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Guidebook for Long Night's Sleep

Michelle

Guidebook for Long Night's Sleep

Essentials
Great grocery store within walking distance. Good wine and beer selection. It's easy to get small amounts of any fresh foods or large amounts of anything. Outdoor patio, free live music. centralmarket.com
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Central Market
4001 North Lamar Boulevard
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Great grocery store within walking distance. Good wine and beer selection. It's easy to get small amounts of any fresh foods or large amounts of anything. Outdoor patio, free live music. centralmarket.com
Visiting your new grandbaby? Have a medical emergency? Both our kids were born here! seton.net/locations/smc/
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Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin
1201 West 38th Street
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Visiting your new grandbaby? Have a medical emergency? Both our kids were born here! seton.net/locations/smc/
A church that looks like a church. Lots of Sunday services, Episcopal style. Beautiful Gothic architecture, great acoustics, and sermons are top-notch. 512-476-3589 allsaints-austin.org
All Saints' Episcopal Church
209 West 27th Street
A church that looks like a church. Lots of Sunday services, Episcopal style. Beautiful Gothic architecture, great acoustics, and sermons are top-notch. 512-476-3589 allsaints-austin.org
It's the flagship store - best in all the land! They have everything here and it's worth a look! A great place to grab something to eat before heading out on the town. Whole Foods' first store was at 9th and Lamar - just a couple of blocks down from where this store is now. wholefoodsmarket.com
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Whole Foods Market
525 North Lamar Boulevard
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It's the flagship store - best in all the land! They have everything here and it's worth a look! A great place to grab something to eat before heading out on the town. Whole Foods' first store was at 9th and Lamar - just a couple of blocks down from where this store is now. wholefoodsmarket.com
Did you forget your meds or leave your nail polish at home? This is the closest pharmacy to our home. They're open 24 hours, but the pharmacy only stays open until evenings. www.cvs.com/store-locator/details-directions/6892
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CVS
2927 Guadalupe Street
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Did you forget your meds or leave your nail polish at home? This is the closest pharmacy to our home. They're open 24 hours, but the pharmacy only stays open until evenings. www.cvs.com/store-locator/details-directions/6892
A cool and groovy food co-op that has natural and good for you everything. Anyone can shop here. Lots of good deli foods too. It's a 5 minute walk, at the end of the street. Yum. wheatsville.coop
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Wheatsville Food Co-Op
3101 Guadalupe Street
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A cool and groovy food co-op that has natural and good for you everything. Anyone can shop here. Lots of good deli foods too. It's a 5 minute walk, at the end of the street. Yum. wheatsville.coop
This is a great cleaners that provides same day turnaround. We use them regularly and have never been disappointed. They're just 2 blocks from us, north on Lamar Blvd.
Reid's Cleaners & Laundry
3317 N Lamar Blvd
This is a great cleaners that provides same day turnaround. We use them regularly and have never been disappointed. They're just 2 blocks from us, north on Lamar Blvd.
Drinks & Nightlife
One of Austin's legendary hotspots, Spider House offers a laid back environment for its patrons to meet friends over delicious food & drinks. Fantastic outdoor patio & indoor cafe. Grab a great cuppa Joe or your favorite beer or coctail. spiderhouseaustin.com
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Spider House Cafe and Ballroom
2908 Fruth Street
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One of Austin's legendary hotspots, Spider House offers a laid back environment for its patrons to meet friends over delicious food & drinks. Fantastic outdoor patio & indoor cafe. Grab a great cuppa Joe or your favorite beer or coctail. spiderhouseaustin.com
So many wines to choose from, and the waitstaff knows so much about them! Extensive selection of wines & craft cocktails in a casual hangout with DJs & paella Sunday. vinovinoaustin.com
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Vino Vino
4119 Guadalupe St
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So many wines to choose from, and the waitstaff knows so much about them! Extensive selection of wines & craft cocktails in a casual hangout with DJs & paella Sunday. vinovinoaustin.com
Everyone who's been to UT has had a beer at Scholz's! It's a German restaurant/bar that's served most of the UT population, the state legislature, and many a visitor to Austin. Join the crowd there after a game! www.scholzgarten.com
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Scholz Garten
1607 San Jacinto Blvd
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Everyone who's been to UT has had a beer at Scholz's! It's a German restaurant/bar that's served most of the UT population, the state legislature, and many a visitor to Austin. Join the crowd there after a game! www.scholzgarten.com
