Austin Bucket List

Coffee & Breakfast Essentials

There are so many wonderful options but here are a few that should cover you wherever you choose to roam:

Map of coffee and breakfast spots
  • Cup of Joe:
    • Jo's Coffee - try the dirty chai or cold brew
    • Cenote - coffee & a light bite
    • Radio Coffee & Beer - our favorite, grab a veracruz breakfast taco while you're there!
    • Juan Pelota - grab a coffee and breakfast taco while paying homage to Lance Armstrong
  • Breakfast Taco's (it's a staple)
    • Veracruz all natural - BEST breakfast taco in Austin - worth the walk!!!
    • Paperboy - coffee & breakfast food truck - grab a cold brew and an egg sandwich
    • Tacodeli - breakfast or anytime taco's
  • Full Breakfast
    • Walton's Fancy and Staple - Sandra Bullock's own general store with coffee, breakfast, bakery and deli offereings
    • Biscuits + Groovy - Food truck (if you need to carb load after a workout in the park!)
  • Healthy
    • Bouldin Creek Cafe - vegan and veggie options
    • Blenders & Bowls - fresh pressed juice and acai
    • Whole Foods - flagship store - full of cafe's and juice bars!

Rainey Street - Food & Brews

This charming historic area is literally right outside your hotel room door and will provide you with a truly authetic Austin experience. Go for a stroll and grab a bite at a food truck or kick back in a beer garden bar while listening to the sound of live music floating through the air.

Map of Rainey Street

  • Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden - need I say more! over 100 beers/ciders on tap and house made very unique sausage. They are totally dog friendly and have live music on Thursday and Saturdays
  • Half Step - If you need to a serious cocktail, this is your spot. With white lights and picnic benches you can relax and sip on your mint julep.
  • Craft Pride - If you want to try local beer (only Texas breweries) then stop by and grab some pizza at their food truck and enjoy the day!
  • The Clive Bar - super chill watering hole - Texas brews & cocktails
  • Rainey Food Truck Park - lots of different options to grab a bite - lobster rolls, tacos, waffles...take a look!

Austin for Foodies

  • Micklethwaite Craft Meats - award winning barbecue (just ask Michelle Obama) - 1309 Rosewood Avenue
  • Franklin's Barbecue - If you dare....the line starts early and they sell out fast, but they are an iconic! 900 East 11th Street
  • Noble Sandwich Company - try the famous smoked duck pastrami - out of this world! - 4805 Burnet Road
  • Fareground - a food hall that will give you a taste of Austin's finest - 111 Congress Avenue

Retail Therapy - Austin Treasure Hunting

If you are interested in a shopping adventure - here are a few unique spots that might lure you in with their quirky and uncommon finds:

  • S. Congress Street - interactive map of "SoCo" district
    • Uncommon objects - "one-of-a-kind emporium of transcendent junk"
    • Feathers - boutique vintage clothing store
    • Allen Boots - an Austin tradition - huge selection of cowboy boots and hats
    • Yard Dog - unconventional collection of local Austin art
  • 2nd Street - interactive map of 2nd Street shopping
    • Hacienda - Home Store
    • Hemline - find your inner boho style
    • Luxe Apothetique - firls can browse and grab a souvenir Texas t-shirt
    • Toy Joy - Texas sized toy story
    • Austin Rocks - Austin City Limits official store - fashion inspired by music

Austin Local Color - Wall Art

As you explore the city, try to make one of these walls part of your path (grab a selfie!)
  • You're my Butter Half - 2000 E MLK Jr Blvd
  • i love you so much - 1300 S. Congress (by Jo's Coffee)
  • Greetings from Austin - 720 S. 1st St
  • Johnny Cash - 509 Rio Grande
  • 6th St. Historic District - 6th & I-35
And don't forget some of music city's legends:
  • Stevie Ray Vaughn Statue - 920 W Riverside
  • Willie Nelson Statue - 301 Willie Nelson Blvd

Austin's most recognizable wall murals

Live Music Scene

  • Antone's - Iconic blues club played by BB King, Ray Charles, James Brown and of course, Stevie Ray Vaughn. Friday, June 1st - Featuring: Cory Morrow. For more information, check out
  • Mohawk - Bar and Live Music Venue. Friday, June 1st - Minus the Bear. For more information, check out
  • Stubb's Bar-B-Q and ampitheatre. Saturday, June 2nd - Big Head Todd and the Monsters. For more information, check out
  • ACL Live - Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theatre is the longest running music series in American television history. Friday, June 1st - Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx + Night Ranger. For more information, check out
  • The Continental Club - a historical landmark that is the premier roots rock, traditional country and blues, rockabilly and garage rock club in America. Friday, June 1st - Lou Ann Barton & Kevin McKinney. For more information, check out
Susan Moyal