We spent our third day on SoCo (South Congress). We got dropped off at Magnolia Café then walked the length of the strip. It’s a lively and interesting street, full of vintage (mostly overpriced), food and music. Stag (www.stagprovisions.com) has a gorgeous collection of men’s fashion from soft cotton polo’s to beard oil. A few other stored that I would recommend are Uncommon Objects and Feathers Boutique. We ate at Guero’s Taco Bar which was great Tex Mex in a beautiful old building. We were wanting to eat at Hopdoddy but the line was too long and we were far too hot and bothered to line up for that long. There was a long wait at Guero’s as well but we were happy to sit outside among the misters so we were seated straight away. We stopped for an obligatory happy snap at Jo’s Café’s ‘I love you so much’ wall. Then moved on to the Barton Springs pool.
We came in from South Lamar so we walked along the creek to the pool. It was a beautiful walk and people were swimming with their families and dogs all the way along. When we got to the pool we realised that they wouldn’t let us in with our 4 pack of ciders so just went back and found a spot along the creek. It was perfect along there, the day was hot so the cold water was refreshing. Puppies were splashing around in the water and kids were playing. Take a few drinks, some snacks and the family and find a spot along the creek, it will be a great day out!
We finished our big day out at Rainey St, a fancier version of dirty 6. Nice bars, restaurants, a nice crowd minus the dirty, dirty drunks. We had some sausages at Bangers and a few craft beers at Craft Pride. Craft only sells beers brewed in Texas so don’t go there expecting an import but it has a great selection and a hip, mellow atmosphere.
Day 4 was just a half day so we woke up and wandered over to a place called Walton’s Fancy & Staple which serves great coffee and food. The line can get big so get there early for breakfast because if you try to go for brunch, expect a wait. They have a rich, buttery shrimp and grits and the ham and cheese open sandwich is an impressive feet. Finish with a macaroon and you’ll be a happy camper. We walked off all that butter along the ‘lake’ which has a beautiful walking trail. This whole city will make an amateur photographer happy, it’s a luscious, sometimes overgrown cityscape with an interesting skyline and a good amount of street art.
All up I would say that I LOVE Austin. I feel like I was made to be in Austin which makes it even more exciting because we’ll be moving there in a few weeks! It’s a city made for food loving, music loving artists and it’s so dog friendly I can’t wait to bring Winks along with us everywhere. We look forward to blogging about our Austin adventures and we promise we’ll do it more than we did in LA. LA was at times a difficult city to like, Austin couldn’t be any more different.