A.M. to P.M. in Austin, Texas

These city guides are inspired by my personal approach to travel. For each day of a trip, I like to plan for two activities – something dayside, something nightlife. This method is enough to keep you on the go but leaves time for spontaneous discoveries, locals' only advice and just getting lost, one of my favorite ways to see a place.


Barton Springs Pool 
In my opinion, this is the city's most iconic attraction. 
2201 Barton Springs Rd

South Congress Avenue
A pedestrian adventure from the Capitol all the way across the river and up the promenade of shops and restaurants. 

Harry Ransom Center 
21st and Guadalupe, University of Texas

Blanton Museum 
200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

LBJ Presidential Library 
2313 Red River Street

Central Library 
701 W. Cesar Chavez Street

Barton Creek Greenbelt
Free and open to the public, the greenbelt is an easy spot for nature walks and swimming. 
Mopac & 360

Jester King Brewery
13005 Fitzhugh Rd

Mount Bonnell
3800 Mt Bonnell Dr

Easy Tiger
709 E 6th St

Radio Coffee & Beer 
4204 Manchaca Rd

Hotel San Jose 
1316 S Congress Ave



The Broken Spoke
3201 S Lamar Blvd

C-Boys Heart and Soul
2008 S Congress Ave

The Continental Club
1315 S Congress Ave

Red River Cultural District
Austin's reputation as a haven for live music can be chalked up to the clubs along this corridor, hosting musicians local and touring every night of the week from 6th Street to 12th Street. Cheer Up Charlies is a great little bar to visit in between sets at The Mohawk, Barracuda or Beerland.

Rainey Street
A stretch of old houses just off downtown that now operate as bars and restaurants, with food trucks and drinking options galore.

East Cesar Chavez

I recommend bar hopping between Stay Gold, Drinks Lounge, Weather Up and Craftsman, all walking distance from each other but off the beaten path.

1400 South Congress Avenue

Stiles Switch BBQ and Brew
No nonsense barbecue and beer at a spacious spot on North Lamar. Perfect after a day in the sun. Pro tip: make sure someone in your group orders the Frito pie.
6610 North Lamar

Bouldin Creek Cafe
A charming vegetarian diner that suits the locals and visiting celebrities alike. Beer and wine are served in addition to a slate of coffeehouse drinks and genuinely great food for every meal of the day.
1900 S 1st Street

St. Elmo Brewing Company
440 E St Elmo Rd

Natalia Ciolko