Go east, young man (or woman). Austin’s hippest businesses are moving farther and farther in that direction, and Govalle has swiftly become an area that deserves one of your sunny afternoons. Located between Webberville Road and Airport Boulevard, the neighborhood started as a cattle ranch in the 1850s. Swedish entrepreneur Swen Magnus Swenson used the Govalle ranch as a way to help more Swedes settle in Texas. He would pay for fellow countrymen to come to the U.S., and in exchange they would work on his ranch. Today Govalle, which is pronounced goh-VAL-ee and comes from a Swedish term that means “good grazing,” has a growing number of galleries and cozy spots where you can meet up with friends or experience truly eclectic shopping and dining.
Now Gollave is the Creative District because of the collaborative workspaces, art galleries and creative studios. The Canopy, Springdale General and ThinkEast are a few of the creative spaces in this quaint neighborhood. Sustainability and community is the essence of Springdale and Govalle. In fact, there are four urban farms that provide local ingredients to many Austin restaurants. If you have a green thumb, you’ll love East Austin Succulents, Tillery Plant Co., and other plant nurseries. This area has a lot of hidden gems like coffee and taco trucks, weird bodegas and meat markets. Springdale is a 10 minute drive to the airport and downtown. New construction homes and a new generation of homeowners are moving in and coexisting with legacy residents, which further adds to the charm and diversity.