Austin by a local

di Selene Scinicariello

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Today we are going to talk with Santwona Patnaik, she is going to tell us about the city of Austin, Texas.




What city are you going to tell us about?

Today, I’m going to tell you about this beautiful city that I live in – Austin, Texas.


How would you describe Austin to someone who has never been there?

Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World, for a reason. You need to visit once, to know why.


What is your favourite thing/place in Austin?

Here’s a list of my favourite places/activities to be in:


  1. Mount Bonnell – Perfect for hiking, photography and picnics with a surreal view.
  2. Oasis – An amazing hang-out place with delectable choices of food and drinks, overlooking the pristine Lake Travis.
  3. The fantastic view at Pennybacker Bridge.
  4. The thrilling experience of bat-viewing at Congress Bridge.
  5. Axe-Throwing at Urban Axes.


What is the one thing you think can’t be missed when you are visiting Austin?

I would recommend 2 must-visits in Austin :


  1. Texas State Capitol;
  2. Trip to 6th Street in downtown Austin, to get the real vibe of mellifluous live music, with countless options for food and drinks.
Texas State Capital, Austin.

Texas State Capital, Austin.


What is your favourite thing to do in when you have some time off?
  1. LadyBird Lake Hike and Bike Trail;
  2. Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail,
  3. Kayaking at Congress Avenue.


Kayak, nella città di Austin. Photo by Tomek Baginski on Unsplash

Kayak, Austin.


What is your favourite restaurant?

I have a lot of favorites in Austin. Here are the few must-visits:


  • Hula Hut (Traditional Tex-Mex with a Polynesian twist);
  • Red Lobster (Specialist in fresh seafood dishes);
  • Pappadeaux (One of the most authentic and oldest seafood kitchens);
  • Grand Lux Cafe (Internationally inspired American cuisine, served in an elegant setting);
  • Chuy’s (Authentic Tex-Mex, started right here in Austin in 1982).


What is your favourite cheap restaurant for a quick lunch?
  • JuiceLand (for an assortment of organic juices, salads and sandwiches);
  • Halal Bros (for budget-friendly and authentic Mediterranean cuisine);
  • Krispy Kreme (for delicious and mouth-watering doughnuts).


What’s your favourite place to have a beer or a cocktail in Austin?
  • Oasis (Assortment of drinks with a splendid Lake Travis view);
  • 6th Street (Plethora of options, with awesome live music).


What do you recommend doing on a rainy day?

I would recommend a chilled beer or a hot cup of chocolate indoors. Since the rains are mostly for long stretches and slightly windy, outdoor activity is least feasible.


What do you recommend doing for free?

Austin is well known for its hiking and bike trails. You can even take a walk down the Rainey Street or 6th Street to witness live music and  get a carnival-kind-of-experience. And yes, these can be done for free!


Live Music, Austin, Texas.

Live Music, Austin.


Is there one thing not many people know about Austin you would like to tell us?

Even though Austin is the capital of Texas, the winters here are chilly. Sometimes, it feels colder than the existing temperatures, because of the chilly winds.

A major myth of mine was busted after moving in to Austin – All of Texas is NOT hot and humid. There are exceptions (read: Austin).


Anything else you think we should know?

Austin is a perfect conglomeration of both high-end and countryside living. You’ll get a mix of both, in the right balance. That makes this city of Austin extremely endearing.


Thank you Santwona for showing us Austin through your eyes. You gave us some interesting advices and I really would like to come to Austin now!


If you want to know more about Santwona, follow her during her trips!


Santwona Patnaik

Wander Bird
INSTAGRAM: @wander.bird
TWITTER: @SantwonaPatnaik
FACEBOOK: @WanderBird2018


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