Best things to do in Austin

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Locals’ favourite places

Here’s your definitive guide to the best parks, restaurants, landmarks and local spots, all according to locals

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1. Barton Springs Municipal Pool
2131 William Barton Dr
779local recommendations
Stephany
Stephany says “Within Zilker Park's 358 acres lies one of the crown jewels of Austin - Barton Springs Pool. The poo...” ·
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2. Franklin Barbecue
900 E 11th St
366local recommendations
David
David says “Seriously, it's the best. Anthony Bourdain says so. President Obama says so. Texas Monthly says s...” ·
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3. The Continental Club
1315 S Congress Ave
319local recommendations
Jaime
Jaime says “This place is the best! It is a historic landmark on the National Historic Register for its music (n...” ·
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4. Home Slice Pizza
1415 S Congress Ave
292local recommendations
Anthony & Hayley
Anthony & Hayley says “Home Slice Pizza is an independent neighborhood pizza joint serving authentic NY-style pizza,by the ...” ·
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5. Zilker Metropolitan Park
2100 Barton Springs Rd
646local recommendations
Rv
Rv says “Zilker Park is known as the crown jewel of the Austin parks system. It is named for Andrew Jackson...” ·
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6. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema South Lamar
1120 S Lamar Blvd
342local recommendations
Stephany
Stephany says “Cold beer, hot movies, and delicious snacks and meals; The Alamo Drafthouse is dinner, drinks, movie...” ·
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7. Bouldin Creek Cafe
1900 S 1st St
272local recommendations
Erin
Erin says “Cute little spot with decent vegetarian/vegan food. I recommend the veggie royale, the vegan BLT, or...” ·
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8. Hopdoddy Burger Bar
1400 S Congress Ave
261local recommendations
David
David says “Best "upscale" burgers in town. Texas company, focusing on locally sourced ingredients. They have ...” ·
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9. Uchi
801 S Lamar Blvd
251local recommendations
Scott And Sally
Scott And Sally says “Sushi. The country knows James Beard award–winning chef Tyson Cole as the indomitable force behind A...” ·
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10. Torchy's Tacos
1311 S 1st St
224local recommendations
Johnny
Johnny says “There are two locations on South 1st. One is a brick and mortar, the other is a food truck. An Austi...” ·
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11. The White Horse
500 Comal St
246local recommendations
Robin And Ashley
Robin And Ashley says “Super fun bar and venue to catch local country bands. Great for two-stepping. Everybody welcome- i...” ·
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12. Elizabeth Street Cafe
1501 S 1st St
194local recommendations
Chloe
Chloe says “Delicious, innovative Vietnamese dishes, Great pastries and ambience. Bunch get the omelette, stick...” ·
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13. Justine's
4710 E 5th St
208local recommendations
Lisa
Lisa says “This is a bit of a hike from my place but worth the drive for some fabulous French cuisine. It's in ...” ·
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14. Blue Dahlia Bistro
1115 E 11th St
195local recommendations
Sharon
Sharon says “Organic, locally sourced, fresh food. The tartines (French style open faced sandwiches) are yum! Oli...” ·
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15. Hillside Farmacy
1209 E 11th St
182local recommendations
AJ & Meaghan
AJ & Meaghan says “It's spelled this way as an indicator to their dedication to local farms. Happy hour offers discount...” ·
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16. Austin Convention Center
500 E Cesar Chavez St
181local recommendations
Terry
Terry says “The facility’s expansion has allowed events to expand their conventions, trade shows and expos. It h...” ·
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17. Broken Spoke
3201 S Lamar Blvd
183local recommendations
Stephany
Stephany says “Real Deal Older than dirt honky tonk. Come eat a great Chicken Fried Steak or some BBQ and enjoy a ...” ·
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18. Sway
1417 S 1st St
171local recommendations
Terry
Terry says “Curries, seafood & creative desserts draw fans to this hip Thai eatery with an open kitchen.” ·
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19. Jo's Coffee
1300 S Congress Ave
182local recommendations
Barbara And Robert
Barbara And Robert says “Fantastic coffee, lots of great dogs, yummy treats, wi-fi. Some of the best people watching on South...” ·
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20. MUNCHIES & FRIENDS with Matty Matheson at Contigo
2027 Anchor Ln
168local recommendations
Theresa
Theresa says “Fantastic appetizers, food and drink menu. Fire pits in winter, shade in summer. Constantly receivin...” ·
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21. Perla's
1400 S Congress Ave
167local recommendations
Anthony & Hayley
Anthony & Hayley says “Perla's has Austin’s prettiest oak-shaded patio! Fresh fish and oysters flown in daily from both coa...” ·
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22. Ah Sing Den
1100 E 6th St
173local recommendations
Kent
Kent says “Technically, it's a restaurant. But it has a fantastic speak-easy vibe going and some of the best c...” ·
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23. Cenote
1010 E Cesar Chavez St
180local recommendations
Paige
Paige says “A great spot in an old house right on Cesar Chavez, this cozy neighborhood coffee shop serves bagels...” ·
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24. Salty Sow
1917 Manor Rd
165local recommendations
Heather
Heather says “Yummy, yum, yum! The pastrami salmon and brussel sprouts are ridiculous as is everything else on the...” ·
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25. Güero's
1412 S Congress Ave
168local recommendations
Barbara And Robert
Barbara And Robert says “Incredible tacos and outstanding hand-shaken margaritas in a funky former seed store. Live music un...” ·
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26. The ABGB
1305 W Oltorf St
168local recommendations
Anthony & Hayley
Anthony & Hayley says “Our philosophy: Beer Makes It Better. We believe our beer has the power to make everything better. A...” ·
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27. Lady Bird Lake
238local recommendations
Robby And Beth
Robby And Beth says “"10 miles of trails border Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin and serve as a social hub for runners, ...” ·
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28. Magnolia Cafe
1920 S Congress Ave
155local recommendations
Barbara And Robert
Barbara And Robert says “Sorry, they're open: 24/7. Scrumptious breakfasts served all day with huge omelets, pancakes as big ...” ·
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29. Whisler's
1816 E 6th St
164local recommendations
Erin
Erin says “Incredible cocktails, a fun mezcal bar hidden upstairs, and home to East Side King Thai Kun food tru...” ·
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30. Black Sheep Lodge
2108 S Lamar Blvd
160local recommendations
Lisa
Lisa says “Laid back bar with tasty bar food (burgers, wings, etc). Great beer selection, darts and several TVs...” ·