THINGS TO DO IN AUSTIN IN 48 HOURS

I’ve been asked so many times if I had ever gone to Austin because “omg it’s so much fun” and “it’s just like LA, but more chill.” A few weeks ago, I booked my trip to visit this hipster city for a few days during SXSW. I had no idea the week was going to be so packed (so definitely google search events in Austin in advance) because I couldn’t find a hotel to stay at all. By now you all know very well how much I love traveling like a local and booking high-end hotels is simply not for me. I prefer to stay at boutique hotels (I’ve discussed why here). 

In a nutshell, AUSTIN IS ALL THAT AND THEN SUMMMM!

LET’S START WITH FOOD – FOR ALL FOODIES:

I absolutely loved eating at the different eateries in South Congress. I had the best tacos at Torchy’s Tacos and a delicious brunch at Josephine’s House. Austin is very known for their Tex-Mex style of food and it did not disappoint. One of the mornings, I had Huevos Rancheros at Paperboy and it was AH-MAZING! My recommendation would be to eat at different local restaurants to taste it all because 9/10 times it’s going to be phenomenal! 

BEST PLACES TO EAT IN AUSTIN:

  • Matcha at the Factory – 30-minute drive from Downtown Austin & highly known for their matcha coffee + chicken & waffles 
  • Josephine House – by South Congress + near cool walls for photos. You can sit inside or outside, both are equally cool!
  • Le Politique – Downtown coffee shop 
  • Gordoughs – by South Congress and super delicious!
  • Güero’s Taco Bar – by South Congress and so phenomenal! Live music is played here while you enjoy tacos and some local beers!
  • Cafe No Se – by South Congress + totally cute for a girls brunch date. The place is very charming to eat inside and outside.
  • Torchy’s Tacos – In Downtown + by South Congress. My most recommended place to eat in all of Austin.
  • Paperboy – This little food truck is hidden in the neighborhood, but for a morning eat it’s a favorite of mine.
  • Elizabeth St Cafe – Super duper Vietnamese and I was a bit bummed breakfast ended at 11 am, but would recommend ONLY if you’re into this kind of eatery. 

MOST INSTAGRAMMABLE WALLS IN AUSTIN:

So many places to take photos, you can dedicate an entire afternoon to just take pictures because WOW!

HERE IS A LIST OF PLACES FOR PHOTOS:

  • You’re my butter half – by the university at 2000 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd 
  • I love you so much mural – by South Congress 1300 S Congress Ave
  • Love is the question, Love is the answer – by South Congress and near Josephine’s House 1211 W Lynn St
  • Greetings from Austin – by South Congress 1720 S 1st St
  • Love from Austin – by South Congress 1920 S Congress Ave
  • Before I die – by South Congress (some strangers house!) 206 E Elizabeth St
  • You make my heart sing – by Downtown 301 W Riverside Dr
  • San Jose hotel – This hotel is super cute for photos and it’s in South Congress

*I would recommend you plug these names into your phone’s GPS*

BEST PLACES TO HANGOUT IN AUSTIN:

So many amazing places to enjoy the city of Austin, but by far these are my favorite:

  • 6th St – Tons of restaurants, photo ops, and bars!
  • Rainey St – BARS, BARS, BARS!!! I had such an incredible time here!
  • South Congress – I did spend a lot of time here, but it was so good to just walk around and get to know the local side of Austin. A lot of boutique hotels are in this area but they are on the pricey side so definitely use HOTEL TONIGHT code JOCASTILLO94 for $25 off your stay.
  • The Boardwalk – I explore a little of it and totally enjoyed it! 

*This post is sponsored by Mazda. I had the privilege of driving the Mazda CX-5 Signature and it was incredible! A few features that I really loved from the vehicle were the active driving display and the Mazda Connect. The driving display helps you stay focused on the road by displaying all the vital information onto the windshield like safety warnings and speed. While Mazda Connect is like a commander control which enables you to control everything in the vehicle. The Mazda was reliable when it came to gas, I only had to fill the tank once in a week — which is not as bad as I expected. I’ve considered this vehicle for purchase even. I love the feel of the SUV. For all my single people, this is a nice ride!*

Have any of you been to Austin? Definitely recommend places if I missed any (which I’m sure I did). I cannot wait to go back. I even thought of moving to Austin haha… the nostalgia was real!

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  1. This was super helpful as I plan my visit there, looove and am even more excited to go now!