The Best of Downtown + Midtown
Collected by Jessica Lymberopoulos, AFAR Local Expert
Houston's most urban neighborhoods offer dance, music, theater, great breakfasts and bars, and even a trail for walking and jogging along the Buffalo Bayou.
1100 Texas St, Houston, TX 77002, USA
Guests who stay at the Magnolia leave raving about it. There’s a lot to love about this funky boutique hotel: impeccable service, amazingly plush beds, a scenic rooftop pool, free WiFi, a breakfast buffet, and personal perks like complimentary...
615 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77002, USA
Jones Hall for the Performing Arts is home to the active Houston Symphony and the Society of Performing Arts. Many other traveling performance art companies also come through this centrally located theater. Art installations inside the beautifully...
2704 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77003, USA
For an authentic Houston experience, head to the Original Ninfa’s on Navigation, where the food is always top-notch and the longtime servers are revered as rock stars. With chef Alex Padilla at the helm, you can expect everything from...
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...
2000 Lyons Ave, Houston, TX 77020, USA
Houston's beer scene has commanded national attention for years thanks to its quality craft brews, and there’s no better place to sample some than at Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Founded in the mid-1990s, it has the esteemed title of...
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...
3622 Main St, Houston, TX 77006, USA
Specializing in both coffee and booze, Double Trouble in Midtown Houston calls itself a one-stop shop for speeding up, or slowing down. The particularly pleasant baristas and bartenders serve locally roasted Greenway coffee, specialty cocktails,...
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!...
3711 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002, USA
Yes, there might be a line. Yes, you need to go anyway. The Breakfast Klub is a Houston institution for good reason—you’ll find simple food, done right. Choose from classic breakfast dishes like French toast, omelettes, and...
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