This Friday kicks off the first weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival 2014. The arrival of ACL means the arrival of musicians, visitors, vendors, and excitement (and hopefully cooler weather!). Although it’s not possible to fully experience everything Austin has to offer in just three days, it’s definitely possible to get a taste – literally – that will keep you craving more.
Here is a list of 5 of our favorite places to eat in Austin when you aren’t camping out in front of your favorite musician’s stage, crowd-surfing at Eminem, or capturing the best Go-Pro image.
#1 Breakfast at Annie’s Café and Bar
Start the morning off strong with a mimosa and hot breakfast at Annie’s Café and Bar before you head to the festival. This restaurant is nestled underneath the city’s skyline on Congress Avenue, which will give you a quick taste of Austin’s downtown life.
319 N. Congress Avenue
#2 Pick-me-up at Jo’s Coffee
Escape the park and head to South Congress for a cup of coffee at Jo’s Coffee, which showcases one of Austin’s most recognizable graffiti walls—“I love you so much” on the side of its building. South Congress is known for its food, shopping, city views, and its overall Austin experience. It’s a must-see while you are here!
1300 S. Congress Avenue
#3 Margaritas at La Condesa
After a long hot day, a margarita is the perfect treatment to cool you down. La Condesa is a trendy Mexican restaurant in downtown Austin known especially for its margaritas. The restaurant is situated off Congress Avenue on 2nd Street, which is also known for its shopping. Take a look around!
400 W. 2nd Street
#4 Dinner at The Shady Grove
When you are ready for a real sit-down meal, walk down to The Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road, just steps from the exit of Zilker Park. It’s quite literally a shady grove—pecan trees surround the giant patio and provide both shade and scenery. You’ll love kicking back and feasting on their Austin classics like the Hippie Sandwich and Queso Catfish.
1624 Barton Springs Road
#5 Late Night Snack at Magnolia Café
After a long day at the festival, a late night snack at Magnolia Café is the best way to wind down. No matter what time you get there you will always see the neon sign proclaiming “sorry, we’re open.” Serving customers 24 hours a day, Magnolia café offer everything you could want from pancakes to chips and queso to brownies.
2304 Lake Austin Blvd.