- October 22, 2020

A Guide to Life in Hyde Park

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Hyde Park is a quaint neighborhood just north of downtown Austin. Tucked between 40th and 45th Street, in between Mopac and I-35, it’s a charming residential area with beautiful tree-lined streets. Houses in the area feature turn of the 20th-Century style homes, with Victorian architecture, including tons of neighborhood-feeling coffeehouses and cafes. Hyde Park is a great area to live if you have kids, renting or buying, as it is a tranquil area, yet still easily accessible to city transportation and major highways. 

Here’s everything you need to know about life in the Hyde Park neighborhood:

Eat and Drink:

A newer restaurant to the Hyde Park scene is Uncle Nicky’s, an all-day cafe type of eatery with a great patio. This Italian joint serves sandwiches, coffee, cocktails, pastries, and more. We highly recommend the meatballs and a spot on their inviting patio.

For all things vegetarian and vegan, check out Mother’s Cafe off Duval Street. This hippie, chill cafe specializes in plant-based dishes like their Spinach-Mushroom Enchiladas, Vegan Lasagna, and Spinach Artichoke Dip. 

Photo courtesy of @unclenickys.atx

For brunch and breakfast, try The Omelettry. This hidden Austin gem serves breakfast and brunch till 5 p.m. every day of the week. The omelettes are huge, so arrive hungry! For a lighter breakfast, check out the Austin-staple, Juiceland‘s Hyde Park location. 

If you’re in the mood to have a drink and play some pool, we recommend The Grand. Play pool, darts, and pinball amid an excellent selection of beer. For pizza and more beer, check out The Parlor, which has been serving Hyde Parks locals for about 20 years. They have pool and pinball, as well as a jukebox that plays punk rock tunes. 

Sweet Treats and Coffee:

Sweet Ritual serves delicious dairy-free ice cream from scratch ingredients with fun treats like shakes, banana split sundaes, and more. Another Hyde Park favorite is Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery that specializes in pastries, tasty treats, coffee, and lots of vegan options. 

Photo courtesy of @sweetritual

Sip on coffee amid some super cool, local art at Flightpath Coffeehouse. This hip, easy-going coffee shop serves locally sourced snacks, pre-packaged sandwiches, and pizza slices as well as delicious coffee. 

Shopping:

Hancock Center is a great shopping area in Hyde Park to get all of your errands done including the grocery store, shopping, and grabbing a bite to eat! While not technically in Hyde Park, both 2nd Street District and The Crescent are shopping areas close to Hyde Park that have tons of great stores. 

Hyde Park Market is a fancy convenience store with all kinds of unusual products. You can mix and match 6-packs, peruse cigars, desserts, snacks, and more. 

Keep It Local:

Austin’s award-winning and critically acclaimed theater, Hyde Park Theater, is located right in the heart of the neighborhood. This diverse performance space strives to promote local actors, producers, writers, and more by showcasing performances that are open to the public. 

Photo courtesy of @hydeparktheatreatx

Family-Friendly:

Did you know Hyde Park is home to a late 19th-century sculptor’s museum? The Elisabet Ney Museum is the historic home and studio of Elisabet Ney, a German sculptor who moved to Austin in 1882. The museum celebrates her art, history, and her legacy with gorgeous exhibitions and events that are great for the entire family. 

Photo courtesy of @txhistcomm

Parks and Green Spaces:

Shipe Neighborhood Park is our favorite park in the Hyde Park area. This beautiful, two-acre park provides two tennis courts, a basketball court, a small wading pool, a playscape, and plenty of green space for a picnic. 

Mayfield Park and Preserve opened up in 1971 for all Austinites to enjoy a two-acre area that includes a historic cottage, gardens, peacocks, and water lilies. The preserve area is 21 acres of natural habitat for all wildlife. 

Photo courtesy of @hikeaustin

Housing:

According to Zillow, 40% of the homes in Hyde Park are single detached homes, while large apartment buildings make up most of the remaining housing. About 70% of the community in Hyde Park rents, while the rest are occupied owners. Almost half of the homes in the neighborhood were built before 1960, giving the area a neat turn of the century vibe. The average list price for a home in Hyde Park is $737K. The neighborhood is very walkable and bikeable, with good transit. 

Photo courtesy of @charmingaustintexas

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