Happy Monday everyone! Last week I returned back from an amazing and fun trip in Austin, Texas with my close girlfriends. It was my first time ever heading down south and I have to say I am in love with all the southern charm and delicious food that Austin has to offer. We had a jammed pack weekend full of activities, and fun shopping so I wanted to let y’all know some of the fun things to do when you’re in Austin. If you haven’t been yet, I highly suggest taking a trip down there! I plan on taking another trip down there very soon.
Day time activities: Since the weather was still hot down there (it was 90 degrees when we were down there), we hit up Barton Springs pool. It’s a three acres pool fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees. It’s a great place to relax and catch a nice sun tan during the day. If you’re looking for something more fun that allows you drink alcohol, go to New Braunfels (located about an hour from Austin) and tube along the river with your friends. My friends and I rented a car for the day to get there. It is such a blast and if you’re the type of person that likes to “day drink” this is such a fun thing to do with your friends.
Shopping: Of course I can never leave a state without doing some shopping. I was actually really excited to shop in Austin because I heard there are cute vintage stores and I also wanted to try on some cowgirl boots. Charm School Vintage is a cute vintage store with a lot of eclectic pieces. You can find cowgirl boots, beautiful fringe bags, and other fun vintage stuff. South Congress Ave had the best strip of fashionable and trendy boutiques. One of my favorites was Maya boutique. I purchased the cutest shearling vest there and am completely obsessed with it. This boutique had the best bohemian pieces from fringe booties, flowy tops, to beautiful kimonos. I literally wanted everything.
Eateries: I honestly wish I could remember all the places we ate at, but I only remember a few. Trust me, the food down in Texas is amazing. If you love BBQ, or tex mex you are in the right state. The portions at every place we ate at were huge, so sharing plates down there with your friends is completely normal. Chuy’s was one of my favorite tex mex spots. They have a delicious make your queso bar during happy hour and the taco salad is a must try there! We had delicious BBQ at Cooper’s BBQ after we tubed down the river in New Braunfels. The brisket is to die for and the ribs were also very delicious. Make sure to also get their mac and cheese and baked potato. On our last day in Austin, we had delicious burgers at Hopdoddy Burger Bar. This place has a variety of delicious burgers that you will have your mouth watering over. I had the seared tuna burger with wasabi dressing (literally amazing). You also have to and i mean HAVE TO try one of their rich and sweet milkshakes. I have such a sweet tooth so I ordered the red velvet milkshake. It was incredible. Picture a creamy milkshake topped with real cake pieces and whipped cream. I honestly wish I was sipping on it now as I’m writing this post!
Nightlife: I love Austin nightlife! It’s similar to NYC but it’s definitely a lot more casual down there. There are different parts that you can check depending on what you’re looking for. If you’re looking to get wild and relive those college memories of blacking out and not giving a F*** then East 6th Street (also called the “dirty 6”) is the place to check out. It’s a street closed off with no cars and you can just roam the streets and barhop. We went to the Blind Pig on the dirty 6 and had a blast. The rooftop bar is a fun area to meet people and grab drinks. If you’re looking to dress up and hit up more “club” like places then West 6th street is the place to go. There are a ton of fun lounges that play house music that you can dance to with your friends. Pop and Concrete Cowboy were some of my faves. The Summit (located on 5th street) was my favorite of all. It’s like a lounge/club with an amazing rooftop where the DJ plays awesome house music. If you’re really looking to dance and have a fun night, check this spot out. A great Sunday Funday spot is Rainey Street. It’s a street full of houses that turned into bars. Icenhauer’s has a live band that plays from 4-7 and if you’re there make sure to get their large mason jar filled with delicious sangria.
Austin is such a fun city and if you and your friends are looking for a taste of southern charm this city is a must see!
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