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An Insider’s Guide to Austin, Texas

Spend your days like an Austin local, find out what to eat, see, drink, and do while in ATX

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From premium gifts sold by locally-owned stores to some of the most iconic Austin restaurants, you’ll find how to live, shop, and eat locally with our Insider’s Guide to Austin, Texas. Whether you’re an Austin native or just visiting, you won’t want to miss any of these gems.

photo courtesy of Sparrow Interiors & Gifts

Sparrow Interiors & Gifts

Nestled in the heart of Austin, TX, Sparrow Interiors & Gifts is a full-service interior design studio with an inspiring boutique, where you’ll discover a curated collection of custom pillows, lamps, rugs, artwork, furniture, interior accessories, and one-of-a-kind gifts for any occasion. The team at Sparrow sees every home as a canvas, and their design team is dedicated to creating a space that compliments your home and lifestyle. Your journey to personalized luxury design starts at Sparrow Interiors.

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Fonda San Miguel

Named “Best Mexican Restaurant in Texas” by 24/7 Wall Street. Experience Fonda San Miguel’s authentic Interior & Coastal Mexican Cuisine, outstanding cocktails, stunning interiors, and museum-quality art collection.

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Hill Country Collective

Elevate your space with a Hill Country Collective candle’s soothing aroma and minimalist design. Each candle is hand-poured with 100% soy wax, cotton core wicks, and clean fragrance oils. Their Signature Collection takes inspiration from the local Texas landscape, creating a unique and luxurious candle experience.

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Eldorado Cafe

Eldorado Cafe is born from the memories of old-school Austin. Honorable nods to beloved eateries that have made Austin great over the years. They offer fresh-made Mexican comfort food with vegan options, a strong game on the cocktail scene, and service that will keep you coming back. Check them out!

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1417 French Bistro

1417 French Bistro is a neighborhood restaurant that embraces the culture of dining at a true French bistro. The space is designed to feel inviting, yet elevated with modern artwork, mid-century furniture, and a lush array of plants. Favorite dishes include French onion soup, duck confit, and steak frites.

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West Chelsea Contemporary

Nestled in the heart of Austin, West Chelsea Contemporary stands as a premier contemporary art gallery renowned for its meticulously curated exhibitions. Featuring a diverse array of world-class blue chip, modern, and emerging artists, the gallery showcases a rich tapestry of artistic styles and movements. From influential figures in Pop Art to pioneers of Street Art and Graffiti, each exhibition offers a captivating exploration of contemporary artistic expression. With programming that is free and open to all, West Chelsea Contemporary serves as a vibrant hub for artistic discovery, enriching the cultural fabric of Austin and fostering a community of appreciation and creativity.

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“Purchased my Chisos and immediately spent the entire day in them at the game. I was pleasantly surprised at the comfort, even after such a long day. No break-in was required to know these were the best boots I’ve ever had. My strongest recommendation and great customer service to boot!” – Greg Campion, Chisos Customer

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Katie Kismet

Are you looking for something different? Eye-popping statement rings and “not-your-grandpa’s” bolo ties by Austin Bolo are just two of the many ways Austin’s Katie Kismet serves up unique accessories. Handcrafted in kiln-fired glass, Katie Kismet creates small-batch, sustainability-minded, size- and gender-inclusive designs for those who delight in getting dressed.