One of our favorite places to grab a beer. Most people prefer to sit outside, but they have plenty of seating inside as well. Loads of beers on tap, some of them made on site. Grab a cold one, discuss how to solve the world's problems, and watch the locals unwind. A great place. draughthouse.com
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Draught House Pub & Brewery
4112 Medical Parkway
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One of our favorite places to grab a beer. Most people prefer to sit outside, but they have plenty of seating inside as well. Loads of beers on tap, some of them made on site. Grab a cold one, discuss how to solve the world's problems, and watch the locals unwind. A great place. draughthouse.com
An iconic music venue in Austin. You can always find a great band playing here, and then you'll be smack dab in the middle of one of our favorite parts of town - SoCo. Lots to do there. Check out the Continental's website to see who's playing. continentalclub.com
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The Continental Club
1315 South Congress Avenue
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An iconic music venue in Austin. You can always find a great band playing here, and then you'll be smack dab in the middle of one of our favorite parts of town - SoCo. Lots to do there. Check out the Continental's website to see who's playing. continentalclub.com
For over 26 years the Elephant Room has remained one of the best Jazz Venues in Austin. Named top 10 Jazz Venue in the nation by Senate Bill Resolution and top 100 in the world by Down Beat Magazine. Come see Big Bands to local heroes in the unique basement space in the historical Swift Building. elephantroom.com
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Elephant Room
315 Congress Avenue
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For over 26 years the Elephant Room has remained one of the best Jazz Venues in Austin. Named top 10 Jazz Venue in the nation by Senate Bill Resolution and top 100 in the world by Down Beat Magazine. Come see Big Bands to local heroes in the unique basement space in the historical Swift Building. elephantroom.com
Sightseeing
Good museums - beautiful campus, loads of cool people to watch walking around. Check out the dorms for your kids going off to college, or attend a UT football game. utexas.edu
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Universidad de Texas en Austin
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Good museums - beautiful campus, loads of cool people to watch walking around. Check out the dorms for your kids going off to college, or attend a UT football game. utexas.edu
This is not to miss - call first to see if it's open. Check out the website - it's beyond words. Where else are you going to get to see a Cathedral of Junk? 512-299-7413 roadsideamerica.com/story/7816
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Cathedral of Junk
4422-4424 Lareina Dr
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This is not to miss - call first to see if it's open. Check out the website - it's beyond words. Where else are you going to get to see a Cathedral of Junk? 512-299-7413 roadsideamerica.com/story/7816
The best place to see the sunset, the moonrise, or the lovely Austin night skyline is from Mt. Bonnell. Climb the 99 steps to the top to enjoy the view. austinparks.org/our-parks.html?parkid=287
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Mount Bonnell
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The best place to see the sunset, the moonrise, or the lovely Austin night skyline is from Mt. Bonnell. Climb the 99 steps to the top to enjoy the view. austinparks.org/our-parks.html?parkid=287
The most beautiful state capitol in the land! And... it's taller than the US Capitol, 'cause we like things BIG here in Texas! There are free tours offered every 30-45 minutes. It's a www.tspb.state.tx.us/prop/tc/tc/capitol.html
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Capitolio de Texas
1100 Congress Avenue
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The most beautiful state capitol in the land! And... it's taller than the US Capitol, 'cause we like things BIG here in Texas! There are free tours offered every 30-45 minutes. It's a www.tspb.state.tx.us/prop/tc/tc/capitol.html
Food Scene
Great breakfast, lunch and dinner. An easy walk in our neighborhood - if you're heading toward campus, it's on your way. Good coffee, plenty of wifi. texasfrenchbread.com
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Texas French Bread
2900 Rio Grande Street
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Great breakfast, lunch and dinner. An easy walk in our neighborhood - if you're heading toward campus, it's on your way. Good coffee, plenty of wifi. texasfrenchbread.com
Fabulous food and a great list of beers and vinos at this local brewpub. Sit out back under the stars or inside when it's hot. Their burger was just voted best in Austin. Yummm.... hopfieldsaustin.com
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Hopfields
3110 Guadalupe Street
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Fabulous food and a great list of beers and vinos at this local brewpub. Sit out back under the stars or inside when it's hot. Their burger was just voted best in Austin. Yummm.... hopfieldsaustin.com
