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Short stop in: Austin

The state capital of Texas, and home to the annual iconic SXSW festival, provides plenty of ways for the traditional and more unorthodox business traveler to unwind throughout the day. Here are a few ideas.


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Start your day on foot with a bracing walk or jog around the centrally-located Town Lake. It's also known as Lady Bird Lake, in honor of one of the city's most famous former residents, Lady Bird Johnson, the wife of President Lyndon Johnson.

Town Lake, Austin, Texas

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Breakfast bite

If you feel like a more leisurely start to your day, have breakfast at one of the hundreds of great cafés around the city. If bread is your thing, try Quack's 43rd Street Bakery, which claims to be the first coffeehouse in the city.

Quack's 43rd Street Bakery

411 E 43rd St, Austin

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Business brunch

The New American menu at Second Bar + Kitchen specializes in small plates for sharing, so it's perfect for a business brunch, lunch or dinner. If you're based downtown, head for the Second Street district location of this small Austin chain.

Second Bar + Kitchen

200 Congres Avenue, Austin

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Food truck lunch

For a lunchtime experience out of the ordinary, head for the South Austin ­Trailer Park & Eatery, an immensely popular area where food trucks congregate to create that feel-good Austin vibe.

South Austin Trailer Park & Eatery

1311 S 1st St, Austin

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For evening food and drinks, most business visitors to Austin tend to head for The Domain, a lively area with several choices for every taste and pocket. For those looking for great food and craft beer, NXNW is the perfect option. It has regular, live music as well.


5701 W Slaughter, Bldg. D, Austin

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The Salty Sow

Offering "swine, wine and beer," the Salty Sow is a favorite for meat eaters, with a good vibe and cheap happy hour offers.

The Salty Sow

1917 Manor Rd, Austin

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