As SXSW gets underway, we tapped Cover swimwear designer and Austin resident Lisa Moore for an insider's guide. Here, her picks for the city's best food trucks, bars, vintage spots, and boot shops (because this is Texas, after all).
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Gourdough's Big Fat Doughnuts
Gourdough's big fat doughnuts is located in an airstream right by Roadhouse Relics on South 1st Street. They have gourmet doughnuts like marshmallow with chocolate fudge icing, grilled strawberries, and even options like fried chicken or bacon.
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This bar is my favorite because it's airy and a great place to meet a big group, and if you want more of a dancey vibe, there's more of a club feel to the upstairs, too.
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Texas Custom Boots
Go by Texas Custom Boots to find a pair of cool authentic vintage cowboy boots—it's a must. (Or, have a custom pair made and shipped home.)
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Saint Cecilia Hotel
My favorite place to stay because they have the best robes and a great pool. (It's the little things.)
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Roadhouse Relics Art Gallery
I'm a big fan of neon artist Todd Sanders, and Roadhouse Relics, his studio and gallery, never disappoints.
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This is my favorite record store. They have the coolest secondhand as well as new records. I just picked up discovery's LP last time I was there, and a vintage turntable, too.
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I always stop here and find gifts for friends' birthdays coming up or to bring home to my kids. They have a wall of hand painted beads and every tiny rubber animal under the sun. "Mini good luck miniatures" are what they are called and I am obsessed with them.
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South Congress Books
South Congress Books is the best because they specialize in really random and hard to find titles.
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Feathers is my favorite vintage boutique because they have amazing brown leather coats—perfect for the current '70s vibe.
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The name doesn't lie: This is my favorite place to find random stuff. Last time I was here, I bought a gun mold as a paperweight/something random to put on a side table.
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Guero's Taco Bar
Guero's is my favorite Mexican food—the best margaritas, salsa, and queso. They also have vegan and gluten-free options, which is great for groups.
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I go to their flagship on Lamar to find my favorite brands like Chloé and Céline (also Lanvin, Dries, Marni), but you can also head to their South Congress location for Isabel Marant.
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Jo's Coffee Shop
I stop here for amazing breakfast tacos and cappuccinos. There are really good vegetarian lunch options and my kids love the Frito pie. For adults, they also serve kombucha and seasonal local beers.
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Bouldin Creek Cafe
I love the laidback atmosphere. They have breakfast all day and my favorite omelets ever.
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If you're looking for something more refined, this is your spot. Their seasonal fine-dining menu is amazing (though, to be fair, they have great fried oysters too).
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This is my favorite for weekend brunch, when they have amazing pastries and sweet potato pancakes.
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One of my favorite places for dinner. It's new, but they are up for multiple awards already and all their ingredients are locally sourced. It's the spot for artisanal Southern cuisine.
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