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Food Scene
Recommend for dinner, chill atmosphere great service, but what makes this place awesome is the amazingly creative menu always deliciously prepared. Best for parties under six. Roof top dining too.
47
locals recommend
Parkside
301 East 6th Street
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locals recommend
Recommend for dinner, chill atmosphere great service, but what makes this place awesome is the amazingly creative menu always deliciously prepared. Best for parties under six. Roof top dining too.
Good Mexican, done right. Nice outdoor area on second floor. Casual atmosphere, great tableside guacamole service and, of course, has got the margarita thing down! Can easily handle large parties.
11
locals recommend
Iron Cactus Mexican Restaurant and Margarita Bar
606 Trinity Street
11
locals recommend
Good Mexican, done right. Nice outdoor area on second floor. Casual atmosphere, great tableside guacamole service and, of course, has got the margarita thing down! Can easily handle large parties.
Food here is delicious, atmosphere is lovely, one of my favorites. Tip: go left to the outside patio bar, small and personal- great for pre-dinner cocktails. Warning: huge portions! Make Reservations
61
locals recommend
Moonshine Grill
303 Red River Street
61
locals recommend
Food here is delicious, atmosphere is lovely, one of my favorites. Tip: go left to the outside patio bar, small and personal- great for pre-dinner cocktails. Warning: huge portions! Make Reservations
Upscale Mexican, great atmosphere, outdoor dining on 2nd St patio is lovely. Be sure to check out their mixologists in action, they make amazing cocktails. Really nice small bar too. By Moody theater
105
locals recommend
La Condesa
400 West 2nd Street
105
locals recommend
Upscale Mexican, great atmosphere, outdoor dining on 2nd St patio is lovely. Be sure to check out their mixologists in action, they make amazing cocktails. Really nice small bar too. By Moody theater
High-end seafood and steakhouse, pricey yet worth every $$$. Great for special occasions. Service, food, atmosphere delightful. Recently renovated and gorgeous. Tip:reserve a table on 3rd floor view
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locals recommend
Truluck's
400 Colorado Street
17
locals recommend
High-end seafood and steakhouse, pricey yet worth every $$$. Great for special occasions. Service, food, atmosphere delightful. Recently renovated and gorgeous. Tip:reserve a table on 3rd floor view
Best BBQ in TX 5 blocks away, authentic Austin local chef, get there early and bring a cooler of beer and chair for the wait in line. Once the BBQ is gone, that's it for the day. No vegans or winers!
453
locals recommend
Franklin Barbecue
900 East 11th Street
453
locals recommend
Best BBQ in TX 5 blocks away, authentic Austin local chef, get there early and bring a cooler of beer and chair for the wait in line. Once the BBQ is gone, that's it for the day. No vegans or winers!
Local, original and ridiculous, you won't believe anyone could ever think of creating this food, it is decadent but so good! Sounds disgusting but here it is: diverse menu starring the doughnut, yup!
129
locals recommend
Gourdough's Public House
2700 South Lamar Boulevard
129
locals recommend
Local, original and ridiculous, you won't believe anyone could ever think of creating this food, it is decadent but so good! Sounds disgusting but here it is: diverse menu starring the doughnut, yup!
GREAT CREATIVE BURGERS! Don't fear the line, these guys have got it down. Local brew, cocktails. Fresh organic ingredients, fun experience on south congress. Love it!
291
locals recommend
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
1400 South Congress Avenue
291
locals recommend
GREAT CREATIVE BURGERS! Don't fear the line, these guys have got it down. Local brew, cocktails. Fresh organic ingredients, fun experience on south congress. Love it!
Avoid the chains go to East Austin for TX authentic and get your meat on! They raise their own cattle, want a great steak in a casual atmosphere? Go to this cool local place.
86
locals recommend
Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile
3235 E Cesar Chavez St
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locals recommend
Avoid the chains go to East Austin for TX authentic and get your meat on! They raise their own cattle, want a great steak in a casual atmosphere? Go to this cool local place.
