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:

Amazing Person

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.

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.

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!

February 2021

I chose Lisa Muñoz due to her frankness and no-nonsense attitude in our initial telephone conversation, and I'm very pleased I did. She and her team expertly guided this first-time homebuyer through the insanity of the pandemic-era Austin real estate market and got me into the condo in NW Austin I was looking for much more quickly than I had hoped for. I particularly want to praise Latoya Fladger for her quick responses to my requests and Helen Gregg for getting me through the closing without losing my mind. These are experienced professionals who have seen it all, and I absolutely recommend them to any first-time buyers.

Ben N.

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

Ben N.

I chose Lisa Muñoz due to her frankness and no-nonsense attitude in our initial telephone conversation, and I'm very pleased I did. She and her team expertly guided this first-time homebuyer through the insanity of the pandemic-era Austin real estate market and got me into the condo in NW Austin I was looking for much more quickly than I had hoped for. I particularly want to praise Latoya Fladger for her quick responses to my requests and Helen Gregg for getting me through the closing without losing my mind. These are experienced professionals who have seen it all, and I absolutely recommend them to any first-time buyers.

December 2020

We feel so fortunate to have been referred to Lisa Muñoz by a friend of ours. Lisa and her team, Helen, Colby, and Alicia, are truly the BEST! Lisa was there for us every step of the way, and we really appreciate all the help she has given us. Lisa completely exceeded our expectations of an agent, and we always felt so comfortable and well taken care of. Lisa helped us make our dream of becoming homeowners a reality here in Austin. We really cannot thank her enough for everything she has done for us! We are very excited to be moving into the house next week. We will be referring Lisa to EVERYONE we know as she is the best!

Shannon H

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

Shannon H

We feel so fortunate to have been referred to Lisa Muñoz by a friend of ours. Lisa and her team, Helen, Colby, and Alicia, are truly the BEST! Lisa was there for us every step of the way, and we really appreciate all the help she has given us. Lisa completely exceeded our expectations of an agent, and we always felt so comfortable and well taken care of. Lisa helped us make our dream of becoming homeowners a reality here in Austin. We really cannot thank her enough for everything she has done for us! We are very excited to be moving into the house next week. We will be referring Lisa to EVERYONE we know as she is the best!

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.