Austin Insider Blog

This blog, written and curated by Visit Austin staff, shares the things that visitors love and locals can't get enough of.

Austin's Best Tex-Mex Restaurants

Austin is home to many global cuisines, but Tex-Mex takes the crown as the local favorite. This blend of Mexican and Texas-style comfort food can be found on just about any street, often in family-run restaurants that have operated for years. Here are just some of the many Tex-Mex restaurants worth…

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Self-Guided Austin Architecture Tour

Take a walking or driving tour to witness examples of Austin's most notable architecture. Each building has a unique story to tell, from the historic buildings on the University of Texas campus to the hard lines of downtown's Contemporary Ausitn Jones Center. Plan to visit each location for a fun…

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Top Downtown Austin Happy Hours

Staying in downtown Austin? Attending a conference at the Austin Convention Center? Here are some of our favorite places for Happy Hour that are within walking distance. DuMont's Down Low. Credit Mario Andrade Photography. Dumont's Down Low 214 W. Fourth St., Suite B Dumont's basement setting is…

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Best Music Venues in Austin

From intimate listening venues to packed dance floors, dive bars to the bright lights of the big stage, Austin has a musical experience for every taste. Austin’s live music scene pervades every corner of the city, day or night. Gritty blues bands, indie rockers, solo singer-songwriters, reggae…

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20 Places for a Margarita in Austin

Nothing says Austin like an icy margarita enjoyed on an outdoor patio. The city offers countless great places that mix amazing margaritas. But how do you pick just one (or two, or three!)? To help you navigate, we’ve compiled a list of the top 20 margaritas in Austin. Now get to sipping! ATX…

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Austin Day Trip Activities

Day trippers (and locals) will find lots of fun, and safe, social distancing things to do in Austin. Hike or bike scenic trails, have a picnic in the park or head to an old-fashioned drive-in movie theater. The options are endless. McKinney Falls State Park. Courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife…

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Austin Black Pride 2021

Wondering where the Black LGBTQ folks go in Austin? The City is filled with so many things to do, and there’s a little something for everyone – if not, it’s the perfect place to create it! Take, for instance, Austin Black Pride. Austin is quite the queer-friendly city, with the Austin LGBT Chamber…

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20 Iconic Austin Restaurants

While Austin may be known for its legendary Tex-Mex, tasty breakfast tacos and juicy barbecue, there's so much more to the capital city's food history to explore. Austin's celebrated dining scene has evolved with lightening speed over the last few decades, but don't forget to pay homage to the…

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Hop-On/Hop-Off with Double Decker Tours

If you're searching for a flexible tour in Austin that's rich in history and perfect for capturing photos, then check out Double Decker Austin. This tour features a hop-on/hop-off structure, so you have the freedom to get off at any stop along the route and do explore the city at your own pace. The…

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Shop Like a Local: 7 Austin Farmers Markets

There are few things as refreshing as a sunny morning in Austin, surrounded by fresh produce, colorful bouquets, hot coffee and the sound of a local musician wafting through the stalls at one of our many farmers markets. Whether you're in town for a few days or a few weeks, a visit to one of our…

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