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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.

BBQ Restaurant
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“This is the world's best BBQ hands down. But you will pay the price to get it since the lines are VERY long and you will need to be there by 7 am from what I hear. Pro Tip: You can order it online far in advance and pick it up without the wait. But you must order FAR in advance. ”
  • 445 locals recommend
Lake
“Kayaking, canoeing, paddle boating, walking, running and bicycling trails...beautiful!”
  • 359 locals recommend
Dive Bar
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“Go here for a classic Austin experience. Two-step with a cowboy, take photos in the Photo Booth, and have a great night!”
  • 325 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“One of our favorite bars in Austin. Don't forget to head upstairs-- there's a secret little mezcal enclave hidden there. ”
  • 236 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“Ambiance is top-notch at this hip French spot. Justine's is always top of mind when Austinites recommend a place to eat.”
  • 272 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Favorite coffeeshop in an historic home in East Austin with a delicious chai and even better food. Plenty of outdoor seating and extra parking shared with the church next door.”
  • 199 locals recommend
Café
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“Outdoor dining in front to watch all the passer by’s or enjoy the garden patio in the back. Healthy meals.”
  • 210 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Tasty, kinda fancy, and delicious cocktails. Can dress up or down, check out the happy hour for duck fat fries and drink specials!”
  • 202 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is the area that people talk about when they mention "6th st". It has a lot of bars including shot bars, food trucks, a piano bar, pedi-cabs, and cheap drinks.”
  • 179 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Nice little cafe within walking distance. From espresso drinks to happy hour on the patio. GF bread.”
  • 204 locals recommend
Bar
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“Beer garden with ping pong tables! Chill 6th street find in the midst of dirty.”
  • 161 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“One of our personal favorites and Eater's 38 essential Austin restaurants. Get the birthday cake for dessert!”
  • 162 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Contigo is a little further out in the Mueller neighborhood but great food and patio. Also good for brunch.”
  • 189 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“This place is named for a famous former London opium den that was visited by the likes of Aldous Huxley. Decor is on point (pseudo-East/Southeast Asian style, with peacocks, bold accents, jewel/gold colors, and lots of velvet). Pros: friendly bar staff, high quality cocktails, creative menu, lively crowd, best regular house music offering in the entire city every Thursday night -- called "Secret Garden" -- for real, if you like house music and you need something to do on Thursday night, check this out. Cons: expensive.”
  • 177 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Juan in a Million has the famous “Don Juan” which you better come hungry to eat.”
  • 142 locals recommend
Dive Bar
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“Hear me out: the Brussels sprouts and beet fries in the East Side King food truck out back make this divey beer garden hard to beat. ”
  • 163 locals recommend