No surprises that we love our tacos and BBQ in Austin, 
but there’s more than just those here, too!

For breakfast tacos: Tacodeli are our favorite breakfast tacos in town. There are several locations around Austin, but you can also pick some up at a few of the downtown coffee shops like Houndstooth.

For an easy breakfast or lunch: Cenote on the Eastside, just past I-35 across from Downtown, is a lively neighborhood breakfast spot with outdoor patio seating. From breakfast burritos to migas and sandwiches, there is something for everyone. If you’re in a hurry, pick up something at of the Royal Blue Grocery locations on the run.

For coffee and more tacos: Radio Coffee & Beer is quintessential Austin, with plentiful outdoor seating and live music in the evenings. It also features food truck Veracruz All Natural with delicious tacos that are more Mex than Tex, including some of the best migas in town.

For some BBQ: Skip the famous Franklin BBQ, unless you avoid the line by pre-ordering (to-go only), which requires you to order 5+ pounds of meat. Instead, check out Valentina’s in South Austin (Aaron Franklin’s favorite brisket besides his own). We recommend ordering the Real Deal Holyfield and a brisket taco.

For a little bit of everything: Austin’s first and brand-new food hall, Fareground, is full of local favorites: Ni-Kome (sushi and ramen), Antonelli’s Cheese Shop (self-explanatory but also has sandwiches), Easy Tiger Bake Shop (sandwiches, coffee, pastries and fresh breads) and more. This contemporary space features a bar and ample indoor and outdoor seating right in Downtown.

For grab and go: Check out some of our other favorite food trucks downtown – East Side King, Chi’Lantro, Burro grilled cheese, or Via 313, just to name a few.


If you need a short break from all the exciting SXSW networking, activations, and sessions.

For some nature: Take a walk around Lady Bird Lake, one of Austin’s most scenic areas, which is easily accessible from Downtown at Congress Ave. and Cesar Chavez.

For a little shopping: Head to South Congress Avenue for an eclectic assortment of antiques, boutique shops, and music venues. Plus, the unobstructed view of the Texas State Capitol can’t be beat.

For a relaxing drink: Head over the East Side and chill at one of the breweries. Check out Zilker Brewing Co., Lazarus Brewing Company, Hops & Grain, or Blue Owl Brewing.

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