Here it is, folks: the best of the best. From unique attractions to quintessential meals, this list contains the most iconic Austin sights. If you haven’t visited these twenty places yet, start exploring! This is the ultimate and definitive bucket list for everyone in Austin.
You must have a lovely sushi meal at Uchi. Located at 801 South Lamar￼ ￼Boulevard, Uchi will blow you away.
2. Midnight Cowboy
Midnight Cowboy might look sketchy on the outside, but the inside is an intimate, lavish speakeasy. Head over to 313 E 6th St and see for yourself.
3. La BBQ
This Eastside food trailer is a true Austin gem. Get there early for some of the best brisket in the city. La BBQ is located at 1906 E Cesar Chavez St.
4. HOPE Outdoor Gallery
This giant canvas is tucked away at 1101 Baylor St. Anyone can come and leave their mark at this graffiti park.
5. Cathedral of Junk
This house at 4422 Lareina Dr makes garbage look beautiful. Visitors can schedule a tour through this eccentric, quirky house.
6. ZIlker Botanical Garden
Head over to 2220 Barton Springs Rd for some truly gorgeous scenery. The Zilker Botanical Garden has prehistoric plants, a Japanese zen garden, and rippling waterfalls.
7. Kayak on Lady Bird Lake
There's no better way to see the Austin skyline than by kayak!
8. The Harry Ransom Center
The Harry Ransom Center, located at 300 W 21st St, has some of the most fascinating artifacts in the world. Take a look at the world's first photograph and some of Shakespeare's First Folio. You'll want to cross this one off of your list ASAP.
9. Barton Springs Pool
This natural, spring-fed pool is located at 2201 Barton Springs Rd. It's always a crisp 68 degrees!
10. Mount Bonnell
Mount Bonnell has, hands down, the best view in Austin.
11. Broken Spoke
This iconic honkey tonk is two-step heaven. Scoot your boots over to 3201 S Lamar and raise your glass to Texas!
12. VIA 313
Head over to 61 Rainey Street to VIA 313. This food trailer sits in the back of Craft Pride and has the best pizza you've ever eaten.
Rich with history and full of soulful blues music, Antone's is located at 305 E 5th St.
14. Barton Creek Greenbelt
You'll want to soak up these beautiful views all day. There are several entrances to the greenbelt, but the one at 1601 Spyglass Dr has ample access to all of the beautiful waterfalls.
15. Gourdough's Donuts
These donuts are as big as your face and coated in anything you can imagine. Yes, those are pieces of bacon on top of that donut. Try one today at 2700 S Lamar St.
16. Uncommon Objects
Right in the middle of the SoCo shopping district, Uncommon Objects has a plethora of unique antiques. These treasures are located at 1512 S Congress Ave.
17. McKinney Falls State Park
The stunning hiking trails and beautiful waterfalls at 5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy will wow you.
18. Waterloo Records
Waterloo Records is an Austin staple. Thousands of new and used records reside at 600A N Lamar Blvd.
19. Mayfield Park
Mayfield Park, located at 3505 W 35th St, not only has gorgeous hiking trails and beautiful lily pad ponds. Mayfield Park also has a family of vibrant peacocks roaming the grounds.
20. Mozart's Coffee Roasters
Mozart's Coffee Roasters is the best place to soak up the sunshine and drink a delicious cup of coffee. Located at 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Mozart's has the best view of Lake Austin in the whole city.