Comfort food, chef is from Louisiana, great po-boy sandwich. Lots of fried stuff, casual atmosphere. A little further out, perhaps rent bike and ride there to justify the calories :)
73
locals recommend
Sawyer & Co
4827 East Cesar Chavez Street
73
locals recommend
Comfort food, chef is from Louisiana, great po-boy sandwich. Lots of fried stuff, casual atmosphere. A little further out, perhaps rent bike and ride there to justify the calories :)
Name says it all, nice atmosphere, fresh ingredients, always good. Great for large groups and really like the sushi bar seats too. Never had a problem getting a table even when it is crazy in town.
14
locals recommend
Piranha Killer Sushi
207 San Jacinto Boulevard
14
locals recommend
Name says it all, nice atmosphere, fresh ingredients, always good. Great for large groups and really like the sushi bar seats too. Never had a problem getting a table even when it is crazy in town.
Scenic, casual Mexican food and awesome margaritas. Nearby lakeside dining and bar, Austin boaters hot spot. Tip: if long wait for table, hand in the bar area inside and wait for one to open up there.
152
locals recommend
Hula Hut
3825 Lake Austin Boulevard
152
locals recommend
Scenic, casual Mexican food and awesome margaritas. Nearby lakeside dining and bar, Austin boaters hot spot. Tip: if long wait for table, hand in the bar area inside and wait for one to open up there.
Right around the corner, good menu for lunch, dinner or brunch.
40
locals recommend
The Hightower
1209 East 7th Street
40
locals recommend
Right around the corner, good menu for lunch, dinner or brunch.
Best sushi in Austin is a food truck? Yep, it's true! Usually only open in the evenings, dine outside look for the spray painted blue sign, yummy!
6
locals recommend
Kyōten Sushiko
4600 Mueller Blvd
6
locals recommend
Best sushi in Austin is a food truck? Yep, it's true! Usually only open in the evenings, dine outside look for the spray painted blue sign, yummy!
Rumor has it that, John Mueller, formerly worked with Franklin, of Franklin BBQ fame. Not always open but if the line is too long at Franklin, go check out his competition!
25
locals recommend
John Mueller Meat Co
2500 East 6th Street
25
locals recommend
Rumor has it that, John Mueller, formerly worked with Franklin, of Franklin BBQ fame. Not always open but if the line is too long at Franklin, go check out his competition!
Fine dining but casual, reservations recommended, great chef, hand crafted cocktails, sit at the bar to watch the cooks. Great service, lovely atmosphere, new and outstanding!
40
locals recommend
Juniper
2400 East Cesar Chavez Street
40
locals recommend
Fine dining but casual, reservations recommended, great chef, hand crafted cocktails, sit at the bar to watch the cooks. Great service, lovely atmosphere, new and outstanding!
Fresh fish, new england clam chowder, rustic, great service incredible fish dishes and local beers. Sell fresh fish too. One of my favorites for lunch but serve dinner too.
43
locals recommend
Mongers
2401 East Cesar Chavez Street
43
locals recommend
Fresh fish, new england clam chowder, rustic, great service incredible fish dishes and local beers. Sell fresh fish too. One of my favorites for lunch but serve dinner too.
Top 17 food truck on Rainey
Tapas Bravas
75 Rainey St
Top 17 food truck on Rainey
Quality tacos & eats
119
locals recommend
Veracruz All Natural Food Truck
1704 East Cesar Chavez Street
119
locals recommend
Quality tacos & eats
Food truck, on Texas monthly magazine's top 10 BBQ in all of Texas! Go during the day, when they run out of meat, they close. Awesome sandwiches too.
111
locals recommend
Micklethwait Craft Meats
1309 Rosewood Avenue
111
locals recommend
Food truck, on Texas monthly magazine's top 10 BBQ in all of Texas! Go during the day, when they run out of meat, they close. Awesome sandwiches too.
Food truck, voted one of the best restaurants in Austin.
51
locals recommend
East Side King
1618 East 6th Street
51
locals recommend
Food truck, voted one of the best restaurants in Austin.
Food truck, delicious! If you are in Zilker this is the spot.
The Mighty Cone
1720 Barton Springs Rd
Food truck, delicious! If you are in Zilker this is the spot.
Food truck, top 17 in Austin
130
locals recommend
la Barbecue
2027 E Cesar Chavez St
130
locals recommend
Food truck, top 17 in Austin
Food truck, vegan comfort food, gluten free, on top 17 list of high quality food trucks.
