Octopus’s garden patio at Cenote

I’d like to be under the sea, in an octopus’s garden in the shade. And so we were, one recent Sunday morning, on the lovely patio of Cenote cafe in east Austin.

A fierce metal octopus by 20 Digit Design holds court near the door, tangled in a net-like strand of twinkle lights.

Picnic tables on an expansive decomposed-granite patio offer plenty of outdoor seating, but it’s really the lush screening of palm, bamboo, Italian cypress, bamboo muhly, and star jasmine that makes this space so appealing.

Along the sidewalk, planted along a beachy picket fence, palmettos, sunflowers, and grasses entice you in.

A steel-and-wire arbor smothered in fragrant star jasmine welcomes you and screens diners from the busy street just outside. What a great place to enjoy a beautiful spring day.

He’d let us in, knows where we’ve been, in his octopus’s garden in the shade. –The Beatles (of course)

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8 Responses

  1. This does look like an inviting place. I like the octopus sculpture too.

  2. Marilyn Gist says:

    Love the octopus! And your blog, Pam! Thank you for sharing!

  3. lcp says:

    whoa! now THAT is an octopus! perhaps if you asked nicely….?

  4. David C. says:

    The clean ground planes of DG with the lush foliage really make a welcoming statement…taking notes…….

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