There are so many great things to eat, drink and see in Austin, you might be wondering how you’ll choose while you’re in town for Xerocon. Never fear! We’ve done the hard work for you, narrowing down the list to some of the city’s best destinations (who also happen to be our customers).
Check out our guide to Austin’s best eateries, shops and other fun places:
If you’re looking for a healthy reprieve between all the BBQ, Bento Picnic’s got you covered. Here you’ll find nourishing lunches recalling the tradition of Japanese homemakers, made from local, seasonal and eye-catching ingredients.
Starting as a neighborhood corner store nearly three decades ago, today Whip In has evolved to more than just a local spot with a great grocery selection. Today, the one-stop shop features a gastropub with 70 beers on tap, a full wine list & a from-scratch kitchen, even playing host to live music and events year-round!
If you want to check out Austin landmarks and quench your thirst, check out the city’s only double-decker food bus. Serving fresh juices, smoothies & hot drinks with a nerdy flair, get your health fix and your art fix – the back of the bus is a rotating art wall, with new work from local and international artists adorning it seasonally.
A food trailer dishing up house made, vegan hot dogs, Doggie Style prides itself on serving fare that’s sustainable, cruelty-free and oh so tasty. The owners’ mid-west background is inspiration for many of the styles of dogs and comfort foods they serve.
Two words: mini donuts. Little Lucy’s primary outpost is unmissable on Rainey Street: look for a vintage mail van updated with a lick of bright pink paint slinging delicious doughy treats.
A craft pizza trailer serving Sicilian and hand-tossed style pizzas (and other snacks), Li’l Nonna’s proudly uses all natural, all GMO-free, and organic ingredients – also catering to vegetarian and vegan pie lovers.
Machine Head Coffee
At the helm of Machine Head Coffee is Nolan Green, a veteran of the Austin coffee scene. Here you’ll find great coffee and treats from local vendors. Not to mention, Machine Head shares their space with a taco shop, so here you’ll get the best of both worlds!
Don Japanese Kitchen
Japanese craft-your-own donburi spot with hefty portions, creative toppings & novelty beverages in a light and open spot, not far from the University of Texas’ Austin campus.
South Congress Books
South Congress is a haven for quirky shopping, and nestled among the strip’s many eateries and cowboy boot stores, you’ll find a literary fan’s dream come true. Specializing in art, photography, literature, music, “quirkiana,” vintage children’s books, cookbooks, original music posters, and select artworks and vinyls, South Congress Books is not to be missed for the collector, reader, and gift-giver among us.
Austin Gourmet Popcorn
Who says popcorn and the movies should be mutually exclusive? For lovers of the popped kernels, Austin Gourmet Popcorn is a dream come true. Inside you’ll find a dizzying array of candies and sodas, not too mention more than 65 flavors of gourmet, locally made popcorn. The hardest part is choosing which flavor to take home!
Purse & Clutch
It’s hard to go past shopping for a cause, but at Purse & Clutch, you’ll get the best of both worlds. Working directly with artisans in Guatemala and Ethiopia, Purse & Clutch provides thoughtfully designed and ethically made handbags to help end the cycle of poverty.
New Zealand native, Nui Organics offers clothes lovingly made using organic merino wool for the baby in your life. Design for extended wear and from quality materials that respect both people and planet, Nui Organics has something for every tot.
Jack & Lola
Founded as a tribute to the owner’s namesake grandparents, Jack & Lola is the destination for local Austin handmade accessories, ceramics, candles, gifts, home goods and more. Featuring an array of small batch goods, Jack & Lola has something for everyone’s home and lifestyle.
Swank Baby Boutique
Whether you need a baby gift set for an upcoming baby shower, a brightly-patterned sun dress for your five-year-old, or durable shoes for your rough-and-tumble toddler, Swank Baby Boutique has you covered. Find new and gently used items for babies, along with accessories like bows and headbands.
Raven + Lily
Raven + Lily serves up fashion with a purpose. Leave there looking fresh and feeling good knowing their company’s purpose is to empower women all over the world.
The Flower Studio
The Floral Studio has been brightening the lives of Austin area residents for more than 15 years. Their eye-catching blooms are the perfect for any occasion. Stop by the showroom floor and let the sights and smells tantalize your senses.
Visiting CRAFT is like getting an all-access pass to a school art supply closet — without the clean-up. Create whatever you can imagine from their extensive library of DIY tools and supplies for only $10/hour. Don’t forget to bring your own drinks drinks and snacks (but if you do, there’s an HEB down the street).
This community gem is nestled inside Building 2 of the Canopy complex. Art.Science.Gallery celebrates the complexity and creativity of the sciences through visual art. Stop by to soak in the views, or join one of their hosted classes or workshops.