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A Summer Travel City Guide to Austin

As part of our summer travel series, today we're joined by Natalie Paramore, an Austin-based food and travel blogger, who is sharing her favorite spots for a sunny, summer weekend getaway in Austin, Texas.

Austin is always a pretty cool place to visit, but there is something really special about this city during the summer. It does get really hot, but there are plenty of places to chill out. If you've heard of Austin, you've probably heard of Barton Springs and the ever-trendy South Congress, but these are few of my favorite local spots that haven’t been overrun by hipsters or tourists (yet!). Grab your suitcase and plane ticket and come on down to Austin, TX!

1. Forthright Café.

Start your morning out right with matcha lattes and brunch at Forthright Café. This bright and airy spot is tucked into a corner of the building next to the Four Seasons downtown. It’s a great spot for a quick lunch during the week or a leisurely brunch on the weekends. Grab a spot at the white tiled quick service counter inside or lounge outside on the patio. It’s the perfect place to fuel up for a fun day in Austin!

2. Paper + Craft Pantry.

Plan ahead and book your spot for one of Paper + Craft Pantry’s creative workshop classes. The east-side paper shop doubles as a studio space and hosts fun classes like Indio Tye-Dying and Watercolor Florals. You and your gals will get to get creative and go home with a fun, handcraft item to remember the weekend by!

3. Hay Elotes.

Tucked away on the east side is the perfect place to cool off on those sweltering afternoons. Hay Elotes is a Mexican sweet shop that serves up towering snow-cone like treats, my favorite is the Mangolada! Sweet mango shaved ice is topped with strawberry and spicy, sweet fruit syrup, this one is big enough to share!

4. El Alma.

When the chip and queso cravings hit, head to the roof top patio at El Alma! Their breezy outdoor area is the perfect place to kick back and enjoy a few margaritas. The Chilanga is bright and spicy frozen margarita that they are famous for. The Avocado margarita is perfect for those who want a little less spice. Brunch, happy hour and dinner are all perfect for this place!

5. Kitty Cohen’s.

It really just doesn’t get any cooler than Kitty Cohen’s! This cocktail lounge is the perfect setting for a cocktail or three. Their outside patio even has a pool that you can dip your toes into and cool off from those hot summer nights. If it’s beachy vibes you’re chasing, then look no further than Kitty Cohen’s.

6. Grizzelda’s.

Grizzelda’s is hip east-side restaurant that has a modern Mexican inspired menu but you’ll definitely want to pull up a chair and stay a while to soak in the style of this place. From the statue adorned bar to the light fixtures to the cutest tortilla holder you ever did see, Grizzleda’s is one the most Instagrammable restaurants in town. Not to mention, the GrizzMizz is one of the best margaritas in town. And it’s pink of course!

I chose the ThirdLove Lace Racerback to wear around during my fun weekend in Austin! The fit is perfect, and the racerback is great for hiking and exploring the city—plus, it won’t slip if you get a little sweaty. And, the lace is breathable for those hot Austin days and adds a touch of femininity when it peeks out from summer dresses and off the shoulder tops.

This post is part of a summer travel series, where we'll be exploring destinations around the United States (and world) in the coming weeks and months.

Photo Credit: Jessica Johnson.

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