Houston Oaks for Anyone
Collected by Calliope Gianpoulos , AFAR Local Expert
Nobody really thinks of Houston as a traveler's destination, but it's a city that's actually very cool if you take the time to get to know it (and it even topped Forbes' list of America's Coolest Cities in 2012). As the US's fourth largest city, Houston is vibrant, dynamic and full of opportunity and diversity.
5211 Kelvin Dr, Houston, TX 77005, USA
Open since the fall of 2013, Fellini serves authentic Italian-style coffee in a shop designed to resemble one of Italy's sidewalk cafes. They use Lavazza coffee beans to make elegant coffee drinks that you won't find other places. The cafe is...
4310 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027, USA
Forgive the pun, but Past Era Antique Jewelry is a jewel in Houston's Highland Park neighborhood. The store has accrued worldwide praise thanks to its exquisite collection of jewelry, brooches, and baubles, some of which date as far back as the...
3403 Milam St, Houston, TX 77002, USA
The best Vietnamese cuisine in Houston can be found at Mai's. The late night hours of 3 or 4 a.m. on the weekends allows ample time each day to make it in for a meal. Mai's is located in Midtown, or the 'Vietnam of Houston.' They offer only...
2815 Colquitt St, Houston, TX 77098, USA
With its emphasis on Texas artists and artists who are inspired by Texas, the Moody Gallery brings a true sense of place to visitors. Photographs, sculptures, and installations from some of the region's best talent fill the halls of this small...
3601, 3601, 2009 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019, USA
Built in 1939, this is Houston's oldest continually operating movie theater, showing lots of independent and foreign films, as well as monthly midnight showings of Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Room. Try to get tickets for a showing in the...
2752 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77027, USA
This farmers market on Eastside St is open year-round, rain-or-shine from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. You'll find the usual spread of local produce, artisan goods, plants and flowers, and several stands...
9348 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77036, USA
Here you'll find very authentic Sichuan-style Chinese food in the heart of Houston's sprawling Asian community. The chef is a Sichuan native who's not bashful about his use of the region's distinct peppercorns and chili oil. Mala seems to be the...
3701 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002, USA
Top Chef alumna Monica Pope's motto, "Eat where your food lives," comes to life at Sparrow. The menu changes often to reflect the seasons and availability of local ingredients. Pope calls the food fresh, unpretentious, and full of flavor. You bet!...
321 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008, USA
Retropolis is an awesome vintage clothing resale co-op. Think Buffalo Exchange, but with clothes from the 60s to the 80s. Its West 19th St. location in the Heights neighborhood will bring you to a fun, walkable shopping street in a historic part...
Rice Boulevard, Texas 77005, USA
Just next to Rice University, there is a shopping district called Rice Village, or just "The Village," which covers about a 16-block area and includes more than 300 shops, bars, and restaurants. You'll find a mix of national chains like Urban...
3900 Yupon St, Houston, TX 77006, USA
Rothko Chapel is a must-see for anyone visiting Houston. Founded by philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil, the Rothko Chapel is a tranquil and beautiful sanctuary for people of every belief, dedicated in 1971. Open every day.
6 BLVD Place, 1800 Post Oak Blvd #6170, Houston, TX 77056, USA
This is a fantastic high-end restaurant near the Galleria mall, housed in an elegant, modern building with an open but warm atmosphere. Open for lunch, brunch, and dinner, RDG features a menu that is contemporary, with a great deal of...
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