13
locals recommend
The Vegan Yacht
5212 East Cesar Chavez Street
13
locals recommend
Food truck, vegan comfort food, gluten free, on top 17 list of high quality food trucks.
Food truck, 6th St. music district, high quality top 17 truck, sausages after bar food
The Best Wurst
1327 South Congress Avenue
Food truck, 6th St. music district, high quality top 17 truck, sausages after bar food
Food Truck, Breakfast and lunch tacos, absolutely awesome and highly recommended by all guests. Cheap excellent eats right across the street! Just got a new truck too, so good! Right there!
20
locals recommend
Pueblo Viejo
502 Brushy Street
20
locals recommend
Food Truck, Breakfast and lunch tacos, absolutely awesome and highly recommended by all guests. Cheap excellent eats right across the street! Just got a new truck too, so good! Right there!
Casual right by convention center, known for its FRIED CHICKEN! And of course wine.
14
locals recommend
MAX's Wine Dive
207 San Jacinto Boulevard
14
locals recommend
Casual right by convention center, known for its FRIED CHICKEN! And of course wine.
Casual place, fried chicken, if that is what you are craving this is it. Right by convention center.
21
locals recommend
Gus’s Fried Chicken
117 San Jacinto Boulevard
21
locals recommend
Casual place, fried chicken, if that is what you are craving this is it. Right by convention center.
Arts & Culture
Real deal BBQ & sauce too, but go for the authentic Austin music experience. Look up who's playing, check them out on Spotify and just go enjoy the music!Stand in the dirt, add a cold beer andf enjoy!
121
locals recommend
Stubb's Bar-B-Q
801 Red River Street
121
locals recommend
Real deal BBQ & sauce too, but go for the authentic Austin music experience. Look up who's playing, check them out on Spotify and just go enjoy the music!Stand in the dirt, add a cold beer andf enjoy!
Cool small venue to catch some great live entertainment. No food, dive bar atmosphere with a really nice venue to see some talented acts. Tip: crowd varies base on headliner, best to check Spotify 1st
82
locals recommend
Mohawk Austin
912 Red River Street
82
locals recommend
Cool small venue to catch some great live entertainment. No food, dive bar atmosphere with a really nice venue to see some talented acts. Tip: crowd varies base on headliner, best to check Spotify 1st
Never ate hear, bet it's good. Love the small music venue on second floor, all types of music always great people watching. Can get crowded, check it out, always fun!
77
locals recommend
Lamberts
401 West 2nd Street
77
locals recommend
Never ate hear, bet it's good. Love the small music venue on second floor, all types of music always great people watching. Can get crowded, check it out, always fun!
Awesome music venue, musicians love playing there because they can see the audience. Seated venue, great bar, patios and history. Free tapings for PBS. Historic, special music venue, plan to go!
122
locals recommend
ACL Live at The Moody Theater
310 West Willie Nelson Boulevard
122
locals recommend
Awesome music venue, musicians love playing there because they can see the audience. Seated venue, great bar, patios and history. Free tapings for PBS. Historic, special music venue, plan to go!
Drinks & Nightlife
Hand crafted cocktails with specialty bar food. I mean these guys really are artists when it comes to cocktails. They even have special ice, sounds pretentious, it's not. Cool field trip, check it out
118
locals recommend
Weather Up
1808 East Cesar Chavez Street
118
locals recommend
Hand crafted cocktails with specialty bar food. I mean these guys really are artists when it comes to cocktails. They even have special ice, sounds pretentious, it's not. Cool field trip, check it out
Dive 6th St. bar, you've got to hit least one of these while here. This is a good one, I have seen some amazing cover bands here. Be cool & tip the talent, this is their livelihood, go before 10 PM
19
locals recommend
Blind Pig Pub
317 East 6th Street
19
locals recommend
Dive 6th St. bar, you've got to hit least one of these while here. This is a good one, I have seen some amazing cover bands here. Be cool & tip the talent, this is their livelihood, go before 10 PM
Owned by a cowboy and his wife, this tiny wine bar is one of my favorites. Light snacks available, great wines, lovely outdoor patio. Don't let the cowboy fool you, they know their wine!
