What to Do in Austin, Texas

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Deep Eddy Distillery

Austin, United States

Escape the city for Dripping Springs to learn about the process of making Deep Eddy Vodka. The Austin Tour Company provides a shuttle to and from the distillery, so you can down shots without worrying about your designated driver.

Address

2250 East Highway 290

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Hope Outdoor Gallery

Austin, United States

This open-air gallery was created by a non-profit group called Help Other People Everywhere (HOPE) that organises events in which artists and musicians contribute to society. You’re likely to see some graffiti artists in action at this street-art wonderland.

Address

1101 Baylor Stree TX 78703

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South by Southwest Festival

Austin, United States

Austin becomes the stage for hundreds of festivals a year. But by far the most celebrated is South by Southwest (SXSW) in March, an annual spectacle of film, music and conferences spread out across the city. Running since 1987, past keynote speakers include Johnny Cash, Mark Zuckerberg and Bruce Springsteen.

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Hamilton Pool

Austin, United States

When the temperatures soar, locals pack up a picnic and head over to Hamilton Pool, around 23 miles outside the city. A palette of blues and greens, this glorious natural swimming grotto came to light when the rocky domes over an underground river collapsed thousands of years ago.

Address

24300 Hamilton Pool Road Dripping Springs TX 78620

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SoCo

Austin, United States

South Congress (or SoCo) is a strip of iconic low-rise boutiques, antique shops, bars and food trucks jutting towards downtown Austin. The gleaming red spurs of legendary cowboy boot store Allens Boots sit beside Guero’s, the taqueria featured in the cult movie Chef. This is the site of some of Austin’s earliest food trucks, including the experimental Torchy’s Tacos. Texas National Outfitters is a giant cowboy clothing shop famed for its live music, usually involving a guitarist playing a set while perched on top of a horse. At weekends, the street fills with food vendors, pop-up markets and buskers.

Address

South Congress Avenue Austin, TX 78704

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Milk + Honey

Austin, United States

With several awards under its belt and the expansion of its fourth location in The Arboretum to be completed this year, Milk + Honey is arguably Austin’s most beloved day spa. The priority here is healing and restoration, and it’s not hard to find with a full range of massage, body, skin, waxing and nail treatments on offer. Make it a full day of pampering by stopping in at this chic location after boutique-browsing the surrounding Second Street District.

Address

100A Guadalupe Street 78701

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The Massage Studio

Austin, United States

In a city as hot as Austin, saunas are hard to come by. Look no further than The Massage Studio for its infrared saunas: a dry heat so gentle it may feel cooler than outside. Here, the heat is in your control with sauna sessions customisable for weight loss, pain relief, anti-aging properties or simply relaxation. Once you’re warmed up, stay for a deep tissue massage using locally sourced lotions. Affordable add-ons such as cupping and herbal neck wraps are hard to resist.

Address

3801 South Congress Avenue Suite 101 78704

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Tenoverten

Austin, United States

What began as two female entrepreneurs determined to fill the void of sophisticated-yet-approachable nail salons in New York City has expanded across the country to become a celebrity favorite. You don’t have to be a wellness goddess, like regular Gwyneth Paltrow, to be treated like a queen here. The emphasis on a non-toxic environment extends beyond the products – staff are treated well resulting in impeccable customer service. You’ll want to linger in this bright and airy space, so why not get your brows, toes and waxing done too?

Address

South Congress Hotel 1603 South Congress Avenue 78704

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Zero Gravity Institute

Austin, United States

Escaping the Austin heat often means flocking to one of the city’s many crowded swimming holes. But for those seeking an uninterrupted float, these sensory deprivation tanks offer deep relaxation for both the body and mind. Experience euphoric weightlessness in one of four light-proof, sound-insulated floatation rooms, all larger than a typical floatation tank. The experience is elevated with complimentary robes, towels, slippers and toiletries, not to mention a 15-minute chair massage which will tempt you to indulge in one of its many massage services.

Address

2919 Manchaca Suite 105A 78704

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Hiatus Spa + Retreat

Austin, United States

Just west of bustling downtown, a blissful hiatus awaits with 18 treatment suites, zero-gravity chairs and a rejuvenating hydrotherapy room. Fire cupping and a Turkish Hamman experience make for a globally inspired selection of services. You can find all the classics here too: massages, facials, manis and pedis, all using non-toxic products with recyclable packaging. You’ll want to return for its monthly retreats featuring seasonally inspired spa services or simply to relive the complimentary foot soak and hand and foot massage that accompanies every 60-minute service.

Address

1611 West 5th Street Suite 155 78703

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CorePower Yoga

Austin, United States

This national chain has three studios in Austin for you to experience the invigorating full-body workout for which CorePower is renowned. Most classes are heated to prevent injury and maximise the detoxing benefits of the practice. Whether learning the basics in a C1 class or getting your heart rate up with weights and burpees in Yoga Sculpt, you’ll always have an energising playlist and instructor to ensure you leave the studio feeling refreshed.

Address

3210 Esperanza Crossing Suite 116 78758

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Wanderlust

Austin, United States

The first yoga studio outpost of the Wanderlust Yoga and Music Festival, the downtown location has since expanded to include another studio in the Domain, both offering a wide variety of non-heated, warm and hot classes. Beginners will love the Yoga Basics class while seasoned yogis can amp up their practice with resistance training in YoStrong and Kickass Therapeutic. Replenish after class at Blenders and Bowls, Austin’s first açaí café, located inside the downtown studio.

Address

206 East 4th Street 78701

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BFREE Yoga

Austin, United States

Eight years since opening near University of Texas Austin campus, this woman-owned studio still draws a crowd with its emphasis on community and personal transformation. You’ll always be comfortable here with the inviting atmosphere and the option to choose your ideal temperature for practice: non-heated, lightly-warmed or heated. More traditional classes include Yin, Hatha and Vinyasa, while the BRocked, a vinyasa sequence set to classic rock, is perfect for those looking to add some Texan charm to their flow.

Address

3110 Guadalupe Street #120 78705

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Sukha Yoga

Austin, United States

What better way to turn inward than by om-ing to the hum of a harmonium in a dreamy space surrounded by lush textiles and strings of twinkling lights? Translating to “bliss” in Sanskrit, “Sukha” could not be a more fitting name for this elegant studio that oozes with feel-good vibes. Whether you feel like a Restorative Sukha or Super Sukha Flow, you’re sure to find your ideal practice in one of the two locations that offer more than 85 classes each week.

Address

2324 South Lamar Boulevard 78704