Want to mosey around Austin like a local? We caught up with stylist Rebecca Gaddis, Founder of Ambhasaa, a beachy-cool online boutique to get her take on where to eat, hang out and of course shop in the capitol city!
South Congress Hotel – The newly opened South Congress Hotel is one of my favorite spots in Austin. It has a great bar and rooftop pool, and the Central Standard restaurant is a great dinner spot. I’m also dying to check out the hotel’s brand new spa, Tenoverten, for some much needed pampering.
Perla’s – An Austin staple, Perla’s is the spot for fresh seafood and oysters and an amazing patio for great people watching on South Congress. I find myself there quite often for cocktails on the patio or Sunday brunch, especially when the weather is nice.
Justine’s Brasserie – The east side of Austin has completely changed over the past couple of years. Previously being a little seedy, it now has some of the best bars and restaurants in town. One of my favorites is Justine’s Brasserie. Serving delicious French food (think buttery escargot), and situated in a quaint house turned restaurant/bar. The busy bar serving up some of the best martinis I’ve ever had and the large outside space make for a fun and energetic vibe, a favorite amongst locals.
Moss – Moss is my go to for shopping, especially if I am looking for something special. This designer consignment shop on South Lamar has some truly beautiful and unique pieces. I’ve found gorgeous items from Lanvin, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, and many more for a fraction of the retail price, and all in perfect condition.
Wanderlust – If you are looking to get a little exercise in, Wanderlust Yoga is one of my favorite studios in town. It embodies the whole Austin laid-back hippie vibe but in a very modern way, and offers amazing classes including rooftop yoga right in the heart of downtown Austin. It has also a great little café serving yummy and healthy treats for some post yoga fuel. The hike and bike trail around Town Lake is another great way to get some exercise in and see our beautiful city.
Stubb’s – Austin is the live music capital of the world for good reason. We have some of the best musical talent come through the city on a daily basis, and festivals like ACL and South by Southwest to boast. One of my favorite venues in Austin is Stubb’s, and you can listen to amazing live music here on pretty much any given night.
Listening Room at Winflo – A truly unique and special experience – every Thursday, the Listening Room showcases a live acoustic show paired with a three-course seasonal fare menu prepared by the chef.
Deep Eddy Cabaret – Since 1951, Deep Eddy Cabaret has been the staple local dive bar in town. Go to watch sports, play pool and just plain people watch.
Whisler’s - On the East side of town, this bar is knows for amazing craft cocktails, a rustic interior and great “hipster” vibe. There’s even an upstairs Oaxacan-style mezcaleria (mezcal bar) where you can sip on this potent spirit.
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Austin also has a great art scene, and some good friends of mine have an amazing gallery in town called Pop Austin. They are constantly having events and showcasing amazing art, so it is definitely worth looking at if you are in town.
There’s so much going on in Austin, it seems that there is some sort of festival or event going on almost every weekend. When I want to get out of the hustle to unwind, the Texas Hill Country is the ultimate escape. Small towns like Fredericksburg, Gruene, and Marble Falls offer beautiful scenery, great wineries, live music, and are only a short drive outside of the city.
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