Collected by Lara Dalinsky, AFAR Local Expert
2424 Dunstan Rd, Houston, TX 77005, USA
You can feel the energy of this place just by walking in the door: the decor and design speak for its commitment to simple, clean, and fresh. Then, you take a look at the menu. Local Foods has a gourmet selection of sandwiches, salads, and...
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...
2800 Kirby Dr B132, Houston, TX 77098, USA
In a city like Houston, which is bursting with international flavor, it’s not difficult to find fantastic Indian food. But Anita Jaisinghani, who formerly owned the beloved Indika, serves up the best of the best with Pondicheri. The menu...
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...
1030 Memorial Brook Blvd, Houston, TX 77084, USA
If you're looking for a place to let off some steam, compete (in a friendly way) with your friends, and play around in the outdoors, TopGolf is a great place to do all three. While it looks like a traditional driving range, micro-chipped balls...
6003 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77265, USA
A house museum in the larger collection of Houston's Museum of Fine Arts, this display resides in the former home of Ima Hogg, a Houstonian who was a philanthropist and civic leader. It is largely decorative art and paintings, but the grounds...
2424 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098, USA
Representing more internationally and nationally known design and lifestyle products than any other Houston store, Kuhl-Linscomb is a wonderland of art, jewelry, perfume, cosmetics, home decor, gifts, and everything beautiful. The massive space is...
2414 Rice Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005, USA
PH Design Shop is a boutique in the West University area of Houston, filled with thoughtfully designed and handcrafted goods. It is SHOP + DESIGN: a brick-and-mortar store filled with fresh items to make unique gifts or decor for the home, as well...
1733 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098, USA
Though it may look simple on the outside, Westheimer Antiques Flea Market boasts a complex puzzle of antique treasures inside. There is a lot of furniture in great condition, and not an overwhelmingly large amount of collectable small items. The...
6001 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77030, USA
No matter how old you are, you’re bound to find something to do at Hermann Park, which is located near downtown Houston and is bustling with activity any time of day. Pack a picnic or rest a while on a wooden bench to watch the...
818 Town and Country Blvd, 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...
2201 Preston St, Houston, TX 77003, USA
The Barn (formerly Barnevelder), a performance space for dance and theatre arts, is managed by Dance Source Houston whose aim is to build a bigger audience for contemporary dance in Houston. Houston has a thriving professional dance scene with...
TX-8 Beltway, Houston, TX 77024, USA
Trails run 12.5 miles on Terry Hersey Park's Hike and Bike Trail. There are 10 bridges to cross, over dams and manmade lakes, as well five grade separations to really get your heart pumping. Restrooms and picnic areas allow for this not only to be...
2706 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007, USA
Fitzgerald's has been around since 1977, and has hosted some of the biggest names in music—like James Brown, Tina Turner, and the Ramones—in addition to giving a start to many local bands. The first floor of the two-story building has a full bar,...
5427 Blossom St, Houston, TX 77007, USA
The people of West End Bicycles are more than friendly, helpful, and knowledgable when it comes to bikes and biking Houston. They have been in business for 20 successful years offering people bike servicing, for sale and rental bikes. Organized...
4848 S Main St, Houston, TX 77002, USA
The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, also known as HCCC, is one of the few venues in the country dedicated exclusively to craft at the highest level. It holds free exhibitions featuring sophisticated crafts made from a variety of mediums....
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,...
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...
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...
3535 S Main St, Houston, TX 77002, USA
One of the best parts about seeing a play at Ensemble Theatre is that there’s not a bad seat in the house. This intimate playhouse is one of Houston’s treasures. Located in Houston’s Midtown Arts and Theatre district, Ensemble Theatre is dedicated...
1200 W Walker Tunnel, Houston, TX 77002, USA
For a break from the city, take a short drive to The Inn at Dos Brisas for pampering and relaxation. The inn is situated in the bucolic, rolling meadows of Texas Hill Country. This 313-acre resort has an organic, five-star restaurant and only nine...
1515 Hermann Dr, Houston, TX 77004, USA
Every dreamed of walking through a brain or measuring the pitch of your scream? At The Health Museum, visitors can do that and more. Located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District, it offers interactive, fun exhibits that foster a wonder about...
501 Crawford St, Houston, TX 77002, USA
Go ’Stros! Any visit to Houston during baseball season should include a visit to Minute Maid Park to see the Astros. Thanks in part to its design, which includes a retractable roof, a train, and an uphill slope on the playing field, Minute Maid...
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