When : 7 – 12 May 2015 (5 nights and 5 days)
How : By bus from New Orleans, 511 miles, 10 hours
How much I spent : $384 / 345€ in total
After visiting Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans our road trip took us to another musical city and a new state: Austin in Texas. With its 300 days of sun per year Austin is a very pleasant city to discover and has something very unique. The locals’ motto is: KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD and that says a lot! From festivals, live music shows, street art, nice cafes, bbq, food trucks and more, Austin has definitely something for everyone on offers and will certainly don’t disappoint!
Tip : If you plan to visit while events are held, make sure you book your accommodation in advance to have a place located in the center. Public transports are not the best and especially on week-ends if you are located outside of the city. Look for an Airbnb to experience the true local life!
-LEVITATION AUSTIN FESTIVAL-
(website) Carson Creek ranch
The highlight of our trip to Austin was definitely this awesome festival formerly called Austin Psych Fest. We had such a wonderful time dancing to the sound of amazing bands on the Carson Creek Ranch and we met such lovely people. The atmosphere is really friendly and laid-back and you will find the best of food and clothing/accessories stalls.
-SUNDAY GOSPEL BRUNCH @ STUBBS-
WHERE: 801 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701 (website)
If you are in Austin over the week-end and looking for an unforgettable brunch you definitely have to try STUBBS! I never experienced something quite like it before and we had the best of Sunday. For an hour and half you will be entertained by an amazing Gospel band while treating yourself to a world-renowned buffet featuring items such as: southern-style grits, migas, fried catfish, and their famous BBQ brisket. Pancakes and fresh fruit salad were great too.
Don’t forget to book your table!
Austin has a strong food truck scene and great food is on offer all around the city but the best way to discover it is to pay a visit to THE PICNIC. A property located in the heart of the city that supports local food truck only. Perfect to have lunch on the go.
-AUSTIN STREET ART-
Austin is known to be full of amazing street art and seeking for the beautiful murals while wandering down the city is a very pleasant thing to do. The most famous of all is of course the Greetings from (as seen on the top of this post) that can be found on S. 1st + Annie Street. You can check out all the other addresses on the blog of Free People.
Spindrift @Austin Psych Fest
Austin claims to be the world’s capital of live music and shows can be seen and heard every single days of the week. There is something to please everyone musical palette, from jazz, blues, and country to rock, hip-hop, progressive, metal and more! The best location to experience a good night out is 6th street which is known to be the heart of Austin’s live entertainment. Check out their website to see what’s on and where to go.
(website) 1010 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
A cute cafe located on Cesar Chavez a lovely street full of great shops. It is the perfect place to hang out with your friends (or even alone with a book) and chat for hours over a cup of coffee or a beer in the courtyard. Food is also on offers and the happy hour is from 4-7pm.
South Congress, Soco for the locals, is the trendy part of Austin. You will always find something to do and see in this vibrant and colorful neighborhood full of neon lights. It is where The Picnic is located and the perfect place for shopping. Here are two of my favorites Feathers Boutique and Uncommon Object.
-SOUTH 1ST STREET-
South 1st street is such a lovely and colorful alternative to the famous and busy South Congress, which is located in a peaceful and more humble neighborhood than its big sister. It offers a quirky assortment of shops, cafes, food trailers, and murals of its own. It is home to the famous Greetings from Austin mural that is located at the beginning of the street, so after you snap it you will definitely want to dig this street deeper and discover everything it has to offer.
6th street is Texas’ best known street and as I said above the heart of Austin’s live entertainment. It is also home to lots of antique stores, art galleries, tattoo parlors, cafes and restaurants. Definitely worth paying a visit and hanging out around there during your trip!
You can’t visit Austin without going to its unusual yet awesome major attraction which is watching the bats fly under South Congress Bridge at sunset. You can either wait on top of the bridge or pack a pic-nic and enjoy it from the park on the right side of the bridge. We were pretty unlucky when we went as we only saw a few but it was not really the season and from what we seen online it is pretty spectacular over summer!