Our Favorite Things to Do in Austin, TX

Illustration by    @deanna_first

Illustration by @deanna_first

Kendra started this business here in Austin 17 years ago, and we have no intention of ever leaving. It’s a magical place, combining the energy and creativity of a big city with all the charm of the South. There’s always something to do and somewhere to go here – so it’s no wonder that it’s become a top travel destination, as well as the location for countless conferences and festivals like SXSW and ACL.

Of all the things to do in Austin, our #1 has to be visiting our Flagship Store on South Congress. It’s an indulgent brand experience unlike any other, complete with our first-ever Sips & Sweets Café, a gorgeous outdoor patio, free valet, exclusive products you can’t get anywhere else, and so much more. Come hang with us here at 1701 South Congress from 11AM-7PM on Sunday, 10AM-8PM Monday-Wednesday, and 10AM-9PM Thursday-Saturday. 

And while you’re out and about, don’t forget to check out these other local spots, from the most Insta-worthy coffee shops to iconic institutions that define Austin culture.


our favorite local spots in austin, tx

Best Places to Eat and Drink

1. Alfred at the Line Hotel

We’re obsessed with this LA-based coffee shop’s signature Matcha and Instagrammable coffee sleeves.

2. Bouldin Creek Café

The best place to eat for vegetarians and vegans (and everyone else too).

3. Güero's Taco Bar

This Tex-Mex staple is Kendra’s go-to for the best tacos around.

4. Josephine House

Light and bright with the cutest patio, this place is just as good for brunch as it is for happy hour.

5. Juliet Italian Kitchen

Steps from Zilker Park, this restaurant brings the best of Italy to Texas.

6. JuiceLand

More than just juice, we recommend stopping here for a refreshing treat before heading to Zilker Park.

7. Justine’s Brasserie

We love this place for its French cuisine and excellent people watching. The later you go, the better it gets!

8. Launderette

The best part of this gas station and laundromat-turned-restaurant? Their iconic birthday cake ice cream sandwich.

9. Mattie’s

Find the best biscuits, gorgeous interiors, and even peacocks at this stunning Green Pastures restaurant.

10. Perla’s Seafood & Oyster Bar

They have an incredible oyster selection, but everything on their extensive menu is top notch.

11. Caffe Tèo

Here, find award-winning gelato from a local who was trained in Florence – the best of both worlds.

12. Tiny Boxwoods

Come for the magical chocolate chip cookies, stay for the airy and welcoming atmosphere.

13. Uchiko

Enjoy the best sushi in the city at Kendra’s signature date night spot.

Where to Grab a Drink

14. Eberly

On top of picture-perfect interiors, this bar and restaurant has a relaxing vibe and rich history.

15. Guild

Kendra’s favorite happy hour spot for its thoughtful curation of cocktails, extensive wine list, and fantastic raw bar.

16. Hotel San José

A hidden away hangout for visitors and locals alike that defines cool.

17. South Congress Hotel

Not just for travelers, this dog-friendly destination is known for its community events.

Art, Music, and Outdoors

18. Barton Springs Pool

Grab a book and dip your toes into this natural pool that stays at 68 degrees all year round.

19. Blanton Museum of Art

For a rainy day well-spent, head to one of the largest university art museums in the country.

20. Jones Center

To experience contemporary art on a budget, visit this community museum.

21. Greetings from Austin Mural

Painted in the 90s to add a little color to the neighborhood, before Instagram was even a thought.

22. Laguna Gloria

This Mediterranean style villa in the heart of the city acts as an art museum, sculpture park, and more.

23. I Love You So Much Mural

Grab a cup of coffee at Jo’s, and then take a selfie at this iconic wall.

24. The Continental Club

An intimate venue and Austin staple with a lineup of amazing musicians.

25. The Long Center

For the best view of downtown, a dog and kid-friendly park, and all kinds of performing arts events.

26. Zilker Park

From picnics to pools to pets, this outdoor escape in the middle of the city has it all.

Where to Shop

27. ByGeorge

A thoughtful edit of luxury fashion for both men and women.

28. Dylan Wylde

This boutique embraces the laid-back lifestyle with a curated collection of home goods, fashion, and more.

29. Feathers Boutique

Shop here for hand-selected vintage, artisan accessories, and vintage home décor.

30. Kendra Scott Flagship (Of course, as we already mentioned!)

An indulgent brand experience featuring our Sips & Sweets café.

31. Uncommon Objects

It’s all about the hunt at this legendary antique shop, filled to the brim with one-of-a-kind treasures.

32. Valentines

For artful and feminine fashion you’ll keep in your closet forever.

Best Fitness Studios

33. Love Cycling Studio

This local spin studio caters to your mind, body, and soul with a workout that feels like a party.

34. Wanderlust Yoga

Take a wide variety of classes while enjoying this studio’s zen ambiance.

Best Beauty Bars


A natural nail salon focused on providing a luxury experience in a modern studio.

36. Mirror Mirror Salon

Treat yourself to a blowout at Kendra’s favorite hair salon.