Free capital in the Texas super conformist, Austin is the ‘ third coast’ of America ( after California and the East Coast) not to be missed. With a glorious musical past, it is today a cutting- edge technological hub. The favorite place of an eclectic community of creatives and stars
Straddling the banks of the Colorado River, surrounded by woods and nature reserves, Austin is a sort of El Dorado for many young Americans. A progressive oasis inside one of the country’s most conservative states, the capital of Texas breathes an eclectic air, but also a sense of greatness and freedom. MUSIC AND MUSICAL EVENTS/ The icon of the city’s musical culture is the historic Paramount theatre. Rainey Street is one of the districts on the local nightlife scene. Stubb’s Bar. B- Q joint has a courtyard amphitheatre for international bands and stages inside for local groups. ART AND ARCHITECTURE/ Located on the University of Texas campus, the Blanton Art Museum inaugurates the only building designed by artist Ellsworth Kelly. A monumental piece of architecture in local stone, with bright stained glass windows. The Contemporary Austin, a contemporary art centre designed by LTL Architects, includes not only its central exhibition premises, but also Laguna Gloria, a 14- acre sculpture garden on the lake. HOTELS/ The South Congress Hotel was designed by local firm Michael Hsu and offers informal luxury hospitality with interiors in a mix of vintage and modern decor. Originally a Victorian home, the Hotel Saint Cecilia with its retro mood elegance was conceived by hotelier Liz Lambert, and has five suites in vintage style. FOOD& RESTAURANTS/ Loro, the restaurant owned by starred chef Tyson Cole, launches an innovative menu that is half Asian smokehouse and half Texan barbeque. ATX Cocina serves creative dishes with a Tex Mex influence in elegant, modern surroundings. Street food to suit everyone’s taste, from breakfast tacos to regional Thai dishes and churros covered in Mexican chocolate. DESIGN AND SHOPPING/ Founded by designer Kimberly Kenner, the Renner Project has converted an industrial building into a showroom, studio and home. Whereas Nannie Inez offers contemporary, minimalist design at good value prices. In a bungalow with super modern interiors, Supply Showroom specialises in rugs, wallpaper and textiles by local and international designers.