A Perfect 3 Days in ATX|Where to Eat, Drink, & Stay

GC and I spent a perfect 3 days in ATX visiting Emily (my older sis) and her husband Caton. Austin is such an amazing city to explore with a ton of outdoor activities, beer gardens, healthy restaurants, and beautiful sights. We had such a blast! The following walks through the exact itinerary we followed for the most perfect 3 days in ATX to explore the amazing city.

Friday (Day 1):

9am: Coffee & Matcha from @Picnik. Picnik is one of my musts every time I visit ATX. They have a sit down restaurant on Burnet Road along with a casual grab and go trailer on South Lamar. I am OBSESSED with Picnik because the menu is 100% gluten-free, soy-free, & peanut-free. Plus they cook with avocado oil, and even use Siete Tortillas (my fave)! The trailer location offers a variety of coffee drinks incorporating superfoods including MCT oil, ashwaghanda, and grass-fed butter.

South Lamar Location (Trailer):

  • Hours: 7am – 1pm
  • Address: 1700 S. Lamar Boulevard Austin, Texas 78704
A Perfect 3 Days in ATX - Picnik ATX

10am: (Due to Covid we couldn’t go to these gyms but without Covid this is the plan we would’ve followed. We instead ran on the Lady Bird Lake) Workout at Onnit Gym. I always find ways to squeeze in a workout when I travel because I just feel SO MUCH BETTER & way more energized. Onnit was founded by Aubrey Marcus and Joe Rogan. They offer a variety of classes and the gym is top notch.

You can also hit up CorePower Yoga for a morning flow or sculpt to get a killer sweat in!

11-1 Lady Bird Hike

  • See the Capital along the lake
  • Noon: Acai Bowls at Blenders and Bowls
A Perfect 3 Days in ATX - Blenders & Bowls

Pick up Thunderbird Subs before the boat ride.

2:30-5:30pm: Rent A Boat On Lake Travis. We booked ours on Austin TX Wake to book 3 hours with Colton. The boat ride comes with:

  • Fuel and Captain
  • Wakeboards
  • Life Jackets
  • Tubes
  • Noodles and Floats
  • Lily Pad
  • Led Lighting
  • Coolers and Ice
  • Convenient Pick-up Locations
  • Up to 12 people*
  • Blue-tooth Stereo and Upgraded Sound System

We highly recommend Colton for your next trip! His rates are ~$240/hour with a 3 hour minimum.

A Perfect 3 Days in ATX - Lake Travis

5:30-7:30pm: Freshen up and dinner at Emily (my sisters house). We had turkey burgers with air fried potatoes and healthy pasta salad. So so good!

Some dinner recommendations if you want to eat out:

  • Aba – A newer Mediterranean restaurant in ATX with the cutest outdoor patio in South Congress. MAKE RESERVATIONS WAY IN ADVANCE for this one. They fill out fast! I have yet to hear a bad thing about Aba and already have a dinner spot reserved for my upcoming ATX trip.
  • ATX Cocina – Modern Mexican located in downtown Austin. They also have some really cute patio seating and the food was delicious and not your typical TexMex! The huarache flatbread had the most unique flavors & the fundo bay salmon + chipotle roasted carrots were delish!
  • Via 313 – Detroit-style pizzas with many locations – would recommend the Eastside restaurant! Perfect spot if you are looking to indulge a bit, (lowkey had one of the best pizzas I have ever had) and want a more relaxed vibe. No need to reserve usually and they have large patio bench tables outside. Try the buffalo chicken!

7:30-10pm: P6 at the LINE Austin We went to P6 for the night which is one of the best spots in ATX to see the bats. The hotel is so cute and chic and highly recommend heading over there for a great view of the city! We ordered some cocktails and chatted for the night.

10pm: Chill and Play Games. We went back to Emily’s place to hangout and enjoy each other’s company. We wanted to have a chill night since the next day involved waking up bright and early to head to the Springs.

