How an Oaklander does Austin

What to eat, drink and do in Austin

Right now Austin, Texas is a city booming with so much growth, an environmentally “green” vibe, lots of young entrepreneurs, a hard to beat music scene and a wide variety of delicious and one of kind places to eat that also tie in enjoying the outdoors and nightlife scenes. Some of our favorite spots in Austin, Texas are also vegetarian and vegan friendly, making this list a great guide for your next trip to Texas whether it’s for just a weekend getaway or weeklong stay.

Early Morning: Time To Get Zen and Caffeinated

  • Starting your day with an early morning transformational yoga class at Sukha Yoga or Practice Yoga Austin, followed with an iced coffee to combat that Texas heat is amazing. There are tons of coffee shops to choose from in Austin but one of our absolute favorites for iced coffee in particular is Seventh Flag at 1506 South First Street.

Mid - Morning: Time to Eat

  • Next up for your day or weekend activities is an amazing vegetarian friendly breakfast at Bouldin Creek Café, famous for amazing omelets, scrambles or our personal favorite, the sweet potato-pecan tamales – so savory and delicious! You can also find Austin’s ever popular breakfast tacos here (of course) and endless drinks with a menu of coffees, smoothies, juices, kombucha and creative mimosas.

  • Another idea for a one of kind breakfast experience is a big ol’ Sunday brunch sesh at Red’s Porch on South Lamar (aka SoLa) With beautiful views of the Texas hill country upstairs on the porch, or outdoors/indoors games and beers downstairs by the full bar this place has a lot of fun to offer. You can’t go wrong with made to order chilequiles or migas and one of the best bloody marys in Austin.

Mid - Day: Time To Roll

  • Enjoy a post-breakfast or brunch with a bike ride around the greenbelt! You could even hop in the river to cool off and swim. The bike trails are family friendly and gives perspective of the layout of the city of Austin. Make sure to stop by the Juiceland on Barton Springs Road for a fresh cold-pressed green juice or fresh coconut water!

Early Afternoon: Snack Time

  • Enjoy some post-bike ride treats at the food truck known as Bananarchy on Live Oak Street, where bananas are sourced from socially responsible companies, dipped in sauces like chocolate and peanut butter and then covered in sweetness such as Oreo’s, coconut and M&M’s! Yum…

Apres Dinner: Time for Suds

  • Let the fun in the sunshine and outdoors continue with a visit to the ABGB (Austin Beer Garden and Brewery). The outdoor seating here is perfect for catching up with old friends or making new ones. It’s also perfect for parties or celebrations (they have pizza too)!

Evening: Dinner Time

Dinner options in Austin, Texas are seemingly endless. Elizabeth Street Café is one of our favorites in Austin because it’s so unique. This adorable cafe offers French cuisine in the beginning of the day and Vietnamese dishes later in the day, along with a number of amazing cocktails and creative mixed drinks. You can’t go wrong ordering any of the noodle or banh mi dishes and a French macaroon for dessert! Coming in first for sushi is Uchi, a contemporary Japanese cuisine restaurant with so many unique sushi rolls and top notch cocktails. The best pizza in Austin is at East Side Pie, where all the ingredients are super fresh and some vegetables used are grown on-site! We love the Buccemi pizza with roasted red peppers. If looking for something more southern, try the original location Z’Tejas on 6th street, a southwestern grill with delectable tex-mex in a beautiful setting of a refurbished Victorian home. Because there’s so much Mexican food in Austin we had to choose one more inventive tex-mex spot and that’s El Alma Cafe, which has local art up decorating the walls and an amazing rooftop patio. Another truly “Austinite” choice for dinner is to hit up one of the many local food trucks. Our absolute favorite truck is East Side King on South Lamar, which offers steamed bun sandwiches that are packed with mouth-watering flavor.

We hope this long list of delicious food and drink spots has made you hungry and excited to visit the gem of Texas which is Austin! Enjoy!

About The Author

Madelene is a nutritionist and yoga teacher who’s passionate about writing and blogging as well. She utilizes her skills in communication, promotion and social media outreach to support the community and the local businesses she stands by. The best part of this kind of work is connecting with others and creating beneficial relationships. She’s a native Texan but now resides in Oakland and is loving getting to know her new home and amazing community in the Bay Area.

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