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Natalie

Guidebook for Houston

Food Scene
This place is just a 5-minute walk from the house, and offers breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks! From early morning espresso to late night cocktails - this place has it all in an upscale and trendy atmosphere. Locals tip – the amazing bakery sells delicious loaves of bread for 50% off after 3pm Monday – Saturday! Happy Hour Monday through Friday 3:30 – 6:30pm for great deals on food and drinks at the bar or in the lounge area. Bakery/Café open 7am-3pm daily. Serves lunch 11am – 2pm Monday-Friday. Serves dinner 5pm – 10pm Monday – Thursday and until 11pm Friday and Saturday (no dinner served on Sunday). Brunch served 8am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday. Bar service 11am – 2am
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locals recommend
Weights + Measures
2808 Caroline Street
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locals recommend
This place is just a 5-minute walk from the house, and offers breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks! From early morning espresso to late night cocktails - this place has it all in an upscale and trendy atmosphere. Locals tip – the amazing bakery sells delicious loaves of bread for 50% off after 3pm Monday – Saturday! Happy Hour Monday through Friday 3:30 – 6:30pm for great deals on food and drinks at the bar or in the lounge area. Bakery/Café open 7am-3pm daily. Serves lunch 11am – 2pm Monday-Friday. Serves dinner 5pm – 10pm Monday – Thursday and until 11pm Friday and Saturday (no dinner served on Sunday). Brunch served 8am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday. Bar service 11am – 2am
Great, very casual and cheap Vietnamese food just a 5-minute walk from the house. Tip: order the crepe! Closed on Saturdays! Open Monday – Friday 9am – 6pm Sunday 8am – 6pm
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locals recommend
Thien An Sandwiches
2611 San Jacinto St
9
locals recommend
Great, very casual and cheap Vietnamese food just a 5-minute walk from the house. Tip: order the crepe! Closed on Saturdays! Open Monday – Friday 9am – 6pm Sunday 8am – 6pm
If you're in the mood for Tex Mex and margaritas this is your spot! Quick 5 - 10 minute drive or $5-$10 Uber, this place is a Houston classic
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locals recommend
El Tiempo Cantina - Westheimer
322 Westheimer Rd
27
locals recommend
If you're in the mood for Tex Mex and margaritas this is your spot! Quick 5 - 10 minute drive or $5-$10 Uber, this place is a Houston classic
Houston is known for its delicious tacos, and Tacos a Go Go is a local favorite! Located in the Mid Main area in Midtown, this restaurant is a good spot for exploring a street of cool boutiques, bars and restaurants. About a mile away from the house. Opens early and closes late! Open Monday – Thursday 7am – 10pm
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locals recommend
Tacos A Go Go
3704 Main Street
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locals recommend
Houston is known for its delicious tacos, and Tacos a Go Go is a local favorite! Located in the Mid Main area in Midtown, this restaurant is a good spot for exploring a street of cool boutiques, bars and restaurants. About a mile away from the house. Opens early and closes late! Open Monday – Thursday 7am – 10pm
Widely regarded as one of the best restaurants in Houston, Uchi is the place to go if you're looking for a fancy sushi dinner/experience (note it is expensive!) Local’s tip: Go during their “sake social” hour (happy hour) daily from 5-6:30pm daily for reduced pricing and deals on food and drinks.
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locals recommend
Uchi
904 Westheimer Rd
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locals recommend
Widely regarded as one of the best restaurants in Houston, Uchi is the place to go if you're looking for a fancy sushi dinner/experience (note it is expensive!) Local’s tip: Go during their “sake social” hour (happy hour) daily from 5-6:30pm daily for reduced pricing and deals on food and drinks.
This small and unique neighborhood coffee shop has a great outdoor patio and also offers beer, wine, juices and delicious crepes! It is about 0.5 miles away and open 6:30am - 10pm Monday - Thursday, 6:30am - midnight Fridays, 7:30am - midnight on Saturdays and 7:30am - 10pm Sundays
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locals recommend
Retrospect Coffee Bar
3709 La Branch St
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locals recommend
This small and unique neighborhood coffee shop has a great outdoor patio and also offers beer, wine, juices and delicious crepes! It is about 0.5 miles away and open 6:30am - 10pm Monday - Thursday, 6:30am - midnight Fridays, 7:30am - midnight on Saturdays and 7:30am - 10pm Sundays
Favorite BBQ restaurant in town! Order the chopped brisket sandwich - delicious! This restaurant is located in the nearby Montrose area, just a few miles away and easily accessible via car/Uber ride.