48
locals recommend
House Wine
408 Josephine Street
48
locals recommend
Owned by a cowboy and his wife, this tiny wine bar is one of my favorites. Light snacks available, great wines, lovely outdoor patio. Don't let the cowboy fool you, they know their wine!
The owner creates incredible cocktails and has them on tap so they are always consistent and high quality. Really dark scary looking bar, that is totally chill and welcoming. Best cocktail & next door
6
locals recommend
Wonderland
1104 East 6th Street
6
locals recommend
The owner creates incredible cocktails and has them on tap so they are always consistent and high quality. Really dark scary looking bar, that is totally chill and welcoming. Best cocktail & next door
Great for Sunday brunch and nightlife, casual food, outdoor seating, live music, cold beer. That pretty much sums it up. Authentic Rainey St. District, lively and unique!
151
locals recommend
Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden
79 Rainey Street
151
locals recommend
Great for Sunday brunch and nightlife, casual food, outdoor seating, live music, cold beer. That pretty much sums it up. Authentic Rainey St. District, lively and unique!
Sightseeing
Take a walk around the grounds and see this amazing building up close, it is so gorgeous. Great place for a picnic, gorgeous old trees. sculptures and statues tell the history of TX & its people.
458
locals recommend
Texas Capitol
1100 Congress Avenue
458
locals recommend
Take a walk around the grounds and see this amazing building up close, it is so gorgeous. Great place for a picnic, gorgeous old trees. sculptures and statues tell the history of TX & its people.
There is a path that runs along the Lake and it is a great place to run or walk, you can do a loop around it from downtown by congress. Join the locals and make it part of your routine each day!
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locals recommend
Lady Bird Lake
382
locals recommend
There is a path that runs along the Lake and it is a great place to run or walk, you can do a loop around it from downtown by congress. Join the locals and make it part of your routine each day!
Go play! Volley ball courts, soccer, ultimate Frisbee courses, places to rent kayaks and SUPs. Get on the water and enjoy the view of the park and our skyline.
796
locals recommend
Zilker Metropolitan Park
2100 Barton Springs Road
796
locals recommend
Go play! Volley ball courts, soccer, ultimate Frisbee courses, places to rent kayaks and SUPs. Get on the water and enjoy the view of the park and our skyline.
Totally renovated 1 year ago, LBJ was the first president that recorded many of the phone conversations. Very interactive, multi-media presentation of 60's history. Champion of civil rights, explore!
101
locals recommend
LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River Street
101
locals recommend
Totally renovated 1 year ago, LBJ was the first president that recorded many of the phone conversations. Very interactive, multi-media presentation of 60's history. Champion of civil rights, explore!
New to Austin? Up for an adventure? A Segway tour is a great way to get an overview of the area early in your visit, and it is so fun! This one is a short walk from the condo, check out the website.
Segcity
621 E 6th St
New to Austin? Up for an adventure? A Segway tour is a great way to get an overview of the area early in your visit, and it is so fun! This one is a short walk from the condo, check out the website.
A Segway tour is fun and a great way to get an overview of the area, to maximize what you do on your visit. This tour leaves by the TX capitol, which is also a must see! Reservations required, FUN!
Segway Nation Tours
1108 Lavaca Street
A Segway tour is fun and a great way to get an overview of the area, to maximize what you do on your visit. This tour leaves by the TX capitol, which is also a must see! Reservations required, FUN!
Austin is know for its awesome vodka, if you are up for a short road trip to the hill country, this should be on your list! 2150 E Hwy 290, Dripping Springs. Check for tour times 512.994.3534, cheers!
41
locals recommend
Deep Eddy Vodka Tasting Room
2250 U.S. 290
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locals recommend
Austin is know for its awesome vodka, if you are up for a short road trip to the hill country, this should be on your list! 2150 E Hwy 290, Dripping Springs. Check for tour times 512.994.3534, cheers!
Want a real TX experience? Go tubing! Sometimes the only way to cool off is to be in the water! Put on your sunscreen and take a lazy float. Please see rules on website, go early to avoid long lines.
