My Perfect Day in Austin | An Austin Travel Guide
I’ve been wanting to create an Austin travel guide for quite awhile. As natural light wedding photographers here, a ton of our couples are from out of state and having destination weddings in ATX! Plus, I’m always very specific when we travel – I want the places I go to be beautiful, but also good and, most importantly, LOCAL. Austin is a place where local spots reign supreme (we don’t ever really frequent chains), the locals are very casual, and the artistic energy here is palpable. So here’s a walkthrough of what my perfect day in Austin would look like, and we hope that it gives you an idea of how to spend time in our one-of-a-kind city!
So here’s what my perfect day in Austin would look like, keep in mind, in my perfect day time is also very extended haha!:
I’d wake up early and we’d grab coffee at my favorite coffee shop, Seventh Flag Coffee, then sit outside and read for a while before the rest of the city woke up.
Then, if there was a craft market going on, we’d definitely be going. My favorites that are in town twice a year are CraftHer Market & Renegade Craft Fair, we go every time they’re going on! Then I’d definitely hit up some (or all) of my favorite local shops & nurseries:
Tillery Street Plant Co
(mm mm mm this plant selection)
Paper + Craft Pantry
(one of my favorite local shops for all things paper & organization)
(my favorite – a beautiful curated selection!)
(the cutest little home goods & gift shop)
(you KNOW my ideal day involves going to a bookshop)
Dragon’s Lair Games if you’re North, Tribe Comic & Games if you’re South
At some point in the shopping, we’d surely need some sustenance. First, cookies are my favorite dessert so on our way down south for tacos, we’d definitely stop at Tiny’s Milk & Cookies for the best cookies in Austin.
Then, we’d probably go to our favorite lunch spots, Cosmic Coffee & Beer for their delicious taco truck, Pueblo Viejo, but they also have a BBQ truck. I get the micas taco, and the vegetarian taco every time I go. Talon’s go to order is the carne asada taco. (Hint: get the kombucha at Cosmic, they have a custom flavor that is INCREDIBLE.)
If it wasn’t windy, we’d definitely bring a game along too – maybe this one or this one.
In between lunch & dinner, we’d most likely go home and play some board games on our porch and plant our new plant babies.
For dinner, my choice is not even a question: Fresa’s Chicken. hint: get the guac & queso. trust me. The ambiance and the food is delightful and is the exact thing I love about Austin: you can eat outdoors pretty much anywhere you go, pretty much all year round. It’s also great going at happy hour! After dinner, we’d walk just down the block to Dolce Neve for some incredible gelato.
After dinner, we’d probably grab a movie at Alamo Drafthouse (their popcorn is sooooo good)!
OTHER LOCAL SPOTS
Here’s some other local places we love in the Austin area, we bet you’ll find somewhere you love too!
STAY (if we didn’t live here, here’s where we would want to stay – coincidentally, this is also mostly our list for wedding day getting ready rooms):
South Congress Hotel
Hotel St. Cecilia
East Austin Hotel
Kimber Modern Hotel
The Carpenter Hotel
Radio Coffee (has another one of our favorite breakfast taco spots: Veracruz Tacos)
Greater Goods Coffee Roasting
Stouthaus Coffee (our neighborhood spot)
Flat Track Coffee
Caffe Medici (while you’re at Paper + Craft Pantry, stop by their shop across the street!)
Not in to coffee? Try smoothies at SoupPeddler!
Carpenters Hall – their brunch is TO DIE FOR & the coffee is good
Hillside Pharmacy (I love going here for happy hour! They have one of the best burgers in Austin, and some really delicious Mac-n-cheese)
Hanks Austin – I love their crispy rice bowl
Honest Mary’s – a great spot for a quick, healthy lunch!
Emmer & Rye – a very delicious farm-to-table brunch (we haven’t been there for dinner but I’m sure it’s great!), with a freaking homemade pastry cart. So great for celebrating!
Eden East – this would be a really great experience, especially for anyone traveling in. It’s on a farm, they use the produce they grow for their restaurant. Requires reservations for dinner, but not for brunch!
Mattie’s at Green Pastures – the loveliest ambiance for brunch, dinner, or drinks.
Le Politique – This has been on our list of places to try!
Lick Honest Ice Cream – this is my favorite ice cream shop in Austin, natural & local ingredients and some dang good flavors.
Nada Moo – if you don’t do dairy, this dairy free ice cream shop is delish (they sell their pints everywhere but I think this is the only shop!)
Weather Up Bars
THINGS TO DO:
Kayak on Town Lake from Rowing Dock
Swimming at Barton Springs Pool (a true Austin original)
Mini golf at Peter Pan Mini Golf
A hike at Pedernales Falls State Park
Bring some friends over to Vigilante Gaming bar for snacks, drinks & games, what could be better?
Rock climbing at Austin Bouldering Project (it’s next door to Cosmic above!)
Hiking Mount Bonnell, a little touristy but truly gorgeous at sunset. Would totally recommend bringing a picnic here!
Hike the greenbelt – this is our favorite hike.
If you’ve got time to drive a little outside of Austin, Enchanted Rock State Park is a must see – it’s like our own little Joshua Tree and the town of Fredericksburg is adorable.
McKinney Falls State Park is also a fun little park to do some walking around & picnicking.
Lastly, you can’t go wrong with walking around South Congress, while it’s changed a lot from the classic street Austinites loved, it’s still very fun – grab a slice at home slice pizza and a cupcake at hey, cupcake.
Whether you live here or you’re visiting, we hope you find some gems you love on this list (and some off this list). And that you fall in love with this city like we have. And, if you want somebody to photograph your time here, you know where to find us!