Wonderful fine dining just a short walk away. American cuisine with special fixed-price & happy-hour menus. Also has takeout available. 34thstreetcafe.com
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34th Street Cafe
1005 W 34th St
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Wonderful fine dining just a short walk away. American cuisine with special fixed-price & happy-hour menus. Also has takeout available. 34thstreetcafe.com
You really haven't been to Austin if you haven't had a Torchy's Taco. They're not just for breakfast anymore... they're Damn Good! torchystacos.com
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Torchy's Tacos
2801 Guadalupe Street
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You really haven't been to Austin if you haven't had a Torchy's Taco. They're not just for breakfast anymore... they're Damn Good! torchystacos.com
Legendary migas and plenty of other American and Tex Mex specialties. Try the gingerbread pancakes! Open 24 hours for those late nights. The original one, located on Kerbey Lane is our favorite, but the one on Guadalupe by campus has the same delicious menu. kerbeylanecafe.com
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Kerbey Lane Cafe - Central
3704 Kerbey Lane
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Legendary migas and plenty of other American and Tex Mex specialties. Try the gingerbread pancakes! Open 24 hours for those late nights. The original one, located on Kerbey Lane is our favorite, but the one on Guadalupe by campus has the same delicious menu. kerbeylanecafe.com
Delicious, nutritious! Great sub sandwiches within walking distance. Fresh ingredients, great buns, and excellent iced tea. Our daughter worked there in the summers :-) Yuummmmm.... thundercloud.com
ThunderCloud Subs
3200 Guadalupe Street
Delicious, nutritious! Great sub sandwiches within walking distance. Fresh ingredients, great buns, and excellent iced tea. Our daughter worked there in the summers :-) Yuummmmm.... thundercloud.com
Great burgers, fries, shakes and lemonade. Homegrown here in Austin, two thumbs up! It's a stone's throw away, just one block north on Lamar. pterrys.com
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P. Terry's Burger Stand
3303 North Lamar Boulevard
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Great burgers, fries, shakes and lemonade. Homegrown here in Austin, two thumbs up! It's a stone's throw away, just one block north on Lamar. pterrys.com
Yuuummmm! You're ready for that meal when you smell it 30 feet away! Great ribs, brisket, sausage, and sides that bring the whole meal together. A great culinary delight - just a 5 minute walk away.
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Black's Barbecue Austin
3110 Guadalupe Street
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Yuuummmm! You're ready for that meal when you smell it 30 feet away! Great ribs, brisket, sausage, and sides that bring the whole meal together. A great culinary delight - just a 5 minute walk away.
Delicious American Bistro with a wide variety of entrées, delicious desserts, a full bar and fantastic ambience. They have a wonderful brunch on the weekends. If you go for dinner, save room for dessert! www.chez-zee.com
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Chez Zee American Bistro
5406 Balcones Drive
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Delicious American Bistro with a wide variety of entrées, delicious desserts, a full bar and fantastic ambience. They have a wonderful brunch on the weekends. If you go for dinner, save room for dessert! www.chez-zee.com
Oh my goodness, this pizza is fantastic! You can walk to it - it's at the end of the street, towards Guadalupe. Delicious pizza - we love the Detroiter - one of a kind crusts, luscious sauce, slightly crispy pepperoni and the perfect amount of cheese. Yum! via313.com
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Via 313 Pizza
3016 Guadalupe St
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Oh my goodness, this pizza is fantastic! You can walk to it - it's at the end of the street, towards Guadalupe. Delicious pizza - we love the Detroiter - one of a kind crusts, luscious sauce, slightly crispy pepperoni and the perfect amount of cheese. Yum! via313.com
A meal that will be amazing for each of your senses! Beautiful plating, delicious flavors and smells, a menu like none other, attentive waitstaff. It can be pricey but so very worth it, so maybe try their happy hour if you've got lots of other plans for your travel budget. uchikoaustin.com
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Uchiko
4200 North Lamar Boulevard
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A meal that will be amazing for each of your senses! Beautiful plating, delicious flavors and smells, a menu like none other, attentive waitstaff. It can be pricey but so very worth it, so maybe try their happy hour if you've got lots of other plans for your travel budget. uchikoaustin.com
Best homegrown Austin ice cream there is, right in the 'hood. I've never had a disappointing flavor - they're all creamy and flavorful! Definitely get a crush-in... delicious! amysicecreams.com
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Amy's Ice Creams
3500 Guadalupe Street
