Eat sausages, pretzels and ping pong at Easy Tiger
If you’re at a loss for where to go in the afternoon, track down Easy Tiger. They have a ridiculously generous happy hour (4.30-6.30pm weeknights), a big sunken beer garden with an outdoor ping pong table and they bake a mean pretzel that you swipe through a malty ale cheese dip. This is also the place to get a taste for links – house-made sausages are a religion in Texas. 709 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701. +1 512-614-4972. http://easytigeraustin.com. Daily 11am–2am.
Go HAM on breakfast Mexican at Taco Deli
This is the original outlet of what are some truly excellent soft tacos. It’s worth the drive to head out here and beat the crowds so that you can sit out under the trees in this quiet suburban pocket and smash as many of their tacos as you can, helped along by cups of sweet, nutty horchata. They use high quality ingredients so when you order a steak taco, you’re getting the good stuff and you can taste it. 1500 Spyglass Drive. Austin TX 78746. +1 512 732 0303. http://www.tacodeli.com. Mon-Fri 7am-3pm; Sat-Sun 8am-3pm.
Eat al fresco oysters at Perla’s
This elegant dining spot makes the perfect mid-shopping break when you’re cruising down SoCo (South Congress). It might feel weird to be eating seafood so far from the sea, but they take their regional oysters very seriously here, and they’re not at all like the Sydney rocks and pacifics you’re used to. The serves are huge, but you won’t want to hurry away from your garden table at this elegant seafood diner. 1400 South Congress Ave, Austin TX 78704. +1 512 291 7300. http://www.perlasaustin.com. Mon-Wed 11.30am-3pm, 5.30-10pm; Thu 11.30am-3pm, 5.30-10pm; Fri 11.30am-3pm, 5.30-10.30pm; Sat 10.30am-3pm, 5.30-11pm; Sun 10.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm.
Ride a sugar wave at Sugar Mama’s
New York isn’t the only city with strong cupcake game. At Sugar Mama’s they’re elevating the single serve cake to great new heights You can get a dark chocolate and chipotle edition, black forest. A chai-spiced cake and a really, really good carrot cake, complete with cream cheese icing. 1905 South 1st St, Austin TX 78704. +1 512 448 3727. http://www.sugarmamasbakeshop.com. Tue-Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 10am-6pm.
Drink cocktails at Peche
Being a late night, music city you’d expect Austin’s booze game to be on point and Peche doesn’t disappoint. Their spirit collection runs the length of this narrow cocktail bar, and they are as skilled with the classic sas they are with drinks of their own creation. This is a bar for career bartenders so if you take your top shelf seriously, it’s worth a visit. 208 West 4th St, Austin TX 78701. +1 512 494 4011. http://www.pecheaustin.com. Mon-Fri 4pm-late; Sat-Sun 5pm-late.