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.

Best Coffee Shops in Austin

Looking for the perfect cup of joe? You'll find it in Austin, where local roasters, craft brewers and champion latte artists abound, offering up everything from fair trade certified and locally roasted beans to spicy seasonal handcrafted chais and intricately detailed rosettas. While you may find…

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Best Restaurants & Bars This Winter

There are lots of exciting things to do during winter in Austin. But when the winter weather hits and you're looking to get extra cozy, try out one of these winter warmers around town. From local restaurants with fireplaces and fire pits to dark and cozy wine bars, here are some of the best Austin…

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When it’s Cold in Austin, Head to One of These Local Spots

Most of Austin’s winter is temperate, but there are few weeks of cold weather. Our staff recommends these restaurants, bars, breweries and coffee shops when you're looking to get extra cozy. The Backspace. Credit Carrie Ryan. “Head to The Backspace for a cozy date night or to catch up with your…

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Under Your Tree: An Austin Gift Guide

With Christmas just around the corner, here's a look at classic Austin stores and businesses that can help get your shopping all wrapped up. Discover toys from your childhood and today at Toy Joy, an Austin mainstay with a selection that makes even a 34-year-old kid grin. Waterloo Records. Photo…

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12 Days of Christmas Specials

On the 12 th Day of Christmas the Austin Visitor Center and Gift Shop gave to you a dozen excellent holiday daily specials! To wrap up your seasonal shopping or just spoil yourself, this hidden gem of a shop contains a variety of locally made and Austin-oriented gifts, clothes and items to suit any…

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