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Best homegrown Austin ice cream there is, right in the 'hood. I've never had a disappointing flavor - they're all creamy and flavorful! Definitely get a crush-in... delicious! amysicecreams.com
They have the best coffee in town! A tad pricey for a cuppa Joe, but it's really, really good coffee. Friendly baristas and a small selection of pastries. There's TacoDeli next door if you want to grab some tacos to go while sipping your coffee! houndstoothcoffee.com
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Houndstooth Coffee
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They have the best coffee in town! A tad pricey for a cuppa Joe, but it's really, really good coffee. Friendly baristas and a small selection of pastries. There's TacoDeli next door if you want to grab some tacos to go while sipping your coffee! houndstoothcoffee.com
Delicious margaritas, fabulous Tex Mex. Great migas when they're open for b'fast. Delicious for any meal. trudys.com
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Trudy's Texas Star
409 West 30th Street
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Delicious margaritas, fabulous Tex Mex. Great migas when they're open for b'fast. Delicious for any meal. trudys.com
Shopping
The best locally owned bookstore you'll ever set foot in. And they do a whopping amount of outreach for Austin's reading community. Take the #338 bus to 6th Street and you're there. bookpeople.com
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BookPeople
603 North Lamar Boulevard
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The best locally owned bookstore you'll ever set foot in. And they do a whopping amount of outreach for Austin's reading community. Take the #338 bus to 6th Street and you're there. bookpeople.com
An olfactory delight! Best store to buy coffee and tea (by the pound) you've ever been in! Great for gifts to take home - you can get the best cup of coffee you've ever had for $1 andersonscoffee.com
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Anderson's Coffee Co
1601 West 38th Street
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An olfactory delight! Best store to buy coffee and tea (by the pound) you've ever been in! Great for gifts to take home - you can get the best cup of coffee you've ever had for $1 andersonscoffee.com
Shop unique apparel, handmade jewelry and accessories, locally made gifts, and high end apothecary products. A fun store! shopblueelephant.com
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Blue Elephant Boutique
4001 North Lamar Boulevard
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Shop unique apparel, handmade jewelry and accessories, locally made gifts, and high end apothecary products. A fun store! shopblueelephant.com
Paper Place is locally owned and operated, and provides Austin with one-of-a-kind frames, photo albums, desk accessories, papers, cardstock and great handmade papers. Very fun! paperplaceaustin.com
Paper Place
4001 North Lamar Boulevard
Paper Place is locally owned and operated, and provides Austin with one-of-a-kind frames, photo albums, desk accessories, papers, cardstock and great handmade papers. Very fun! paperplaceaustin.com
The best import store you'll ever see! They have fabulous shirts, jewelry, decorations for your home, gifts, and folk art from all over the world. A must for the eclectic shopper! tesoros.com
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Tesoros Trading Company Retail
1500 South Congress Avenue
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The best import store you'll ever see! They have fabulous shirts, jewelry, decorations for your home, gifts, and folk art from all over the world. A must for the eclectic shopper! tesoros.com
The Burnet Corridor is where I go when I want to shop for something I don't know I want. There are lots of thrift stores, traditional stores, coffee shops, restaurants - it's all there. Shop between 45th and W. Koenig Lane for my favorites. burnetcorridor.com/
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Burnet Road
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The Burnet Corridor is where I go when I want to shop for something I don't know I want. There are lots of thrift stores, traditional stores, coffee shops, restaurants - it's all there. Shop between 45th and W. Koenig Lane for my favorites. burnetcorridor.com/
SoCo is not only shopping, but also dining, people-watching and a true Austin cultural experience. The top two stores I like to check out are Tesoros, and Allen's Boots. Great food trailers, brick and mortar restaurants, and loads more to see - well worth a trip down south of the river! www.doingthestreets.com/southcongress
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South Congress
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SoCo is not only shopping, but also dining, people-watching and a true Austin cultural experience. The top two stores I like to check out are Tesoros, and Allen's Boots. Great food trailers, brick and mortar restaurants, and loads more to see - well worth a trip down south of the river! www.doingthestreets.com/southcongress
Uncommon Objects has matured over the years into the one-of-a-kind emporium of transcendent junk. Twenty-four hardworking antique sellers have been assembled under one roof to bring you this very genuine and sometimes quirky slice of American culture and history. If you're looking for a unique store, this is it! You really can't leave Austin without a peek inside. uncommonobjects.com
