I know we’re all busy college students whose lives are taken over by assignments, exams, and let’s be honest, constant Facebook stalking, so we don’t have a lot of time to get out and actually have lives. I know how important school is, but having a break once in a while is healthy. What better way to do so than by exploring Austin? Here are five of my favorite hangout spots in the city.
Written by ATHENA METAXAS
1. Mozart’s Coffee Roasters
Situated right on Lake Austin, Mozart’s is my favorite place to come have some coffee or tea and a slice of cheesecake (I highly recommend the fruit-topped one). Clearly this place is doing something right as it is ALWAYS packed. Around the holidays there is also a light show at night that is timed to holiday music, so I suggest you check it out after surviving finals week.
The Mohawk is a small music venue and bar in downtown Austin located at 10th Street and Red River. The nice thing about this place is that they have all-ages shows so that you can watch up and coming bands play without having to be 21 to get in. It’s a much more intimate venue than the Erwin Center (aka you’ll spend a maximum of $15 on a ticket), and the musicians will often come outside after the show to meet fans, sign autographs, and take pictures. I’m pictured here with my friend and one of our favorite musicians, Anthony Green. Nothing beats singing along with your favorite band while being five feet away from the stage.
Sugar Circus Cupcakes
My friend and I decided one day to get cupcakes after a pretty rough week. Yelp suggested Sugar Circus on E. 5thStreet as one of the top choices to get cupcakes in the city and they were more than right. The cupcakes were moist, delectable, and made my bad day that much better. My favorites were the Mexican hot chocolate cupcake and the bourbon pecan cupcake. I’m craving one now that I’m sitting here typing this…
Barton Creek Greenbelt
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city to answer the call of the wild, I suggest you come to the Greenbelt. You can go hiking, biking, rock climbing, swimming, making bird calls, etc. It’s a nice way to relax while taking in the glory that is nature.
The Original Kerbey Lane Café (on Kerbey Lane)
Now, I realize that we have a Kerbey Lane Café on Guadalupe, but the original one on Kerbey Lane is, in my opinion, a million times more awesome. The atmosphere is cozier, the food is better, and of course, it’s open 24 hours. Most importantly, my Kerbey queso is ALWAYS brought out warm here (I sometimes get cold queso at the one on Guadalupe!)