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locals recommend
The Pit Room
1201 Richmond Ave
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locals recommend
Favorite BBQ restaurant in town! Order the chopped brisket sandwich - delicious! This restaurant is located in the nearby Montrose area, just a few miles away and easily accessible via car/Uber ride.
If you're looking for a Texas environment, The Rustic is it! This restaurant/bar/live music venue embodies the saying "everything is bigger in Texas" with a huge outdoor patio space, stage for live music every day, and delicious brunch menu served family style on Saturday and Sundays. This is located close to Discovery Green and the Toyota Center, and is a great spot for a drink before or after catching a game or concert.
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locals recommend
The Rustic
1836 Polk St
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locals recommend
If you're looking for a Texas environment, The Rustic is it! This restaurant/bar/live music venue embodies the saying "everything is bigger in Texas" with a huge outdoor patio space, stage for live music every day, and delicious brunch menu served family style on Saturday and Sundays. This is located close to Discovery Green and the Toyota Center, and is a great spot for a drink before or after catching a game or concert.
If you're looking for a high end food experience, check out Xochi for authentic (no tex-mex here!) Mexican cuisine by one of the best chefs in the world, Hugo Ortega. Xochi was recently named the best new restaurant in the extremely competitive Houston food scene and is located conveniently downtown by Discovery Green park
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locals recommend
Xochi
1777 Walker St
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locals recommend
If you're looking for a high end food experience, check out Xochi for authentic (no tex-mex here!) Mexican cuisine by one of the best chefs in the world, Hugo Ortega. Xochi was recently named the best new restaurant in the extremely competitive Houston food scene and is located conveniently downtown by Discovery Green park
Cult favorite! Breakfast Klub serves up soul food breakfast cuisine and some of the best chicken and waffles in the country. Expect lines out the door on the weekends. Located a half mile away in the mid main area of midtown, about a 15 minute walk away. Open 7am - 2pm Monday - Friday and 8am - 2pm Saturday and Sunday.
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locals recommend
The Breakfast Klub
3711 Travis Street
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locals recommend
Cult favorite! Breakfast Klub serves up soul food breakfast cuisine and some of the best chicken and waffles in the country. Expect lines out the door on the weekends. Located a half mile away in the mid main area of midtown, about a 15 minute walk away. Open 7am - 2pm Monday - Friday and 8am - 2pm Saturday and Sunday.
Located in adjacent neighborhood Montrose, this ramen spot rivals the food I had in Tokyo and has awesome exterior and interior decor! Affordable and very fast. Check out some other Montrose staples if you come here like Space Montrose (shopping) or Anvil (voted one of the best cocktail bars in the country)
Ramen Tatsu-ya
1722 California St
Located in adjacent neighborhood Montrose, this ramen spot rivals the food I had in Tokyo and has awesome exterior and interior decor! Affordable and very fast. Check out some other Montrose staples if you come here like Space Montrose (shopping) or Anvil (voted one of the best cocktail bars in the country)
Gypsy Poet is a 5 minute walk away from the house and has excellent pizza, live music or other performances (comedy, poetry etc) and a great happy hour from 5-7pm on weekdays with half off beer and wine! This is a locally owned establishment and always a great time - all the pizzas are great but “The Fancy Backpacker” is our favorite!
The Gypsy Poet
2404 Austin Street
Gypsy Poet is a 5 minute walk away from the house and has excellent pizza, live music or other performances (comedy, poetry etc) and a great happy hour from 5-7pm on weekdays with half off beer and wine! This is a locally owned establishment and always a great time - all the pizzas are great but “The Fancy Backpacker” is our favorite!
