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:

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.

2016-09-21T11:32:37-05:00

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!

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 B.

2016-09-12T13:04:11-05:00

Costa B.

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!

November 2021

I’ve just completed my 3rd real estate transaction with Lisa Munoz and her amazing team at Realty Austin-Central.  My 3rd transaction was as wonderful as the 1st and 2nd, and these have occurred over a 16 year period of time, both buying and selling. One of the many things I find amazing over these years is the consistency of Lisa’s team. Not just the fact that some of the same, critical people have been a part of her team for so long, but also the consistent quality of execution each member of the team provides. To say they go above and beyond doesn’t seem adequate. They supported me at such a high level of customer service that I never felt like “just a customer” or one of X-number of deals they are handling. You truly have a team there for you, helping you navigate and make great decisions at every step. Additionally, this team listens! That, coupled with their deep knowledge of the Austin market, gave me the confidence to know I was making well-informed decisions aligned with my goals. You will not go wrong by choosing Team Munoz, so go for it!

Kim B.

2021-11-09T12:30:51-06:00

Kim B.

I’ve just completed my 3rd real estate transaction with Lisa Munoz and her amazing team at Realty Austin-Central.  My 3rd transaction was as wonderful as the 1st and 2nd, and these have occurred over a 16 year period of time, both buying and selling. One of the many things I find amazing over these years is the consistency of Lisa’s team. Not just the fact that some of the same, critical people have been a part of her team for so long, but also the consistent quality of execution each member of the team provides. To say they go above and beyond doesn’t seem adequate. They supported me at such a high level of customer service that I never felt like “just a customer” or one of X-number of deals they are handling. You truly have a team there for you, helping you navigate and make great decisions at every step. Additionally, this team listens! That, coupled with their deep knowledge of the Austin market, gave me the confidence to know I was making well-informed decisions aligned with my goals. You will not go wrong by choosing Team Munoz, so go for it!

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 S.

2016-09-21T11:33:45-05:00

Nicole and Ian S.

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

2016-09-12T13:42:11-05:00

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.

Lisa and her team were there to support us the whole time.

Lisa rocks! Lisa's team rocks! We have been clients of Lisa's since 2005. We have referred our friends and family to her as well. This year was a challenging time to purchase a home, especially for investment. We have been looking since January and had put up a total of 3 offers before finally successfully getting a contract. Lisa and her team were there to support us the whole time. It was an extended engagement. There were times when we were more active, and there were times when we slowed down some, wondering if this was all in vain. A couple of the homes we bid on we had located, but Lisa's vigilant eye and a good understanding of what our limits and needs were led us to one we now own. She helped us modify our strategy in September, and that approach proved to be successful. I couldn't think of a better realtor (and I know a few). I always am the first to recommend Lisa to anyone, friend, family, or other who is looking to purchase a home.

Billie Jo and Jonathan E.

2021-11-09T12:28:54-06:00

Billie Jo and Jonathan E.

Lisa rocks! Lisa's team rocks! We have been clients of Lisa's since 2005. We have referred our friends and family to her as well. This year was a challenging time to purchase a home, especially for investment. We have been looking since January and had put up a total of 3 offers before finally successfully getting a contract. Lisa and her team were there to support us the whole time. It was an extended engagement. There were times when we were more active, and there were times when we slowed down some, wondering if this was all in vain. A couple of the homes we bid on we had located, but Lisa's vigilant eye and a good understanding of what our limits and needs were led us to one we now own. She helped us modify our strategy in September, and that approach proved to be successful. I couldn't think of a better realtor (and I know a few). I always am the first to recommend Lisa to anyone, friend, family, or other who is looking to purchase a home.

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.

2016-09-21T11:31:17-05:00

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.

Wow Wow Wow!

Wow wow wow! We cannot say enough great things about Lisa! We started looking for a new home back in December of 2020 and watched home prices skyrocket. To make matters worse, we were house shopping remotely due to childcare responsibilities and fear of traveling to Austin during the pandemic before vaccines were available. At that time, we were with a different realtor that wasn’t a good fit for us. We put in a few offers and lost out on everyone. We were anxious, scared, and hopeless, so we decided to switch gears, which led us to Lisa. She took us under her wing and provided us firm guidance, confidence, and support. Lisa really took the time to understand our wishes. It felt good to be challenged when we brought up a house that she knew wasn’t right for us, and it gave us a lot more confidence when we found the right house. When that day came, Lisa and her team sprung into action, and we ended up getting our dream home with the first offer Lisa’s team helped us with! We loved Lisa and her whole team! We are so so so grateful for every one of them!

Bekah S.

2021-11-05T11:00:38-05:00

Bekah S.

Wow wow wow! We cannot say enough great things about Lisa! We started looking for a new home back in December of 2020 and watched home prices skyrocket. To make matters worse, we were house shopping remotely due to childcare responsibilities and fear of traveling to Austin during the pandemic before vaccines were available. At that time, we were with a different realtor that wasn’t a good fit for us. We put in a few offers and lost out on everyone. We were anxious, scared, and hopeless, so we decided to switch gears, which led us to Lisa. She took us under her wing and provided us firm guidance, confidence, and support. Lisa really took the time to understand our wishes. It felt good to be challenged when we brought up a house that she knew wasn’t right for us, and it gave us a lot more confidence when we found the right house. When that day came, Lisa and her team sprung into action, and we ended up getting our dream home with the first offer Lisa’s team helped us with! We loved Lisa and her whole team! We are so so so grateful for every one of them!

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.