South Manchaca is a lively urban neighborhood located below Highway 290 in South Austin. Williams Creek runs east to west through the neighborhood, and South Manchaca offers beautiful natural scenery with parkland surrounding it. The neighborhood has lots of character and an Old Austin feel. The homes are mostly comprised of classic mid-century ranches. Lots often feature oak and magnolia trees, and many properties have two-car garages. South Manchaca is an affordable neighborhood where you can find charming homes at lower prices than many other Austin areas. There are also several apartments and condominium complexes concentrated along the neighborhood’s periphery.
What to Love
- Lively urban neighborhood
- Hip local businesses
- Old Austin vibe
- Convenient highway access
People & Lifestyle
South Manchaca is an in-demand neighborhood, with many young professionals moving in alongside long-time residents. The area has a laidback vibe, and a good portion of homes have features like vegetable gardens and yard art. This is a walkable neighborhood with businesses easily reached on foot or by bike. St. David’s South Austin Medical Center is located in the neighborhood’s northeast corner, and the neighborhood also has several recording studios.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
South Manchaca is a vibrant neighborhood with lots of hip local businesses. Radio Coffee & Beer
is a popular South Manchaca hangout with great coffee, beer, and pastries. Radio’s outdoor seating area also features a taco truck. El Chilito
serves tacos and burritos made with Texas-reared beef plus coffee from Texas Coffee Roasters. Dan’s Hamburgers
is a family-run diner that has been a South Manchaca staple since 1973. The menu includes breakfast tacos and omelets and juicy burgers made with certified Angus beef. Matt’s El Rancho
has been the neighborhood’s go-to Tex-Mex spot since the 1950s. The enchiladas and fajitas are some of the best in Austin, and Matt’s Bob Armstrong Dip is legendary. Other dining choices include excellent pizza at The Tipsy Pizza
and Neapolitan-style Pizzeria Gata
plus authentic South East Asian cuisine at Tuk Tuk Thai Café
Retro 1960s-style bar Casino South Side
has vintage décor and drinks plus a billiards table, skeeball, and other games. Uncommon Objects
is a store that lives up to its name, housing an eclectic collection of antiques, collectibles, jewelry, gadgets, toys, and taxidermy. Other unique local businesses include Roadhouse Relics
, where neon artist Todd Sanders creates vintage signs using modern materials and techniques.
More shopping is available just outside the South Manchaca neighborhood at large shopping centers such as Lakehills Plaza
, Brodie Oaks Shopping Center
, and Barton Creek Square
. South Manchaca is also located close to the artisanal food hall at St. Elmo Public Market
Things to Do
Just beyond South Manchaca’s eastern boundary, the Cathedral of Junk is an only-in-Austin attraction located in an assuming suburban backyard. The Cathedral features more than 60 tons of junk assembled into striking towers. Artist Vince Hannemann has been working on the Cathedral of Junk
since the 1980s. Hannemann takes bookings for private functions, and the Cathedral has been used as an unusual wedding venue.
If you’re someone who loves to get out in nature and explore the outdoors, you’ll find comfort at Williamson Creek, which flows through South Manchaca. Several preserved nature areas along the creek from the scenic Williamson Creek Greenbelt
South Manchaca is served by the Austin Independent School District. Highlights include:
- Joslin Elementary School, Public, PK-5
- Covington Middle School, Public, 6-8
- Crockett High School, Public, 9-12