One stroll through the colorful streets of Austin, Texas and you’ll find the city’s slogan “Keep Austin Weird” plastered just about everywhere. While the saying was coined by the Austin Independent Business Alliance to promote small businesses, it’s become a full-blown lifestyle for natives and visitors alike. Of course, Austin is weird in the best way, with an eclectic assortment of bars and restaurants, kitschy stores and shopping malls, and a renowned live music scene. Although Austin is a walking city, ELLE.com got the chance to tour the Texas capital in Honda’s new 2022 Civic Hatchback—complete with luxe features like touch navigation, a charging pad, Bose sound system, and sunroof—to experience the best places to see, eat, drink, and stay. We’ve compiled these hotspots in a guide to having fun—and keeping it weird—in the heart of the South. Enjoy!leah romero
Austin City Limits Live at The Moody TheaterJonathan Jackson
There’s a reason why Austin is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World.” You can catch performances from local talent and major artists at the city’s premier live music venue, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater. ACL is better known for it’s Austin City Limits music festival (this year’s lineup included stars like Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, and Miley Cyrus), but the institution has been around for 43 years, supporting artists and shining a light on Texas music.
Lady Bird LakeTom PenningtonGetty Images
“The big thing in Austin is to go SUP boarding or kayaking on Town Lake,” says ELLE.com Staff Writer and Texas native Rose Minutaglio. Once known as Town Lake, Lady Bird Lake is a hotspot for outdoor activities like paddling, rowing, fishing, and hike and bike trails.
South Congress AvenueCourtesy of Visit Austin
South of Lady Bird Lake is South Congress Avenue, a buzzy neighborhood better known as SoCo to locals. A walk through this neighborhood is a must for some of the best shopping, live music, and sight-seeing Austin has to offer. Snap a photo in front of the iconic “I Love You So Much” mural, catch performances at Guero’s Oak Garden, or indulge in some retail therapy at stores like Alo Yoga, Reformation, and Le Labo.