Blanton Museum of Art
Beautiful art museum with a world-class collection
From early Renaissance paintings to more modern contemporary works, this gorgeous art museum that is run by the University of Texas has a little bit of everything in it's collection. Before you leave, stop by Ellsworth Kelly's final work, Austin, which is the colorful, light filled temple across from the main entrance. This museum a must stop for art lovers, especially on Thursdays when admission is free.
Austin Central Library
Gorgeous library that has books and much more
This stunning piece of architecture that overlooks Lady Bird Lake is about community as much as it is about books. There are reading porches with rooftop seating overlooking Lady Bird Lake if you want to read, get work done, or just take in the views. On the second floor, check out the small gallery space that houses temporary art exhibits. If you need a little refreshment, Cookbook Bar and Cafe has meals made from recipes found in the pages of iconic cookbooks, literary themed cocktails, and demonstrations from touring food authors. If you want to delve deeper, they offer tours on Thursdays and Saturdays at 12:30. Registration begins at noon at the docent station located on the 2nd floor.
Glorious antiques emporium filled with treasures
Twenty-four antique sellers have been assembled under one roof to display an incredible assortment of curiosities, trinkets, decor pieces, and one of a kind finds. This well curated shop runs a bit more expensive than a classic vintage shop, but you can still find some great deals. And honestly, the best part of this place is just wandering around and taking it all in.
Chic, Parisian wine bar, bistro and cafe
As their name suggests, there is no wrong time of day to stop by this beautiful but casual spot. They offer full breakfast and dinner menus, a smattering of small plates, and delicious pastries. No matter what you order, you should pair it with a wine selection from their master sommelier June Rodil, who the restaurant is named after. Reservations are recommended. If you enjoyed your time at this impeccably designed spot, Josephine House, Clark's Oyster Bar, Pool Burger, Elizabeth St. Café, Jeffrey's, Perla’s Oyster Bar, Lamberts Downtown Barbecue, Swedish Hill, Lou's, and Joann's Fine Foods are all run by the same group.
Hip, hidden gem of a bar located in a parking garage
The only way you'll know that you are close to the entrance of this intimate bar is the blue neon sign that says GARAGE and the word COCKTAILS painted on the parking garage. Head on inside where a sleek, beautiful bar and delicious cocktails await you.
Luxury designer fashions for men and women
While this store has been an Austin favorite since 1979, the retailer got a nice modern refresh when the local restaurateur behind Clark’s Oyster Bar and Jeffrey’s took over. They stock contemporary, high-end designer clothes, ranging from evening wear to t-shirts and sweats. Their second location on South Congress also has home goods and gift items.