Austin in two days: Eats, shop, play
Archer Hotel Austin’s front desk team knows a thing or two about how to spend 48 hours in Austin, the Live Music Capital of the World. They’ve helped countless Archer guests experience Texas’ capital city authentically, historically and distinctively — and with timeliness in mind. Whether for food, fashion or festivities, this list provides local insight into some of the most memorable ways to spend 48 hours in Austin.
Day one Fill 'er up
Monday - Friday 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday - Sunday 12:30 - 3:30 PM
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
Day one Shopping + Eats
If you’re in Austin on a Saturday, stop by the Sustainable Food Center (SFC) Farmers Market, in Republic Square at 422 Guadalupe Street. The mother of all Austin farmers markets is open 9 AM -1 PM, rain or shine. Peruse dozens of farmers’ offerings and award-winning food artisans’ creations, as well as other locally made goods, while enjoying the live music.Take a lunch break
Have lunch in one of the many locally owned, farm-to-table restaurants on South Congress or in the downtown area, just north. Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, a few blocks north of the river, gets consistently stellar reviews as an excellent brunch and lunch stop — think Southern comfort food, but with a bit of flair. The Blackened Catfish platter, Tender Belly sandwich and side of Green Chile Cheddar Grits get honorable mention.Keep It Weird on South Congress Avenue
If you are looking for oddities in Austin, then look no further than South Congress Avenue — aka SoCo. This neighborhood is southwest of Lady Bird Lake and home to locally owned and one-of-a-kind boutiques, restaurants, galleries and music venues. Kitschy and eclectic is what this area is all about. Start at the north end at Heritage Boot for hand-made western boots with a distinctively retro-vintage style. Make your way down Congress south to C-Boys Heart and Soul for live music and a stop in its Japanese-American upstairs bar. Then head back up the street for more spectacular, unique shopping opportunities.Dine deliciosly
Round out your first day with dinner at another locally owned restaurant you didn’t get the chance to go to for lunch. Try Vespaio for rustic Italian on South Congress, Swift’s Attic for New American on Congress just north of the river or Parkside, a gastropub, for small plates and a raw bar on 6th Street.
If you prefer to freshen up at the hotel before dinner, Rock Rose is a destination street with such locally owned restaurants as Mia Italian Tapas & Bar and Tarka Indian Cuisine. Then stop in at the Rose Room for dancing on the weekends. Or enjoy our heated saltwater splash pool and a cocktail at the pool bar — a relaxing way to end your first day in Austin.
Day two Restore your energy
Day two Take a tour
Day two Soak up some history and culture
Day two Barbecue up
Day two Splish and splash
Day two Kick back
Day two Stroll to dinner
Raise a glass
End your second night of 48 hours in Austin with a toast to the great time you’ve had here. At Yard House, try the Build Your Own 4-Pack or a Half-Yard of its exclusive craft beer. In the mood for a sports bar? Head over to The Park, with its 40+ high-def TVs, handcrafted cocktails and artisan beers. Lavaca Street Bar is open seven days a week and showcases a myriad of drafts and spirits, as well as games, screens and two patios. 77° Rooftop's outdoor bar serves exotic rum drinks and “Palette Pleasers” — sharable bites to curb the late-night munchies. And executive chef Kendal Duque’s inspired, vibrant menu at AKB Austin pair well with the approachable wines, eclectic beers and finely crafted cocktails — and it’s just an elevator ride away from your comfy room at Archer.
After 48 whirlwind hours spent in this unique, unforgettable town, you’ll no doubt slumber contentedly and wake refreshed, ready for whatever your next 48 hours brings. Don’t forget to snag a souvenir before you leave. And if you need more inspiration — particularly for a weekend special with your love — these Austin romantic spots are just the ticket.
We wish you safe travels and look forward to your next 48 hours in Austin.