An Actually Useful Guide to Downtown Austin, Texas


This is Spilling the Beans, where plugged-in baristas give us the lowdown on where to go, what to do, and what to eat (and drink) in their hometown. In this installment, Paul Henry of Houndstooth Coffee shows us around downtown Austin, Texas.

When Paul Henry first moved to Austin 11 years ago to attend UT, the Texas capital wasn’t the kind of place that attracted Silicon Valley tech wizards or hosted countless bachelorette parties on Sixth Street. And that’s still not how he sees the city. His Austin is a small town dressed in boomtown boots, stuffed to the wide-brimmed hat with good food, good people, and, yes, rowdy nights out, tacos, and barbecue. Here’s how to do downtown Austin (East Austin to come later on!) the way Henry, co-founder of Houndstooth, Austin’s best coffee shop, does it:

After-hours party at the Saint Cecilia. Photo: Julian Broad

Where should we stay?
As far as where you should stay, the nicest, most exclusive and expensive hotel in town is the Saint Cecilia. They have a sister hotel called the San Jose where there are a lot more rooms. Another hotel to look at downtown is the new JW Marriott that just went up on 2nd and Congress.

Best cup of coffee?
We have some friends over at Caffe Medici. The Patika trailer is also worth checking out.

Breakfast is served. Photo: Facebook/Paperboy

Where should we grab breakfast?
Tacodeli is a vendor here in town that delivers its tacos …read more

Source:: Bon Appetit