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The Best of West U + Environs

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Inside the 610 loop, on the southwest side of downtown Houston, are the neighborhoods of West University, Rice, and the Museum District. They are beautiful areas with mature trees and so much to eat, drink, and do. If you're visiting the Texas Medical Center, these are the closest areas to go for fun.
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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...
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5607 Morningside Dr, Houston, TX 77005, USA
If you're looking for a really relaxed local bar, head to The Ginger Man on Morningside. This beer bar has been here for a really long time, and is a good place to find real Houstonians, especially Rice professors and students.
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2400 Times Blvd, Houston, TX 77005, USA
Eat at Torchy's Tacos and you might get an addiction. They're ridiculously good and priced between $2.25 and $4.75 a piece. Try the Fried Avocado and The Democrat for a good time. They're open from 7 a.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. on the...
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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...
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2435 Times Blvd, Houston, TX 77005, USA
Having lived in Guangdong province for two years, there's a soft spot in my heart for dim sum. What I like about Yum Yum Cha Cafe is that they make dim sum available inside the loop in Houston, so I can get my fix without venturing out to...
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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...
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1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004, USA
The Children's Museum of Houston is a kid's wonderland. Filled with interactive exhibits, the Children's Museum not only makes for a fun-filled day, it's also an educational center that teaches children real-world skills through experiential...
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Rice Boulevard, Houston, TX 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...
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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...