2 Day Itinerary
Welcome to the Live Music Capital of the World®! This 2 day itinerary provides an overview of the city, plus plenty of signposts to help you get your cultural bearings. Here, you’ll find a sampling of the must do, see and experience Austin hits. Let our insider’s advice point you in the right direction for history and culture, as well as where to go for an amazing meal, a relaxing afternoon or a hot night out.
Hopdoddy South Congress Exterior. Credit Nick Simonite.
Get your caffeine fix at Caffé Medici before spending the morning exploring the Texas Capitol grounds and nearby historic sites. Head over to Baylor and 11th Streets to explore the HOPE Outdoor Gallery, an outdoor paint park designed and developed with the help of contemporary artist Shepard Fairey. The only
paint park of its kind in the nation, this park brings muralists, street artists and community groups together to showcase positivity through graffiti. Got can skills? Grab a paint pass and get to creating.
For lunch, nothing but a juicy two-fisted burger and truffle fries from Hopdoddy Burger Bar, a light and savory avocado toast at Café No Sé or a slice of margarita pizza from Home Slice will do. Snap a pic at the iconic “I love you so much“ mural, then stroll South Congress with a coffee from Jo’s and pop in to South Congress Books, Lucy in Disguise, Triple Z Threadz, Big Top Candy Shop and all spots in between. Then take in some Texas culture at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the exhibits in this three-story Downtown treasure, with its High Noon talks and IMAX theater. You can also visit the Mexic-Arte Museum, Harry Ransom Center or the Blanton Museum of Art. While you’re in central Austin, stop for iconic Austin chili at Texas Chili Parlor, seen in Quentin Tarantino’s 2007 “Death Proof” and serenaded by Guy Clark in his tune, “Dublin Blues.”
Take a sunset cruise or rent a canoe to watch the millions of Mexican free-tailed bats under the Congress Avenue bridge take flight (April through October, roughly). Head over to the East Side for dinner at award-winning Launderette or dine outdoors at Justine’s Brasserie, where the atmosphere battles the food and cocktails for winning your heart and belly. Afterward, Whisler’s has cocktails to match its cool interior, and get to dancing at Stay Gold, with a patio and bar stocked to tempt every Scotch-lover’s palate. Or head back Downtown for jazz at Elephant Room.
Courtesy of the George Washington Carver Museum.
Rent a Rocket Electrics bike and cruise over to the East Side. Hit up local legend Joe’s Bakery for a
Tex-Mex breakfast, then grab a draft cold coffee from Cuveé. Feeling some food-truck love? Check out
the bacon, pimento cheese and fried egg on brioche at Paperboy, and Curcuma has all your vegan/
vegetarian needs covered. While east, visit the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center and tour Six Square, in the African American Cultural Heritage District.
Meet up with your tour guide from the nationally lauded Austin Eats Food Tour. Their highly rated “Best of Austin” food truck tour is a foodie’s paradise. With a roster of 80 local restaurants and food trucks they rotate through, you can rest assured that you’ll get a proper sampling of the best of the best, bite by bite. Good weather? Grab your swimsuit and enjoy a splash in Barton Springs, and bring a kite and let the kids spend the afternoon at Zilker Park. Shopping beckons? Head north to the Domain for stores like W3LL PEOPLE and STAG Provisions for Men.
Get dolled up for dinner at Uchi, for contemporary Japanese food by heavily lauded, James Beard Award–winner Chef Tyson Cole. For a more laid-back vibe, try Fresa’s Chicken Al Carbon for tacos and margaritas on their tree-lined patio. Check out live comedy at Esther’s Follies, Cap City or any one of
the five families of improv theaters across town for some gut-busting laughs. Make your way to East or West Sixth Street for evening cocktails, then the Red River Cultural District for live music.
Insider tip: Here on a Sunday? Don’t miss Sunday Funday at The Domain’s Rock Rose and NORTHSIDE!