Libraries aren’t typically on my must-see list when visiting a new place, but our tour guide on our Austin and the Hill Country tour highly recommended a stop at the Austin Public Library. She mentioned that the library has a coffee shop/bar (just like the library in your home town, right?) so we figured that would be a good place to hang out for a while and wait for the rain to pass.
It was too early in the day for a cocktail, when we arrived at the Cookbook, but this teacher loved their literary-themed drink menu (left). I was sold right there! After we got our drinks, we headed up to the roof garden (below), with a view of the city that you would ordinarily have to pay a hefty sum for. There was a lot of open seating up there, I’m sure due to the rain and chilly temperature, but we took a seat looking out over the city for a while enjoying our coffees. The roof garden looked like the perfect place to hang out on a warm day in the shade of the canopies and enjoy Austin.
The Austin Library is a place I could have spent a lot more time. One thing our tour guide mentioned was the staircases (top). I believe she described them as something out of a Harry Potter book. If you are visiting, the Austin Library is a great quiet place to enjoy the uniqueness of the city with a cup of coffee or a cocktail and take in the views.
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