. Josephine House
A cozy upscale bungalow serving up the best breakfast burger in Austin? You bet. The focus on local, seasonal ingredients means it's not available year-round but when it is -- it's worth the reservation.
. La Barbecue
A challenger to the juggernaut that is Aaron Franklin and his barbecue. There still may be a line, but there are several great neighborhood bars where you can take turns grabbing a drink. Pulled Pork and the 1.5 pound Beef Ribs are the stars of this show - bring a napkin.
. Blue Dahlia Bistro
This quaint bistro is perfect for the culinary adventurer or your everyday vegetarian/vegan. Sandwichers are served open faced on slate boards and use locally sourced organic ingredients. Sure to please every pallet.
Frequently cited as one of the best restaurants in Austin, if you’re craving sushi Uchiko is the place you want to be. Expertly prepared sushi and Asian staples are served up in a hip Zen atmosphere.
Discover prohibition era cocktails and modern mixology on a spirituous journey through this beloved cocktail lounge. If you aren't a fan of the hard stuff, they've got you covered with a generous selection of craft beers and house wines.
. Midnight Cowboy Modeling
Housed in a building with an interesting and colorful (to say the least) history. Try classic cocktails that aren’t done better anywhere else. Typically by reservation only, passers-by are only allowed into the bar if they know the Secret Password. Archer is great at keeping secrets, but not this one.
. By George
A high-end boutique featuring curated finds for both men and women. You'll be shopping holding a shirt by a burgeoning local designer only to fall in love with a vintage timepiece minutes later.
. Kick Pleat
Austin has a reputation as a casual town, this Downtown adjacent shop assures that any woman will be equipped for tonight, tomorrow, and that big event next week.
Unexpected and eclectic is the name of the game here. A go-to for a thoughtful gift for those who have everything. A great shop for that objet d’art to finally tie that room together.
Living in Austin, if you have not been here, you are doing it wrong. Staff picks help you find new authors or sort out the classics that you don’t really need to read.
. Congress Avenue Bats
Experience an unforgettable evening on the Congress Avenue Bridge. From Spring to early fall, witness over 1.4 Million Mexican free tail bats who call the Congress Bridge home. Watch from the bridge itself, or take an adventure straight from the water on a boat tour. It’s an encounter you will share for the ages.
. Governor's Mansion
The official residence of Texas governors and their families, this local landmark was targeted by an arsonist in 2008 and no longer does interior tours to the public—but it's definitely still worth the drive by.
. The Driskill Hotel
It gets hot in Austin. That's why the Driskill was built with an open rotunda and 4-story domed skylight, but it isn’t purely aesthetic. The shape and size support airflow. Go for the view, stay for the storied bar serving not-to-be missed Bloody Mary's.
. Austin City Hall
Designed to reflect Austin’s culture, the unique architecture introduces a nouveau look for a government building. With mixes of Texas limestone and copper, the landmark aspires for an iconic status similar to the Capitol in DC. Swing by and decide for yourself.
. Bredmond Block
A little piece of England far from home. The Victorian era homes and a bevy of Widows Walks- lighthouse-esque platforms originally designed for women to look out for the return of their see-fearing husbands, make this a neighborhood unlike any in the United States.
. Hope Outdoor Gallery
If you think there’s nothing good about graffiti, then you need to visit Hope Outdoor Gallery. Using the remains of an abandoned construction project, famed street artist Shepard Fairey kicked things off with several large pieces – followed by muralists and street artists who have painted every inch of the three-story lot. The beauty is in the evolution, new art is being layered over the old in an ever changing, ever evolving, art instillation. Add your mark for a fee.
. Blanton Museum of Art
"You Belong Here" is the tagline for the museums reimagined permanent exhibits, and we couldn't agree more-- you belong here. Housing a wide array of art from renaissance to modern, be sure to walk through the Atrium’s Stacked Waters, a 3,100 sq. ft. wall art instillation that wows the senses by playing with space, light and perception it's worth the trip in and of itself.
