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Things to do in Austin

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.
American Restaurant
“On the fancier end . . . one of our favorite spots to catch happy hour or a nicer meal. Close to other walkable bars and restaurants”
  • 202 locals recommend
“Just down the street from Allens is the South Congress location of Magnolia Cafe, known for its “Sorry, We’re Open” neon sign and 24-hour diner service. The original location opened as Omelettry West on Lake Austin Boulevard in 1979, and this beloved café has been an Austin favorite ever since. Barack Obama’s 2014 visit cemented the diner’s status as a local icon forever when he met a UT student for coffee there.”
  • 187 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“4 miles. Radio is a great local coffee and beer place. it's got a hip austin vibe and is a great place to sit outside sip some coffee and enjoy austin.”
  • 175 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“This french resturant is a must have for mimosas and brunch! make sure to try the FRIED CHICKEN SAMMIE.”
  • 166 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Contigo offers flavorful New American cuisine. The ribeye steak and tempura green beans are out-of-this-world. Don’t forget to try the fried avocado. One of my favorite spots for a date night, or to sit around the fire pit and make new friends. ”
  • 183 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“During the spring, summer, and fall it is a must see! The scenery is Amazing!”
  • 128 locals recommend
Sports Bar
“Black Sheep Lodge is an authentic “old Austin” dive with plenty of beer, sports, and hearty burgers.”
  • 181 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Amazing local restaurant with very interesting and creative menu. Reservations recommended.”
  • 163 locals recommend
Dive Bar
“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. ”
  • 162 locals recommend
“Historic spot with local ingredients and fabulous brunch! Their backyard patio is amazing and their happy hour can't be beat! ($1 beers!)”
  • 140 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“In addition to being the home of the Austin City Limits TV show, the Moody Theater is Austin’s premier mid-sized concert venue”
  • 120 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
“Great upscale specialty cocktails. Waiters give you room but are readily available. Indie vibe with trendy interior decor, recommend for a date night.”
  • 177 locals recommend
“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.”
  • 172 locals recommend
“South Congess is lined with restaurants & bars with live music and shopping boutiques. Don't miss Allen's Boots, a local institution.”
  • 180 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Fun place to grab some coffee and cake or maybe even a bagel - Nice view of the lake”
  • 170 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“Movie and dinner experience in one of Austin's locally owned cinema. Includes a bar and cafe as well. ”
  • 146 locals recommend