Travel to Austin: From Gospel brunch to Pecan Festival, a city full of surprises

Austin is quickly becoming a favourite for tourists and it’s not surprising given there’s so much to do and explore.

The city is covered with street art and murals while there’s music playing almost all day and night along the infamous Sixth street.

The capital of Texas was not somewhere I’d considered heading to but after a short weekend being given a taste of the city, I already can’t wait to head back.

Here are our top recommendations for places to eat, explore and stay if you’re in town for a few days.

Where to… eat


There are so many restaurants and food trucks to choose from in Austin each offering a different experience but one of the stand outs was Suerte. Serving up a Mexican-inspired menu, there’s plenty on the menu to choose from but highlights included the Quesadilla Tampiquena and Goat Barbacoa. For dessert, you cannot leave without trying the El Blondie, served with butternut squash ice cream.


If you want to try something a little different for brunch then look no further than Gospel Brunch at Stubb’s. Pile your plate up with southern-style grits, fried catfish and BBQ brisket before sitting down to enjoy live Gospel music. Of course, it wouldn’t be brunch without a Bloody Mary, which you can try your hand at making yourself. This is truly unlike any brunch you’ve had before.

Ranch 616

If you want good tacos then Ranch 616 is the place to go. The fresh fish tacos are absolutely delicious and will leave you feeling stuffed! To wash it down, try a Ranch Water which is Hornitos Reposado tequila, Citronge and lime juice on the rocks served with a Topo Chico mineral water. Enjoy!

Where to… explore

Sixth Street

You can’t go to Austin without exploring sixth street, which is home to more bars, clubs an music venues than you can count. East Sixth Street is regularly home to festivals including South by Southwest in mid-March and the Pecan Street festival at the start of May.

South Congress Avenue

If you’re looking to pick up some cowboy boots or a cool gift to take home then you must head to South Congress Avenue. It’s a popular hangout for locals and an easy stroll south of Lady Bird Lake. Pop in and out of vintage shops, stop off at Jo’s for an iced coffee and Home Slice for a quick but very tasty snack before hopping on an electric scooter to Texas Capitol.

The Mohawk

When in Austin, you have to see live music and The Mohawk should definitely be on your list of places to visit if you’re heading downtown. With both outdoor and indoor stages there’s enough choice for everyone in your group to enjoy the sounds of Austin. Check the listings before you head to Austin to get tickets before they sell out!

Where to… stay

Hilton Austin

Right across the street of Sixth Street is the Hilton Austin so you really won’t have to walk far before you’re in amongst all of the action. After a long day exploring, spend a few hours by the pool before heading out to party. There’s plenty of amenities and loads of places to eat nearby so you’re never short of options.

The Driskill

There’s absolutely no missing The Driskill hotel which is located on the iconic Sixth Street. The hotel is a historic landmark and has references to Texas’ history throughout with stunning interiors. Locals head to The Driskill Bar, which has leather couches, cowhide stools and a range of cocktails to relax with at the end of a long day. So if you want an authentic experience in Austin, this really is the place to stay.


Plan your trip to Austin with

British Airways offers flights from London Heathrow into LAX and returning from Austin from GBP322.22 return.

Stay at the Hilton Austin with prices in mid to high season starting at $185 a night.

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