Welcome to Austin: 11 Spots You Must Hit in ATX

Austin blogger Jane Ko of 'A Taste of Koko' dishes to us about the best the city has to offer.

Welcome to Austin: 11 Spots You Must Hit in ATX

Looking for a long weekend away from reality? Austin aka the 'Live Music Capital of the World' is the perfect destination to leave it all behind. Austin blogger Jane Ko of A Taste of Koko gave us the local lowdown on the best of ATX.

1. Best Mexican food + favorite spot for margaritas:

La Condesa - it's modern Mexican cuisine with the best frozen margaritas.

2. Best brunch in town:

My faves include Contigo and VOX Table.

3. Best spot for authentic Texas BBQ:

La Barbecue is the best and Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor, TX is worth the trip too.

4. Favorite local coffee shop:

Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors.

5. Best hotel + favorite hotel bar:

Hotel San Jose and the rooftop pool bar at Azul [at the Westin Austin Downtown] has the best views of downtown Austin.

6. Best happy hour:

Uchiko - you seriously can't beat $3 - $6 apps.

7. Best way to spend a sunny day + rainy days:

Get a snow cone at Sno Beach and head to Barton Springs / Zilker Park. Topgolf is awesome for rainy days [and sunny days] - and they're dog friendly!

8. Favorite place to relax + best spa to indulge:

W Hotel's Away Spa is super relaxing, plus you can hang out at the hotel pool.

9. Favorite off-the-radar spot:

El Chilito - I love the puffy tacos and horchata coffee.

10. Best kept "locals-only" secret:

Torchy's Tacos and Tacodeli are really good but definitely try some of the beaten down taco trailers parked on the side of the road and at gas stations.

11. If only in Austin for 1 night, you absolutely cannot miss:

Definitely go for BBQ at La Barbecue, happy hour at Uchiko and tacos and queso at Torchy's Tacos - and for more info on everything Austin, find Jane on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Did we miss any of your favorite spots in Austin? Let us know below!

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