Austin is known as the Live Music Capital of the World® but that’s just the beginning. Home to unique shopping, world-class museums, one-of-a-kind dining and beautiful outdoor spaces, Texas’ capital city has a soundtrack all its own.
The 2ND Street shopping district is home to local and national brands, ranging from beauty to body to home. South Congress Avenue features a variety of unique shops, boutiques, antiques, and galleries.
In a town square atmosphere, The Domain features more than 100 retailers, including Tiffany and Co. and Louis Vuitton. Nearby outlet shopping at San Marcos Premium Outlets and Round Rock Premium Outlets is a terrific way to score discounts on designer brands
Celebrate everything Austin with some stylish gear. The Austin Visitor Center offers unique local items by Texas and Austin artists, as well as Austin Live Music Capital of the World® branded merchandise.
Austin dining is unforgettable thanks to Tex-Mex favorites like breakfast tacos from Juan in a Million, and Tex-Mex treats paired with pitchers of margaritas at Polvos. But a visit to Austin isn’t complete without a plate of legendary Texas barbeque. Located in a historic speakeasy, the County Line on the Hill offers incredible views of the beautiful Hill Country and La Barbecue offers slow cooked, smoked meats (while they last) and live music on weekends.
From gourmet donuts at Gourdough’s to savory Asian fusion from East Side King, Austin food trucks are a local favorite, and there’s always a new, delicious budget-friendly option to discover. Barton Springs Picnic trailer park features eight of the best food vendors in Austin, all under a covered pavilion.
A trip to Austin just isn’t complete without live music. The Continental Club on South Congress offers Texas country, blues and roots rock seven nights a week. Austin institution The Broken Spoke features many of the same live country bands as it did 20 years ago. Leading bands from around the world have graced the stage at ACL Live at The Moody Theater, also home to the “Austin City Limits” television series.
On Sixth Street, The Parish is a must-see with sound and lighting rivaling larger concert halls. At The Mohawk on Red River fans can see punk, indie rock, hip-hop and rock acts year-round. Across the street, Stubb’s BBQ hosts national acts outside, while local and regional bands perform on the smaller stage inside.