Laid back and sticking to its eccentric roots, Austin grooves to its own beat. Texas’s state capital has long been a haven for counter-cultures and artistic movers, making this a city that buzzes with a creative and entrepreneurial energy. Located in the heart of the state, Austin is known by all as the live music capital of the world, and it certainly lives up to its name.
Dotted with dive bars and dimly lit saloons, you’ll be spoilt for choice with districts such as Sixth Street and Market District housing some of the most legendary live music venues in the world. Head down to Stubb’s on Red River Street for local bands served up alongside hearty BBQ fare.
What to do
Plan your visit at the right time of year (March is when things really hot-up) and you’ll find a wave of music festivals that engulf the streets and venues of the city. The city’s most famous festival – South by South West (SXSW) – reveals a smorgasbord of artists, film-makers and musicians, converging at over 50 venues around the city to create and inspire.
Where to eat
It’s not all about the music though. Austin also packs quite the punch when it comes to foodie delights. As well as being known for its fine-dining, the city is recognised for its innovative take on street food classics in the form of Austin Food Trucks. Top chefs are eschewing sit-down establishments and serving inexpensive tasty dishes whipped up in the back of refurbished Airstreams. So hot is this new trend that officials estimate nearly 2,000 mobile food vendors have located to the city, so whether its cupcakes or Korean cuisine you’ll find something to tickle your taste buds.
- Sixth Street District
- The Hill Country
- Wine tasting
- BBQ Trail
- Food trucks