Drinks & Nightlife
This beer garden is a must - do if you enjoy craft beer/cocktails/wine! Axelrad is a 10-minute walk down the road, and features an awesome set up of hammocks, a huge projector for movie nights (Mondays) and stage for live music. Check out the balcony for skyline views. Great spot for both day drinking on the weekend or a late night. Food trucks typically available daily, as well as Luigi’s Pizza which is next door – order a pizza and eat it on Axelrad’s beautiful patio! Happy Hour is Monday-Friday 12pm noon to 7pm Live Music Wednesday-Sunday, and Movie nights every Monday night at after sun set
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locals recommend
Axelrad Beer Garden
1517 Alabama St
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locals recommend
This beer garden is a must - do if you enjoy craft beer/cocktails/wine! Axelrad is a 10-minute walk down the road, and features an awesome set up of hammocks, a huge projector for movie nights (Mondays) and stage for live music. Check out the balcony for skyline views. Great spot for both day drinking on the weekend or a late night. Food trucks typically available daily, as well as Luigi’s Pizza which is next door – order a pizza and eat it on Axelrad’s beautiful patio! Happy Hour is Monday-Friday 12pm noon to 7pm Live Music Wednesday-Sunday, and Movie nights every Monday night at after sun set
Awesome, neighborhood brewery close by Axelrad with a patio, lawn games and dedicated food truck! Breweries are rapidly growing in popularity in Houston and this one is gets rave reviews. Trivia on Wednesdays at 7pm Open Wednesday - Friday 4pm - 10pm Saturday 10am - 12am Sunday 12pm - 9pm
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locals recommend
Under the Radar Brewery
1506 Truxillo St
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locals recommend
Awesome, neighborhood brewery close by Axelrad with a patio, lawn games and dedicated food truck! Breweries are rapidly growing in popularity in Houston and this one is gets rave reviews. Trivia on Wednesdays at 7pm Open Wednesday - Friday 4pm - 10pm Saturday 10am - 12am Sunday 12pm - 9pm
Recently named one of the top wine bars in the United States, this cozy and intimate space has an unpretentious approach and amazing wine list and small plate options. Open 4pm - 2am daily
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locals recommend
13 celsius
3000 Caroline Street
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locals recommend
Recently named one of the top wine bars in the United States, this cozy and intimate space has an unpretentious approach and amazing wine list and small plate options. Open 4pm - 2am daily
Great, Houston-centric brewery with large patio as well as inside area and excellent craft beer. Lots of cool street art outside, and food trucks for lunch and dinner daily. Great place to watch a game and grab a beer! Open Monday - Saturday 11am - 10pm Sunday 11am - 6pm
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locals recommend
8th Wonder Brewery
2202 Dallas St
98
locals recommend
Great, Houston-centric brewery with large patio as well as inside area and excellent craft beer. Lots of cool street art outside, and food trucks for lunch and dinner daily. Great place to watch a game and grab a beer! Open Monday - Saturday 11am - 10pm Sunday 11am - 6pm
Beautiful, industrial chic space (probably one of the best designed bars in town!) with over 100 options for draft beer and wine on tap, frozen cocktails, good small plate food choices and just a half mile away. Great spot if you are looking for a more laid-back night but still lively evening at a trendy, popular spot. Located in the Mid Main district that has tons of other cool bar and restaurant options along one part of Main St. Specials: Happy hour Monday – Friday, 3pm – 6pm with select $3 beer, 50% off wine, and 50% frozen cocktails. Open Monday – Friday 3pm - 2am Saturday and Sunday 11am – 2am
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locals recommend
Holman Draft Hall
820 Holman St
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locals recommend
Beautiful, industrial chic space (probably one of the best designed bars in town!) with over 100 options for draft beer and wine on tap, frozen cocktails, good small plate food choices and just a half mile away. Great spot if you are looking for a more laid-back night but still lively evening at a trendy, popular spot. Located in the Mid Main district that has tons of other cool bar and restaurant options along one part of Main St. Specials: Happy hour Monday – Friday, 3pm – 6pm with select $3 beer, 50% off wine, and 50% frozen cocktails. Open Monday – Friday 3pm - 2am Saturday and Sunday 11am – 2am
This bar is a hipster paradise with laid back vibes and an eclectic cocktail menu with deliciously spiked (and non-alcoholic) coffee cocktails, beer, full bar, and great location next to delicious tacos @ Tacos a Go Go, sushi at Kura Sushi, and amazing Szechuan food at Spicy Girl.
