Similar to Ann Arbor, Austin is another anomaly. A liberal, diverse, forward-thinking city located less than 200 miles from big-city Dallas? Austin simply feels out of place in Texas. But, it’s out of place in all the right ways!
When we originally planned our Austin trip, we were flooded with recommendations from friends. We chose to try a few of their picks, but we went exploring ourselves as well, finding some hidden gems in this proudly “weird” Texas city.
What You Need to Eat in Austin
Torchys Tacos: We are still dreaming of these tacos with a funky fresh twist. Our favorites include The Creeper, Alabama Shake, Trailer Park, Brushfire, and Baja Shrimp. But honestly, you cannot go wrong here.
Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que: While most travel blogs will point you to Franklin Barbecue, we’re much more realistic. Who wants to spend hours waiting in the sun for BBQ when there are so many great options in town that don’t need to be paired with a nasty sunburn? Cooper’s was a spontaneous find for us in Austin and we’d highly recommend it as some of the best BBQ we’ve ever had!
Where You Need to Go in Austin
South Congress Street (SoCo): Can you say hipster? This was a great spot to walk around (and people watch). SoCo is across the river from downtown Austin and it’s great for shopping, finding a bite to eat, or grabbing a drink.
LBJ Presidential Library: This was easily Meagan’s highlight of the trip.
If you are a history buff or just want to learn more about one of the most progressive presidents in modern history, this is a really great stop to put on your list. The library is located on campus of the University of Texas, a short Uber ride from downtown.
Whole Foods Flagship: This was about a ten minute walk from our AirBnb and quickly became a go-to spot to grab a quick bite to eat. It’s rare that we’ll recommend a grocery store in this travel blog, but this Whole Foods is a sight to behold. The store is massive, sizing in at about 70,000 square feet! It’s definitely worth a quick visit or to grab a bite for lunch.
Esther Follies: If you are feeling super touristy and looking for a show to catch before a night out on the town check out Esther Follies. This is an improv comedy sketch show that is both hilarious and incredibly topical/timely. Think of SNL with a bit of Texas flare.
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