Austin is one of the most exciting cities in America right now, the Texan capital's art scene thriving, and beginning to rival that of its long-established music scene. Couple that with some seriously incredible Southern cooking, drinking and hospitality, and you're set for a good time. Here, our pick of where to stay, eat, drink and shop in Austin.
STAY: THE LINE HOTEL
One of the buzziest happenings in the Texas capital in years, the Line Hotel (also with outposts in Los Angeles and DC) taps into the area's thriving art and culture scene to provide the ideal jumping-off point for exploring the best the city has to offer (hint: a lot).
Perched on the edge of the Downtown district, in its former life the Line was a Radisson, but has had new life breathed into it, now boasting a super-cool mid-century modern feel. Rooms are spacious and stylish, with original works from local artists on the walls, but you should tear yourself away to spend time between the rooftop bar and swimming pool – undeniably the spots to be seen hanging out here.
The in-house restaurant Arlo Grey is headed up by celebrity chef Kristen Kish and is French- and Italian-inspired (you'll find burrata, truffle and braised rabbit gnocchi on the menu), while the rooftop bar P6 serves up seriously good cocktails with a sixth-floor view across the nearby Colorado River and of the city below.
When you start to feel barbeque fatigue, head to Uchi for the best Japanese in town. Not only is it delicious, but their seafood is sustainably and responsibly fished. They also do a Sake happy hour each day – what's not to love?
Odd Duck's specialty is traditional Southern cooking (they also only use ingredients from Austin farms), with an elevated twist. You'll find breakfast burgers and buttermilk pancakes alongside fresh ceviche and falafel fritters.
At this super-chic store on Lamar Blvd, you'll take home chic homewares, pieces from up-and-coming artists… and generally feel inspired to re-do your entire apartment once you return home (don't say we didn't warn you).
If you aren't already familiar with Outdoor Voices, get ready to find your new favourite activewear brand. The Austin store is its flagship – housed inside a cool converted bungalow – so you'll find plenty of the tonal tights and crops to fill your luggage with on the way home.