Cheese is never a bad choice. Austin’s favorite place to buy cheese, Antonelli’s Cheese Shop, has a Cheese House across the street where they hold fun, informative classes covering the basics, as well as how-tos on different pairings like wine and chocolate. Regardless of whether you’re actually interested in becoming a cheese connoisseur, you definitely won’t be leaving hungry—the generous portions of artisanal cheeses are accompanied by olives, nuts and bread from Easy Tiger. Wine or beer pairings are available for purchase from the shop, and attendees are welcome to bring their own beverages for a small set-up fee. $40-$110
Have you visited all the best gift shops in Austin, wandered through the best stores downtown and still haven’t found the ideal presents for your family and friends? Instead of trying to find the perfect little trinket that shows you care, consider gifting them an experience they can remember fondly for years to come. You won’t have to worry about finding your present shoved into the back of their closet, and you’ll get to open their eyes to some of the best things to do in Austin and another fun side of the city.