Austin City Guide:

24 Hours in Austin

Visiting Austin for the first time? We can’t wait for you to get to know the city we love. That’s why we put together this guide to enjoying the best of Austin even if you only have time for a quick visit.
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Stay

Book a room at one of these Austin favorites.

In downtown Austin, the Four Seasons Hotel gives you both a perfect home base for exploring and serene views of Lady Bird Lake.

Looking for more of a boutique hotel vibe? The South Congress Hotel and the Hotel San Jose are stylish retreats on the always lively South Congress Avenue.

rise & shine

Start your day by experiencing the active outdoors lifestyle Austin is known for.

Whether you take a leisurely stroll or get your heart rate up with a jog or bike ride, Lady Bird Lake gives you a true sense of what Austin’s all about.

Feeling more like a hike? Head for the Barton Creek Greenbelt. If the weather’s right, you can even take advantage of some swimming holes that feel faraway even though you’re right in the middle of town.

Now you’ll need to fuel up after all of that activity!

Our pick for breakfast is Elizabeth Street Cafe. If you can, try to swing a couple of visits here, so that you can appreciate both the patio and the charming interior.

The perfectly crafted cortado of Houndstooth Coffee will energize you for the rest of the day. Hit the downtown location, or the branch on North Lamar Boulevard if you’re househunting in neighborhoods like Rosedale and Hyde Park.

Explore

Whatever you’re in the mood for next, Austin has it covered.

Shopping. At the intersection of Sixth Street and North Lamar Boulevard, you’ll find a
trio of beloved born in Austin businesses: the world headquarters of Whole Foods Market, indie bookstore BookPeople and Waterloo Records & Video, aka heaven for music fans.

Movies. Another Austin institution, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, has several locations around town, all known for great food, original events and hilarious movie preshows.

History. Tour the Texas Capitol or stroll under the oaks at the Texas State Cemetery.

More outdoors. If it’s a beautiful day in Austin, you might just want to head back
outside. And you have plenty of options. Visit the peacocks at Mayfield Park, or stop by the ever changing Graffiti Park at Castle Hill. Want more of a workout? Rent a canoe or standup paddleboard at Zilker Park.

dine

Now it’s time to see why Austin has become a must-visit destination for lovers of great food.

Here are just a few restaurants we can’t get enough of.

Dai Due. Everything is fresh, delicious and always local.

Launderette. This favorite never disappoints. Hint: Reservations are available for large parties only, so go early.

Uchiko. On the other hand, snag your reservation early for this Austin standout. The vibe: modern meets Japanese farmhouse.

Emmer & Rye. Taste everything here. This hot spot is on trendy Rainey Street, but it’s not too “sceney.”

Perla’s. Two words: Seafood. Patio.

sample the nightlife

Savor a local brew, creative cocktail or a well chosen wine at these spots, which are just as
memorable for their distinctively Austin atmospheres.

Travel back in time at Whisler’s.

Experience a reborn Austin classic during happy hour at Jeffrey’s, or relax at sister restaurant Josephine House.

Prepare to be impressed by Geraldine’s at the new Hotel Van Zandt.

Central Standard at South Congress Hotel is also new, but already feels like an Austin essential.

End the day with a pedicab ride around Second Street or Fourth Street downtown (but leave Sixth Street to the college kids).

what our clients say:

July 2016

Jenna, Helen and the rest of the team were great throughout every step of the process. I always felt like they were fighting for me even when things got hectic towards the end and it was so refreshing that I could ask them any question (big or small) and they were extremely prompt in their response. Couldn't have asked to work with a better team!

Rick Bal

2016-09-21T11:32:37+00:00

Rick Bal

Jenna, Helen and the rest of the team were great throughout every step of the process. I always felt like they were fighting for me even when things got hectic towards the end and it was so refreshing that I could ask them any question (big or small) and they were extremely prompt in their response. Couldn't have asked to work with a better team!

Exceptional

Lisa was exceptional to work with. She was professional with me from start to finish and I really liked her approach on assessing my needs.

I will recommend Lisa to my friends and colleagues not only because of her professional and experience, but because of her great understanding of the Austin market. Lisa's team exemplified these qualities as well and made my life very during my search and final transaction. Kudos to Lisa, Helen, Colby and Jenna!

Costa Belezos

2016-09-12T13:04:11+00:00

Costa Belezos

Lisa was exceptional to work with. She was professional with me from start to finish and I really liked her approach on assessing my needs. I will recommend Lisa to my friends and colleagues not only because of her professional and experience, but because of her great understanding of the Austin market. Lisa's team exemplified these qualities as well and made my life very during my search and final transaction. Kudos to Lisa, Helen, Colby and Jenna!

June 2016

Lisa is a truly amazing Realtor and person! We will certainly be recommending her to any of our friends or colleagues in Austin.

Nicole and Ian Smith

2016-09-21T11:33:45+00:00

Nicole and Ian Smith

Lisa is a truly amazing Realtor and person! We will certainly be recommending her to any of our friends or colleagues in Austin.

April 2016

Lisa Munoz and her whole team are absolutely wonderful! I worked with Jenna Gilbert and Lisa, and they both were amazing. It is very apparent that it is not just about making a one time sale with them. I had heard prior to working with them that it is evident they care about their clients. I can certainly vouch for this after working with them. I think this is quite rare to find, and definitely a different feeling. Even after closing on the house, they are very involved in assisting me with problems that have come up. I would recommend them to anyone looking to buy or sell a house, and will certainly plan to use them again in the future!

Rachelle C., Yelp Review

2016-09-21T11:31:17+00:00

Rachelle C., Yelp Review

Lisa Munoz and her whole team are absolutely wonderful! I worked with Jenna Gilbert and Lisa, and they both were amazing. It is very apparent that it is not just about making a one time sale with them. I had heard prior to working with them that it is evident they care about their clients. I can certainly vouch for this after working with them. I think this is quite rare to find, and definitely a different feeling. Even after closing on the house, they are very involved in assisting me with problems that have come up. I would recommend them to anyone looking to buy or sell a house, and will certainly plan to use them again in the future!

A Powerhouse

Lisa is so much more than a real estate agent. She is a powerhouse of useful information. She's an ongoing friend and advisor, she's a network that leads to new friends, and superior service companies. And finally, she's an expert, whose intelligence, focus, calm, and courage create success for those lucky enough to work with her.

Julia

2016-09-12T13:42:11+00:00

Julia

Lisa is so much more than a real estate agent. She is a powerhouse of useful information. She's an ongoing friend and advisor, she's a network that leads to new friends, and superior service companies. And finally, she's an expert, whose intelligence, focus, calm, and courage create success for those lucky enough to work with her.

referral program

We welcome and are honored by your referrals.
We go the extra mile to show our gratitude for referrals with special perks at our appreciation events and little treats all year long, such as our Thanksgiving pie delivery.