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.

Top Smoothie & Juice Bars in Austin

Austin is all about the great outdoors and when it comes to sunshine, we have plenty to spare. After spending a day at Zilker Park, swimming in Barton Springs or kayaking Lady Bird Lake, cool down with a refreshing snack at one of our many fresh juice bars around town. Remember, vacation doesn’t…

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The Best Tex-Mex Restaurants in Austin, TX

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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Where to Find Frozen Treats in Austin

Looking to beat the Austin heat this summer? Chill out with some of the coolest treats in town, including artisan ice cream cones and frozen cocktails, found everywhere from food trucks to hip patio lounges. Ice Cream Amy’s Ice Creams In the mood for a classic scoop? Take a trip to one of the 12…

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Best Restaurants in Central Austin

What’s so great about dining in Central Austin is that there’s range. From classic American to fusion to haute cuisine, the central part of the city has long attracted high quality restaurants that stay the course. If you’re staying in or visiting Central Austin, you can just look around the…

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Queer Austin: 2 Day Itinerary

Austin is one of the most LGBTQ+-friendly cities in the country, with a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index. But you won’t find just one “gayborhood” here. The community is integrated throughout this inclusive town, which means that LGBTQ visitors will find a…

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Sustainable & Vegan Weekend Itinerary

If you’re interested in planning a sustainable vegan weekend in Austin, you can and should! The city, despite being known for its BBQ, is also a thriving vegan hot spot with a robust vegan and vegetarian community. And there’s plenty to do if you’re also craving a sustainable itinerary. So here’s…

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Best Thai Restaurants in Austin, TX

If you are in the market for some great Thai food, we have you covered. The capital city is home to a number of incredible Thai kitchens representing many areas of Thailand. From the straightforward pad Thai dishes to a variety of unique and flavorful house specials, here are some of our favorite…

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Austin's Best Southern Food

While Texas isn’t technically considered “the South'', we’re close enough to have some darn delicious Southern selections. Pull up to a heaping plate of collards and chicken fried steak and you just may walk away with a twang in your talk and a rolling gait. Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill. Credit Matt…

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Three Days in Austin on a Budget

There are budget-friendly things to do all over Austin, and we've pulled a list of some visitor favorites. Stretch your travel dollars with this three-day itinerary of budget-friendly eats, sips and sees. Looking for more? Check out these 50 Free & Cheap Things To Do in Austin. Courtesy of…

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A First Timer's Guide to Austin

Where do you start planning when there are so many things to do, eat and see in Austin? Whether you're looking for weekend trip inspiration, or enough activities to fill a whole week, we've narrowed down the list so you can save hours of planning. Check out these top five things to do in Austin…

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