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...
Clear Lake, Houston, TX, USA
I landed in Houston, Texas, on a balmy Saturday afternoon. Friendly faces greeted me and handshakes followed. I was there on business for 5 days. On my day off, I planned a trip to the Johnson Space Center and bought my tickets online. I marveled...
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
Pondicheri uses locally sourced ingredients to serve a blend of classic, homestyle, and street foods of India. The restaurant is pretty swanky, too, with colorful, industrial decor. If you hear someone mention another Indian restaurant in Houston,...
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...
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
The gardens in Hermann Park are a lot of fun, and offer a unique twist: Where else can you spend a day among a vast array of beautiful flowers, surrounded by statues of notable historical figures? The park also hosts an event series, and if you're...
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...
18-3600 Allen Pkwy, Houston, TX 77019, USA
Over the 4th of July, as part of the Freedom Over Texas festivities taking place on Buffalo Bayou right next to downtown Houston, I was able to catch the women's final of the annual Bud Light Texas Sand Volleyball Open Championship. The photo...
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 Main St, Houston, TX 77002, USA
This nonprofit center focuses on housing pieces made from clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood or found/recycled materials. The art pieces are from both local and national artists, and some of the exhibits are interactive. Kids are welcome to come...
4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024, USA
Soothing sounds of birds chirping and water trickling fill your ears as you enter Houston's Arboretum and Nature Center, with sun beams shining down on you through the greenhouse ceiling. Located on the edge of Memorial Park, this 155 acre...
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...
419 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002, USA
Previously El Gran Malo, north of Downtown, the new El Big Bad combines their famous infused tequilas and work from Chefs Randy Rucker and Ben Rabbani to make a great hangout. The drinks are top notch with their over 50 infusions to choose from....
3535 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...
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
Baseball fans agree: a trip to Houston isn’t complete without watching an Astros game at Minute Maid Park. In 2000, this downtown jewel replaced the team’s previous stadium, the Astrodome. Minute Maid Park is Houston’s first...
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