Comal Tubes
1880 Interstate 35 Business Loop
Want a real TX experience? Go tubing! Sometimes the only way to cool off is to be in the water! Put on your sunscreen and take a lazy float. Please see rules on website, go early to avoid long lines.
Spring fed swimming hole in the middle of Zilker, shaded beach area where you can dive in and cool. Hike or bike the park, have a picnic and then cool off. Small entry fee, so bring cash.
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locals recommend
Barton Springs Municipal Pool
2131 William Barton Drive
983
locals recommend
Spring fed swimming hole in the middle of Zilker, shaded beach area where you can dive in and cool. Hike or bike the park, have a picnic and then cool off. Small entry fee, so bring cash.
Short hike up the limestone cliff for a great photo op! If you have a car and are exploring pull over, and park on the side of the road on NW side of 360 and enjoy the view of Lake Austin.
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locals recommend
Pennybacker Bridge
5300 North Capital of Texas Highway
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locals recommend
Short hike up the limestone cliff for a great photo op! If you have a car and are exploring pull over, and park on the side of the road on NW side of 360 and enjoy the view of Lake Austin.
Zillions of tiny bats live under the congress bridge and emerge each night April-Oct to feed. Can see best from SE landing under bridge, parking can be tough so take Uber, pedicab or walk.
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locals recommend
Statesman Bat Observation Center
305 S Congress Ave
72
locals recommend
Zillions of tiny bats live under the congress bridge and emerge each night April-Oct to feed. Can see best from SE landing under bridge, parking can be tough so take Uber, pedicab or walk.
No frills evening boat cruise, in expensive and the best way to see the bats. Bring a cooler and enjoy the ride! Plan to do this, requires reservation, departs by the Hyatt.Best to walk,lacks parking
22
locals recommend
Capital Cruises
208 Barton Springs Road
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locals recommend
No frills evening boat cruise, in expensive and the best way to see the bats. Bring a cooler and enjoy the ride! Plan to do this, requires reservation, departs by the Hyatt.Best to walk,lacks parking
Lake Austin boating, just upstream from Lady Bird Lake, allows swimming, tubing & power boats. Great way to cool off, explore the hill country and enjoy gorgeous & clean Lake Austin. Make reservation.
Float On - Lake Austin Boat Rentals
1600 Scenic Dr
Lake Austin boating, just upstream from Lady Bird Lake, allows swimming, tubing & power boats. Great way to cool off, explore the hill country and enjoy gorgeous & clean Lake Austin. Make reservation.
My favorite place to launch the Kayak or SUP. Go east for city views & exploring Barton Springs. Go West for quiet wildlife & view of mansions of the cliffs of Lake Austin. Kayaks or SUPs, love it!
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locals recommend
Rowing Dock
2418 Stratford Drive
63
locals recommend
My favorite place to launch the Kayak or SUP. Go east for city views & exploring Barton Springs. Go West for quiet wildlife & view of mansions of the cliffs of Lake Austin. Kayaks or SUPs, love it!
Best way to see the bats is by river cruise, reservations required. Bats are active April-October, with most activity in later months. Both Lone Star & Capital cruises are good. Got to see this!
8
locals recommend
Lone Star Riverboat
208 Barton Springs Road
8
locals recommend
Best way to see the bats is by river cruise, reservations required. Bats are active April-October, with most activity in later months. Both Lone Star & Capital cruises are good. Got to see this!
Want some exercise? Take Lady Bird Lake hiking trail to this location and rent a kayak or SUP and enjoy the Lake by water. See website for pricing and hours.
92
locals recommend
Texas Rowing Center
1541 West Cesar Chavez
92
locals recommend
Want some exercise? Take Lady Bird Lake hiking trail to this location and rent a kayak or SUP and enjoy the Lake by water. See website for pricing and hours.
Tubing on the San Marcos River great way to stay cool and enjoy the area. Open Memorial -Labor day. See tubesanmarcos.com for hours, pricing and driving directions. Nice TX small city experience!
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locals recommend
San Marcos Lions Club Tube Rental
20
locals recommend
Tubing on the San Marcos River great way to stay cool and enjoy the area. Open Memorial -Labor day. See tubesanmarcos.com for hours, pricing and driving directions. Nice TX small city experience!
