Austin || bits around town

Here are some suggestion from our trip to Austin, Texas offering up some ideas on more things eat, places to see and where to shop.

Get your motor running. This coffee joint next door to Hotel San Jose was a regular morning visit for us whilst in Austin. Lines form early at Jo’s but the staff work efficiently and the lines move fast. They serve a great selection of heavily caffeine loaded coffee drinks, baked goods that are to covet, and some sandwiches & beers no matter what time of day. Delicious.

Jo's on Urbanspoon

Rowing Dock
Who wouldn’t be tempted to do some Kayaking on a Lake named Lady Bird? Head down early in the morning [after coffee at Jo’s] to the Rowing Dock and beat the heat. With no experience required rent a Kayak or paddle board for $10-15 an hour and enjoy the Lake. Refreshing & relaxing.

Magnolia Cafe
After working up an appetite kayaking on Lake Lady Bird, head over to Magnolia’s to fuel up for some shopping on South Congress. The gingerbread pancakes are worthy of the wait. The menu has something for everyone and is packed with comfort food. I found the garden tacos with spinach, cheese & potato to be the perfect bite. Love that they serve breakfast 24hrs a day.

Magnolia Cafe South on Urbanspoon

Uncommon Objects
We could have spent hours circling around this store. Uncommon Objects is filled to the brim with junk and treasures, it feels like a museum of sorts but the best thing is you can touch the stuff and better yet buy it. We can home with several goodies for our guest bedroom. There were so many things that I could have hauled home if we had of driven. Love this store – best of its kind that we have been to.

There are some seriously well dressed women in Austin, and they love to selectively recycle their fashions by taking them to Moss. Moss then carefully selects the best on offer [Prada, Mui-Mui, Lanvin, the list goes on] and curates them beautifully into this gorgeous store. I scored the most fab pair of hardly worn Dior shoes. Only draw back they are so far away. Stop in for some great finds. No photos, but we also loved By George for both men & women – I wish they had this store in Chicago, their selection is much better than Barney’s and the staff are all so wonderful. And Kendra Scott – fun women’s jewelry from Austin now sold all over.

Austin Pop Culture Museum
This goes with Austin’s mantra of ‘keep Austin Weird’, filled with oddities and poster art. It is a quick stop to get some ‘culture-on’, and is visually stimulating. Call for the Pop Culture Museum hours as they vary.

Mexican Free-Tailed Bats
Gathering to see the Bats emerge from the Congress Street bridge is quiet a spectacle. After renovations to the Congress Avenue bridge over Lady Bird Lake in 1980s the bats claimed the deep openings in the bridge as home and the perfect launching pad to head out nightly to comb the countryside looking to consume from 10,000 to 30,000 pounds of insects. The bats head to Austin when they migrate around March and stay thru late fall. It is the later part of the season that is the most spectacular when the babies join their parents to start feasting. Call the ‘bat-line’ at 416-5700 ext. 3636 for times.

For more on our trip to Texas for the long-weekend click here.

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