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locals recommend
Double Trouble Caffeine & Cocktails
3622 Main street
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locals recommend
This bar is a hipster paradise with laid back vibes and an eclectic cocktail menu with deliciously spiked (and non-alcoholic) coffee cocktails, beer, full bar, and great location next to delicious tacos @ Tacos a Go Go, sushi at Kura Sushi, and amazing Szechuan food at Spicy Girl.
Beautiful patio cocktail bar with a solid food menu and excellent location close to other food and drink options (hop over to Cloud 10 for ice cream after!). Highly regarded as one of the best craft cocktail offerings in the city. Happy hour offers great deals for half off drinks until 6:00pm on weekdays
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locals recommend
Wooster's Garden
3315 Milam Street
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locals recommend
Beautiful patio cocktail bar with a solid food menu and excellent location close to other food and drink options (hop over to Cloud 10 for ice cream after!). Highly regarded as one of the best craft cocktail offerings in the city. Happy hour offers great deals for half off drinks until 6:00pm on weekdays
Extremely stylish and very popular new cocktail lounge in the popular East Downtown neighborhood - check out their daily happy hour from 4-6pm every day and all day on Wednesdays. We recommend Vinny's Pizza next door as well!
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locals recommend
Miss Carousel
1201 St Emanuel St
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locals recommend
Extremely stylish and very popular new cocktail lounge in the popular East Downtown neighborhood - check out their daily happy hour from 4-6pm every day and all day on Wednesdays. We recommend Vinny's Pizza next door as well!
Located just a quick 5 minute walk away, this casual and fun bar offers a large patio, food trucks, two story indoor space with plenty of TV's for watching sports, lawn games and art murals.
Social Beer Garden HTX
3101 San Jacinto St
Located just a quick 5 minute walk away, this casual and fun bar offers a large patio, food trucks, two story indoor space with plenty of TV's for watching sports, lawn games and art murals.
Can’t beat the skyline views from this upscale patio bar! There is almost no indoor space, so come when the weather is nice to enjoy the tropical vibes and lively crowd. Upbeat music but still able to hold conversations. Located in the liveliest area of midtown and surrounded by tons of other bars and clubs, including the very Instagrammable Electric Feelgood and casual Irish pub Jack & Ginger’s
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locals recommend
77 Degrees
2416 Brazos St
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locals recommend
Can’t beat the skyline views from this upscale patio bar! There is almost no indoor space, so come when the weather is nice to enjoy the tropical vibes and lively crowd. Upbeat music but still able to hold conversations. Located in the liveliest area of midtown and surrounded by tons of other bars and clubs, including the very Instagrammable Electric Feelgood and casual Irish pub Jack & Ginger’s
Sightseeing
The Cistern offers a unique experience to explore a former water reservoir built in 1926. Large columns and unique architecture make it an awesome photo opportunity, and Buffalo Bayou Park is less than 2 miles away! Free on Thursdays!
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locals recommend
Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern
105 Sabine St
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locals recommend
The Cistern offers a unique experience to explore a former water reservoir built in 1926. Large columns and unique architecture make it an awesome photo opportunity, and Buffalo Bayou Park is less than 2 miles away! Free on Thursdays!
Miller Outdoor Theatre is located in the iconic Hermann Park in the Museum District. There are free outdoor shows, a sprawling lawn, and the Houston Zoo is right next door. Check out the new rose garden and the tranquil Japanese garden as well as outdoor art installations throughout the park. Schedule of shows: MillerOutdoorTheatre.com
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locals recommend
Miller Outdoor Theatre
6000 Hermann Park Drive
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locals recommend
Miller Outdoor Theatre is located in the iconic Hermann Park in the Museum District. There are free outdoor shows, a sprawling lawn, and the Houston Zoo is right next door. Check out the new rose garden and the tranquil Japanese garden as well as outdoor art installations throughout the park. Schedule of shows: MillerOutdoorTheatre.com
Arts & Culture
Free entry and unique exhibitions, this museum is one of my favorites in Houston. They allow pictures which is fun (always something SnapChat worthy!) and its next to several other points of interest like Rice University, Museum of Fine Arts, and the Menil
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locals recommend
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
5216 Montrose Boulevard
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locals recommend
Free entry and unique exhibitions, this museum is one of my favorites in Houston. They allow pictures which is fun (always something SnapChat worthy!) and its next to several other points of interest like Rice University, Museum of Fine Arts, and the Menil
One of Houston's most popular points of interest, and free on Thursdays!