. Juan in a Million
Named after the enthusiastic and eccentric owner known for meeting his customers at the door with a hearty handshake or a hug. They serve a wide variety of breakfast staples, but locals opt for the Don Juan breakfast taco.
. The Omelettry
Recently relocated, this eggscelent (pun intended) classic diner is focused on one thing. You have to crack a few eggs to make an omelette, and this old-school Austin eatery knows what they are doing.
. Apanas Coffee Bar
Sustainably sourced espresso and artisan coffee drinks nestle up beside local wine and craft beer to make the perfect break from a hard day shopping at Domain NORTHSIDE morning, noon, or night.
. The Oasis
"Create Without Reservation" The oasis is quaintly Austin-- queso, live music, and outdoor eating. A venue in itself, the nearly 2,500 seat restaurant offers views unavailable anywhere else in Texas.
. Salt Traders Coastal Cooking
You can almost smell the sea breeze as you eat your way through ceviche, oysters, and fresh fish. The friendly atmosphere and location make it great for a family dinner or catching up with friends.
. Mia's Tapas Bar
Weather you choose beats and goat cheese, pork belly and salsa verde, or a salmon fillet, experience all the flavors of Italy with none of the guilt of the traditionally large portions.
. Antonelli's Cheese Shop
Remember that amazing charcuterie board that you had at the restaurant last night? Chances are they bought their cheese from Antonelli’s. Texas, as well as international varietals, represent everyone’s favorite food here.
This undeniably luxurious, French-American restaurant is a happy hour hot spot. Enjoy well-crafted discounted cocktails from 4:30-6:30 and while you’re there try the truffled eggs, you won't regret it.
This Austin favorite mixes good old southern hospitality with farm-to-table ingredients. Try their biscuits, they aren’t always on the menu, so be sure to ask!
. Boiler Nine Bar + Grill
Weekend brunch at this three-story downtown restaurant includes riffs on eggs benedict, using coffee-braised ham and fried pimento cheese to elevate this brunch basic. If hollandaise isn’t your thing they also serve a morning burger topped with a fried egg, and shrimp and grits so good you know you’re in the south. Their eclectic menu ensures you’ve got something to satisfy every craving.
. Carnaval Brasileiro
El Carnaval is synonymous with Brazil. The costumes, the colors, and the samba make for a great party. So good, that in 1978 Austin started their own rendition. Beloved by locals the event has grown to include thousands. You'll come for the rum inspired drinks and find yourself being swept into the samba.
. The Cloak Room
The ominously dark Cloak Room is a no-frills historic drinking den infamous for its under-the-table political dealings in the late 80’s. Since then it’s become a favorite for its eclectic atmosphere and array of patrons from college students to politicians.
. Craft Pride
A favorite for beer lover’s and locals alike. With over 50 beers on tap and even more in bottles, the super friendly staff makes sure that everyone has a drink in their hand.
An ideal backdrop for lively conversation, this two-story bar offers craft forward fare and an inventive, seasonal cocktail menu. Their three categories of drinks: Upbeat, Downbeat, and Offbeat assure that everyone from the cocktail connoisseur to the pickiest pallet has something to enjoy.
. The Red Room Lounge
A non-conspicuous glowing red light leads the way to this speakeasy-esque wine cellar. Offering an extensive and upscale wine list in a cozy and intimate environment, most wines come by the bottle, so bring a friend.
Indulge your inner foodie with authentic Thai food and modern culinary fusion at this ultra-modern bistro. If you aren't familiar with Thai food—we recommend the Pad Thai (a safe option if you aren’t familiar with Thai food).
. Cipollina Bistro
Sit back with a bottle of wine and let the world pass you by. This intimate cafe offers some of the best pizzas and hot sandwichies in the city, all in an approachable atmopshere.
. Elephant Room
A soulful riff on the classic piano bar, this underground jazz club plays music seven days a week. Old-fashioned ambiance and the music of a forgotten era allows you to slip away from your daily obligations and lose yourself, at least until two.
