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Travel Guide: Austin,TX

Austin, TX: known as an expanding city with good music, good beer, and amazing bbq. While I was down south for my spring break, I decided to visit Austin for a weekend to finally see what everyone has been talking about and experience all of the amazing food the city has to offer.

Before my trip, I decided to read as much about Austin as possible. I wanted to see what restaurants and shops were most recommended by people in order to take advantage of my 48 hours in the city; and let me say that none of the places disappointed! I’ve decided to share my compiled list with you all in case you were going to Austin soon, or just wanted to see what the city has to offer.

WHAT TO EAT

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Franklin Barbecue: If there is one place you need to eat while in Austin, it’s Franklin Barbecue. This is one of the only places I’ve ever visited that has 100% lived up to its hype. But I should warn you, actually getting to try the food is no easy task. The doors don’t open until 11am, but people start lining up hours before. On our first attempt to eat there we arrived at 10:30am to find out that they were already sold out. On our second attempt we arrived at 9 and the line was already half formed. We waited in line through the on/off rain and finally were able to receive and eat our food around 2pm. The wait can be gruesome, but it’s so worth it. Note* If you do plan on visiting, I recommend getting there super early to snag some of their free chairs left behind by past visitors or bringing your own.

Gordoughs: This airstream donut shop is a true game changer when it comes to donuts. Donuts aren’t fried until an order is placed guaranteeing a hot it fresh and hot. We opted to try the dirty berry donut with fudge icing and grilled strawberries and it turned out to be one of the best I’ve ever had.

Juan In a Million: From the outside, this looks like your typical mom and pop Mexican restaurant. Inside, however, are some of the biggest and best burritos you’ll ever have. But what truly makes this place special is Juan himself. The moment you walk in the door you’re greeted with a loud welcome and Juan’s famous handshakes. He personally welcomes every single guest into his restaurant, giving the men windup handshakes and women kinder softer ones. I would rate the place an 8/10, but with Juan it’s definitely is a solid 11/10.

Jo’s: I’m not a coffee person, but my boyfriend is so when I saw Jo’s popping up on list after list I thought we should go give it a try. What was convenient for me was the iconic “I love you so much” mural is right on the side of the tiny building. So after your coffee, you can snap a quick Austin photo. What this place is famous for is their Belgian Bomber, so much so that as you walk down South Congress that’s all anyone is carrying in their hands.

WHAT TO SEE/DO

Bats Under Congress Street Bridge: The Congress Street Bridge is home to 1.5 million bats, the largest urban bat colony. Unfortunately the bats weren’t in Austin during our visit, but everyone whom I’ve spoken to says it a pretty amazing site to see.

State Capital Building: The State Capital offers free tours every day of the week. So if you’re running tight on the budget or just have a spare 45 minutes, this is definitely a cool place to visit.



Bianca Montalvo