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Table spread at Cafe No Se

Start your day with breakfast at Café No Sé at South Congress Hotel with the ricotta hotcakes and avocado toast.

Two iced turbos from Jos Coffee

Grab an iced turbo from Jo’s Coffee and take a photo at the "I Love You So Much” wall around the corner of the coffee shop.

Colorful windows and decor at By George

Explore the shops on South Congress - Cove, Sunroom, and By George are a couple of my favorite boutiques.

Wall of candy at Big Top Candy Shop on SoCo

Big Top Candy Shop is filled with old-school confections and Uncommon Objects features an eclectic selection of antiques.

Table spread at Torchy's including tacos, chips, guacamole and queso

You can’t visit Austin without eating tacos and the Torchy’s Tacos original location is on Bouldin Creek at South First Street. Order the Democrat, Republican, or Independent taco with green chile queso and frozen margaritas (also one of Austin's most Instagram worthy restaurants!).

Small dog on the end of a paddle board on Lady Bird Lake

Go paddle boarding or kayaking on Lady Bird Lake with the best view of downtown Austin.

Sway Thai is a popular restaurant on South First serving up modern Thai cuisine. Be sure to order the Son In Law and Thai Tea Affrogato.

If you’re looking for a more casual dinner, Home Slice Pizza serves authentic NY-style pizza on South Congress and 40 North serves wood-fired, Neapolitan pizza out of a trailer on South First.


Table spread at Tacodeli including tacos, chips and coffee

Beignets and the breakfast sandwich at Epicerie, the avocado toast at Josephine House, or breakfast tacos from Tacodeli are popular picks for breakfast in Central Austin.

Table spread at Second Bar and Kitchen including pizza, fries, peppers and more

Second Bar + Kitchen, Parkside, and Backspace are great picks for lunch in downtown Austin.

Jane biking on the dock at Lady Bird Lake

If swimming in 68-degree Barton Springs Pool isn’t for you, spend the day biking through Zilker Park.

Sandwich slices in front of the Hey You Gonna Eat or What trailer at The Picnic food truck park

The Picnic, Austin's premier food trailer park, is located right next to Zilker Park on Barton Springs Road. Steel City Popsicles, Hey!...You Gonna Eat or What?, Turf N' Surf Po Boy, and more are located here.

Table spread at Emmer and Rye

For dinner, make reservations for Emmer & Rye - Chef Kevin Fink was recently named one of Food & Wine's Best New Chefs. The team uses locally sourced produce and even mills their own flour in the morning for their handmade pasta.

Table spread at Wu Chow including beverages in colorful tiki glasses

If you're in the mood for upscale Chinese cuisine, Wu Chow is also a great option for dinner with the best soup dumplings and Peking duck in town.


Breakfast at paperboy along with a cup of coffee and the New York Times

Paperboy is a cute food trailer in East Austin serving up delectable sandwiches, sweet and savory open faced toasts, and hearty breakfast bowls using only local farms and purveyors.

Hillside Farmacy exterior and breakfast sandwich

Hillside Farmacy, located right next door, is another popular option for breakfast serving locally sourced produce on the cozy patio (also one of Austin's best oyster happy hours!).

Table spread at El Chilito including aguas frescas and puffy tacos

Don't miss the puffy tacos and refreshing aquas frescas at El Chilito.

East Austin Succulents garden exterior

Love plants? East Austin Succulents has an impressive selection of succulents, cacti, and other plants.

Thirsty? Go on a craft beer brewery tour at Hops & Grain. Tours are given Tuesday through Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturdays at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. - they are approximately 45 minutes in length and include special samples not available in the tap room.

Gelateria Gemelli interior table with gelato bowl and colorful drink

Hop over to Gelateria Gemelli for gelato made with local seasonal ingredients and craft cocktails.

For dinner, Justine’s Brasserie has incredible French cuisine with a cute patio. The steak frites and pork chops are delicious.

Jacoby's table spread

If you want a more casual dinner, Jacoby’s is a ranch-to-table dining experience with elevated Southern comfort staples and locally sourced beef from their own ranch.

Whislers bar wall

End the night with drinks at Weather Up, Whisler’s, and/or Stay Gold.

Have the munchies after drinking? The fried chicken karaage and beet fries from East Side King at The Liberty bar hit the spot.

Jane Ko HeadshotJane Ko is the blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin’s top food blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Check out her 100 Things You Need To Eat This Summer In Austin and Austin City Guide. Follow Koko on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and on her blog at ATasteOfKoko.com.