Austin, Texas is a culture rich, food mecca that I loved exploring and hope to visit again soon. I’m blessed to travel from time-to-time for work, and I like to take advantage of those opportunities during the evenings after hours to try new things. What makes Austin even better? The friends that I have who live there! Traveling not only opens your eyes to new things, but provides the space to reminisce on the old.
Time Spent: 5 Days
As I walked down Congress Street from my downtown hotel to Hop Doddy Burger Bar I fell in love with the endless amount of restaurants, coffee shops, and boutique stores that lined the streets. This is one of my favorite parts about Austin – there seems to be endless experiences ready for a foodie like myself! Although I am not a huge meat eater, Hop Doddy was delicious. I’m not even kidding – I ate the best parmesan truffle fries of my life there – we ordered seconds! There was a great happy hour deal on drinks, and I enjoyed the black bean burger that I ordered.
Another great restaurant that I was able to visit was the Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. My favorite part about it was what we like to call the “vibes.” There was live music, and it seemed like a popular spot for locals to come after work.
BUT HOLD ON FOLKS! Let me just tell you about my favorite restaurant that I went to in Austin. Your guess is probably a southern bbq joint, but nope. On Valentine’s Day a group of my friends from college ate dinner at Thai Fresh – a small, cozy Thai food restaurant where I had the best curry ever. To continue the celebrations, my friends took me to Gourdough’s for a past-time college tradition – donuts. These were not your average donuts! They were massive, and they were loaded. In our case, we got the “Son of a Peach” and the “Black Out” and I could only finish a couple bites of each. Gourdough’s definitely seems like an Austin staple!
I can’t finish this blog post without recognizing a cute little coffee shop that I visited with a friend early one morning before work – Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery. It was so fun to explore the outskirts of downtown because this particular area had an interesting mix of vintage-style businesses and homes.
Austin was almost completely a food and drink adventure for me, but I made sure to visit the flagship store of one of my favorite toxin-free and eco-friendly cosmetic companies – W3ll People. I had my makeup done with a nice little tutorial, bought a few things, and made my way as happy as ever. If you know me, you know organic and healthy beauty products are my fave!
On that note, I’ll end with a sweet little quote I found about Austin to leave you wanting to plan your next vacation there:
“There is a freedom you begin to feel the closer you get to Austin, Texas”