Austin is quickly becoming one of the hottest travel destinations in the nation. Bachelors and bachelorettes, food and fashion bloggers, and weekend road-trippers are flocking here by the dozens. And they’re posting all about it on Instagram.
So whether you live here or are coming to visit, make sure to check out 17 of the most Insta-worthy places in Austin.
1/ Franklin Barbecue
When the best chefs and celebrities come to Austin for BBQ, they go to Franklin. Even they have to wait in the famous line, so arrive prepared. Bring a cooler, friends and maybe even some reading material. The meat is worth the wait.
900 E. 11th St. – Website
2/ Jo’s Coffee
Arguably the most photographed street art in Austin is the “I love you so much“ wall at Jo’s Coffee. It’s popular with engaged couples, festival goers and Double-O-Sevens. Come for the photo op; stay for the Turbo (best iced coffee in the world).
1300 S. Congress Ave. – Website
3/ Torchy’s Tacos
When Obama came to town, he ordered a Republican, a Democrat and an Independent from Torchy’s. Tacos for all.
4/ Via 313
Ah, the peace of pizza–it brings everyone together. Even New York style pizza joint, Homeslice, gives respect to Via 313’s deep dish Detroit goodness.
–> Read more: “5 Best Pizza Joints in Austin”
Yup. That’s a doughnut on a salad. If you really want a reaction from your followers, order the Drunken Hunk. It’s a doughnut topped with meatloaf wrapped in bacon, then topped with a fried egg, candied jalapeno and barbecue sauce.
6/ 6th Street
You’re guaranteed to run into a musician or two (real or not) on 6th Street. There’s a west and east side to 6th, so school yourself with the articles below so you can act like you’ve been there before.
- Guide to Austin’s Dirty Sixth Street
- Guide to Austin’s East Sixth Street
- Guide to Austin’s West Sixth Street
7/ Rainey Street District
Beer! Glorious beer.
Start at the intersection of Rainey Street and Driskill Street and work your way south
Some people order avocado toast just because it looks fancy. At Josephine House in Clarksville, your pretty-as-a-picture brunch is probably going to be one of the best meals you’ve every had. There are some really amazing restaurants in this quaint neighborhood of Clarksville, which is west of downtown.
–>Read more: “3 Prix Fixe Dining Options in Austin’s Clarksville Neighborhood”
9/ South Congress (SoCo)
The O.G. of neighborhood revitalization, “SoCo” offers quirky shops, plenty of restaurants, food trailers and boutique hotels.
Between Nellie Street and West Annie Street on South Congress Avenue
10/ East Austin
Nothing makes ‘grammers tap that Like heart more than supporting local. Add a musical instrument and some hipsters to the pic, and you’ve got a post trifecta.
HOPE Farmers’ Market is located at 412 Comal St. – Website
–>Read more: “Get to Know These 9 Austin Farmers’ Markets”
11/ Texas State Capitol Building
The Texas State Capitol offers free daily tours and is a great spot for picnics and Easter egg hunts.
1100 Congress Ave. – Website
–>Read more: “Creative Ways to Explore the Texas State Capitol in Austin”
12/ The Oasis on Lake Travis
Hands down, the best spot in Travis County for sunset views is The Oasis!
6550 Comanche Trail – Website
13/ Barton Springs
When the temperatures hit triple digits in Austin, Barton Springs is where the cool kids go to get even cooler.
2201 Barton Springs Road – Website
–>Read more: “Guide to Barton Springs Pool, Soul of Austin”
14/ Zilker Park
Home to Austin City Limits Fest and Blues on the Green, Zilker Park is a city treasure. When there isn’t a festival there, visit with your four-legged friend, participate in a boot camp or fly a kite.
2100 Barton Springs Road – Website
–>Read more: “Guide to Austin’s Zilker Park for Every Season of the Year”
15/ Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue
Pay homage to one of the great singer-songwriters of our time.
Riverside Drive and South First Street
16/ Hotel Saint Cecilia Pool
Yeah, this is where the pretty people “find inspiration.”
112 Academy Dr. – Website
17/ Congress Avenue Bat Bridge
It might smell a little funny while you’re there, but it’s pretty much a rite of passage to see the bats fly over the Congress Avenue bridge.
Congress Avenue between Cesar Chavez Street and West Riverside Drive
–>Read more: “Guide to Bat Season in Austin”
@AdriennePurdue wants to know:
What’s your favorite Insta-worthy place in Austin?