Austin Bucket List

I'm a 4th generation Austinite. My maternal granddad recieved a purple heart in the war and came back to Austin to serve as the postmaster general here for 40 years. He planted pecan trees at Barton Springs, planted spinach in East Austin to take to the farmers markets as a side project, and was of service to various civic groups. I was born in Travis county in 1980. While I've migrated slightly outside of the city limits, it doesn't change my roots. My Dad owned and operated Westlake Pharmacy on Bee Caves Road and my Mom worked in the Senate while I rode horses and went on girl scout trips. One of my favorite childhood memories was watching the fireworks over Lake Austin from the roof of our house. I also loved going to eat queso & BBQ from a young age. Growing up Austin wasn't so bad, but the city sure has evolved. Below are some of my personal recommendations:


Activities in Austin

It's impossible to be bored in Austin, Texas. Hike up Mt. Bonnell, Take pics of the peacocks at Mayfield, Watch the bats on the Congress bridge, Run the hike/bike trail at Lady Bird Lake, Grab a book at Book People, Eat Ice Cream at Amy's Ice Creams, Watch an In-store performance at Waterloo Records, Check out an Exhibit at The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, Go to a UT game & wear orange, Boat Lake Austin, Tour the Capitol, Hike the Greenbelt, Walk Zilker Botanical Gardens, Swim Barton Springs Pool or Deep Eddy.


Where to Eat: Restaurants

If you had a bad meal in Austin, you didn't look hard enough. Try: Maudie's, Austin Land and Cattle, Fabi & Rossi, Jacoby's, The Peached Tortilla, JuiceLand, Franklin BBQ, Via 313, Rounders, Winflo, Hat Creek Burgers, Odd Duck, Z'Tejas, The Grove, Hudson's on the Bend, The Oasis (for the view), Hillside Farmacy, Shady Grove, Olivia, Hyde Park Bar & Grill, Mothers, Second Bar & Kitchen, Gueros, East Side Cafe, etc.


Where to Eat: Food Trucks

There are hundreds of great food trucks in Austin. Here are a few of my favs: Luke's Inside Out, Chi'Lantro, Hey! You Gonna Eat or What?, The Flying Carpet, East Side King, Wholly Kabob, Dock & Roll Diner, Kebabalicious & so many more. Read The Trailer Food Diaries for more ideas & insiders tips, and check out this article on hiring a food truck for events if you'd like to have a truck cater for you.


Dive Bars

There's an eclectic mix of old dive bars and new-Austin bars to enjoy the night life. My favorites have always been Dry Creek on Mount Bonnell, Don's Depot where I worked during college, Mean Eyed Cat where my friends all worked, & my old neighborhood bar: Deep Eddy Cabaret.


Watch Live Music in the Music Capitol of the World

Austin is considered the Live Music Capitol of the World - so be sure to check out who is playing at these venues/festivals when you're in town: Continental Club, ACL/Moody Theatre, Broken Spoke, ACL Music Festival, White Horse, Stay Gold, ABGB, Kebabalicious, SquareRut Kava Bar, etc.



There are many great places to practice yoga in Austin at all hours of the day and various levels of experience. Try Wanderlust, Black Swan, Practice, and East Side Yoga for starters.


Day Trips

Gruene: Gruene Hall, float the river, and the Gristmill

Wimberley: Leaning Pear, Cypress Creek Cafe, shop for art, Blue Hole, Jacob's Well, Prayer Mountain

Elgin or Lockhart: BBQ

Fredericksburg: Vineyards, eat German food, hike enchanted rock