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A Local Shares Her Best Tips for a Weekend in Austin

On her site a Taste of Koko, travel and food blogger Jane Ko shares guides to cities like Miami and New Orleans. But while she’s often traveling the country or taking long weekends away, it’s clear that one city really holds a special place in heart: her hometown Austin, Texas. Jane lives in the Texas capital and gave us the insider tips for a perfect weekend there. According to Jane, that’s just the time you need to get a taste of what Austin has to offer. From how to dress to what to eat, she has you covered.

How should we dress for the Austin climate?

Dress casual. Shorts, light blouse, and sandals are perfect for Austin’s triple digit temperatures in the summer!

What keeps you in Austin? 

Sunny weather and Tex-mex.

What’s the best way to get around? 

Downtown and South Congress are easy to walk around by foot, but you’ll need a car for other parts of town.

What’s a tourist activity that’s actually worth it?

Paddle boarding on Lady Bird Lake.

What’s your favorite neighborhood?

South Congress. There are so many places to eat and shop that are all in walking distance.

Image Courtesy of Jane Ko

Best place to people watch?

Perla’s Seafood & Oyster Bar

What’s a totally underrated restaurant?

Habanero Cafe. This family-owned restaurant has been opened for 20-plus years and serves-up authentic Mexican food. It’s cash only!

Best place to have a moment of peace?

East Austin Succulents

Image Courtesy of Jane Ko

Best photo-op spot?

Greetings from Austin mural on South 1st.

“We’re a friendly bunch of people who love eating and jamming out to live music.”

What’s worth the splurge?

Cowboy boots from Allens Boots

Best place to get a nightcap?

Garage. It’s a hidden bar in a garage.

As a local, what do you hope people visiting this city discover?

We’re a friendly bunch of people who love eating and jamming out to live music.