SXSW Recomendations From Austinites
With first-time Austin visitors and outsiders about to descend on the city, one question is all over social media: What is there to do in Austin while at SXSW?
- Erin Thompson: Eat local and buy local. Go Local Cards [get you a discount.]
- Find food trailers by neighborhood on FoodTrailersAustin.com
- Karen Webb: Eat at Torchy’s on the way downtown in the mornings.
- Marc Rutrough: Eat at Casa Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant
- Denise Beeman Douroux: Go to Guero’s Taco Bar if you want real Mexican food, but stay downtown so I wont get stuck in traffic as I stick to my own hood that week.
- From Leea Mechling, the Center’s Executive Director: On Guadalupe and Westgate: Madam Mam’s
- Dario’s on East 6th Street: Not a fancy place at all, but you’ll see lots of happy Mexicans… I love the salad plate #2)
- Juan in a Million
- Joe’s Bakery
- Eastside Cafe: They have their own garden and make great food
- Ruby’s BBQ
- The Clay Pit (Indian) on Guadalupe at about 15th Street
- Upper Crust Bakery on Burnet Road
- Of course Whole Foods, Central Market
- South Congress has lots of fun eateries including Guero’s Taco Bar, the South Congress Cafe and Vespaio’s, a very expensive Italian place but it’s good.
- And oh yes, Magnolia Cafe
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AREAS TO VISIT:
- Melissa Stewart: There will be a local artists’ market at Guerro’s on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from noon to 9pm. Good stuff!
- Marc Rutrough: Visit the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture.. It is a fantastic place with a really neat stuff to see.. Look for a tour by Freddy.
- Karen Webb: Skip some of that sxsw stuff and hit south Lamar and South First streets…
- Dede Thompson Saenz: Enjoy South Congress too
- Ann Minner: Go see one of the best independent bookstores in the country – Book People on Lamar. You won’t be sorry.
- Sharon Arnoult: Book People, yes, and don’t forget Waterloo Records and Antone’s Records, too, and many other funky, independent, unique shops on lower N. Lamar and South Congress. The Hike and Bike Trail around Lady Bird Lake to clear your head and get some fresh air.
- Sandy Hines: Barton Springs, any of the many greenbelts, rent a bike and ride it around.
- Jan Rosner Collinson: They can find me and I can face/body paint them! Email: email@example.com
Stay tuned for a list of events the Center has planned during the week.