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.
The city's best Detroit-style pizza
The square slices of this thick crusted, extremely cheesy pizza is the go to pizza for many Austinites. You can't make any wrong moves with their menu, all of the options are delicious and very filling, but The Detroiter is a particular favorite. They have another brick and mortar in East Austin and trailers on Rainey Street and downtown.
Shop The Drag
Restaurants and retail next to UT
This section of Guadalupe Street next to the University of Texas campus is known locally as the Drag. It is filled with shops, places to get a bite or drink, and students on their way to and from class. Many Austin eating and drinking classics are located on The Drag but the shops on the street often get overlooked. Our favorites stores, starting at the Hi How Are You? Mural and heading north, are Monkies Vintage & Thrift for vintage t-shirts and outerwear, The Burlap Bag for candles, room sprays and wax melts, Antone's Record Shop with every genre imaginable, Malvern Books for independent and small press books, Nice Kicks for sneakers, and Flamingos Vintage Pound for clothing by the pound. If you are looking for food while you are perusing, we recommend Dirty Martin's, Via 313, Hopfields, and Arlo's. If you are looking for a great place for a drink or some live music, Cactus Cafe, Spider House, and Hole in the Wall are all safe bets.
Incredible tacos and quesadillas with homemade ingredients
After seeing the team preparing their salsas and kneading their tortillas in front of the hungry customers waiting in line, it's understandable why this cozy spot has a loyal fan base. The Vaquero brothers make some of the best al pastor tacos in the city, but don't sleep on their breakfast tacos. And while quesadillas typically don't get as much attention as tacos in this city, their quesadillas are not to be missed. We recommend the nopales version where the cactus bits are prepared to perfection.
Funky, eclectic cafe and bar
When locals talk about the spirit of Austin and it's weirdness, this place often comes up. It is part cafe, part food truck park, part bar, and part events venue. It is often filled during the day with people on their laptops working and chatting, before it turns into more of a bar environment at night on the large patio covered in Christmas lights. They have a great beer selection and most of the five food trucks, including Arlo's, are Vegan.
Hi, How Are You Mural
Iconic mural by musician Daniel Johnston
In 1993, local legend Daniel Johnston was commissioned to paint a mural on the side of the Sound Exchange record store, which was as much a fixture in the local music scene as Johnston was himself. He chose to paint a version of the album art he created for his 1983 album “Hi, How Are You- The Unfinished Album” featuring a character he named Jeremiah the Innocent. If it looks familiar, it might be because Kurt Cobain wore the album cover art on his t-shirt to the MTV Video Music Awards in 1992, which helped Johnson gain a measure on international fame. Even though the building has been sold numerous times over the years, the mural has been preserved and the mayor even declared January 22nd “Hi, How Are You” Day to celebrate mental wellness in honor of Johnston and his mural.