Cool Places in Austin

What Should I Check Out When I Visit?

In a recent article in the Austin American-Statesman, four of the top local concierges were interviewed. They shared their ideas about Austin’s best hangouts. Three of them are concierges with the Four Seasons, and one works at the 5 Fifty Five condos, which are atop the downtown Austin Hilton. By the way, if you are interested in purchasing a condo in the 5 Fifty Five or in the new Four Seasons residential project downtown, give us a call or email us soon. Here are some of the responses from the article:

Favorite thing to do in Austin:

  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Boating
  • Attending the opera
  • Art opening
  • Theater
  • Enjoying one of the area’s world-class restaurants
  • Walking along the Lady Bird Lake hike-and-bike trail
  • Discovering parks and greenery
  • Enjoying the hill country
  • Blues on the Green in Zilker Park (free concert)

Best live music:

Coffee break:

Barbeque joint:

Best Tex-Mex:

  • Matt’s El Rancho – “best in the West”
  • Vivo’s – “healthiest Tex-Mex food you can get”
  • Z Tejas on 6th Street

Natural Setting:

  • Mount Bonnell
  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
  • Wild Basin Preserve
  • Bull Creek Preserve
  • Trails at Pedernales Falls
  • Enchanted Rock

Place to see art:

  • Blanton Museum (3 out of 4 votes!)
  • Kathy Womack Gallery

Breakfast Place:

  • Las Manitas – “warm and friendly” “I have sent about 200,000 people there”
  • The Omelettry – “very Austin, unpretentious”

Dinner with friends:

  • Wink
  • Vespaio
  • Shady Grove
  • III Forks – “welcoming, not rushed; simple, American food”
  • Roy’s – Hawaiian cuisine
  • Eddie V’s
  • Truluck’s – seafood
  • Habana – great ethnic food

Romantic dinner:

  • Jeffrey’s
  • Hudson’s on the Bend (2 votes out of 4)
  • Aquarelle – “traditional French, quiet”
  • Wink – “intimate setting”

Place to see a movie:

  • Alamo Drafthouse (3 votes)
  • Arbor Cinema – “penchant for foreign films”

Place people should know about:

  • Barton Creek Greenbelt
  • Mandola Winery in Driftwood
  • Aquarelle
  • Wink (again)
  • Picnicking on the grounds of the State Capitol – “like Central Park”
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