Rent a glass bottom kayak and explore Spring Lake, one of the largest aquifer driven springs systems in the world. 30 min boat ride,kayak,SUPs, diving. See txstate.edu/education for hours and options
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locals recommend
Meadows Center Glass-Bottom Boat Tours
201 San Marcos Springs Drive
12
locals recommend
Rent a glass bottom kayak and explore Spring Lake, one of the largest aquifer driven springs systems in the world. 30 min boat ride,kayak,SUPs, diving. See txstate.edu/education for hours and options
Glass blowing demonstrations and one of a kind glass art and objects, true artists and potentially a one-of-a-kind memento to take or ship home! see wgw.com for hours.
18
locals recommend
Wimberley Glassworks
6469 Ranch Road 12
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locals recommend
Glass blowing demonstrations and one of a kind glass art and objects, true artists and potentially a one-of-a-kind memento to take or ship home! see wgw.com for hours.
Explore the cave discovered over 100 years ago, formed by the earthquake on the Balcones Fault line. Also see the viewing area above to see where the hill country meets the plains. Unique experience!
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locals recommend
Wonder World Park
1000 Prospect St
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locals recommend
Explore the cave discovered over 100 years ago, formed by the earthquake on the Balcones Fault line. Also see the viewing area above to see where the hill country meets the plains. Unique experience!
Everything Else
Cool district to stroll through, lots of vintage shops, great places to eat and local vendors too.
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locals recommend
South Congress Avenue
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locals recommend
Cool district to stroll through, lots of vintage shops, great places to eat and local vendors too.
Great park and trail takes you around the wide open green spaces right in the city. By Barton Springs & Zilker park, go fly a kite!
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locals recommend
Lady Bird Lake Trail
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locals recommend
Great park and trail takes you around the wide open green spaces right in the city. By Barton Springs & Zilker park, go fly a kite!
Great laundry mat, they have drop off laundry service and if you chose to do it yourself there it is a nice place to hang out or grab a bit to eat at one of the local spots next door.Take credit cards
Spin N Kleen
1902 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Great laundry mat, they have drop off laundry service and if you chose to do it yourself there it is a nice place to hang out or grab a bit to eat at one of the local spots next door.Take credit cards
Drop in pilates class, recommended by other guest.
RedBird Pilates and Fitness
500 San Marcos St
Drop in pilates class, recommended by other guest.
If you are into CrossFit this is the place.
CrossFit Central Downtown
702 E 3rd St
If you are into CrossFit this is the place.
Indoor work out facility
Gold's Gym
115 East 6th Street
Indoor work out facility
Drop in yoga studio
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locals recommend
Sukha Yoga Eastside
26
locals recommend
Drop in yoga studio
Very convenient to the Austin Convention Center located right downtown.
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Austin Convention Center
500 East Cesar Chavez Street
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locals recommend
Very convenient to the Austin Convention Center located right downtown.
Shopping
The San Marcos Outlets are a shopper's favorite & has a comprehensive offering if shopping is your thing. Convenient to get to, right off of I35.
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locals recommend
San Marcos Premium Outlets
3939 I-35
97
locals recommend
The San Marcos Outlets are a shopper's favorite & has a comprehensive offering if shopping is your thing. Convenient to get to, right off of I35.
High end mall, nice outdoor neighborhood feel, great restaurants too.
The Westin Austin at The Domain
11301 Domain Drive
High end mall, nice outdoor neighborhood feel, great restaurants too.
Essentials
This is a full service grocery store, if you have a car and want to stock up for your stay, this is the least expensive, closest option.
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H-E-B
2701 East 7th Street
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locals recommend
This is a full service grocery store, if you have a car and want to stock up for your stay, this is the least expensive, closest option.
Whole foods hdq, their flagship store. Although a bit pricy, if you are into health/organic this is worth the trip! Free parking below,great place for lunch. Japanese and Sushi in back by produce.
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Whole Foods Market
525 North Lamar Boulevard
457
locals recommend
Whole foods hdq, their flagship store. Although a bit pricy, if you are into health/organic this is worth the trip! Free parking below,great place for lunch. Japanese and Sushi in back by produce.