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around Austin, because some of the
most beautiful, vibrant pieces are hiding
where you least expect them.
HOPE Outdoor Gallery
While you’re on your art jag, there is
one place to visit during your trip to
Austin that guarantees an art experience
like no other. HOPE Outdoor Gallery
is a community paint park that is
brimming with color and creativity.
What began as an educational project
soon flourished into one of the most
beautifully surreal places in the city; the
gallery encourages visitors to purchase
spray paint and add their own tag to the
huge, collective mural.
Hamilton Pool Preserve
If you are looking for a bit of natural
wonder, you’ll find it on the outskirts
of Austin at the serene swimming hole
known as Hamilton Pool Preserve.
This natural pool is a wildly popular
swimming spot for both Austinites and
visitors, so it is important to make a
reservation in advance; otherwise, you
might be turned away after the drive
out here. This might seem excessive,
but once you spend time in this
protected habitat, and witness firsthand
the 50-foot waterfall that flows into
the deep green pool below, you will
absolutely understand why this place is
such a hot spot.
H12 Outdoor Cafe
A mere six miles from Hamilton Pool
on the way back into Austin, you will
find a lone blue and white food truck.
H12 Outdoor Cafe’s motto is “Earth
Inspired, Austin Grown”, because they
locally source all of their ingredients
for a menu that is unlike that of any
other food truck. Featuring a mix
of sandwiches, brunch plates and
small bites, this truck’s cuisine is an
absolute treat. Oh, and try their filtered
rainwater—it tastes like fresh snow.
Feast on the spoils while you enjoy the
ambience outside; the space in front of
the truck is fitted out with picnic tables,
hammocks, chimineas and string lights,
which give it a wonderfully dreamy vibe.
If you spend some time in Austin,
you’ll likely notice a bunch of shiny
Airstreams with a mustachioed,
top-hat-wearing donut on the
front. If you do spot the glinting,
anthropomorphized pastry and you
have a hankering for something sweet,
do yourself a favor and pull over.
Gourdough’s has been an institution
in Austin for years, and it serves
up incredibly clever and rich donut
combinations. Try the Fat Elvis, which
consists of grilled bananas, bacon,
peanut butter icing, and honey. Or the
Heavenly Hash, featuring marshmallow
with chocolate fudge icing topped with
brownie bites. This is Austin indulgence
at its best!
Blue Cat Cafe
What could be better than eating
divinely vegan Tex-Mex-style fare while
surrounded by cats? Answer: nothing.
Blue Cat Cafe in East Austin is one of
the coolest spots around. Each week,
Blue Cat Cafe transports adoptable cats
from the local shelters and lets them
roam free in their cafe, which is replete
with fake trees, raised cat walks, and
loving visitors to pet and play with the
felines all day long. Since opening 18
months ago, Blue Cat Cafe has aided in
the adoption of more than 260 cats, and
counting. Bring your laptop and spend
the day working in an eclectic, colorful
space with furry friends who are just
waiting for a lap to curl up in.
Congress Avenue Bridge
If you happen to be in Austin from
March to November and you find
yourself near the Congress Avenue
Bridge at nightfall (around 8–9 pm),
keep your eyes fixed on the sky and you
will have a front-row seat to swarms
of bats taking off into the night. The
Brazilian free-tailed bats put on an
aerial show before shooting out to feed
on insects in the area in a spectacular
display of nature.
Food is in abundance in Austin. If
you love ramen, get your noodle-soup
appetite ready for Ramen Tatsu-ya.
There is usually a line wrapped around
the block just to get in, but if you
happen on a magical moment when the
planets align and there aren’t too many
people waiting, you’ll be able to slip in
and place an order for soul-satisfying,
mouth-illuminating ramen that’ll warm
your belly and dazzle your tastebuds.
These are some of our favorite places in
Austin, but realistically there is much
more we could write about. The best
part about this city, though, is that it’s so
diverse that you can create your very own
city guide, perfectly tailored to the things
that you love and that bring you joy. And
if those things include bats, cats or street
art, maybe we’ll see you there!
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Left: Book a spot at Hamilton Pool Reserve
so you don’t miss out
Right: Clockwise from top: Zilker Park, H12
Outdoor Cafe, Gourdough’s dapper donut
van, Blue Cat Cafe
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