Introducing the city

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About Austin

The state capital of Texas, Austin is known for its excellent live music, mouth-watering barbecued food and dozens of high-tech establishments.

Some refer to it as the 'live music capital of the world', and when you visit this university city you too will probably leave singing its praises. But as well as having a thriving music scene with live events every single night of the week, Austin is generally regarded as a great liveable city with many opting to move here to enjoy the laid-back yet vibrant lifestyle.

With a population of almost 900,000 people, Austin isn't the biggest city in Texas but for what it lacks in numbers, it makes up for in character. Although some would argue it's lost its edge due to a presence of mega technology companies bringing mainstream office workers, others will point to many of Austin's quirky suburbs full of arty types, its lively nightlife which offers a superb entertainment scene and its motto - 'Keep Austin Weird', which all suggest this city still has part of its old hippie soul.

Add excellent hearty food and a number of surrounding natural attractions to the mix and you soon realise Austin is capable of hitting more notes than you'd expect.

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When Should You Visit?

Avoid summer if you don't like the heat and wait until October to visit when temperatures are more bearable.

Austin experiences a humid subtropical climate with hot summers and mild winters. During the hottest month of the year (August), the average high temperature sits around 36 degrees Celsius, and some days can see temperatures above 40. Autumn can remain very warm until November when during the night, it can get a little chilly and a jacket may be needed. The coldest month of the year is January with an average low of 5 although snow is rare and daytimes can still be mild. Spring can also see very warm days, particularly in May, although this is also Austin's wettest month of the year.

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Travioor top tips

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Insider Info

  • Many people will tell you that Austin has some of the best street food in the country from the array of food trucks/carts that can be found around the city. Eat at these and you'll save a fair amount as opposed to buying food in restaurants.
  • Like most major cities, traffic can be heavy at peak times so consider this when travelling from A to B. The public transport isn't the best but there is Car2Go which is the same concept as 'Boris Bikes' in London - pick up the small cars at a Car2Go zone, drive them and drop them off at another Car2Go zone in the city.
  • If you feel like getting out of the city for a day or two, Lake Travis is a beautiful spot where you can camp and enjoy a number of recreational activities.

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Food and drink

Main Course £11.78 | $15.00

3-Course Meal £39.28 | $50.00

Cappuccino £3.00 | $3.82

Beer £3.14 | $4.00

The Scene

Texans generally carry a reputation for loving smoked meats, liquefied cheese and fried foods. Portions are usually on the large side and there are a host of restaurants, food trucks and eateries in Austin which stay true to the Texan cuisine. You should also note that there's a Mexican influence here given the state's proximity to the Mexican border and influx of Mexican, Spanish speaking citizens. Staples of the city include barbecued meats such as brisket, breakfast tacos, enchiladas, fajitas and pie.

As for the drinks, a Mexican influence can be seen (again) in some favourites such as margaritas and Mexican martinis, which are particularly popular in bars that offer live music. There's plenty of nightlife in the city for all ages and a host of vibrant venues offering good entertainment. Coffee lovers will also be pleased to hear that Austin probably loves its coffee as much as anyone with an array of top coffeehouses scattered all over the city.

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History

Austin’s Story

Original inhabitants in Austin were said to be from Sweden, Mexico and Germany but by the 1830's, Anglo-American settlers were spreading across Texas and formed the village of Waterloo beside the Colorado River in 1837. Two years later this settlement was selected to be the capital of the new Republic of Texas, so it was quickly developed into a city and named after Stephen F. Austin. The remainder of the 19th century would see many significant buildings and establishments created such as public schools and the Great Granite Dam which helped to generate electricity.

The 20th century saw Austin put itself on the map as a technology centre with a number of laboratories and think tanks attracting high-tech companies to the city. With its economy booming, Austin only continued to develop its resources and public amenities. Then in the 70's, its music scene really took off when big name artists started to come and perform for the locals, bringing with them huge media attention. Today Austin is still known for excellent live music and high-tech innovations.

Language

English

English is the official language here and you can get by fine knowing only English but it is said that up to a third of the population don't speak English at home, with Spanish the next most used language in the city. As such you may come across many people who speak Spanish and to connect fully with Spanish speaking locals, you could learn the basics like the examples we've listed below:

  • Hello: Hola
  • Thank you: Gracias
  • Please: Por favor
  • Excuse me: Disculpe
  • Do you speak English?: Habla usted Inglés?

Need to know

+1 512 Dialling Code
911 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Fly to Austin–Bergstrom International Airport.
  • Most people tip between 15-20% in restaurants.
  • During festivals and big events, prices for accomodation can rocket.


VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for the US here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Flea Market

The city's biggest and oldest market, the Austin Country Flea Market is full of vendors selling gifts, food and souvenirs.

2. Zilker Park

Explore all the fascinating attractions at Zilker Park which include the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum.

3. Hope Gallery

Hope Outdoor Gallery is full of creative spray-paint art and offers an insight into Austin's quirky 'weird' side.

4. Cathedral Junk

This incredibly innovative and unique store is made up of purely other people's junk which they have handed over to the store.

5. Bats

At Austin's Congress Avenue bridge, witness a spectacular sight at dusk between March and November, when Mexican free-tailed bats are active.


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