Collected by Nikki Bayley, AFAR Local Expert
1719 Live Oak St, Houston, TX 77003, USA
Old bottles, doll parts, china for mosaic work, and so much yarn! If you love to craft then prepare to lose hours browsing the shelves at this "creative reuse" center, where one person’s trash becomes another person’s treasure. Described as part...
1131-06 Uptown Park Blvd, Houston, TX 77056, USA
Browse the shelves at this popular store selling artist-made jewelry and fashionable leather purses and bags. Prepare to fall in love with the cool statement pieces, sparkly bangles, and ear rings from local designers: It’s the perfect place to...
4224 San Felipe St, Houston, TX 77027, USA
Get a taste of Gulf cuisine—everything from fresh-shucked Gulf oysters and sushi to local Texas beef and tacos—at this critics' choice favorite, with cozy leather seats and chandelier-topped booths. Try the house special of fried oyster–topped...
4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024, USA
One of the locals' favorite sanctuaries in the city, this 155-acre non-profit urban oasis plays a vital role in protecting native plants and animals in the heart of the city. Check out the special evening events where you can sign up to spot owls,...
7951 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024, USA
A laid-back smoking lounge for cigar aficionados to browse one of Houston’s best selections of cigars in the temperature-controlled, Spanish cedar–lined humidor and then relax in comfy leather armchairs and smoke them. There are TVs, Wi-Fi, and a...
1533 Sul Ross St, Houston, TX 77006, USA
The Menil Collection—so named because the works once belonged to philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil—is perhaps the most famous museum in Houston. The main collection alone features works by titans like Vincent van Gogh,...
Houston, TX 77024, USA
Fans of 20th-century fine art will love this small gallery on a quiet street away from the Interstate. Scottish expat gallery owner Muir focuses mainly on artists with a “feel good factor,” so if you’re feeling down, stop by and brighten your day...
5000 Westheimer Rd #602, Houston, TX 77056, USA
New in the area and already winning major props (best dessert at the Best Bites contest at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo!) chocolatier Annie is a serious talent so get ready to fall in love. They make their own chocolate creations in-house...
Suite A-100, 2800 Sage Rd, Houston, TX 77056, USA
Get a taste of south American sunshine at this Argentinian-inspired restaurant and wine bar, where you can feast on meltingly soft steak cooked in the traditional style over hot coals. Get into the festive spirit every weekend with live music, and...
440 Wilchester Blvd, Houston, TX 77079, USA
2200 Post Oak Blvd #160, Houston, TX 77056, USA
Get a taste of the beach year-round at this critically acclaimed Mexican restaurant, which serves up the best fresh seafood from the Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean in authentic regional and historic pan-Mexican dishes.
6101 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77057, USA
Pull on your cowboy boots and get ready to learn to two-step with a real live cowboy or cowgirl at this hopping joint that plays a blend of country sounds and dance music. Sunday nights offer free dance lessons and a free fajita buffet, and there...
2327 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056, USA
Sandwiches of epic proportions are on the menu at this authentic New York–style deli run by a third-generation deli-man, Ziggy Gruber. Since the deli starred on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives show there’s been a steady line-up of...
5015 Westheimer Rd #1260, Houston, TX 77056, USA
Inside Houston's biggest shopping destination, the Galleria mall, you'll find an ice skating rink set beneath an impressive glass atrium. It's open seven days a week, year-round, and it's a great place to blow off some steam (and maybe even...
947 Gessner Rd, Houston, TX 77024, USA
Super-cool interior design meets zingingly fresh fish at this stylish Asian restaurant, which has craft cocktails and an extensive wine list. Check out the happy hour deals or lunchtime bento boxes for a reasonably priced bite at this critically...
11319 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77079, USA
Pick up that quirky collectible that you’ve been looking for for years at this excellent treasure trove of a comic book and toy store along the Katy Freeway. No snooty staff here: the Pop Culture Co. is happily kid-friendly and plays cool music...
1324 W Clay St, Houston, TX 77019, USA
Indulge your inner typography nerd at this wonderfully niche museum devoted to the history, science, and art of printing. To get the most out of it, book in for a guided tour (still only $7 at time of writing), where you get to take part in...
1711 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056, USA
Go for gold at this Asian-themed spa with a treatment that will make you feel sunshiny all over: the Golden Body Ritual. Perfect for a special night out or just if you feel like you need spoiling. This top-to-toe treatment starts with a body...
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