Once owned by the descendants of Tennessee settler Valerius Cincinnatus Giles (amazing name!), French Place residents benefit from its proximity to downtown and the University of Texas, its shady, tree-lined streets, and numerous local businesses catering to the walking, biking locals. Bounded by I-35 to the west, Airport Blvd. to the east, and Manor Road and Wilshire Blvd. to the south and north, respectively, French Place is one of Austin’s oldest and most livable communities.
One of east Austin’s local hubs, Thunderbird Coffee, anchors French Place on Manor Road: a sprawling outdoor patio and an art-lined interior cater to your happy hour or remote working needs.
Further north, Cherrywood Coffee on 38 ½ Street adds the distinct possibility of running into shop regular and local DJ legend John Aielli of local NPR affiliate KUT and the definite possibility of him drawling on about something barely coherent.
Red House Pizzeria, the nearly 40-year old Eastside Cafe, Hoover’s Cooking, Vivo, Mi Madre’s, El Chilito Tacos (with the best fish tacos in Austin) and the legendary Taco-Mex taco window (they suggest the ham and eggs with cheese) round out your dining options. Honestly, you don’t even have to leave the neighborhood. Salvage Vanguard Theater and the Vortex Theater provide your entertainment on Manor Road, and soon in.grediants, billing itself as the first package and waste free grocery store in the United States, will open up on Manor Rd.
Families with children coexist along side dog-walking hipsters and residents who bought their homes for about the price of a used car back in 1975. Though the neighborhood is at the forefront of East Austin gentrification, the transition has been seamless and respectful to the community and its traditions.
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