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.

35 Must-See Historic Sites in Austin

Listen up, history lovers! We’ve counted down 35 iconic Austin sites you can’t miss while visiting the Capital City. Delve into the backstory of our fascinating town, where you can explore everything from art and history museums to lush parks, still kickin’ honky-tonks and restaurants that have…

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Guide to Austin's East Cesar Chavez Neighborhood

Home to tons of local history and deeply-rooted culture, Austin's East Cesar Chavez neighborhood is where old Austin meets new. The area surrounding East Cesar Chavez Street, named for the Latino-American labor and civil rights advocate, sits just east of IH 35 from Downtown, and is a great place to…

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Patio Bars in Austin to Visit

Austin has become synonymous with breakfast tacos, watering holes (for drinking or swimming) and our obsession with patios. Triple-digit temperatures may slow us down, but never stop us from rounding up human and furry troops for ice-cold local craft beers, juicy burgers and ooey-gooey queso and the…

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Best Hotels in Austin

Austin has so many beautiful, cool, funky hotels that it can be difficult to choose favorites, but we’ve done the *wipes brow* hard work to bubble up the best. From contemporary to classic, there are a plethora of options to choose from. Here are just a few of the many top-rated hotels in Austin…

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Best Seat in the House: la Barbecue

Welcome to the Best Seat in the House, a digital series from Visit Austin, bringing together some of the best personalities in Austin's service industry sharing some ways to experience a taste of Austin from home. In this episode, la Barbecue Owners LeAnn Mueller and Alison Clem share their simple…

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Best Seat in the House: Emojis Grilled Cheese

Welcome to the Best Seat in the House, a digital series from Visit Austin, bringing together some of the best personalities in Austin's service industry sharing some ways to experience a taste of Austin from home. In this episode, Founder and Cook Hope Green of Emojis Grilled Cheese shares her…

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Top Things To Do & See in Mueller

Mueller looks a little different from most neighborhoods in Austin, partly because it’s a lot newer, built with a vision in mind—sustainability, walkability and greenery everywhere. There’s always something happening in Mueller, both at the restaurants and bars, but also in the massive park that…

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Where to Shop Vintage Around Town in Austin

A well-kept secret is that Austin is one of the nation's meccas for vintage enthusiasts. From clothing and accessories to home good and furniture, Austin is home to at least 29 vintage shops catered for lovers of the past. Looking for a little nostalgia? These areas of Austin are home to many of our…

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Best Italian Restaurants in Austin

Sure, Austin is more often associated with BBQ and tacos than it is with Italian food. However, the city is home to a unique cross-section of Italian eateries from mom-and-pop, red sauce goodness to bowls of toothy, handmade pasta and Northern Italian fine-dining made with local Texas ingredients…

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