Skyscrapers soon disappear behind trees; you even can spot tortoises sunbathing on branches.Take a view Find out why Austin is nicknamed ‘Bat City’ and snag a viewing spot by Congress Avenue Bridge (22) at dusk.
(Speer has his own past with addiction.) Show your support and order up a bowl of kimchi and bulgogi-tofu-spiked brown rice porridge, paired with a pretty matcha or turmeric latte.
Cultural afternoon From here, it’s an easy walk up Congress to the Texas State Capitol (20) (tspb.texas.gov), almost as grand as Washington DC’s Capitol Building, only rendered in reddish granite.
The meat is sliding off the bone before you get your mouth to it.
Pay by the weight of your portion, then load up on free pinto beans, pickles, bread and barbecue sauce.
Window shopping For an instant dose of the Austin scene, take a stroll along So Co (3).
This sunny stretch is all artsy boutiques, hip brunch spots and complicated coffee orders – think horchata-espresso slushies at local institution Jo’s (5) (joscoffee.com).
Anyone keen for a cardiac arrest should finish with the Lil’ Nookies: deep-fried chocolate chip cookies, topped with powdered sugar and cherries.
Take a ride Lady Bird Lake (10) might be the cool-blue barrier between sceney So Co and Downtown skyscrapers, but it’s also a destination in itself.
An aperitif All that exercise will make you thirsty.