So I’ve lived in Austin for about two years now and I might have fallen in love with this place– the people, the food, the ambiance, is just what I needed when I decided to leave Dallas. You’re probably wondering why I enjoy this place so let’s get to it, shall we?
Below I’ll be listing a Austin Do-To list. Places you might wanna eat at and scenery you don’t want to miss. Let’s start with my favorite– FOOD!
10 Places to eat– Austin, Texas:
1. Madam Maams (The one place I HAVE to eat at at least once a month. I always get Pad Se Ew- flat noodles with chicken)
• Location 1: 2700 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757 (512) 371-9930
• Location 2: 510 W 26th St, Austin, TX 78705 (512) 305-3955
2. Habanero Cafe (Their breakfast tacos are so yum even when you’re hung over. Also, my friend ran into Kanye West here once but NBD)
• 501 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 416-0443
3. Churro Co (This place changed my standards for a good Churro)
• 1906 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 905-5267
4. Moojo— (Think warm cookie with ice-cream and you’ll get just that here)
• 2322 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705(512) 473-8759
5. Tapioca House– (I spend so many hours here- Milk Tea and fried Tofu is the shit)
• 1906 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705 (512) 482-9880
6. Franklin Barbecue— (just wait in the 4 hr line. Trust me, it’ll be worth it.)
• 900 E 11th St Austin, TX 78702 (512) 653-1187
7. Torchy’s Tacos– (First place I ate at when I was touring UT. I love their queso)
• 1822 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-3502 (512) 444-0300
8. Home Slice Pizza– (The only pizza I crave)
• 1415 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-2434 (512) 444-7437
9. Hopdoddy Burger Bar— (I’m not a fan of burgers but gosh I love their fries. I will say this, my burger snob friends approve.)
• 1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 243-7505
10. Hey Cupcake!– (take the back end of the cupcake and place it on top of the icing to create a cupcake sandwich. You’re welcome. Oh and try the red velvet)
• 1511 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 476-2253
5 places to see– Austin, Texas:
Mount Bonnell– Its also known as Covert Park. I usually seek peace at this place before a college final. It’s a prominent point alongside the Lake Austin portion of the Colorado River. It has been a popular tourist destination since the 1800s– but today you’ll probably find stressed UT students studying alongside the rocks or something simple like a lover proposing to his gf, no big deal.
Live Love Paddle– This Kayak renting, outfit offering, guided tour place in Austin is a must. It guides you along the Congress Bridge with views of its bat colony.
• 1610 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78741 (512) 804-2122
Bat Watching and Sunset Tour- I’m a sucker for a nice sunset. Little creepy to add bats to it but trust me, it’s totally worth it. The Public nightly tours depart approximately 30 minutes before sunset and lasts roughly one hour in length. Bat Watching Tours available March through early-November. Sunset/Sightseeing tours available November through February, (weather permitting) excluding holidays. Rates: $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors & $5.00 for kids 3 to 12.
University of Texas Tower- This is a non-historical tour but information about the Tower’s architecture is provided by a student tour guide. It’s a wonderful opportunity for photos and a full 360 degree view of Austin and the UT campus. I may be bias because I’m a longhorn but this was my favorite tour in Austin.
• Texas Union Hospitality Desk 2247 Guadalupe St. Austin, Texas 78705 512-475-6636
Zilker Park- This is a recreational area in south Austin, Texas at the juncture of Barton Creek and the Colorado River that comprises over 350 acres of publicly owned land. What’s great about Zilker is that its pet friendly, so bring all your fur babies!