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Whether you’re in town for SXSW, or just visiting the world-renowned “live music capital of the world,” you’re going to want to check out some of the best places to eat and drink in Austin according to actual locals.

Where to Get Coffee
Vintage Heart (as recommended by Austin food blogger Jane Ko)
“Vintage Heart is my secret hideout spot when I need to settle down and get a lot of work done. Love their iced vanilla lattes!”

Vintage Heart Coffee
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Where to Eat Breakfast
Counter Cafe East (as recommended by Localeur co-founder Chase White)
“I live on the East Side and this is my go-to brunch spot. There can be a bit of a wait, but when there is you can head next door to Cuvée Coffee to hang out and caffeinate until your table is ready. Pro tip: Order the Joe’s Special, and add an extra egg and bacon if you’re (especially) hungry.”

Counter Cafe East, Austin
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Where to Enjoy the Outdoors
Laguna Gloria (as recommended by technology investor Chris Shonk)
“Nature, art, wildlife and serenity. Even some geo caches. Laguna Gloria is a great place to read, picnic or paint. And its history is interesting along with the view. For an add-on, hit up Mount Bonnell for more views and some reflection.”


Laguna Gloria
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Where to Shop
Las Cruxes (as recommended by singer/songwriter Lani Thomison)
“Las Cruxes shares its space with Farewell Books and Flat Track Coffee… they are a platform for all things art and culture. The place is curated perfectly, from the records to the handmade shoes to the wearable art (pieces by Rua Minx and other amazing artists) to the earthy oils and salves made by local companies. The trinkets you find in here, you won’t find anywhere else.”

Las Cruxes Austin Shop
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Where to Eat Dinner
Apothecary (as recommended by Austin food blogger Ane Urquiola Lowe)
“Apothecary is sophisticated yet laid-back, and they choose their wines carefully to reflect the season. I love that they’re adventurous and have some newer eclectic wines on hand, plus some of the best food in town. Their lovely weekend dinner specials are reminiscent of dishes enjoyed in European bistros, and their hearty brunches are crowd favorites. Also, don’t miss their happy hour, and, on Saturdays, they offer half off their bubbles all night!”

Apothecary Austin
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Where to Grab Tacos and Mexican Food
Veracruz All-Natural (as recommended by SXSW staffer Cristina Fisher)
“The perfect morning fuel lies in a turquoise trailer just west of Chicon & Cesar Chavez. Ten years of taco trial and Veracruz repeatedly stands out to me as the best. There’s often a wait, but you will not be disappointed. Ultimate nirvana is found in the migas taco and watermelon agua fresca.”

Veracruz Austin
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Where to Enjoy Cocktails
Firehouse Lounge (as recommended by Localeur CEO Joah Spearman)
“So this is not your typical pick for this kind of list, but I recommend it for two reasons: one, it’s off 6th Street, which is a great location. And they have great cocktails – and you’ve gotta have at least one killer drink while in Austin. Pro tip: it’s behind the book case!”

Firehouse Lounge
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Where to Experience Live Music
The Continental Club Gallery (as recommended by university lecturer and drummer Dorian Colbert)
“The renowned Continental Club on Congress Avenue is known to attract the famous … but it’s the tiny gallery just upstairs from it that bejewels its crown. On any given night you’ll see world-class musicians playing – just because they can – in a room that might hold 30 people, and often for no cover. This is truly a place where the best players go to see the best players. Ask around when you’re there. The majority of patrons make their living through music.”

Continental Club Gallery
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