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Uncommon Objects
1602 Fortview Road
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Uncommon Objects has matured over the years into the one-of-a-kind emporium of transcendent junk. Twenty-four hardworking antique sellers have been assembled under one roof to bring you this very genuine and sometimes quirky slice of American culture and history. If you're looking for a unique store, this is it! You really can't leave Austin without a peek inside. uncommonobjects.com
Arts & Culture
Great museum, and they have a wonderful IMax movie theater too. Why are Texans so darned proud of our state? Well, many of the answers are inside this beautiful building. It's also across the street from the Blanton Museum of Art. thestoryoftexas.com
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Museo Bullock de Historia del Estado de Texas
1800 Congress Avenue
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Great museum, and they have a wonderful IMax movie theater too. Why are Texans so darned proud of our state? Well, many of the answers are inside this beautiful building. It's also across the street from the Blanton Museum of Art. thestoryoftexas.com
Just nip in for a quick look at the Gutenberg Bible, the first photograph, or their traveling exhibit. It's all free. hrc.utexas.edu
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Harry Ransom Center
300 West 21st Street
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Just nip in for a quick look at the Gutenberg Bible, the first photograph, or their traveling exhibit. It's all free. hrc.utexas.edu
This is so much more than just a gallery. The space downtown is primarily a gallery, but be sure to check out their other location at Laguna Gloria - just west on 38th St. It's one of my favorite places to go for a short hike, see some lovely outdoor sculpture, and catch a traveling exhibit inside the beautiful historic home. Plus, it's next door to Mayfield Park with it's beautiful peacocks. thecontemporaryaustin.org
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The Contemporary Austin
700 Congress Avenue
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This is so much more than just a gallery. The space downtown is primarily a gallery, but be sure to check out their other location at Laguna Gloria - just west on 38th St. It's one of my favorite places to go for a short hike, see some lovely outdoor sculpture, and catch a traveling exhibit inside the beautiful historic home. Plus, it's next door to Mayfield Park with it's beautiful peacocks. thecontemporaryaustin.org
Wonderful exhibits and across the street from the Bob Bullock History Center. Features American and contemporary art, Latin art, European paintings, prints, and drawings. blantonmuseum.org
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Blanton Museum of Art
200 East Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
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Wonderful exhibits and across the street from the Bob Bullock History Center. Features American and contemporary art, Latin art, European paintings, prints, and drawings. blantonmuseum.org
Austin's newest library isn't just about books. There's also a cafe/bar, outdoor patios that give beautiful bird's eye views of the river and downtown, a store, plenty of charging stations, breathtaking architectural designs, and plenty of people watching to enjoy there. It's a great place to enjoy after you've walked around town or taken a nice hike around Lady Bird Lake. library.austintexas.gov/central-library
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Austin Central Library, Austin Public Library
710 W Cesar Chavez St
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Austin's newest library isn't just about books. There's also a cafe/bar, outdoor patios that give beautiful bird's eye views of the river and downtown, a store, plenty of charging stations, breathtaking architectural designs, and plenty of people watching to enjoy there. It's a great place to enjoy after you've walked around town or taken a nice hike around Lady Bird Lake. library.austintexas.gov/central-library
Entertainment & Activities
A great place to rent kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards, and sweep or sculling shells. A great way to experience Austin! 512-467-7799 texasrowingcenter.com
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Texas Rowing Center
1541 West Cesar Chavez
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A great place to rent kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards, and sweep or sculling shells. A great way to experience Austin! 512-467-7799 texasrowingcenter.com
Yes, really - it's a putt-putt golf course. In the middle of town. And we love it, 'cause that's how we roll in A-town. It's goofy, it's fun, and it's in the middle of everything, so try it out! peterpanminigolf.com
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Peter Pan Mini-Golf
1207 Barton Springs Road
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Yes, really - it's a putt-putt golf course. In the middle of town. And we love it, 'cause that's how we roll in A-town. It's goofy, it's fun, and it's in the middle of everything, so try it out! peterpanminigolf.com