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One of Austin's oldest residential neighborhoods, Hyde Park is a calm area near the University of Texas, filled with charming older houses. North Austin will be familiar to most visitors via the I-35 corridor, chockablock with hotels and motels of all sorts, but there's a lot more to the neighborhood than that one relatively small part. North Austin may seem like one big commercial working-class strip (apart from myriad medical offices, clinics, and hospitals), but it's also home to the gourmet supermarket Central Market (Whole Foods' main competitor in town), many interesting independent upscale shops, and some outstanding ethnic restaurants.