Friday, September 13, 2019 / Austin, TX, USA

AUSTIN TRAVEL GUIDE | Exclusive recommendations from Austin Locals

Pull out your blank itinerary (download here) and let’s talk all things Austin City Limits Music Festival and the weekend you're going to be there.

Starting with the details- the where and when. Then we'll continue with the fun stuff, like eating, drinking, exploring.

official website
Weekend 1: October 4-6, 2019 
Weekend 2: October 11-13, 2019
Friday: 12PM – 10PM
Saturday: 11AM – 10PM
Sunday: 11AM – 10PM

Weekend one schedule here
Weekend two schedule here

Now that we have the details out of the way, let’s add the fun things to your itinerary. 

I've invited a few #Austinbloggers to give you the most valuable and exclusive content. Locals always know best! They're sharing their favorite places to eat, shop and all things in between. 

First I have Lauren from @aestheticallyatx. She's going to be sharing her top three places to eat. 
“My name is Lauren and I moved to Austin over 2 years ago. Two weeks after graduating college, I picked up everything and moved from Connecticut to Texas. I’ve always been the person that takes pictures of, quite literally, everything. My phone had hundreds of pictures of meals I’ve eaten, things I’ve seen, people I’ve met, all with one thing in common, Austin! @aestheticallyatx was born with intention of being a photo dump, but it’s turned into so much more."

When asking Ashley at @dtkaustin to give a recommendation, she responded Elizabeth St. Cafe, with no hesitation. 

Ashley White at @_ashleyyniicole also shared amazing information for this post. She covers where to eat, what to do and even threw in a great place where you can get it all!
"Hi guys! My name is Ashley White! I am a lifestyle blogger and recent graduate from the University of Houston! Check out my blog, All About AshBeing from Austin, Braylea found me on Instagram and asked if I would share my top 3 favorite places in Austin."

I also got input from the creatives behind @stufftodoinaustin. 
"We are three Austin-lovin' women behind the accounts @stufftodoinaustin on Instagram and Facebook. We post about all the best events happening in Austin, TX and helpful tips to ensure you have a great time. The events that we discuss can all be found within the UNATION app that you can download on your iPhone or Android. The coolest thing about our app is we aren't just in Austin, TX! You can find us in multiple cities nationwide and continuously growing!?
They broke it down to specifics, with the "List of 3-5 of our "Must Do" things to do in Austin, TX." and "List of 3-5 of our favorite restaurants in Austin, TX"

Recommended by Lauren with @aestheticallyatx. 
My top 3 restaurants are places I find myself returning to often, usually with out of town guests. They’re all super delicious and confidently located. Keep an eye out for them on Aesthetically ATX!
The first restaurant I recommend is Iron Cactus. Located on Dirty 6th, Iron Cactus serves up the best margs and cheesiest quesadillas. What I love the most about this place is that they are always super accommodating. I am a very picky eater and every meal I’ve had here has been altered to my taste and served with a smile. On top of that, they have rooftop seating! This is one of the restaurants I find myself going back to again and again.

Next up is Caroline’s and Upstairs Caroline. First off, the location is to die for. Caroline’s stands right on Congress, with the cutest little staircase leading right up to Upstairs Caroline’s. I love the options they give you for eating and drinking. You can sit in the restaurant, sit outside, order food downstairs and bring it upstairs, order happy hour bites directly upstairs, or just drink upstairs! And have you seen how gorgeous the upstairs patio is? It’s an open, rooftop bar with string lighting, yard games and picnic tables. I’d suggest everyone try a prickly pear frozen margarita from Upstairs Caroline’s at least once.

My third restaurant recommendation is Jo’s Coffee Downtown. Jo’s stands on W 2nd and serves all meals including weekend brunch. They have breakfast tacos, burgers, salads and lots more. I love to get a burger and substitute the veggie patty. I have to give Jo’s credit for one of my favorite veggie burgers downtown. Like I said, I am picky and Jo’s exceeds my expectations. Did I mention they serve beer? Nothing screams Austin quite like a coffee shop turned restaurant with bar snacks and alcohol. 

Recommended by @stufftodoinaustin.
Upstairs at Carolines
Easy Tiger
Bouldin Creek Cafe
Native Hostel and Bar and Cafe
Vixens Wedding

For sure Elizabeth Street Cafe! Red Bud or town lake, Ashley said.

Recommended by Ashley with @_ashleyyniicole  
If you like the outdoors and are looking for something to do on a hot Austin day I would recommend that you go kayaking on Lady Bird Lake. At first, you may have a hard time getting use to navigating the kayak with the paddles but once you get the hang of it you will realize how relaxing it is. 

After kayaking you may be hungry so you can easily head on over to Zilker Park and enjoy a picnic in the park. You can bring your own lunch or you can stop by Home Slice or Hopdoddy on South Congress and pick up a bite to eat. Make sure you bring a big blanket to lie out on the grass and maybe a book or speaker, whichever you like. A couple times in the summer on Wednesdays you can also catch Blues on the Green at Zilker Park. Blues on the Green is a chill event where a bunch of people gather on Zilker Park, laid out on their huge blankets, enjoying the sounds of a live band. This event is very pet-friendly so don’t be surprised if you make a couple new furry friends (: 

One place you can always catch me at in Austin is the Domain. The Domain is a nice, upscale, outdoor mall. You can shop, eat, chill, and even hit the bars all at one location. I often shop at Forever 21, Zara, and Aldo. On the weekends I might head over to Rock Rose Avenue, which is the street of bars at the domain. One of the popular bars there is Wonderbar. This bar is filled with hidden rooms, banana swings, and disco ball drinks. If you like to take pictures then the Domain is also a great place to do that. 

Must-do List by @stufftodoinaustin.
Hike to Mount Bonnell
Explore South Congress and watch the bats from the South Congress Bridge
Explore the iconic Austin murals (covered beautifully by this blog)
Eat at one of the many food truck parks

Check out this website for some good recommendations.

How is your itinerary looking? I hope it's looking complete after this blog post. 

A special thanks to each of these local Austin bloggers, they've truly been incredible to work with. If you're going to ACL fest and get to visit any of these recommendations please tag me @brayleafisher. I would love to see which place is your favorite. 

Wishing you the best weekend, 

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