. The Continental Club
Open since 1955, this rockin’ music hall is one of the longest running in all of Austin. With icons like Stevie Ray Vaughan gracing the stage it's not hard to see why. The wide array of musicians that come through make it a venue for any music lover, regardless of taste.
. White Horse
This popular music venue is known for its incredible tacos and even better live country music. This honky-tonk has been featured on Conde Nast Traveler as one of Austin’s best music venues, come for the great music stay for the dancing.
. The Mohawk
Named for the Native American culture of the Northeast, not the haircut, this bar and live music venue is quaintly Austin. Driven by a tribe of Austenite’s who crave eclectic, local music-- you'll find it in spades at The Mohawk.
. Broken Spoke
Part restaurant and part music hall, the Broken Spoke is all Texas. Known as the last great honky-tonk features supper, live music, and cold beer. Bring you boots and get ready for a two-stepping good time.
. Barton Springs
A 3-acre pool entirely fed by natural underground springs, this 70-degree watering hole is ideal for year-round swimming. Once you're done, enjoy the plentiful greenspace and educational Splash! Exhibit.
. Zilker Park
Offering an amazing view of the Austin skyline, enjoy walking the trails and gardens or swimming in the natural springs. This 350-acre park is perfect for soaking up the local sun and adored by locals and visitors alike.
. Sunrise on Mount Bonnell
If you are looking for romance in Austin, look no further than Mount Bonnell. Take a moment and cruise out of the city lights to experience one of the most romantic spots in all of Texas. The view from the summit offers resplendent sunrises and serene sunsets worth sharing with that special someone in your life.
. Weathered Coalition
The goal is to look good and this online shop turned brick-and-mortar retailer strives to help you do just that. With on-trend clothes and timeless home décor, this store should be on every 21st century man's radar.
. JM Dry Goods
A posh boutique bringing the colors, fabrics, and attitude of Oaxaca to Austin. It's hard not to fall in love with the lively greens and blues that embroider many of the blouses throughout the store.
Dedicated to producing premium US made footwear, HELM has a boot for every occasion. From your wedding day to a night on the town these artistically created boots will last you for years.
. Uncommon Objects
A self-described "emporium of transcendent junk”, they mean it in the best possible way. Possibly one of the most fun stores to walk though in all of Austin, if you have a discerning eye you might just spot your new favorite treasure.
. Austin Rodeo
Headlining as “where weird meets western” the Austin Rodeo is a Texas tradition. Most of March you can enjoy live bull riding, stock shows, and authentic BBQ. An all-Texas good time.
. Orangetheory Fitness
The best one-hour workout in the country. Orange Theory's focus is on heart . If you manage to stay in "the orange" long enough your body is guaranteed to keep burning calories for up to 36 hours after the workout ends.
Fitness and fun and steps from our front door. SoulCycle is indoor cycling reinvented. Dim lights, epic spaces, and rocking music combine to create an environment where you can clear your head and get a body sculpting workout.
. CorePower Yoga
Located in the Domain NORTHSIDE, this is yoga with a twist. Focusing on traditional yoga poses and philosophy, jazzed up with cardio, free-weights, and ab exercises you'll leave more peaceful, but also toned and sweaty.
. Hill of Life Trail
The Hill of Life Trail has another name to those in the know “The Hill of Death” At one point this infamous trail rises nearly 300 feet vertically in just over a third of a mile. Not to fear, many of the other trails offer a more moderate experience.
. LBJ Presidential Library
So much more than the name gives credit for, the massive space serves as a reminder of bygone era. Worth a trip just to listen to the recording of Johnson talking to Jackie Kennedy after her husband was assassinated. If it doesn't make your cry, it'll probably give you chills.
. Texas Capitol
The largest state capitol could only be found in… Texas. A classic example of renaissance revival architecture, the building is as iconic as it massive. Free tours of the 400 room mega-structure and green space perfect for a picnic make this a family favorite.
. Bass Concert Hall
Attracting the world’s finest performers, the Bass Concert Hall ranks among the elite performance halls in the country. With massive facilities and famous productions, this is the theatre for enthusiasts.