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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet Street
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locals recommend
One of Houston's most popular points of interest, and free on Thursdays!
Midtown Arts and Theatre Center Houston is a new and beautiful building just 1 mile away. Check out Matchouston.org for shows, performances, comedy, art exhibits, and more. In the unique "Mid Main" area of Midtown. Locals tip: get some delish tacos at Tacos a Go Go and grab a drink at Continental Club after
MATCH - Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston
3400 S Main St
Midtown Arts and Theatre Center Houston is a new and beautiful building just 1 mile away. Check out Matchouston.org for shows, performances, comedy, art exhibits, and more. In the unique "Mid Main" area of Midtown. Locals tip: get some delish tacos at Tacos a Go Go and grab a drink at Continental Club after
Silver Street Studios is the heart of the Washington Ave Arts District. It includes two huge gallery spaces (Silver Street Studios and Winter Street Studios) in former warehouses, as well as old rice silos that are now used as site specific art installations. This venue hosts tons of local events, art fairs, parties, and other special events. There is also a significant amount of wall murals/art, as well as a brewery called Holler Brewing Company and food trucks. Regular Events: Second Saturdays: Studios are open to the public 12pm-5pm every second Saturday of the month Check out silverstreethouston.com for special events and more information.
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locals recommend
Silver Street Studios
2000 Edwards St
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locals recommend
Silver Street Studios is the heart of the Washington Ave Arts District. It includes two huge gallery spaces (Silver Street Studios and Winter Street Studios) in former warehouses, as well as old rice silos that are now used as site specific art installations. This venue hosts tons of local events, art fairs, parties, and other special events. There is also a significant amount of wall murals/art, as well as a brewery called Holler Brewing Company and food trucks. Regular Events: Second Saturdays: Studios are open to the public 12pm-5pm every second Saturday of the month Check out silverstreethouston.com for special events and more information.
Rice University campus, closest entrances are #8 and #18 and nearest parking lot is West lot #2, the sky space itself has no physical address but is very large (you won’t miss it) and next to University at Stockton. Located on Rice University's campus, the Skyspace is a must do if you're into art and/or architecture. It's free, but does require a reservation that can be done online – skyspace.rice.edu While on campus, take some time to check out the Moody Center for the Arts gallery (closed Sundays)!
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James Turrell's "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace
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locals recommend
Rice University campus, closest entrances are #8 and #18 and nearest parking lot is West lot #2, the sky space itself has no physical address but is very large (you won’t miss it) and next to University at Stockton. Located on Rice University's campus, the Skyspace is a must do if you're into art and/or architecture. It's free, but does require a reservation that can be done online – skyspace.rice.edu While on campus, take some time to check out the Moody Center for the Arts gallery (closed Sundays)!
Entertainment & Activities
The Houston Dynamo MLS soccer team play just 2 miles away at BBVA Stadium, and the stadium is surrounded by a handful of cool bars. On game days there will be tons of tailgating, live music, ect. Hanging out by the stadium is fun even if you don't have tickets to the game!
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locals recommend
BBVA Compass Stadium
2200 Texas Avenue
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locals recommend
The Houston Dynamo MLS soccer team play just 2 miles away at BBVA Stadium, and the stadium is surrounded by a handful of cool bars. On game days there will be tons of tailgating, live music, ect. Hanging out by the stadium is fun even if you don't have tickets to the game!
I couldn't leave out Toyota Center and the Houston Rockets! Just a mile away, save money and do a $5 Uber instead of paying for parking. Toyota Center is also the spot for the huge concert events in Houston
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locals recommend
Toyota Center
1510 Polk Street
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locals recommend
I couldn't leave out Toyota Center and the Houston Rockets! Just a mile away, save money and do a $5 Uber instead of paying for parking. Toyota Center is also the spot for the huge concert events in Houston
NRG is the largest stadium in Houston and home to the Texans NFL games and the Rodeo, and of course will be the location for the 2017 Superbowl. The MetroRail is a half mile away and 10 minute walk, it costs $1.25 and stops by the stadium!