Saturday (Day 2):

8 am: Breakfast Tacos at Veracruz located at the Line Hotel. I promise you can’t go wrong with either the Migas Originales or the Migas Poblanas breakfast tacos (or you can do 1 of each like I did pictured below – I devoured them). 🙂 Address: 111 E Cesar Chavez Austin, TX 78701

8:15-9am: Roadtrip to Krause Springs. Krause Springs is about a 30 minute drive from the city and has a manmade pool and natural springs. They have up to 32 springs but unfortunately only one was open during our visit due to the drought. You can cliff jump and rope swing as well which was a blast!

If you plan ahead I would recommend the following over Krause Springs (we found it a bit too crowded and the water a little murkier than anticipated but still had a blast nonetheless):

  • Hamilton Pool (Reservations Only – book in advance)
  • Jacob’s Well (Reservations Only – book in advance)
  • Blue Hole (Reservations Only – book in advance)
  • Barton Creek Greenbelt (No reservations but was unfortunately dried up when we visited. One of my favorite spots in ATX during no drought periods.)

9am-2pm: Krause Springs

A Perfect 3 Days in ATX - Krause Springs

2-3pm: Lunch at Opie’s BBQ If you are craving some authentic Texan BBQ then THIS IS YOUR SPOT. The food was INCREDIBLE and seriously hit the spot. We definitely indulged here with zero regrets and I got the turkey breast as I don’t eat red meat. So so delish.

3-5pm: Drive home and freshen up for dinner.

6pm: Dinner at Tex Mex El Alma. This is one of my favorite spots in Austin for good authentic Mexican food and Margaritas. We ordered the guacamole and queso fundido to start. I ordered the AVOCADO margarita and chicken enchiladas with tomato chipotle sauce. We devoured it all – SO GOOD.

8-10pm: Drinks at Hold Out Brewery They have picnic tables to hangout and grab some beers.

10pm-1am: Rainey Street There are a ton of bars you can head over to on Rainey Street and many of them are dog friendly! Due to Covid we could not go to any bars but would have if open.

Sunday

  • 11am: Brunch at Cafe No Se in South Congress. They are dog friendly (@ralph_the_sheepadood was quite the hit with the ladies) & have healthy options available. I ordered the cafĂ© scramble with roasted wild mushrooms, fresno pepper, spinach, and fresh ricotta.
  • 1-3pm: Walk around South Congress. We visited the first Kendra Scott to browse their jewelry collection and shopped around the rest of the street.
  • We stopped at Amy’s Ice Cream which is one of my favorite spots in ATX for some ice cream. They offer vegan options as well if dairy free.
  • Walk across the street to the I Love You So Much Mural to snap some pics! Address: 1300 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704.

3-5p: We were worn out from the heat and went home to chill before dinner but a few options you can do include:

You're My Butter Half Mural

5-6:30p: Happy Hour at Uchiko which is an upscale sushi and small plates restaurant. My sister swears by Uchicko and says it is by far her favorite sushi spot in the city. The happy hour deals offer great deals including some bomb nigiri. The full menu can be found here and a blog guide to the happy hour here.

WHERE TO STAY:

Although we stayed with my sister during our time in Austin, I recommend the following hotels to stay at during your 3 days in ATX:

A Perfect 3 Days in ATX - Hotel Saint Cecilia
  • The Line: Boutique hotel in downtown ATX & we got cocktails on the roof. So chic and cute! Address: 111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701
A Perfect 3 Days in ATX - The Line
  • The Proper: Luxury hotel in downtown Austin. Address: 600 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701
A Perfect 3 Days in ATX - The Proper

I hope you enjoyed this 3 days in ATX itinerary and be sure to comment letting me know your favorite spots in the city! Be sure to check out ATX Healthy Food Guide for more Austin inspo. If you have any more questions feel free to shoot me a DM on @thefitdelish or drop a comment below!

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