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Learn everything about Austin: 2021 resource guide


I know Wikipedia is what comes to mind immediately when you look up anything on Austin, but I promise you there are many other resources out there.


Hoping this will serve as a quick resource guide, whether you are visiting or planning on moving here.




GOVERNMENT AND MEDIA SITES

The official government site is AustinTexas.gov . This one matters only if you are moving here or maybe you want to learn about emergency notices such as COVID, etc. If you are trying to start a business here, then Austin Chamber is the way to go.


Start at the Visit Austin website which is updated often. This is a good resource for tourists but an even better resource for meeting professionals, travel professionals, film and sports production folks. This is the official site of Austin's Visitors Bureau.


Austin Texas Insider has a good listing of all the news and speciality media. In my opinion, the most prominent news media here seems to be the Austin American Statesman. I also personally like the Community Impact and the Austin Chronicle news media because they seems more personal and local.


The Austin Monthly is a good place to learn about the best of Austin. From tech to culture to food, they cover it all.


NEIGHBORHOODS

Looking for cool touristy things to do?

There are several happening neighborhoods in Austin. Downtown has live music and cool boutiques. Rainey Street is lively and best for evening drinks. Warehouse District has the best LGBTQ bars. South Congress Avenue in South Austin is family-friendly and THE spot to buy boots (Allen Boots!). Mueller in East Austin is a hip planned community. For high-end shopping and fantastic restaurants, visit The Domain. Find UT-Austin in Central Austin. For scenic hills and lake-views, visit West Austin neighborhoods like Tarrytown and Westlake.

Looking to move here?

I love this Dolly guide which has a breakdown and description of neighborhoods and average rents in the area. Curbed.com also has an updated guide - Where to live in Austin in 2021, including where to buy a home. Visit Niche.com or GreatSchools.com to explore the best school districts in the area - Leader, Dripping Springs, Lake Travis, Round Rock, Pflugerville and Liberty Hill are some good options. Please also join the Moving to Austin Texas group on FaceBook. It is fantastic!


GROCERY

H.E.B. is the local spot to shop, its pretty fantastic. Go there first before driving to Whole Foods, Trader Joe's etc.


LIFESTYLE

There are few wonderful lifestyle bloggers in Austin, who you should follow. They will direct you to the best restaurants, new shops, and cool happenings.

- Taste of Koko

- So Much Life

- Camille Styles

- LivvyLand by Olivia Watson

- Cha Ching Queen

- Fearless Captivations


I also love Culture Trip. As someone who is always exploring new cities, Culture Trip is my go-to. This article that delineates reasons you should visit Austin is good one. Some other usual suspects are: The Austin Eater, Thrillist (Destination: Austin), etc