. Zach Theater
The longest running theater in the state of Texas, it's anything but old fashioned. With ever-changing shows, community outreach, and classes it's worth your time to peruse the schedule of this local gem.
. Paramount Theatre
The home of SXSW, the Paramount hosts more than 200,000 visitors a year. A cultural hub of Austin, visit the theater for screenings or curated films, live music and of course theatre productions.
. Jo’s Coffee Shop
Great food, local coffee, and some of the best people watching in Austin. All three location are great but we prefer the original on South Congress. While you’re there make sure to take a selfie in front of the iconic “I love you so much” mural
. Voodoo Doughnut
Serving wacky, creative and over the top doughnuts, this eclectic shop adds to the charm of Sixth Street. They serve more traditional doughnuts, but we always recommend springing for the extraordinary.
. Cow Tipping Creamery
From a food truck to two separate brick and mortar locations, Cow Tipping Creamery is quickly redefining soft-serve. With ever changing menu items, they focus on perfect soft-serve with gourmet toppings and mixes.
. Amy’s Ice Cream
An Austin institution, Amy's has been scooping up happiness since 1984. Made famous for their Mexican vanilla flavor, there is no better way to cool off on a hot Texas day than with Amy's.
This ultra-luxe chic boutique specializes in urban, bohemian women's apparel-- a must visit for anyone wanting to channel an authentically Austin vibe.
Offering carefully edited home accent and décor pieces. The objects you’ll find are beautiful but functional, all at a reasonable price.
. Outdoor Voices
Bringing the attention and care of high fashion to active wear. The quality and fit of Outdoor Voices is perfect for athletileisure, grueling workouts, or just binge watching Netflix.
. South by Southwest (SXSW)
A city-wide takeover occurs every March when SXSW kicks off. The week-long conglomerate of film screenings, music festivals, and keynote speakers can be fun for almost everyone. If attending, plan your days ahead of time-- traffic can be hectic.
. 5th Annual Austin Oyster Festival
Oysters served raw, grilled, and roasted are the spotlight of this early spring festival. If you aren't an oyster fanatic, don't be scared away. The festival also includes live music and its notorious Bloody Mary's for patrons to enjoy.
. Austin Zoo
The Austin Zoo isn't your typical gallery of exotic creatures. Rescue and rehabilitation is at top of mind at this animal saving sanctuary. All animals are either being nursed back to health, or were rescued from terrible situations. Of special note, the zoo features plaques that tell the animal's often harrowing stories. While you won't find the diversity common at many larger zoo's, many visitors find the connection to the animals ultimately more rewarding.
. Austin Rock Gym
An adventurous way to burn some energy. Expect arm shaking, heart pounding fun that'll put a smile on anyone’s face. The only rock climbing gym in Austin, knowledgeable instructors will get you to the summit. Exhilarating if you’re an advanced climber or a first-timer.
. The Thinkery
Traveling with children? The Thinkery provides a fun, educational environment for younger kids to experience and explore. With 10 galleries including 3D printers and soldering irons, who knows? Maybe you'll just learn something to.
. Culinary Dropout
Free-spirited and undefinable, this Domain NORTHSIDE eatery offers one of the premier patio experience in Austin. Sip an expertly made cocktail while playing yard games or knock back a few cold ones and cheer on your favorite team—Culinary Dropout is a great example of why Austenite’s love patios.
Headlining as a gourmet candy boutique, think candy store for grown-ups. Rose gummy roses are the treat you didn’t know you needed. Offering a massive variety of gummies, chocolates, and cordials not all their treats are booze laden—only the best ones.
Golf meets your favorite local hangout in the nation’s premier golf entertainment complex. Kids to want-to-be professionals can have fun playing one of the several addictive point-based golf games. If swinging a club isn’t your thing, stay strokes above par lounging in the heated/cooled “bays” perfect for enjoying the extensive food and beverage menu while the kids (big and small) work on their game.