B-cycle stations just a couple of blocks away, on South Congress. You can take the bikes all over town, and leave them at any of the other numerous stations. http://austi... read more

18 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is one of the oldest structures in Austin, and its grounds are just gorgeous. It's full of history, plus natural beauty. A great spot to take a picnic.