Of all the areas of Austin, we think that the west side has changed the least over the recent period of explosive growth. Among the limestone cliffs and rolling hills on the western slopes of the capital city, you'll find unique restaurants, gorgeous natural features, and a chance to get in touch with your artistic side. Keep it weird!


Mount Bonnell

Mount Bonnell has been and continues to be the best place in Austin to get a bird’s eye view of the city! The limestone cliff stands at a height of 775 feet above sea level and is the highest point within the city limits. If you decide to visit (and we hope you do!), get ready to climb a very long staircase…and for a beautiful scenic reward at the top!

eFoiling on Lake Austin

Ever wondered what it would be like to surf…on the air? You can try it yourself by eFoiling! Lessons available on Lake Travis, Lake Austin, and more.

Bull Creek Park

Austin has no shortage of greenbelts and parks, but Bull Creek might just be one of its best. You can do it all here – bouldering, hiking, swimming, and more. Take care to pack out everything you bring, and make sure you bring water and sunscreen!


Mozart's Coffee

You can’t beat a cup of coffee on Mozart’s beautiful lakeside patio! The pastries are delicious and the live music is always great (what else would you expect from The Live Music Capital of the World?). Be sure you try to visit at least once during the holiday season, when Mozart’s puts on a fun light show, too!

Hula Hut

We guarantee you’ve never had a meal like the one you can have at Hula Hut. A fusion of Polynesian flavors and Tex-Mex staples, Hula Hut has been serving up unique plates since 1993. If you’re lucky, you’ll even get some entertainment out on the lake while you enjoy your meal!

The County Line BBQ

The County Line has been serving up legendary, award-winning, slow-smoked barbecue since 1975. Famous for their big meaty ribs, extra lean brisket, and spicy German sausage, the County Line is truly an Austin staple (and a can’t-miss when you visit!).


The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria

Walking through the gates of The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria, you feel like you’ve been transported far from the bustle of the city—although you are only five miles from downtown. Venture through the grounds to discover art by contemporary artists from around the world, from awe-inspiring monumental sculptures to quiet moments with art in nature along meditative wooded pathways.

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Austin, TX – West Side