Every time I visit Austin I remember how much I love this city. I honestly think if I had to move to another city in Texas I’d have no trouble at all choosing Austin. Over the last couple of years I’ve been extremely lucky to travel quite a bit. I decided this time I’d put together a City Guide for you all filled with my favorite places to eat, stay, and do. Here is my Austin City Guide…enjoy!
Lone Star Court: This is the cutest boutique hotel located just north of Downtown Austin. This retro inspired hotel makes you feel like you’re out on a ranch instead of in the middle of a bustling city. It’s pretty much impossible not to feel relaxed here. I mean you’ve got rocking chairs right outside your hotel room.
Elizabeth Street Cafe: My new favorite Austin restaurant hands down. I will admit I was a little skeptical when I saw it was a Vietnamese cafe and French bakery… OMG… Delicious. I felt like I was transported back to Paris when I walked up and saw these adorable pink and blue doors! I guess if I can’t go to Paris I’ll take Elizabeth Street Cafe any day.
Jo’s Coffee: I know many of you are familiar with the “I Love You” sign in Austin. It’s on the side of the Jo’s Coffee building on South Congress, and I’ll just say this… I Love You Jo’s Coffee. As a coffee addict I’m dying for them to come to Dallas.
Swift’s Attic: I’ve tried to go to this restaurant the last few times I’ve been to Austin so this time was a must. I’m so happy I did. You walk upstairs (the attic) into this retro-chic hotspot, and it almost feels like you’re in New York or Chicago. It’s all shared plates which is great for a double date or birthday. They are known for their burger, but they had a special meatball dish the night we went so of course we had to try. Holy cow… Honestly, everything we ate was divine.
Roaring Fork: There are two locations in Austin, but the one next to our hotel has the better atmosphere. It overlooks this little lake, and even though it was a million degrees outside we had to sit on the patio. It was worth it. Roaring Fork reminded me of my favorite restaurant back home so I was immediately in love. I wasn’t disappointed. My favorite thing on the menu was the green chili mac n cheese. My mouth is watering just talking about it.
Oasis: I’ve never seen Lake Travis in Austin, but now that there is water in the lake again you have to go! The best way to experience Lake Travis is obviously on a boat, but since that wasn’t an option we went to Oasis. Wind your way through hill country to this hotspot overlooking the lake. The drive alone was worth it.
Fredericksburg: We didn’t have enough time on this trip to make our way over to Fredericksburg, but I highly recommend taking a day to go wine tasting. I’ve been on a few girls trips down here, and if you can’t make it to Napa you won’t be disappointed with the wineries in Fredericksburg!