With a city slogan ‘keep Austin weird’ you know you’re in for an interesting ride.
With its own natural beauty, bohemian southern charm and a live music bar on every block, Texas’ quirky state capital is not to be missed. Cool off with a picnic and the paddle-boarders at super-chill Lady Bird Lake in the middle of town, cruise up the South Congress for vintage boutiques and street art and shop for the perfect pair of cowboy boots at Allens Boots.
For the art
With community paint parks, iconic street art and random messages of kindness sprayed on the sidewalks, Austin’s streets are galleries in themselves. Check out the famous ‘I love you so much’ script on the side of Jo’s coffee, Daniel Johnston’s ‘Hi, how are you’ cartoon frog, and the constantly changing murals at the community-run HOPE Outdoor Gallery.
For the food
It’s true, everything is bigger in Texas! Tex-Mex, food trucks and southern barbecues – Austin’s food scene is huge. For handmade tortillas and the best tacos in town, check out Veracruz All Natural; for buckets of chicken and creole okra, hit up Lucy’s Fried Chicken; and for a taste of traditional Texan barbecue, Stubb’s Bar-B-Q is legendary.
For the music
Home to South by Southwest, Austin City Limits Festival and over 250 live music venues, Austin lives up to its ‘Live Music Capital of the World’ title. The city is alive with the sound of sax, soulful vocals and an irresistible Deep South twang. One venue not to miss is the Continental Club, famous for hosting an eclectic mix of genres from punk to country under one roof, seven nights a week.
If loaded taco’s, a vibrant music scene and seriously cool cowboys aren’t enough to entice you, continue to explore Austin through the eyes of UK Band Skinny Living with our interactive music video here.