March 23, 2013
In South Congress, just south of the Colorado River, you’ll find Austin’s trendiest shops, including By George (bygeorgeaustin.com), which carries contemporary labels such as Isabel Marant and Rag & Bone. Just up the street is Allens Boots (www.allensboots.com), a purveyor of classic cowboy footwear. For accessories, try local jeweller Kendra Scott (www.kendrascott.com), who specializes in colourful boho bling.
Once you’re sufficiently tricked out, visit Barton Springs Pool, a man-made watering hole atop a natural spring located in Zilker Metropolitan Park, arguably the best scene in the city for peoplewatching. Microbrews are the city’s latest obsession, so wind down the day with a few at Pinthouse Pizza (www.pinthousepizza.com), a brewpub serving 40 craft beers, including its own.
For cocktails, head to Swift’s Attic (www.swiftsattic.com) for an adventure in mixology (try the spicy Cuidado: Pisa Mojado, made with jalapeno and tequila)