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Elizabeth St. Cafe/Photo by Casey Dunn

Austin has a lot of things going for it. It?s hip. There?s great music. And?it?s still weird.

One thing we?re not feeling is its traffic (MoPac is downright scary).

As the rest of the world descends upon the city for SXSW, we?ll wait and head there when the streets are a little less crowded and the weather is a bit warmer. Here?s where you?ll find us:

Start with the pho, stay for the macarons at Elizabeth St. Café. The Vietnamese boulangerie housed in a bright bungalow usually has hour-long waits on the weekend. But go late on a weekday morning and you?ll score a seat at the counter and quickly tuck into noodle soups like the mushroom, greens and organic tofu pho ($12), which we chased with a raspberry-beet macaron ($2) and Vietnamese iced coffee ($4). 1501 S. First St., 512-291-2881 or

Check out UT-alum art at the Blanton Museum of Art. The museum is marking its 50th anniversary with a stellar exhibition that highlights work from the collections of UT alumni. From Monet to Georgia O?Keeffe and Ed Ruscha, some heavy hitters are among the 200-plus pieces in the show. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 512-471-7324 or

Shop at Kendra Scott. The Austin-based jewelry line?s 3,400-square-foot flagship store can be overwhelming (in the best sense). We love its Color Bar, where we made our own customized earrings, choosing from more than 30 stone colors and over 40 styles. 1400 S. Congress Ave., Suite A-170; 512-354-4737 or

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