Austin is known for being a super hip city in Texas, and I’m happy to report, it’s true, it is super hip. My first visit met all expectations – great music, great food and great drinks. One thing I didn’t expect was for it to feel so big. It’s a big city with some really cool neighborhoods, and thanks to Fasten, I had no problem getting around.
Without further ado, here are my favorite spots from my first trip to Austin.
WHERE TO SLEEP
1. HOTEL ELLA
The Hotel Ella is a charming hotel housed in a former mansion close to the University of Texas. From art to decor to happy hour, no detail is overlooked. If you’re looking for a cozy hotel that’s great for brunch, a swim or a nightcap, the Hotel Ella is your place.
HOTEL SAN JOSE
An amazing bungalow right on South Congress. This is the place for a weekend getaway with your girlfriends or significant other.
SOUTH CONGRESS HOTEL
The South Congress Hotel is so damn cool. This is the place to see and be seen. Definitely stay here if you want the chicest room in the middle of the shopping action.
WHERE TO EAT
1. EMMER & RYE
Emmer & Rye is one of my favorite meals of the year so far. From locally sourced ingredients to a creative take on dim sum, Emmer & Rye is a must when you’re in Austin. While the menu changes daily, I suggest getting recommendations from your server but really you won’t go wrong with anything. The wine list is excellent as well.
WHERE TO SHOP
WHERE TO EAT TACOS
3. LA CONDESA
La Condesa is a beautiful spot that serves modern tacos and cocktails. Bright and airy with cool decor. Everything is fresh and spiced to perfection.
WHERE TO DRINK
1. THE BLACKHEART
The Blackheart is super cool bar with live music on Rainey Street. Rainey in general is the place to go for after dinner drinks. I fell in love with The Blackheart and actually went twice while I was in Austin. Please go here for some bourbon, a beer and the band.
3. GOODALL’S KITCHEN & BAR
Inside Hotel Ella, Goodall’s is the best happy hour in Austin (IMHO). Half priced drinks and bar bites (including their legendary burger). Cozy up to the bar, grab a bourbon or a glass of wine and devour a burger.
There are so many places that I tried to hit while I was visiting Austin, but I just didn’t have time. (That’s usually the case.) I guess that gives me a reason to go back and try out some more hotels.
So I guess this is to be continued…