Walkable Guide: Downtown Austin

You're staying with The Guild; you must love exploring! Here are our #guildpicks for the best things to do in Downtown Austin. Prefer a guided tour instead? Check out this walkable tour we created with Sidewalk just for you.

- food -


Jo's Coffee

Walkability: 5min | 242 W 2nd St, 78701
Coffee Shop + Eatery | Website
This coffee shop will definitely put a pep in your step. Order the iced turbo for an extra caffeine rush. If you stop in at lunch time, their burgers are tasty!



Walkability: 4min | 401 W 2nd St, 78701
Elegant BBQ | Website
Fancy BBQ & other meaty fare in a refurbished general store with an upstairs bar with live music!


 La Condesa

Walkability: 2min | 400 W 2nd St, 78701
Mexican + Margs | Website
Contemporary Mexican dishes, a vast tequila selection & happy-hour deals in a sophisticated setting.



Walkability: 4min | 258 W 2nd St, 78701
Italian | Website
Casual Italian chainlet featuring pizzas, risottos & sidewalk seating.

- drinks -

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Elephant Room

Walkability: 6 min | 315 Congress Ave, 78701
Jazz Lounge | Website
Underground jazz bar with nightly live music, plus more than 20 draft beers & wines by the glass.



Walkability: 4min | 218 W 4th St, 78701
Coffee Bar | Website
Coffee, cocktails & snacks in a spacious interior or on the patio. Live music some nights.

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Second Bar + Kitchen

Walkability: 7min | 200 Congress Ave, 78701
New American Restaurant | Website
David Bull creates New American tasting menus in a sophisticated setting.

- shops -

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Toy Joy

Walkability: 3min | 403 W 2nd St, 78701
Toy Store | Website
Quirky, colorful store offering a vast selection of unique toys, novelty items & collectibles.


2nd St. District

Walkability: 4min | 403 W 2nd St, 78701
Shopping Mall | Website
Collection of boutique stores - Francesca's, Eliza Page, and Luxe Apothetique to name a few.

- culture -

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The Contemporary

Walkability: 12min | 700 Congress Ave, 78701
Museum | Website
The Contemporary Austin is Austin, Texas's primary community art museum, consisting of two primary locations and an art school.

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Violet Crown

Walkability: 3min | 434 W 2nd St, 78701
Theater | Website
Locally owned cinema showing indie, documentary & foreign films, with reserved seating, bar & cafe.

- activity -


orange theory

Walkability: 1min | 401 West 3rd Street
Physical Fitness | Website
Orange Theory with high ceilings & large windows, plus showers.


Ann & Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail

Walkability: 7min | Lady Bird Lake
Outdoor Fitness | Website
In the heart of Austin is the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake, a lush, urban path that meanders along the water’s edge and passes by skyscrapers, neighborhoods, ball fields and cultural attractions.

- wellness -

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Milk + Honey

Walkability: 3min | 100A Guadalupe St, 78701
Day Spa | Website
Massage, facials, and mani-pedi treatments. This was meant for you! 



Walkability: 2min | 210 Guadalupe St, 78701
Nail Salon | Website 
Luxury nail salon specializing in natural nail + skin care.