The Austin, Texas Travel Guide

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Austin, the city of music and murals, barbecue and boutiques and active people who love life on the lake and lonestars, has it all in our opinion. From the out-of-this-world restaurants to creative hotel interiors, there’s inspiration on every block. Shallon, our head stylist and director of PR is an Austin native. She is the ultimate traveler and gets more excited about creating and sharing a good trip itinerary than her own birthday. Here is her round-up of what to do in Austin.



Hotel Saint Cecilia (Shallon's favorite)

Located walking distance to SoCo. This secluded 14 room oasis and luxury hotel was created in honor of the patron saint of music and poetry. The Saint Cecilia takes inspiration from the great era of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s and the revolution of rock and roll and beat poetry.

  • Driskill Hotel

    This iconic, luxury hotel is a Texas landmark. Located on 6th Street in the heart of downtown Austin, the Driskell is the perfect hotel for people seeking the true Texas experience.

  • Hotel San Jose

    Hotel San Jose is a boutique hotel is located on South Congress. The 40 room urban bungalow-style hotel is tucked behind stucco walls and set amidst lush garden courtyards. The outdoor lounge is a favorite for afternoon drinks and snacks. .

  • The Four Seasons Hotel

    The 5 star luxury hotel is located in downtown Austin on Lady Bird Lake. This 5 star hotel boasts an incredible spa, pool, restaurant and bar.

  • South Congress Hotel

    South Congress Hotel is another boutique hotel located on SOCO. The hotel is more modern, and boasts, multiple fun restaurants, tenoverten Nail Salon, and one of our favorite coffee shops in Austin- Manana.


  • Fonda San Miguel

    The best traditional and authentic mexican food in Austin, served in a hacienda style space just north of downtown.

  • Josephine House

    My go to spot for lunch or brunch on the weekends. The little blue house located in Clarksville has an eclectic menu featuring the best locally sourced products. Grab a drink on the lawn before dinner next door at Jeffreys.

  • Elizabeth Street Cafe

    A great place for lunch or a casual dinner. This vietnamese cafe and French bakery is delicious. Sit outside when the weather is nice, and enjoy one of there many Bun dishes with a glass of Rose or a punch

  • Micklethwait Craft Meats

    For those who do not want to stand in line for BBQ. This is where the local chef’s eat BBQ in Austin.

  • Jeffreys

    The perfect place for a special occasion steak dinner. The cozy bar, plush velvet booths and moodly lighting makes it hard to leave. The restaurant boasts an old school martini cart, delicious popovers, and impeccable service.

  • Uchi/Uchiko

    For the best sushi in Austin, and possibly the country. Make a reservation in advance, both restaurants book up fast.

  • Suerte

    The newest and best addition to the Austin food scene. This mexican inspired restaurant in east austin is the perfect place for a fancier or special occassions dinner. The cocktails are also some of the best in town. It was recently named one of the best restaurants in America by Eater, so make a reservation in advance!

  • June's

    A cool neighborhood cafe and bistro, with a great wine menu and Burger. Located on South Congress.


  • Visit a Museum

    Enjoy an afternoon at the Blanton Museum of Art.

  • Canoe on the lake

    Rent a boat with friends on Lake Austin, dock your boat at one of the many restaurants or bars on the lake.

  • Go swimming

    Go Swimming at Barton Springs Pool ( Shallon's Favorite) Fun Fact: Austin has some of the best natural watering holes and natural aquifers in the US.

  • See live music

    Go listen to music at ACL or any of the many Live Music venues


  • By George

    Both North Lamar and South Congress locations - A luxury fashion and lifestyle boutique that aims to provide the world's best clothing, fine jewelry, and home goods embodying the spirit of Austin . This is Shallon’s favorite store.

  • Kick Pleat

    An Airy women's clothing boutique with an artsy vibe selling casual designer clothing.

  • Allen's Boots

    An Austin Texas Tradition. The place to buy your cowboy boots.

  • Stag

    A General store for all Men. They carry a range of men’s designers that are classic and modern, traditional and progressive, old and new, respectful and rebellious. Located on South Congress.

shop Shallon's picks for Austin


Cannage Myra Basket
Dragon Diffusion $290.00
Arc Bag
Merulana $48.00
Natural Niki Sandals
Ancient Greek Sandals $165.00
Tulum Tote
Merulanaa $75.00
Bright Red Wicker Tote
Loeffler Randall $89.00
Smocked Poplin Dress
English Factory $39.00
Bamboo Triple Jump Big
Dragon Diffusion $392.00
Eclipse Agnes Fan Tote
Loeffler Randall $338.00