If you have 72 hours in Austin, here's what to do

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This past Veteran's Day weekend, I decided to take advantage of the long weekend hopped on a flight to Austin, TX. Austin has been on my bucket list for years — I really want to head to Austin City Limits one day, but before I go to ACL, I really wanted to explore Austin first. Music festivals are an all day affair, and you don't have that much time or energy to actually explore the city when you're at a fest!

I ate all the tacos, took a stop by Kendra Scott's HQ, went to a black tie gala, and managed to squeeze a football game in at UT – Austin (which by the way, was my very first football game ever!) Here's a summary of what I was able to pack in in 72 hours, but clearly I need to head back because there were a million more places I wanted to eat at!

Also, it was pretty warm in Austin (75 and Sunny the entire time I was down there!), and since I had packed all of my summer clothes away, I decided to get a dress from Rent the Runway shipped down to my friend's apartment. This dress was so lightweight and breezy, and perfect for a day of brunch and exploring!

D.C. blogger Alicia Tenise styles the Calypso St. Barth Blue Paisley Dress from Rent the Runway

Dress: ℅ Rent the Runway | Boots: Vince Camuto | Bag: Tory Burch | Earrings: ℅ Gorjana | Necklace: Taudrey | Bracelet: Kendra Scott | Sunglasses: Selima Optique

What to Do in Austin TX

Where to get Donuts in Austin

Gordough's Public House Fried Chicken Donut

Allen's Boots in Austin Texas

Where to Buy Cowboy Boots in Austin

Eat

  • Gordough's Public House: I brunched here on my very last day in Austin, and A. it was super cheap, B. it was crazy delicious! I got their fried chicken donut, which basically tastes like chicken and waffles, AKA heaven.
  • Lucy's Fried Chicken: Oh my 'lanta: this place was absolutely delicious and I will absolutely eat there again when I go back! We enjoyed a delicious family-style southern meal. Grab a bucket of chicken, mac n' cheese, sweet potatoes and collard greens. I basically pregamed for Thanksgiving with those sides!
  • Caffe Medici: I was walking around downtown and stumbled upon this coffee shop. Coffee was on point, but guys: they served breakfast tacos with coffee. Taco Deli breakfast tacos, to be exact. Why did I leave Austin? Where can I get breakfast tacos in D.C.?
  • El Ama Cafe y Cantina: It was hard to pin down my favorite Mexican spot in Austin, but I think this one took the cake. Great cocktails, delicious tacos, and some of the spiciest guac I've ever had.

Shop

  • The Gypsy Wagon: Some of the boutiques on South Congress were a little pricey, but this one was super affordable *and* had the cutest pieces! I picked up a velvet/lace tank from there that I hope to get up on the blog soon!
  • TOMS: Okay, not a local shop. But the TOMS store in Austin is a hybrid of a coffee shop and shoe store, which is pretty legit!
  • Allen's Boots: I'm not from the south, so I never really understood the appeal of cowboy boots — until I visited Allen's. These were the craziest, most intricate boots I've ever seen: from studded boots to embroidered boots, I fell in love with a million pairs!
  • Uncommon Objects: It's a super eclectic antiques store, where you can find amazing, one-of-a-kind pieces for your home. If I had room in my suitcase, one of their trunks would have gone home with me!

Play

  • Floppy Disk Repair: This was a super-hip, ~secret bar~ in Downtown. You needed a code to get in, but they're semi-lax. Great place to chill and catch up with friends.
  • Handlebar: Handlebar has two floors, and you can occasionally catch live music here. Overall I just loved the vibe of this place, and the rooftop is perfect to hang out on when it's nice out!
  • Rainey Street: If you want a Sunday Funday in Austin, this strip of bars is where you need to go!

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