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locals recommend
NRG Stadium
NRG Parkway
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locals recommend
NRG is the largest stadium in Houston and home to the Texans NFL games and the Rodeo, and of course will be the location for the 2017 Superbowl. The MetroRail is a half mile away and 10 minute walk, it costs $1.25 and stops by the stadium!
Parks & Nature
Check out why Houston is called the Bayou City! This park is huge and spans across the center of the city, connected via bike and running/walking trails with expansion always in the works. Perfect place to bike, work out, run, people watch, picnic, and more. Check out the awesome Police Memorial permanent art installation, large inverted pyramid that you can walk into and take pictures on with a skyline view in the backdrop
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locals recommend
Buffalo Bayou Park
Allen Parkway
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locals recommend
Check out why Houston is called the Bayou City! This park is huge and spans across the center of the city, connected via bike and running/walking trails with expansion always in the works. Perfect place to bike, work out, run, people watch, picnic, and more. Check out the awesome Police Memorial permanent art installation, large inverted pyramid that you can walk into and take pictures on with a skyline view in the backdrop
Tiny park in Midtown, but host to several awesome free events like live music during the week at lunch time, "yappy" hour with drink and food specials from its small on site restaurant and dog activities, free boot camp work outs, free yoga, and more. I have a calendar of events for this park at my townhouse for guest convenience!
Bagby Park
415 Gray Street
Tiny park in Midtown, but host to several awesome free events like live music during the week at lunch time, "yappy" hour with drink and food specials from its small on site restaurant and dog activities, free boot camp work outs, free yoga, and more. I have a calendar of events for this park at my townhouse for guest convenience!
Just a mile away and in the middle of downtown, this great green space is host to numerous events including flea markets, free yoga, free boot camp workouts, public art, live music, cultural festivals and more! It's next to George R Brown convention center, and several restaurants and bars. Open to public 6am – 11pm DiscoveryGreen.com for events
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Discovery Green
1500 McKinney Street
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locals recommend
Just a mile away and in the middle of downtown, this great green space is host to numerous events including flea markets, free yoga, free boot camp workouts, public art, live music, cultural festivals and more! It's next to George R Brown convention center, and several restaurants and bars. Open to public 6am – 11pm DiscoveryGreen.com for events
One of Houston's showcase green spaces, the expansive Hermann Park is nestled in the museum district and offers a Japanese garden, rose garden area, a mix of art installations, golf course, the Miller Outdoor Theatre and Houston Zoo. You can easily spend an entire day here and duck into the neighboring museums for a break from the heat
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Hermann Park
6001 Fannin Street
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locals recommend
One of Houston's showcase green spaces, the expansive Hermann Park is nestled in the museum district and offers a Japanese garden, rose garden area, a mix of art installations, golf course, the Miller Outdoor Theatre and Houston Zoo. You can easily spend an entire day here and duck into the neighboring museums for a break from the heat
Shopping
Cool vintage store with eclectic clothes, jewelry, and art! Located in the Mid Main area of the neighborhood which is home to any great restaurants (grab tacos at Tacos a Go Go after shopping) and bars.
My Flaming Heart
3622 Main St
Cool vintage store with eclectic clothes, jewelry, and art! Located in the Mid Main area of the neighborhood which is home to any great restaurants (grab tacos at Tacos a Go Go after shopping) and bars.
This store is the perfect place to pick up locally sourced and made Houston gifts! It is also next to the delicious Common Bond bakery/restaurant, several antique and thrift shops for clothing and shoes, and local favorite Brasil Café
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locals recommend
Space Montrose
1706 Westheimer Road
14
locals recommend
This store is the perfect place to pick up locally sourced and made Houston gifts! It is also next to the delicious Common Bond bakery/restaurant, several antique and thrift shops for clothing and shoes, and local favorite Brasil Café
The newest and fanciest Whole Foods in Houston is just a 15 minute walk away! Bike stations are also located across the street.
Whole Foods Market
515 Elgin Street
The newest and fanciest Whole Foods in Houston is just a 15 minute walk away! Bike stations are also located across the street.