We’re looking forward to welcoming a few hundred WooCommerce people to Austin next month and in preparation, with a little help from the Austinite Automatticians in our midst, have put together some recommendations on what to do before and after WooConf.

The summer sun sets on Austin, TX on a humid August evening.

5 things to do in Austin (before or after WooConf)

1. Eat all the delicious things

Food trucks are a thing, including in Austin. Check out this guide to Austin’s food truck trailers, or take our word for it that the five listed below are the leading the pack:

Torchy’s on 1st (South Park)
Food Truck park on Rainey (our favorite bar street in Austin)
Chi’Lantro (permanent locations now, too)
Gourdoughs Doughnuts
Barton Springs Picnic park

Image from trailerfoodaustin.blogspot.com
Image from trailerfoodaustin.blogspot.com

Advice from some Austinite Automatticans on their favorite spots were:

Hands down the best is Baton Creole on the east side – jumbalaya on a stick!” – Aviva Pinchas

Handheld Sliders is pretty good, Taco Baby is awesome. Also East Side Kings, Cafe Ybor, and Chi’lantro” – Jacob Scott

I spent way too much money on Con Madre on Oltorf when I worked over there”  – Darnell Dibbles

Melvin’s Deli Comfort – had a pork confit sandwich that rocked my world. Llama’s Peruvian is awesome too.” – Erica Kuschel

Hey!… You Gonna Eat or What? has some amazing sandwiches. Ms. P’s Electric Cock is some mighty fine fried chicken too.” – Shaun Kuschel

2. Walk the Lady Bird Lake trail

Take a walk on the Lady Bird Lake trail down to the Congress Ave bridge to watch the sunset and see the bats take flight!

Image via Houstonarchitecture.com
Image via Houstonarchitecture.com

3. Treat yourself to some of Austin’s world famous music

Austin is undoubtedly one of the best music cities in the nation, so why not check out a live show while you’re here? do512.com has the scoop!

Until then, perhaps the playlist Hiro helped put together of famous Austin City Limits performances will get you through your workday.

4. Wind down your day with some good craft beer

If you don’t quite have time to visit all of the 50+ breweries in the area, we suggest you amble on over to Gingerman instead, one of the top craft beer bar destinations in the country! Within a few blocks walking distance of WooConf with 50+ beers on tap and a large outdoor patio, it’s the perfect place to wind down with some brews.

If you do have time to make it to a brewery or two our top local brewery picks include: Austin BeerworksKamala Brewery at the Whip In, and ABGB (where our Friday networking lunch will be hosted!).

5. Tat it up!

As one of the most tattoo’d cities in the U.S. Austin has no shortage of tattoo shops. It’s commonly said that there are there are about 7.5 shops per 100,000 people. To really feel like you’re getting the local’s experience maybe you’d like to head on over to a shop and get a tattoo of your own?

In fact, we like the idea so much, the first WooConf attendee to get (and Tweet us) a Woo inspired tattoo will get free downloads for WooThemes.com for the remainder of 2016!


If you’re joining us in Austin, bookmark this post and let us know where you end up. And share your suggestions on Twitter if we’ve missed a few gems!