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Top 10: Austin's Finest & Favorites

Khoros Staff KatieD
Khoros Staff

Whether you’re a SXSW veteran or a newbie, there’s a lot going on near downtown Austin. It can be really overwhelming to navigate in a desperate search for your caffeine fix or hangry lunch craving. And if you’re looking for that great place you visited last year, it may not be around. Over 60 Austin restaurants closed last year, including the Patika’s Coffee Cart, Cantina Laredo, and Snack Bar on South Congress.


But many new places have opened, including half of our list below.


The good news? We know Downtown Austin and have compiled our TOP 10 go-to places for the…


Best ridesharing: Ride Austin, Fare, or Fasten (Uber and Lyft do not currently operate in Austin)  


Best coffeeCaffe Medici (the espresso is delish) or Houndstooth Coffee


Best burgerBurger Bar


Best BBQCooper’s (or Perry’s for a good steak)


Best Tex-mexLa Condesa


Best healthy snackBlenders and Bowls


Best cocktailsSwift’s Attic or The Townsend


Best food truckChi’lantro or Big Fat Greek Gyros (on Rainey St)


Best outdoor loungingEasy Tiger (bake shop and beer garden)


Best quick escape from downtown madness: The Historic Scoot Inn on the east side is just a 5 minute cab drive away. We’re also co-hosting the Geek-a-Cue here on Saturday night, so it’s a great excuse to hear some music, relax outside, and grab some BBQ.



For other ideas outside of downtown, check out Austin Eater’s guide of Where to Eat in Austin for SXSW 2017.