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Austin Neighborhood Guide: Hyde Park

By Bri Hand | Jul 13, 2021
Hyde Park neighborhood in Austin, Texas

If you’re planning a move to Austin, Texas, you’re likely trying to figure out the best Austin neighborhoods, and which neighborhood would be the right fit for you. After all, there are plenty in this city to choose from!

Just north of the University of Texas in central Austin is Hyde Park, the oldest suburb in Austin. This historic, tree-lined neighborhood offers all the benefits of being close to both the university and downtown, including great restaurants, fascinating museums, quaint, shady streets, and beautiful historic homes. Hyde Park is the ideal place if you love art, nature, a little seclusion, and being part of a community without being away from all the action of Austin. 

Thinking about moving to the Hyde Park neighborhood in Austin? Here’s our guide to the best restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, outdoor attractions, gyms, nightlife, and transportation in the neighborhood. 

Where to go out to eat in Hyde Park, Austin

You don’t have to head all the way downtown to find fantastic bites in Austin! Start your morning off right at Biscuits + Groovy, a popular Hyde Park restaurant serving scrumptious biscuit dishes. We recommend The Donna, with three biscuits, gravy, three scrambled eggs, sausage, colby jack, pepper, and chives. 

For a taste of Italian, check out Asti Trattoria. Start your night off with some stuffed mushrooms with truffle oil, then dive headfirst into a margherita or eggplant pizza. In the mood for some pasta? Try the spaghetti carbonara! This restaurant is also very vegan-friendly and willing to customize its menu items to accommodate its customers.

Also in the neighborhood is Thai Kitchen of Austin, a restaurant offering Chinese-influenced Thai food. We recommend trying the pad thai, wonton soup, and shrimp spring rolls. 

Hit up Hyde Park Bar & Grill on Duval Street for a laid-back night with beer, wine, and cocktails such as the Frozen Painkiller and Chambord Spritz. Austinites love the burger and French fries here! 

Where to get groceries in Hyde Park, Austin

There are plenty of options for grocery shopping in the Hyde Park neighborhood, including H-E-B, Fresh Plus Grocery, and Central Market, a gourmet grocery store. Also, be sure to hit up Avenue B Grocery and Market, which is the oldest still-standing grocery store in the city.

Where to get coffee in Hyde Park, Austin

Get your caffeine fix and satisfy your sweet tooth in one fell swoop at Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery. This popular city spot has all your favorite espresso drinks, along with a menu chock full of muffins, cinnamon rolls, croissants, scones, danish, and coffee cake (oh my!). 

Nearby is Flightpath Coffeehouse, the perfect Duval Street coffee shop to post up with your laptop and study or get some work done. Enjoy a hot or cold coffee with a pump (or two!) of your favorite Italian syrups, or try the chai latte. 

Another neighborhood coffee shop is Epoch Coffee, which serves up coffee, espresso drinks, tea, and ice tea and boasts a cute, homey feel that will make you feel instantly at home. This coffeehouse is also open 24 hours a day and has board games you can play with friends! 

Local gyms in Hyde Park, Austin

There are plenty of places to work out in Hyde Park if you’re looking to join a gym. Hyde Park Gym is a great spot for weightlifting, and even has personal trainers available if you want to go the extra mile. 

Anytime Fitness offers personalized coaching to help you with your fitness and nutrition needs, along with 24/7 access to the gym. 

Crank up the heat at Fuerte Fitness, which features indoor, outdoor, and on-demand fitness classes designed for all fitness levels. And, best of all, these classes are fun! 

Nightlife in Hyde Park, Austin

The city of Austin is known for having fantastic nightlife, and this part of the city is no exception. There is no shortage of places to go for a great night out in the Hyde Park neighborhood. The Tigress Pub features incredible cocktails, and if you’re looking for some food, we definitely recommend trying their grilled cheese sandwich. 

Try the Back Lot for a neighborhood bar with local draft beer and cocktails, as well as darts and a couple of pool tables. You can even bring your dog along to the patio

The aptly named DrinkWell serves up mind-blowing house cocktails, such as the What Comes Next?, with coffee-infused tullamore dew Irish whisky, toasted peanut and coconut flake orgeat, cream, and aromatic spices. Want a snack? Try the crispy Brussels sprouts and the cheese and charcuterie board. 

If you’re a beer lover, you’ll want to check out Hopfields on Guadalupe Street, which has an impressive craft beer selection, along with a French menu worth writing home about. 

Things to do in Hyde Park, Austin

The Elisabet Ney Museum is one of Hyde Park’s more well-known attractions, featuring the works of German sculptor-turned-Austin-resident Elisabet Ney. Walk the grounds of this one-of-a-kind museum, or tour the inside for free. 

You can also spend a pleasant afternoon walking around the Shadow Lawn Historic District and snapping pics of the historic bungalow-style houses in the area.   

If you’re a film buff or theatre lover, you’ll also love the Hyde Park Theatre and Texas Archive of the Moving Image, both located in Hyde Park. 

Want to spend some time outdoors in a park? The Shipe Neighborhood Park between Avenue F and Avenue G offers multiple recreational opportunities, as well as a wading pool for the kids to enjoy. You can also venture slightly outside of the neighborhood for attractions such as the Hancock Recreational Center and Hancock Golf Course to the east, and the Charles Alan Wright Fields at the Berry M. Whitaker Sports Complex in the nearby North Loop

Transportation in Hyde Park, Austin

CapMetro, Austin’s public transportation system, serves the Hyde Park neighborhood, operating the 345, 656, and 7 buses around the area. It’s also recommended to have your own car or use Uber or Lyft to get around to other areas. It’s far easier to access South Austin, East Austin, South Congress, and even downtown via car.

Land in a great apartment in Hyde Park

If you like the idea of moving to the Hyde Park area, Landing offers fully furnished apartments in Austin, Texas, with flexible lease terms, concierge services, seamless transfers, and all the amenities you need. Browse our available apartments in Hyde Park here, or contact us to learn more about how Landing works.

Still looking for the best Austin neighborhoods? Browse our other Austin neighborhood guides to find the right fit in the area for you: 

Bri Hand

Bri Hand is Landing's Content Marketing Manager. She currently lives in Salem, Massachusetts, with her partner and dog, Arlo, but relishes any opportunity she can to travel so she can try new foods, see gorgeous sights, and daydream about living somewhere new after visiting there for less than 24 hours.