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What are the Austin spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Ellsworth Kelly's new "Austin" installation at the Blanton Museum of Art! It is so cool and photo worthy.
Do’s and don’ts in Austin: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):
There are a lot of free events/ movie showings/ exercise classes/ concerts in Austin, so I would definitely recommend checking out @whenwhatwhereaustin to find something to do!
Which Austin shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?
Outdoor Voices and I Luv Vintage
Your all-time favorite musicians:
SZA, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Grouplove, and Destiny's Child.
Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?
Papadom or Eberly
Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Austin?
Magnolia Cafe! It's open 24 hours a day and has kickass breakfast food (especially pancakes).
Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?
Quattro Gatti - it has the best Italian food in Austin in the cutest location on South Congress.
Your go-to brunch spots:
24 Diner and Bouldin Creek Cafe
Which local creators do you admire?
The Peterson Brothers, local jazz/soul/blues musicians who play live in Austin frequently (especially at the Continental Club and Cactus Cafe). Also, Monique Campanelli, who owns Articulture Designs, is super cool. She does a lot of living walls around the city.
Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:
I think Mount Bonnell is pretty underrated. It's a classic Austin view; my grandpa used to take his dates there in the 1940s. Also, the view from Mozart's Coffee Roasters at sunset is unreal.
Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:
Juiceland or Soup Peddler (locations all around Austin)
Tomorrow’s your last day in Austin. How do you spend it?
I would eat at Bouldin Creek Cafe, swim at Barton Springs, get a Juiceland, go to the Blanton, walk Mt. Bonnell, and have dinner at Salvation Pizza. It would be a busy day.