guide to austin & waco TX
When Connor and I were planning our next trip, Austin was high up on our lists. Most people would ask me why we were going to Austin and my answer was why not? So many tacos, live music, and warmer weather is everything I live for! We had a great time exploring for 4 days and also got to check out Waco. We rented a car and drove an hour and a half up to check out the Magnolia Silos and a few other spots in town. I wanted to share some of my favorite places to eat and visit, enjoy!
We flew into Austin early and had the day ahead of us to explore. We started off by dropping our luggage at our airbnb. It was outside the city a bit and if we were to do the trip again, I think we would have stayed on South Congress street, however it did the job! We spent the day walking around, eating, and enjoying a new city.
Modern Market: This spot was so healthy and delicious! It hit the spot after a long flight. We both had bowls and coffee to start the day. I highly recommend for breakfast or lunch.
We walked down lots of streets and our favorite ended up being Rainey Street. There were so many fun bars to hop around and hang out at. This was especially helpful because it ended up being a rainy day!
Amy's Ice Cream: This ice cream was so so good! They had many unique flavors and some were even infused with alcohol. It was super rich and creamy and I could barely finish this tiny cup.
True Food Kitchen: My absolute favorite restaurant that I first had in LA. Of course I had to introduce Connor to this spot and was so excited it was also in ATX!
Juice Land: There are a bunch throughout the city and a must if you are into juice! The owners are super nice and helpful.
Manana Coffee: We spent the last afternoon at this coffee spot and played cards until it was time for our flight. It is a super cozy shop with lots of seating and windows to enjoy some time with your coffee & company.
University of Texas
Kerbey Lane: We started off the second day with a yummy breakfast right outside the University. We had a filling breakfast and were on our way to check out the university.
We checked out the University for the rest of the morning. It was a very cool campus and school was out so we were able to get around easily. We used Bird Scooters which were so much fun! If you are unfamiliar with Bird Scooters, they are electronic scooters you can rent throughout Austin. The odd thing about them is that there are no docking stations, so after you finish using one, you just leave it anywhere. You see them everywhere! Outside gas stations, on side walks, under bridges, you name it! They were very fun and easy to use and made it much easier to check out all of the campus.
That afternoon, we went to South Congress Street. It is full of so many fun shops, restaurants, etc. We had a fun time checking out all the shops, including a boot and hat shop. They had hundreds of hats and boots but were way outside our price range, so we admired from afar!
Jo's Coffee: My favorite coffee spot! This place not only has amazing coffee, but also had a fun outdoor seating area. The Sign on the wall is a very instagrammable mural and people line up to get their picture!
Torchys Tacos: Hands down some of the best guac and tacos I've ever had! We ordered and sat outside while chatting about how much fun we were having. If you are looking for an amazing taco experience, check this place out!
magnolia silos/waco, TX
Connor and I are big fans of the show Fixer Upper on HGTV so we both were excited to check out their market. We rented a car and drove an hour and a half on our third day. We had a great time checking out the market, eating food from the food trucks, and taking pictures of the complex. If you have ever wanted to visit, you should because it is even better than you think!
Harp Design Co.: After checking out the Silos we also took a ride to Harp Design Co., which is the carpentry shop on the show. It was worth the trip and we loved the gift shop!
Common Grounds: After we went to the shop, it was time for coffee and to drive through Baylor University. We went to this spot because it is also on the show but it was worth it! It was too chilly to sit outside so we found a couch inside, but the outdoor area was amazing.
Outside of ATX
Right outside of the main city, there are a few breweries. East Ciders is my favorite cider company and I was so excited to check it out. We had a great afternoon trying all the ciders and playing scrabble!
Salt Lick: This was Connor's thing and I was happy to check out BBQ places with him! We stopped here on the way back from Waco and had a very yummy dinner.
If you are looking for other BBQ inside the city, we heard that Franklin's and Terry Black's were the best in the game!
Overall, we had an amazing time! We both agreed that 4 days was enough to check it out. Let me know if you get to check out any or all of them in your upcoming travels. Enjoy!