A Few of My Favorite Things in Austin

One of the great things about Austin is that you never really know everything. Despite its small size, Austin is jam-packed full of things to do, food to eat, shows to see and nooks to explore. I've been here three years and feel I've only just started. In this list, find some of my frequented and favorite spots in town--so far.

Updated: December 10, 2010

Favorite Coffee Shops and Study Spots in Austin

Flightpath Coffeehouse

5011 Duval St, Austin, TX 78751

One of the many perks of this job is hopping to a different coffeeshop each week. This one stuck with me. I kept coming back (along with several GRE prepbooks). I'm not sure if it was the coffee or the carrot cake, but I'm addicted to this place.

Favorite Restaurants in Austin

Sago Modern Mexican

4600 Guadalupe Bldg B Ste 5, Austin, TX 78751

Despite the uhealthy humber of margaritas I've tried this summer, Sago's margs are still my favorite. I love to come here for drinks and appetizers with friends.

TnT Tacos and Tequila

Pressler St & W 5th St, Austin, TX 78703

Two of my favorite things- tacos and tequila. I have managed to hit this place 3 times, get three different combinations of tacos, and have LOVED every bite I took. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited to try it a fourth time.

Opal Divine's Penn Field

3601 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Opal Divine's has clean flavors and a ridiuclously huge menu - both food and drink. Speaking of the drinks, the Divine Apeach Lemonade is perfect for summer. The deck is awesome and surprisingly cool given typical Austin heat.

Favorite Activities and Shopping in Austin

Rowing Dock

2418 Stratford Dr, Austin, TX 78746

When my pops comes to visit, we hit the lake for an hour or so of kayaking. We soak in the scenery and sun, and get a kick out of the occasional barking dog on one of the other kayaks.

The Box Office (at Book People)

603 N. Lamar, Austin, TX 78703

I avoid this place. I avoid it because I can drop $50 on books without batting an eye. Maybe it's because I'm such a huge nerd, or because the coffee is good, or because the staff recommendations are always worth reading, but this place eats my money like no other bookstore can.

Bee Creek Farm

3023 Fm 20, Red Rock, TX 78662

Most people think I'm crazy, but this place is the reason I welcomed a 6 AM alarm on weekends this summer. There is no better reason to be up with the sun than to go riding. Vicki, owner and trainer, and her horses are more than worth the early mornings, gas money, and constant threat of heat stroke.

Favorite Bars and Clubs in Austin

Chugging Monkey

219 E Sixth St, Austin, TX 78701

There is nothing super classy, super fun, or super amazing about this bar, but boy do I have some serious memories here! Birthday shots, farewell parties, live music, doing the Cupid Shuffle, playing pool, hogging breeze from that fan upstairs, or standing right under the air vent after an hour on the dance floor; you name it, my friends and I have done it here.

Kiss N Fly

404 Colorado, Austin, TX 78701

Girls night! We like to hit up fourth street for some pressure-free fun, sweet drinks, good music and marathon dancing.

Maggie Mae's

323 E Sixth St, Austin, TX 78701

I tend to stop in here after some good dancing and drinking elsewhere to wind down with whatever live music Maggie Mae's has that night. Or, if we're not QUITE done yet, my friends and I head upstairs to enjoy the DJ and some more dancing.