You’ll need to make a few trips up and down the streets in this section of town to properly take in the range of funky thrift and coffee shops mixed with sleek Texas-crafted furniture showrooms and both long-standing and just-arrived restaurants. TORCHY’S TACOS: Unique tacos are made fresh daily in a quirky atmosphere and enjoyed in abundance by locals. torchystacos.com WHITE HOUSE IN THE HOUSE: When President Obama hit Austin for SXSW in 2016, he stopped by the South First Torchy’s location and ordered a politically correct lunch with tacos named The Republican and The Democrat. VINAIGRETTE: A mid-century modern farmhouse vibe with a seasonal, veggie-forward salad and cocktail menu. vinaigrette.com AUSTIN ART GARAGE: An informal gallery space that houses works from 30+ local artists and features day camps for kids. theartgarageaustin.com JET-LAG FIX : Sluggish from travel? Pop into Juice Society within Lamar Union (juice-society.com). Owner Danielle Sobel suggests: “The Spicy Citrus for a burst of Vitamin C to restore your system.” MUSIC SCENE Roadside honky tonks, restaurant patios and guitar shops for those looking to turn their passion into a new purchase keeps this section of the city strumming to the beat of its own sound. LAMAR UNION: The new development is already screamingly popular thanks to multiple restaurants: VOX Table (voxtableaustin.com), Cantine (cantineaustin.com) and Caffé Medici (caffemedici.com). All a great complement to the long-standing drink and dine movie house, Alamo Drafthouse (drafthouse.com). lamarunion.com Neighborhood Treasure CATHEDRAL OF JUNK: Keeping Austin weird, local yardist Vince Hanneman has created a backyard tower of oddities for you to ogle. Donations recommended. roadsideamerica.com BROKEN SPOKE: Boot scoot around this historic dance floor while tipping back long-neck bottles of beer. brokenspokeaustintx.net DID YOU KNOW that the famed sculptor of the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, Charles Umlauf, is represented here and you can still own a piece of his work? Come check out his work outside of the iconic gardens and snag a piece of Texas history before it’s too late. MOSS: High-end designer duds consigned to this chic space. mossaustin.com Celeb spotting : Fashionable owner Masha Poloskova tells us Connie Britton and Liv Tyler have both been seen shopping the racks here. A HOWL OF A TIME: If you’re lucky enough to be visiting on a full moon, head to Barton Springs Pool and join the ranks of the bohemians at 9 p.m. for a full moon swim. ZILKER BOTANICAL GARDEN: Japanese, cactus and herb gardens span 30 acres for your frolicking and exploring pleasure. SUMMER FLUTTER Dress the kiddos in their butterfly finest and don’t miss the annual Woodland Faerie Trail (May–June 2017). zilkergarden.org OH SAY CAN YOU SIP Meredith Berman, Director of Wine Operations at urban winery The Infinite Monkey Theorem (theinfinitemonkeytheorem.com) says: “Austinites love to stay fit. That’s why we do yoga classes in the winery called Class and a Glass twice a week.” TAKE A DIP: With the escalated summer temps, locals love to find a water respite whenever possible. Crowd faves include spring-fed Barton Springs Pool, Deep Eddy Pool and Hamilton Pool.
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