Laura Uhlir is the owner of Olive, a boutique in East Austin specializing in thoughtful design coupled with timeless vintage. Olive is quickly making a name for itself as the go-to spot for cool-girl staples, classic vintage and fun jewelry. It just so happens, Uhlir is also the co-organizer of Feliz!
1) Coffee & Tacos. Always.
I never have a Friday off because I'm sitting at the shop. However, were I to find myself with a free Friday I'd start off at Houndstooth with a coffee (cortado for me, please!). Houndstooth, though just a few years old, is an integral part of Austin's coffee community. With two locations in Austin and one opening soon in Dallas these guys are the ones to watch.
Happily, my favorite taco spot, Taco Deli, is right next door to Houndstooth. A couple breakfast tacos are a must.
Full disclosure: Friday or not, I start most days off like this.
2) Let's go shopping!
A little mid-morning shopping isn't a terrible way to kill a few hours & Austin's teaming with loads of great shops. Spartan still reigns king, er queen, for me. Their sharp edit of gorgeous housewares, creative ceramics and jewelry gets me every time. Farewell Books & Las Cruxes are two more must visits. Conveniently located under the same roof, Farewell is stocked with new & used books with a focus on theory, art & literature while Las Cruxes hones in on unisex finds, creative jewelry, apothecary goods and records. Both have small gallery spaces as well. And if that's not enough for you you can grab (another) coffee at Flat Track & a little lunch at Shhmaltz, a vegan Jewish deli truck -- both tucked behind the shop.
3) Swimming at Deep Eddy.
If it's summer, which it just so happens to be right now, I'd be off for a swim. Barton Springs, a natural swimming hole at a constant 68°, is a perennial favorite but I opt for slightly quieter Deep Eddy Pool. It's spring fed and the oldest pool in Texas - how cool is that!?
4) Drinks at San Jose.
It's afternoon. Time for a drink. The San Jose is a perfect spot for late afternoon, post pool lounging. Their spicy Micheladas & sangria are the best. The people watching isn't bad either. South Congress too crowded for you? Head over to Weather Up on Cesar Chavez for classic prohibition era cocktails instead.
5) Dinner time. I mean, pizza time!
Pizza, am I right? Who doesn't love it?! Bufalina in East Austin makes the best pizza in town. That is to say, if you love Neapolitan style, wood-fired, dough-y thin crust & a rotating cast of farm fresh toppings. I bet you do.
6) Let's go to the movies.
The Summer Classic Film Series at the historic Paramount Theater in Downtown Austin is one of the singly most enjoyable things in Austin, in my opinion. Catch a classic movie - everything from Woody Allen to Charlie Chaplin, John Landis to Godard, Wim Winders to James Bond make their way through the theater. Pro tip: snag a large coke & a whiskey neat from the bar in the lobby then pour that sucker in your soda & revel in the cold, cold a/c.