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Things to do in South Austin, Austin

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“Hands-down best brunch spot in the neighborhood. A must go if you're vegan/vegetarian! Lots of breakfast as well as lunch and dinner menu items along with coffee, juices & smoothies. ”
  • 345 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Great outdoor to enjoy nature. Located in North Austin, by Mopac and Capitol of Tx Highway.”
  • 217 locals recommend
Dive Bar
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“Austin’s most beloved honky tonk. Great bands nightly. Two-step lessons from the owner’s daughter weekends at 8. Check out the room full of photos of the greats who've graced the small stage - Dolly Parton, Willie, Kris Kristoferson, Kitty Wells, Bob Wills and George Straight. Once on the edge of town in a dirt parking lot, this institution has stood 50+ years while Austin grew up around it. ”
  • 259 locals recommend
Beer Garden
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“Large outdoor beer garden with pizza food truck on site. Great place to hang out on a nice day.”
  • 211 locals recommend
Building
“The entire street of So CO is amazing and the heart of Austin with cafes' boutiques and wall murals painted by many locals ”
  • 208 locals recommend
Diner
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“Just down the street from Allens is the South Congress location of Magnolia Cafe, known for its “Sorry, We’re Open” neon sign and 24-hour diner service. The original location opened as Omelettry West on Lake Austin Boulevard in 1979, and this beloved café has been an Austin favorite ever since. Barack Obama’s 2014 visit cemented the diner’s status as a local icon forever when he met a UT student for coffee there.”
  • 187 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“This place offers coffee and beers with great space indoors or outdoors to work, relax, or in group settings.”
  • 173 locals recommend
Café
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“Historic spot with local ingredients and fabulous brunch! Their backyard patio is amazing and their happy hour can't be beat! ($1 beers!)”
  • 137 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Eclectic street with cool shops, fun places to eat, music venues and Austin paraphanelia.”
  • 186 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Local favorite for Mexican food. Mexican martinis are great. Right after you order, go inside and raid the salsa bar, being sure to get some of each”
  • 159 locals recommend
Bar
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“What started as a food truck quickly turned into a brick and mortar store which shows you how good the food is! Everything is served on a donut and the sizes are pretty big so feel free to share! The restaurant is very cute and laid back. ”
  • 129 locals recommend
Tex-Mex Restaurant
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“Matt’s El Rancho is an Austin icon. It’s been serving Tex-Mex and margaritas since 1952. Their Bob Armstrong chili con quest dip is legendary. ”
  • 120 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“Best Tacos - For Real - They're Yummy! Several locations- make Google give you directions- I'll just get you lost. ”
  • 106 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Hidden tex-mex gem with avocado margaritas! Don't be surprised if you see one of our local celebs aka Matthew McConaughey there!”
  • 135 locals recommend
Bar
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“Choose from lively music, peaceful outdoor deck, or intimate Jade Room, all in one fabulous bar with a parking lot”
  • 94 locals recommend
Antique Shop
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“Love this place and thats it’s moved farther south! If you like old things it’s a fun place to just walk around and look at everything. ”
  • 113 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“Hands-down best brunch spot in the neighborhood. A must go if you're vegan/vegetarian! Lots of breakfast as well as lunch and dinner menu items along with coffee, juices & smoothies. ”
  • 345 locals recommend
Beer Garden
“Large outdoor beer garden with pizza food truck on site. Great place to hang out on a nice day.”
  • 211 locals recommend
Diner
“Just down the street from Allens is the South Congress location of Magnolia Cafe, known for its “Sorry, We’re Open” neon sign and 24-hour diner service. The original location opened as Omelettry West on Lake Austin Boulevard in 1979, and this beloved café has been an Austin favorite ever since. Barack Obama’s 2014 visit cemented the diner’s status as a local icon forever when he met a UT student for coffee there.”
  • 187 locals recommend
Café
“Historic spot with local ingredients and fabulous brunch! Their backyard patio is amazing and their happy hour can't be beat! ($1 beers!)”
  • 137 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Local favorite for Mexican food. Mexican martinis are great. Right after you order, go inside and raid the salsa bar, being sure to get some of each”
  • 159 locals recommend
Bar
“What started as a food truck quickly turned into a brick and mortar store which shows you how good the food is! Everything is served on a donut and the sizes are pretty big so feel free to share! The restaurant is very cute and laid back. ”
  • 129 locals recommend
Tex-Mex Restaurant
“Matt’s El Rancho is an Austin icon. It’s been serving Tex-Mex and margaritas since 1952. Their Bob Armstrong chili con quest dip is legendary. ”
  • 120 locals recommend
Taco Place
“Best Tacos - For Real - They're Yummy! Several locations- make Google give you directions- I'll just get you lost. ”
  • 106 locals recommend

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