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Experience Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas, the self-proclaimed "Live Music Capital of the World," pulses with decades of rhythm embedded into its culture. In recent years, that rhythm has begun to change. The city’s music scene is on the rise, reaching far beyond its traditional blues, jazz, and rock roots. Alongside its musical history, Austin is home to some of the finest cuisine, with mouth-watering BBQ spots to upscale dining. This city has established itself as a pioneer in the culinary world.

Musical and Culinary Melting Pot

It is thrilling to explore the many generations and variations of culture that exist in Austin’s rich musical and culinary melting pot, starting with restaurant Ramen Tatsu-ya, opened by local chefs/DJs Tatsu Aikawa and Takuya Matsumoto. Tatsu remarks, “I was craving good ramen after having lived in Japan and Los Angeles, California. I wanted to provide that same quality and authenticity in Austin, the city I call home.” Ramen Tatsu-ya, which utilizes a warehouse space, is filled with music and creates the perfect party/dining environment. This restaurant gives you a taste of Austin and its authenticity. Tatsu and Takuya are truly a multi-faceted duo and create a one-of-a-kind experience that encompasses the future of Austin’s unique culture. Ramen Tatsu-ya should definitely be on your restaurant go-to list when in Austin.

Tatsu Aikawa and Takuya Matsumoto
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The Music Scene

Check out music hot spot The Empire Control Room. This venue is dedicated to presenting quirky music events that feel more like adventurous discoveries than everyday affairs. It certainly captures the energy and essence of the music scene in Austin. The music culture in Austin stretches beyond concerts and music events into the street art of Austin. A massive mural of Willie Nelson looms over traffic on East Seventh Street.

Concert in Austin, Texas
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Culinary Hot Spots

For all the foodies out there, Loro is worth adding to your restaurant list. This Asian smokehouse is owned by James Beard Award winners Chef Tyson Cole and Aaron Franklin. The charming atmosphere at Loro definitely adds to the dining experience. The picnic style tables and hanging lanterns creates a warm and welcoming environment, perfect for anything from a first date to a low-key office happy hour. East Side King is another must-try food destination! Self described as “Japanese street food with a touch of Austin soul,” this food truck has some of the best BBQ in Austin, not to mention the price is hard to beat! The bar-meets-food truck vibe gives you a perfect taste of the unique culinary experience in Austin.

cuisine from Austin, Texas
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Outdoor Activities

Austin is known for having a strong cycling culture and is ranked among the top cycling cities in America by Forbes Traveler. The Barton Creek Greenbelt is a great destination for mountain bikers and hikers alike, offering 7.8 miles of natural surface trails. If you want to cool off and take a dip, Lady Bird Lake is a perfect spot for paddleboarding, kayaking and canoeing. Here you can also enjoy the scenic backdrop of Downtown Austin.

Boats and kayaks gathering to see bats come out of Penny Bridge
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“If You Go” Hit List

Stay

  • JW Marriott Austin
  • Aloft Austin

 

Play

  • Enjoy a scenic walk through Red Bud Isle Park, and don’t forget to snap a pic!
  • Take a bike tour around Austin and check out the main attractions, as well as the lesser-known hidden gems.
  • Visit some of the city’s top craft breweries with Austin Beer and Brewery Tour

 

Eat & Drink

  • Ramen Tatsu-ya
  • Loro
  • East Side King