WM TRAVEL: A Weekend Guide To Austin
WM GOODS’s Creative Director Caroline Miller joined us when she returned to Portland after a 5-year hiatus in Austin. Back in her favorite city for a long weekend, she happily shared her go-to spots with us. Expect a lot of tacos & good shopping!
+ Where to Eat:
A trip to Austin is all about food and really good food for that matter. Our visits usually revolve around all things culinary.
Veracruz: My favorite go-to for breakfast tacos. Why the rest of the world hasn’t caught onto breakfast tacos is beyond me. Every Austinite has an opinion on where to find the best but my must-stop is Veracruz. It’s far from fancy but that’s part of the appeal. The migas taco with a watermelon Agua de Fresca make my heart (and stomach) smile. Prepare for a line but know that it’s worth it.
Fresa’s: This place started out as a drive-thru and has since expanded its offerings to a full time restaurant on South 1st Street. I always make a point to go here more than once and even dragged a group of 12 here on a Friday night. Yes, there was a wait but we all left happy and full from the tacos (sensing a theme here?), queso, guacamole and margaritas.
Launderette: My husband and I joke that we don’t go to restaurants that require a reservation but Launderette is the exception. It’s rare to find a place that is as tasty as the decor is beautiful. Voted one of the best restaurants by Food and Wine in 2016, Launderette is an experience and a very beautiful one at that. The food is incredible and worthy of its awards. The decor is inspired yet casual which feels very much like Austin in general. A few musts: the labneh, the burger and the birthday cake ice cream sandwich (yes this is a real thing).
Justine’s: This place is like an escape to Paris in the middle of Texas. The food is bistro style and I almost always order the steak tartare because, you know, when in Rome (in this case Paris). The atmosphere is jovial, beautiful and fun. Expect a wait but late night dining makes me feel French and isn’t that always the goal?
The White Horse: A honky tonk that feels undeniably Austin. Go early on Saturdays for the two-step lessons and stay late for the live band.
+ Where to Shop:
Austin may be casual but it’s also one of the better shopping destinations, in my opinion.
Esby: Esby is designed with Austin in mind (this is my opinion but hear me out). The palette is neutral, the fabrics are breathable and the cuts are easy to wear all the while maintaining a certain cool factor. Stop by the store to see this vision brought to life.
Kick Pleat: Stop by the new location for inspiration station (I just made that up). Prepare to find lines that you can’t find anywhere else set amongst the prettiest interiors I have seen in awhile.
Sunroom: Situated in the new-ish South Congress Hotel (a fun stop for drinks), Sunroom is what Austin would feel like if there was a beach nearby. The clothes are easy, breezy and I love their shoe collection, which includes Brother Vellies.
Outdoor Voices: Their online presence can't be denied but there's something so special about seeing this brand in person. It's tucked away in an old home in Clarksville and couldn't be more charming.
(our friends at Esby)
+ Where to Get Outside:
For being in the middle of Texas, Austin is filled with recreational activity.
Deep Eddy: My happy place! What costs a couple bucks and will instantly re-set your mind? Deep Eddy, my friends. Afterwards, swing by the beloved dive bar Deep Eddy Cabaret for an ice cold Lonestar.
Barton Springs: Another soul-cleansing, natural spring water spot in Austin. Barton Springs is an Austin institution so prepare to see all walks of life.
Lady Bird Lake: It’s really more of a reservoir but take a walk around Lady Bird Lake. You can hop on the trail from downtown making it super easy to access. Run or walk the loop or hop on a paddleboard to get another water fix. Don’t forget the SPF as the sun can be very strong.
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