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North Campus/Hyde Park

Historic Austin neighborhood North of the UT Campus

The North Campus and Hyde Park neighborhoods are located centrally in the city, just North of the University of Texas at Austin. These two distinct neighborhoods are two of the oldest and most historic neighborhoods in Central Texas. Hyde Park, tracing its origins back to 1891, is considered by historians to be Austin’s very first suburb, and is included in the National Register of Historic Places.

It’s unique charm and vibe attracts those that look for a quant, quiet and convenient neighborhood that still has an urban feel. Like West Campus, much of the population is students, faculty, or staff at the University but many young professionals and families live in this area as well. Hyde Park is also said to be in the top three neighborhoods in Austin for millennials to live in!

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Lifestyle

North Campus and Hyde Park are home to some of the most exciting venues for nightlife and dining in the city. Whether you are into theatre, shopping, fine dining, video games, golf, or whatever—North Campus and Hyde Park will have something for you.

For affordable rounds of Golf in the Central Austin area, head on over to Hancock Golf Course on 38th and Red River. For competitive Street Fighter and pizza, make your way to Arcade UFO. And don’t forget to try the poutine at Hopfields! (Make sure to wash it down with one of the rare microbrews they have on draft.)

For the artists out there, stop by famous artist/sculptor Elizabeth Ney’s famous Formosa studio, located on 44th street. This is where Ney sculpted legendary Texans like Texas Presidents Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston. If you ever find yourself up North in The Triangle, located at the intersection of Guadalupe and Lamar between 45th and 51st streets, you will find many dining options. Between Maudie’s Tex-mex, Mandola’s Italian, or Hopdoddy Burger Bar, you are sure to feel cultured in cuisine. If you’re not the foodie type and are looking to be active – CorePower Yoga offers a free week of classes to new students, and you can pick up a meal after your sweat session at MezzeMe, which is just around the corner! Another great date spot at The Triangle is Café Monet – but don’t think this is just another coffee house. In fact, this “café” is an art studio – just walk-in and pick out a piece of pottery to paint, all tools provided in studio. But, if you do need more coffee in your life, check out Flightpath Coffeehouse who have been open since 1992 for neighborhood vibes and friendly baristas.

The Hancock Center between Red River and I-35 has Twin Liquors, Petco, Wingzup, Kismet Café (Halal Mediterranean), Bath & Body Works, Jason’s Deli, Great Clips, and more!

The largest grocery stores in the area are going to be H-E-B Plus in the Hancock Center, or Central Market that borders Hyde Park on Guadalupe. If you’re wanting a more intimate shopping experience, check out Fresh Plus on Duval/43rd, Natural Grocers at The Triangle (great option for vitamins, supplements and body care), or Wheatsville Food Co-op for lots of locally sourced items and vegan ice cream pints. If ice cream is your jam, visit an Austin original since 1984 called Amy’s Ice Cream. Their specialty is their ice cream acrobatics as they “toss, juggle, and catch ice cream to delight their customers” and beat in those mix-ins such as M&Ms.

If you’re looking to truly be entertained, Spider House Café, one of the most quirky and Austin-y places in the city, is perfect any time of the day whether it is for coffee, food, or late night drinks with friends. With the house having a rich history dating back to ’31 when it was built, Spider House finally came to be in 1995. The location features a variety of food, drinks, coffee trailers and a tattoo shop. Spider House hosts events multiple times a week in their ballroom; live music, slam poetry, stand-up comedy, trivia night, and pole performers – the opportunities are limitless. You really don’t want to miss visiting this “Austin Institution” as named by The Washington Post…but beware, for the house may be haunted.

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