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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Outdoor Event Space
“Zilker Park is where ACL happens, where a great Zilker Christmas Light Show is, where the Stevie Ray Vaughn bronze is. Close enough to Casa Willow and Holly Neighborhood. Google what is happening at Zilker when you come.”
  • 806 locals recommend
Pool
“This is a beautiful natural fed spring. It gets crowded on the weekends, but just say you're a local for a lower rate. This is also a top-optional pool.”
  • 961 locals recommend
Capitol Building
“The Texas State Capitol is the capitol building and seat of government of the American state of Texas. Located in downtown Austin, Texas, the structure houses the offices and chambers of the Texas Legislature and of the Governor of Texas.”
  • 440 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
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“BBQ fanatics that have to go to Franklin's for BBQ, you can beat the traffic when you stay in East Austin as you are a minutes away from Casa Willow. Yes, there are lines, but there are lines now a lots of great BBQ places. (You can pay students to get in line for you too).”
  • 448 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
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“Does watching a movie while enjoying something off of an extensive dining menu, AND having a cocktail, draft beer, or bourbon shake sound fun? Then look no further than The Alamo Drafthouse. There are several locations around town.”
  • 430 locals recommend
Rock Club
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“Best music in a cozy venue. This where music lover’s want to be! You might even see some cool swing dancing!”
  • 403 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Considered a classic in Austin, Home Slice provides an authentic New York style pizza experience.”
  • 316 locals recommend
Mountain
“Local tip, go to the far right of parking lot and skip the stairs and walk up the boulders instead. ”
  • 382 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“A high-density office, retail, and residential center located in the high-tech corridor of northwest Austin.”
  • 299 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“The supplemmetn street to 6th St. Its a newer area with bars next to each other. most having live music and all in a 2 block area. Also worth going there at night”
  • 328 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“Chronicle Readers’ Best Vegan/Vegetarian Café, so it’s no surprise that the café is revered for its all vegetarian menu. From the blueberry cornbread to their signature sandwiches Bouldin Creek Café offers most of its menu in vegan options as well. One of the oldest restaurants in South Congress. The Café displays art from local artists and rotates them every month, with an open patio. ”
  • 345 locals recommend
History Museum
“If you are interested in Texas history, this is w really cool museum. It also has an IMAX theater that shows cool documentaries and feature films.”
  • 232 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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“All the burgers are great! There’s always a line! Always, but it goes fast!! Get a hard cherry limeade while you wait ( I like mine with gin) Dont skip on the fries bc they have the best Parmesan truffle fries ever! Finish it off with a salted caramel shake”
  • 289 locals recommend
Art Museum
“In January 2015, Ellsworth Kelly gifted the Blanton a design concept for his most monumental work: the first and only building the artist designed, as well as the last project before his death in December 2015. The stained glass in this building is super cool! One of Austin’s better museums. ”
  • 229 locals recommend
Lake
“Kayaking, canoeing, paddle boating, walking, running and bicycling trails...beautiful!”
  • 358 locals recommend
Dive Bar
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“White Horse is great if you're new to Texas and want to see some live music and two-stepping. ”
  • 330 locals recommend

Top restaurants

BBQ Joint
“BBQ fanatics that have to go to Franklin's for BBQ, you can beat the traffic when you stay in East Austin as you are a minutes away from Casa Willow. Yes, there are lines, but there are lines now a lots of great BBQ places. (You can pay students to get in line for you too).”
  • 448 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
“Does watching a movie while enjoying something off of an extensive dining menu, AND having a cocktail, draft beer, or bourbon shake sound fun? Then look no further than The Alamo Drafthouse. There are several locations around town.”
  • 430 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Considered a classic in Austin, Home Slice provides an authentic New York style pizza experience.”
  • 316 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“Chronicle Readers’ Best Vegan/Vegetarian Café, so it’s no surprise that the café is revered for its all vegetarian menu. From the blueberry cornbread to their signature sandwiches Bouldin Creek Café offers most of its menu in vegan options as well. One of the oldest restaurants in South Congress. The Café displays art from local artists and rotates them every month, with an open patio. ”
  • 345 locals recommend
Burger Joint
“All the burgers are great! There’s always a line! Always, but it goes fast!! Get a hard cherry limeade while you wait ( I like mine with gin) Dont skip on the fries bc they have the best Parmesan truffle fries ever! Finish it off with a salted caramel shake”
  • 289 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
“Call in a reservation a week in advance if you can, this place has some of the best sushi I've ever had!”
  • 297 locals recommend
Diner
“Family-friendly local diner with quick and good service. I recommend their omelets.”
  • 187 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“A bit of a drive, but by far the BEST lake view nearby. The food isn’t amazing- but the drinks are cheap! So go and soak up the view on a gorgeous day or for a killer sunset!”
  • 187 locals recommend

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