Ask any Austinite about their top picks for must-see destinations and you’re sure to get a dozen different answers. Thankfully, the OneSpot team has gathered for a SXSW mindmeld to give you some of our very best recommendations for making the most of your time in our fair city. Now please note that some may be slightly contentious, but we wanted to give readers just a sampling of some close picks that would help you survive the coming weeks.
– COFFEE –
Caffe Medici 200 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701
With a custom espresso roast by Cuvee Coffee, this place is a must-see for every java junkie. Even the “regular” coffee is french pressed and they offer pour over on request.
Houndstooth Coffee 401 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701
A mainstay on Congress and hidden in the Frost Tower, Houndstooth delivers an authentic espresso served with a selection of tasty treats including Tacodeli breakfast tacos (if you’re early enough).
Frank Restaurant 407 Colorado Street, Austin, TX 78701
Famous for hot dogs, but beloved by locals for an incredible cup of coffee. Choose from pour over or toddy methods to get your caffeination on.
Jo’s Coffee 242 West 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701
Outpost of the famous destination south of the river, this downtown hangout serves up Stumptown Coffee with some unique twists like the Iced Turbo (super caffeinated, sweet mocha) and the Belgian Bomber (a tuned down Turbo made with half cold brew coffee).
– BREAKFAST TACOS –
Torchy’s Tacos 1311 South 1st Street, Austin, TX 78704
Austin’s taco empire with locations all over town. You can go for plain old potato, egg and cheese or change it up with sirloin, avocado and more.
Mellizoz 1503 South 1st Street, Austin, TX 78704
A South First treat. While not as fanciful as Torchy’s you’ll get a belly full of Austin to start your day.
Joe’s Bakery 2305 East 7th Street, Austin, TX 78702
A local favorite on East 7th, Joe’s offers incredible tortillas and a wide range of traditional breakfast fillings.
– BARBECUE –
Franklin 900 East 11th Street, Austin, TX 78702
The line is as legendary as the finely smoked meats Aaron Franklin proudly serves, earning visits from the world’s top chefs and even the President. Locals keep tabs on the queue for ‘cue thanks to this Twitter handle. Go early, ask for the fatty brisket and thank us later.
Micklethwaite Craft Meats 1309 Rosewood Avenue, Austin, TX 78702
Food trailer + smoker + mmmmm sausage deliciousness just a short walk away from Franklin. This is one of the few BBQ joints that doesn’t skimp on sides, offering a damn respectable array of fresh accompaniments and finishers.
Stubb’s 801 Red River Street, Austin, TX 78701
Super solid, but our first pick for BBQ brunch. Live gospel, an all-you-can-eat buffet plus a DIY Bloody Mary bar for $20 ($5 more if you want to be within sight lines of the band).
John Mueller Meat Co. 2500 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78704
Another noteworthy trailer in East Austin, this John Mueller serves up equally respectable brisket and beef ribs with a piquant, showstopping sauce.
Lamberts 401 West 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701
For fancier fare in the heart of Downtown, visit Lamberts, part of a top notch family of Austin foodie friendly joints (including Elizabeth Street Cafe, Perla and Clark’s – all worth checking out if you have the time).
– RECORD SHOPS –
Waterloo Records 600A North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78703
Live shows, inside and out. Stellar listening stations. A wide variety of selections from local artists. Incredibly knowledgeable and helpful staff. Could an audiophile really ask for more?
Encore Records 809 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78702
Solid stand-by for music lovers but a must-see for metal lovers. Rock on.
End of an Ear 2209 South 1st Street, Austin, TX 78704
Big enough to get lost in, but small enough to not lose your entire day. Great prices, even better selection.
– BASICS & SURVIVAL –
CVS 500 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701
Austin MacWorks 450 West 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701
Lady Bird Lake Trail Enter at S. 1st and Cesar Chavez
10 miles of trail to traverse when the open bars and brain-booming panels get to be all too much. Run, walk, skate, cycle. The trail is your oyster.
These are just the highlights, and there’s no way to possibly include every must-do for your Austin visit. Whether you hit any of these spots or many of the other great ones, enjoy our home town and we look forward to seeing you!
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