South Congress Avenue
Start your day with an iced turbo coffee a Jo’s Coffee and a selfie snapped in front of the famous I love you so much mural. Then wander down South Congress Avenue and shop for kicks at Allens Boots locally made crafts at Parts & Labour, or jewelry at the gorgeous new Kendra Scott flagship store. Take a break with a frosé on the patio at the hipster Hotel San José, fresh oysters on the beachy deck at Perla’s (open for dine-in and takeout), or Mexican food and live music at Güero’s Taco Bar (open for patio, dine-in and takeout).
South Lamar is a thriving neighborhood in the center of Austin's booming dining and entertainment scene. Check out Austin Art Garage for affordable local art in a funky setting, and Moss for consignment designer fashions. Feast on seafood and sushi at the contemporary Japanese Uchi (open for dine-in and curbside pick-up), or sample the Korean barbecue and Mexican fusion fare at Chi’lantro. Then dance it off with some boot scootin’ at the famed Broken Spoke dance hall.
South First Street
South First Street is a fashionista’s dream, home to jewelry stores, vintage shops like Bloomers and Frocks and modern boutiques. Be sure to take a pic of the iconic Greetings from Austin mural. Dine under the majestic live oak trees at Fresa's (open for patio, dine-in and takeout) or enjoy the all-day vegetarian breakfast served up at Bouldin Creek Cafe (open for takeout).
Zilker & Lady Bird Lake
Just south of Lady Bird Lake, you'll find cultural institutions alongside some of the city's best outdoor offerings. Rent a kayak and spend an afternoon on the water, or enjoy Zilker Park, home to natural-fed Barton Springs Pool, Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Zilker Botanical Garden and more. Stay just a few blocks from the park in the boutique Carpenter Hotel, where acclaimed Chef Jorge Hernandez is at the helm of Carpenters Hall. You're sure to find good food, good drink, good coffee and plenty of relaxation at this contemporary Texas hotel.