Kate Hofberg, a local to Santa BarbarA and freelance writer for Buzzfeed, writes Where to go and what to do exclusively for SB Travel.
Best of Austin, Texas
And it’s true!
But also, the city is so much more than taco trucks galore serving up breakfast tacos to hungry “Austinites,” a perpetual soundtrack of country western ballads playing, everywhere, always.
Because actually, Austin, Texas is cool.
Like, really cool.
It’s a place where there’s something for everyone: great food, eccentric shops, new hotels, art galleries and museums, and lots of opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Need help planning your trip to Austin?
Check out this list of the city’s best!
where to stay
The Ruby Hotel
For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the ever-growing state capitol, the new Ruby Hotel in Round Rock, Texas (about a 30 minute drive north of Austin), nestled on the banks of Brushy Creek, offers modern and bright accommodations, with many of the rooms featuring balconies with creek views. During your stay, enjoy a cocktail from the Ruby Bar while relaxing pool-side, stroll through the gardens, or take a short walk to the shops and restaurants of downtown Round Rock.
For those wanting to stay a little closer to all the Austin action, Hotel San Jose, located on the famed South Congress Ave., is a secluded, urban bungalow-style hotel originally built in 1936 as an “ultramodern motor court.” Today, the 40 room property with an outdoor pool and lounge is cool, minimalist and totally unique. The owner of the hotel also operates Jo’s Coffee, the popular Austin coffee shop known for its hand-painted “i love you so much” mural.
The Four Seasons Hotel Austin
For our travelers looking for a little more “luxe” or traveling for business the Four Seasons is always a good call. The Hotel Austin is a great example of what the Four Seasons traveler is accustomed to. It is located in the heart of the city along the Colorado River and only a few minutes away from the capital. The hotel offers complimentary cooking classes and yoga as well as many activities for the fall season and is gearing up for the holidays.
What to do
Where to Eat and What to Drink
In Austin, seemingly, you could eat forever. Of course, they’re serving up all your Texas favorites like brisket on white bread and corn tortillas piled high with taco meats, but in Austin they’re also serving up the best plates of oysters, bowls of pho, killer pizzas.
At Elizabeth Street Café transport yourself to Southeast Asia and treat yourself to a bowl of ultra-authentic pho and an iced Vietnamese coffee on their charming patio.
If you’re thirsty for beer, check out Easy Tiger Bake Shop and Beer Garden (several locations) for artisan bread, locally roasted coffee, house made meats, a full bar, and more than 30 local and boutique draft beers. All of the breads, meats, sausages and charcuterie are prepared in house, as well as their accompaniments. If you visit their 6th Street location, order a Blue Owl sour beer, (an Austin local favorite) and sip on a patio that overlooks the lush Waller Creek.
Now giddy up, y’all!
Austin is calling!