Dede's Guidebook

Hi, I'm Dede. My buddy Steve and I would love to host your stay in our fun and fab town. We truly hope you'll share our enthusiasm for Austin and the "78704". Looking forward to your arrival and ... read more
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779 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Totally terrific spring-fed pool. Truly the jewel of the city. Huge! Open 5am-10pm year-round, free until 8am and after 8pm. (Closed March 1-11, and every Thursday for cleaning.) Water temp is 68-7... read more

319 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Renowned music club. Everybody's played here, including Johnny Cash, Jimmie Vaughn, Lucinda Williams, the Replacements and all those other cool bands you meant to see. Who cares who's playing, just... read more

342 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A FAVORITE: Local cinema chain gone national. If you've never been to a movie at an Alamo, you'd better fix that! Beer, wine, food, and their world-famous NO TALKING policy. For hilarious proof tha... read more

272 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Vegetarian. Insanely crowded on weekend mornings/lunch, with a long wait. (To be honest, not worth the wait on weekends.) $-$$



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$$$· 801 S Lamar Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

251 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Often rated the #1 sushi restaurant in the country. Usually a wait to get seated. A splurge, but worth it if you can afford it. Can easily hit $100+/person before alcohol. WORTH IT. $$$-$$$$

194 local Airbnb hosts recommend

French/Vietnamese. Tasty and fun. Vegetarian and gluten-free options. Good croissants and other pastries. To be honest, their pho and bun are a bit boring, so go for the bahn mi and their crepe and... read more



Drinks & NightlifeBars
$$· 1305 W Oltorf St·Map·Hours·Website·

168 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A FAVORITE: Large and hopping brewpub with excellent artisan pizzas and sandwiches. Free live music several times a week. Indoor/outdoor drinking. Bonus: Trains go blasting by only feet away a coup... read more

160 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Popular bar and burger joint. Indoor and outdoor seating. Always buzzing. We don't go there much, but it's a good hangout. Parking is limited, but it's only a 10 minute walk from the apartment.



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$$· 1728 Barton Springs Rd·Map·Hours·Website·

138 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A fun take on Tex-Mex and NewMex-Mex. Shrines to Elvis and excellent adult beverages. Crowded at the times you'd expect a place to be crowded. Slightly less crowded otherwise. Order a Margarita and... read more

122 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A FAVORITE: Another good Tex-Mex cafe, but with more genuine Mexican influence than most. Recipes came from the owners' grandmother in Mexico. Order a skinny Margarita, followed by the Enchiladas C... read more


Odd Duck

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

120 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Creative American-style food, with lots of small/medium plates. Another big award winner. Lunch and dinner. Packed every day it's open. Expect a wait unless you go right when they open. $$-$$$


Saxon Pub

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$· 1320 S Lamar Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

120 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Long-time local music joint, hosting multiple artists nightly. Early shows are free/cheap, cover for later acts might hit $10. Local and national acts in an intimate setting. Beer and mixed drinks.... read more

116 local Airbnb hosts recommend

While a lot of places on "Dirty 6th" (as locals call East 6th St) are just indistinguishable shot bars with cover bands, Easy Tiger is a standout. Not a shot bar and no cover bands in sight. Craft ... read more

112 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Really good ice cream, made right on the premises. In the same complex as Alamo Drafthouse (movies), Medici (coffee) and Vox (nice high-end restaurant). Plenty of parking, but they're only a 20 min... read more



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$· 1500 Spyglass Dr·Map·Hours·Website·

87 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Most creative tacos in town. Owner is from Mexico, but the tacos are more Mexican-inspired than Mexican-style. Healthy. There's another location around 42nd and North Lamar. All locations close at ... read more



Food SceneRestaurants
$· 4200 N Lamar Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

84 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Most creative tacos in town. Owners are from Mexico City, but the tacos are more Mexican-inspired than Mexican-style. Healthy. There's another location on Spyglass Drive and another up north on Bur... read more



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

87 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A FAVORITE: Truly authentic Italian. Extensive menu with changing list of daily specials. Great bar, great wine list. Excellent service. Casual high-class dining, 7 nights a week. One of our favori... read more

76 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Oysters, yes. Also lots of other super-fresh seafood and, surprisingly, one of the city's best burgers. A small place, so it stays packed, with a wait list. Indoor/outdoor dining. Wine. $$

78 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Nationally recognized, award-winning ramen. Line looks long, but it moves fast and fades fast. Usually has vegetarian options, but check first. Steve's standby at lunch is the Old-Skool with an add... read more



Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1625 Barton Springs Rd·Map·Hours·Website·

72 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Made-to-order juices, smoothies, cleanses. All organic, all fresh. Dede hits it up a couple of times a week. Local, with several other locations in town. $


Enoteca Vespaio

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

70 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Casual Italian. Vespaio's smaller, more casual next-door venue. Indoor/outdoor seating. Good bar. Great for lunch; if you're in the area for dinner, hit Vespaio (next door) instead. $$

70 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A FAVORITE: One of the largest and best independent book stores in the country. Far more than just the latest bestsellers. Knowledgable staff. Coffee shop inside on the first floor. Next door to RE... read more

70 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Continental Club's little brother. Low-key and local. Breaking acts play here first. (I'm looking at you, Leon Bridges.) Go now. Right now.

69 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A FAVORITE: Our personal favorite coffee shop. As good as Patika, but not within walking distance. Indoor and outdoor seating. Wifi. Best of all, the Primo Taco Trailer is right out front! Double yum!

60 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Macrobiotic and vegan cafe. Not a typical cafe, but associated with a yoga/meditation retreat. Low-key. One (varied) set meal daily, lunch or dinner. We go when we've overdone all the fancy dining ... read more



Drinks & NightlifeBars
$$· 519 W Oltorf St·Map·Hours·Website·

63 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A FAVORITE: A favorite easy-evening haunt of ours. Good wine list and good menu of small plates and tapas. Some half-price bottles on Sunday and Monday. Indoor/outdoor seating. $$

89 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Traditional Tex-Mex. Large and popular. El Rancho has been an Austin tradition for 50 years. We eat there a couple of times a year just for tradition's sake. Excellent Margaritas and Mexican Martin... read more

102 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Unchlorinated, spring-fed pool on the north side of the river. 68-70 degree water year-round. Two sides to the pool --- one for casual swimming, the other for lap swimmers only. $3 if you're an Aus... read more

56 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Offshoot of a couple of popular Bay Area joints. Spanish tapas, wine, mixed drinks. Plenty of garage parking. 15 minute walk from the apartment. $$


Vino Vino

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 4119 Guadalupe St·Map·Hours·Website·

54 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Nice wine bar that also has a few beers and a full bar. A recently expanded and quality menu of small and large plates, salads, and cheeses. A couple of dozen wines by the glass, but a hundred more... read more