After traveling to Austin, I have to say that it is definitely one of my favorite cities. I do not know how they infuse Mexican food, BBQ, and “healthy” restaurants into one, seamless travel experience, but they DO! I was honestly overwhelmed with my options and, even with the not so great weather, I found plenty to see AND eat during my travels here.
Before I start this post, let me preface this by saying this is in NO WAY a comprehensive review of places in Austin. There are just too many to count. The place also are in no way in order of how much I loved them. However, in the three days I was here and, after hearing from a TON of you about what I should do and where I should go, these were the place that stood out during my travels. I ate SO MUCH FOOD when I was there and I’m glad I did! I will say that you shjould not be afraid here to head off of the beaten path. Regardless of where I went, everything here was so delicious. They definitely have quality on their side!
An Austin classic! When my group got to this place, the line was definitely LONG. However, the wait for these tacos was definitely worth it. I was craving some fish tacos, so I got the Mr. Pink, a tuna taco with fresh cabbage, cojita cheese, and chipotle and the Mr. Orange, blackened salmon with grilled corn and black bean salsa and avocado sauce. The flavors were so spot on! They have multiple locations across Texas, but this place was definitely SUCH a winner!
Multiple Locations, Austin, TX
Oh my lord… where do I even begin? This place is so darn good. I came here around noon on a Saturday. There was a fairly substantial group of people at the entrance of the restaurant, which, as I have come to know, is usually a good sign. It took me a while to order, but I was craving breakfast tacos so much that I ended up ordering two margarita tacos (eggs/spinach/mushrooms). The area where you order is fairly small, but you can see into the open kitchen, where the cooks are chopping chilis out of crates before roasting them on the flattop. That’s how you know it is the real deal.
The tacos, along with their SPICY homemade salsas, were some of the best I ever had. There was an event going on in the warehouse space next door so I ate outside. I do not know how they did it, but they were some of the best tacos ever. I only wish I could grab a bottle of their green salsa. Only $5.50 for a filling, delicious lunch. Talk about a win win!502 Brushy Street, Austin, TX
A cute little cafe in the lobby of a hotel, the aesthetics of this place are on point head to toe- every detail is beautifully curated for a resounding cool, creative atmosphere. It’s blue tones, floral tiles, and blonde wood provide a clean, calm palate that allow you to zone in on your conversation or your work with an extra kick of creativity.
While I struggled choosing between matcha, golden milk, and coffee, I ultimately ordered an incredibly delicious cappuccino with oat milk while I was here. It was a little more than I am used to paying for, it was definitely a delicious dry cappuccino and a welcome from the cold weather. While I did not have a chance to sample their pastries, they looked to DIE for.1603 S Congress Avenue, Austin, TX
Cafe No Se
Where do I begin? Cafe No Se is the cutest little restaurant you have ever seen down in South Congress. It reminds me of some of the trendy places I used to frequent when I lived in NYC. The two words I would use to describe this place: innovative flavors. My waiter, probably the friendliest of the trip, recommended the poke bowl with extra avocado, which I happy ordered with some extra greens. I would never have thought to put grapefruit in poke, but it actually tasted quite heavenly. While I did not have the chance to try the brunch, I am told it is HIGHLY recommended.
1603 S Congress Avenue, Austin, TX
Three words: blueberry cauliflower smoothie. I have NEVER seen a smoothie place that has blended cauliflower in smoothies, yet here is Juiceland. The smoothie of the month was the Caulipower, which had all of the ingredients that I normally put in my smoothies but never see in other juice shops. The combination of coconut oil, avocado, blueberries, and cauliflower was such a winner. For $2 extra dollars, you can also make any smoothie into a bowl which, with their homemade granola, is definitely not to be missed. I also got to try their juice, a bottle of the cocolily, which was a essentially a green juice with coconut water. Did I mention all of their produce is organic?
Multiple Locations, Austin, TX
Of all of the coffee places I visited on this trip, Houndstooth coffee was one of the best. I had to walk only five minutes to check this place out, but they have multiple locations all throughout the city. When I walked in, I noticed the line was incredibly long, so I knew it was good. They also sell Tacodeli breakfast tacos, a cult favorite in Austin, which makes grabbing breakfast all the easier. I grabbed an oat milk cappuccino during my stay, which was absolutely delicious.
Multiple locations, Austin, TX
If you have dietary restrictions, then this is definitely the place for you! There are so many vegetarian and vegan friendly restaurants in Austin, but this one was definitely one of my absolute favorites. To be honest, I felt overwhelmed by the amount of choices which, let us be honest, never happens! I ultimately settled on the nest, which is comprised of fried veggie noodles, poached eggs, and tons of greens. All of my hopes and dreams of what Austin would be like were founded in this one place. Delish!5011 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78756
If you’re looking for a cute and modern cafe where you can spend your Sunday afternoons getting right into the groove of reading or being productive, then this is the place to be. I never felt rushed to leave this place while getting some work done on a Friday afternoon. They have an incredible chai latte as well, which makes actually leaving the place all the more difficult.
Multiple Locations, Austin, TX
If you’re looking for a casual drink in an adorable, outdoorsy atmosphere, this is your spot. There are picnic tables for outdoor seating near a creek. There is a ping pong table near the back of the patio. And there is an extensive beer menu with soft pretzels. What more could you ask for? I also stopped for some bread in the morning, which is to die for. Get ready to carboload while you are here!709 E 6th St, Austin, TX
This place is brand new, but it definitely took the spot as the best place to grab a quick treat. This tiny place is reminicent of my favorite juice bars in DC with one exception: homemade vegan gelato. Yes, you read the RIGHT! They have three different flavors to choose from and, while it was a very difficult decision, I ultimately settled on the cashew matcha, which they gladly topped with blueberries and almond butter. They serve the gelato in a hollowed out coconut, which makes it perfectly inI also grabbed a piece of vegan coconut zucchini bread to take home. The chocolate flavor was unreal and was the perfect plane snack. Even if you aren’t in the mood for something to eat here, at LEAST check out the cool graffiti wall they have out back. The wall is deserving of your selfie.612 Brazos Street, Austin, TX
Because I eat mostly vegetarian, I was honestly nervous to eat at Picnik. A lot of paleo places are normally not great with catering to vegetarian diets. However, the staff at this well-known Austin institution were incredibly welcoming and friendly, giving me all different recommendations on items that would cater to my diet. While their specialty is normally the butter coffee, I knew my body could not handle the influx of fat. I eventually settled on two veggie tacos and they were heavenly. Did you know they use pastured raised eggs and tortillas from local company Siete Foods? They also gave me some of their paleo chocolate chip cookies, which tasted delicious. Simply put, this place was HEAVEN.
4801 Burnet Road, Austin, TX