Top ChoiceBridge in Downtown

Bat Colony Under Congress Avenue Bridge

Bat Colony Under Congress Avenue Bridge

Every year up to 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats make their home upon a platform beneath the Congress Ave Bridge, which crosses the Colorado at the southern end of downtown. It's an Austin tradition to sit...

Top ChoiceBarbecue in East Austin

Franklin Barbecue

Franklin Barbecue

This famous BBQ joint only serves lunch, and only until it runs out – usually well before 2pm. To avoid missing out, join the line – and there will be a line – by 10am (9am on weekends). Treat it as a tailgating...

Top ChoiceMusic in Austin

South by Southwest

The American music industry's major annual gathering has expanded to include film, interactive media and comedy. Austin is absolutely besieged with visitors during this two-week window; many a new resident first...

Top ChoiceJapanese in Market District, Clarksville & North Austin

Uchiko

Not content to rest on his Uchi laurels, chef Tyson Cole opened this bustling North Lamar restaurant, which describes itself as 'Japanese farmhouse dining.' All we can say is, if these fantastic and unique...

Top ChoiceLive Music in South Austin

Broken Spoke

Broken Spoke

George Strait once hung from the wagon-wheel chandeliers at the wooden-floored Broken Spoke, a true Texas honky-tonk. Not sure of your dance moves? Join a lesson, offered from 8pm to 9pm ($8). As the sign inside...

Top ChoiceIce Cream in South Austin

Amy's Ice Creams - South Austin

The South Congress location of this beloved local ice-cream chain shares its daily flavors on a chalkboard out front. Pick your favorite add-on, and they'll pound it into your ice-cream choice.

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Downtown

Texas State Capitol

Texas State Capitol

Completed in 1888 using sunset-red granite, Texas’ state capitol is the largest in the US, backing up the familiar claim that everything’s bigger hereabouts. Drop in even if only to take a peek at the lovely...

Top ChoiceTex-Mex in South Austin

Güero's Taco Bar

Set in a sprawling former feed-and-seed store from the late 1800s, this Austin classic always draws a crowd. Güero's may not serve the best Tex-Mex in town, but with its free chips and salsa, refreshing...

Top ChoiceBar in Market District, Clarksville & North Austin

Little Longhorn Saloon

Little Longhorn Saloon

This funky little cinder-block building, 5 miles north of downtown, is one of those dive bars that Austinites love so very much. They did even before it became nationally famous for Chicken Shit Bingo on Sunday...

Top ChoiceAmerican in East Austin

Dai Due

Even an eggs-and-sausage breakfast is a meal to remember at this lauded East Austin favorite. All ingredients come from Texas farms, rivers and hunting grounds, as well as the Gulf of Mexico. Supper Club dinners...

Top ChoiceIce Cream in Market District, Clarksville & North Austin

Amy's Ice Creams

It's not just the ice cream we love; it's the toppings that get pounded and blended in, violently but lovingly, by the staff wielding a metal scoop in each hand. Look for other locations on Guadalupe St north of...

Top ChoiceVintage in South Austin

Uncommon Objects

'Curious oddities' is what they advertise at this quirky antique store that sells all manner of fabulous knickknacks, all displayed with an artful eye. More than 20 different vendors scour the state to stock...

Top ChoiceLive Music in South Austin

Continental Club

Continental Club

No passive toe-tapping here; the dance floor at this 1950s-era lounge is always swinging with some of the city's best local acts. On most Monday nights you can catch local legend Dale Watson and his Lone Stars...

Mexican in East Austin

Veracruz All Natural

Veracruz All Natural

Two sisters from Mexico run this East Austin taco truck (an old bus), which may serve the best tacos in town. Step up to the window, order a migas breakfast taco (you must!) then add a quesadilla or torta for...

Park in South Austin

Zilker Park

This 350-acre park is a slice of green heaven, lined with hiking and biking trails. The park also provides access to the famed Barton Springs natural swimming pool and Barton Creek Greenbelt. Find boat rentals, a...

University in UT & Central Austin

University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas at Austin

Whatever you do, don't call it 'Texas University' – them's fightin' words, usually used derisively by Texas A&M students to take their rivals down a notch. Sorry, A&M, but the main campus of the...

Museum in UT & Central Austin

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

Big, glitzy and bursting with high-tech interactive exhibits, this showcase museum celebrates the story of the Lone Star State, from its earliest inhabitants, via the era when it formed part of Mexico, up to the...

Museum in UT & Central Austin

Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) Library & Museum

Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) Library & Museum

Devoted to the 36th US president, who launched his political career in Austin, this museum is still attracting the crowds more than 50 years since he left office. Beyond the hokey, animatronic LBJ that regales...

Gardens in Austin

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Anyone with an interest in Texas' flora and fauna should make the 20-minute drive to the wonderful gardens of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, southwest of downtown Austin. The center, founded in 1982...

American in Market District, Clarksville & North Austin

Barley Swine

Small plates. Tantalizing flavors. Locally sourced. Changing menus. Snout-to-tail culinary creations. And craft cocktails. All served in a rustically chic setting. Yep, hardcore farm-to-table joints are trending...