Summertime in Austin is one of the most glorious things on this planet (minus the fall in Austin, because it's just as wonderful and exciting for different reasons.) I have a summer routine in the city, and it includes: Morning iced coffee, weekly visits to an outdoor space, and OF COURSE the farmer's market on Sunday mornings after brunching at a local eatery.
If you're visiting the city between June-September, take a look at this list of things to do.
Mueller Farmer’s Market
This weekly East Austin farmer’s market is always fun, even in the light downpour that occurred Sunday morning. Mueller Lake Park was still hopping with families, and we were able to salvage a solid amount of good produce. My favorite part: Buddah's Brew Kombucha, of course.
Blue Dahlia Bistro
Walking into Blue Dahlia is like walking into a Parisian bistro with an Austin flair. They offer a large variety of pastries, salads and tartines, not to mention macarons for dessert. My personal favorite are the Chicken Salad Tartines, which are served on wheat bread, topped with dried cranberries and served with fresh cantaloupe and cucumber.
Wright Brothers Brew & Brew
I was first exposed to this awesome little coffee shop at the beginning of the year, and was amazed by not only the coffee but the atmosphere of the place as well. Brew & Brew, which has a distinctly urban feel, serves both coffee and beer, making it a great place for millenials to hang out.
East Side Café
East Side Café has been my favorite brunch spot for quite some time. The small antique house offers reservations if you don’t want to wait for a seat, and has the best eggs benedict I’ve ever had. They serve most breakfast plates with small muffins as well, and the staff is extremely personable. If you do have to wait for a table, Elaine’s Pork & Pie is located directly across from the restaurant and serves coffee, pork and pie.
Charm School Vintage
The deep smell of leather hits you as you walk through the tall glass doors of Charm School Vintage on East Cesar Chavez St. There are fine crafted pieces such as shoes, bags and belts along with eccentric and beautiful pieces that are totally wearable.
A cement floor and stark walls are contrasted with the sweet handcrafted items that can be found inside Take Heart. The shop offers a mix of modern and vintage pieces from home décor to books and essential oils. Not to mention the fact that this store smells amazing!
Described as a “co-disciplinary space for art and objects”, this gallery and gathering place has areas to sit and sip your coffee while listening to music and looking at records. They have a great assortment ofbooks, cards, jewelry and knick knacks as well.
Before heading to Inspiro Fest, we went to sit down in Zilker and enjoy the sunny weather, eating apples (and attempting to feed them to the squirrels as well.)
Texas State Capitol
I was super surprised to find out that Sydney had never actually been inside the state capitol, so we decided to take some time and see the inside. Luckily for us we found a parking meter with 45 minutes left on it, the perfect amount of time to spend visiting the Texas State Capitol between Inspiro Fest and lunch!
Laguna Gloria is one of those places that you don’t know exists until someone points it out. Located here is a branch of the Contemporary Austin, where many sculptures adorn the winding paths over the property. It’s a great place to take a break from the business of Austin, and peace can be found on a number of benches which are scattered on each path.
Picnicking in Pease Park was a great way to close out a long day of running around the city. We packed my favorite picnic blanket and stopped at Whole Foods, then found a shady spot to sit and enjoy our meal. Pease Park looks small from the outside, but there are many places to wander off and find solitude as well.
If you want to get a vibe of the city in the summer, check out my video on YouTube (or watch below)!