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What to do in Houston

Get eccentric with Art Cars

Houston almost beats Austin for the honor of being Texas’ most eccentric city. Time your visit for the Orange Show to see the Art Car Parade (if you miss it, head to the Art Car Museum). If that’s not quirky enough, check out David Adickes’s studio, filled with giant sculptures of all the American presidents’ heads.

Art Car Museum
140 Heights Blvd
TX 77007
+1 713 861 5526
facebook.com/pages/Art-Car-Museum

Become a cowboy at Texas Junk Co.

Texas Junk Co. is an authentic cowboy pit stop, a local institution selling more than 1,000 pairs of real, vintage cowboy boots. Even if you’re not in the market for boots, the old-fashioned store with original hitching posts is not to be missed.

215 Welch Street
TX 77006
+1 713 524 6257
facebook.com/pages/Texas-Junk-Company

Stroll around Buffalo Bayou Park

If you fancy some fresh air or simply need to walk off some of that Texas home cooking, head for Buffalo Bayou Park. It’s a sprawling green space filled with green trails for walking, running, and biking; the slow-moving Buffalo Bayou river runs through it. Plus, it has great views of downtown Houston, especially at sunset.

3600 Memorial Drive
TX 77019
+1 713 752 0314
buffalobayou.org

Tour the Downtown Tunnel System

Beneath Houston lie 7 miles of tunnels with access to hundreds of coffee shops, restaurants, stores, and florists. There are plenty of walking tours available to stop visitors getting lost in the sprawling labyrinth. Urban Adventures starts and finishes its tours at Café Express.

Café Express
650 Main Street
TX 77002
+1 832 992 3179
urbanadventures.com/Houston-tour-heart-of-the-tunnel-walk

Visit the Space Center Houston

Houston is the proud home of the NASA center for human spaceflight activities. At the Space Center Houston, children and adults can walk on actual spacecraft, find out what life is like for an astronaut, and tour Mission Control.

1601 NASA Parkway
TX 77058
+1 281 244 2100
spacecenter.org

Get cultured in the theater district

More than 9 million people a year visit downtown Houston’s cultural district for ballet, opera, classical music, and the city’s 19 museums. Plus there’s the famous Rothko Chapel, a Zen minimalist chapel dedicated to meditation and the work of acclaimed artist Mark Rothko.

The Rothko Chapel
3900 Yupon Street
TX 77006
+1 713 524 9839
rothkochapel.org

Where to eat in Houston

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Oxheart (Modern American)

The tiny Oxheart restaurant seats only 30 people and champions locally grown produce in the veggie-heavy main dishes. Chef Justin Yu is well traveled and draws on Flemish influences as well as other US regional cuisines in his menu. The soundtrack to dinner comes from a retro vinyl collection.

1302 Nance Street
TX 77002
+1 832 830 8592
oxhearthouston.com

Caracol (Mexican)

This glamorous, airy restaurant offers sophisticated dining with a menu focused on seafood dishes from the 16 coastal states of Chef Hugo Ortega’s native Mexico. Eye-catching original artwork, including a giant print of a squid battling a whale, from American Modernist Charley Harper adorns the walls.

2200 Post Oak Boulevard
TX 77056
+1 713 622 9996
caracol.net

Vic & Anthony’s (Steakhouse)

Downtown’s premier steakhouse is all glitz and glam, even during its popular Burger Fridays. By night the glittering dining room offers the city’s best steaks and carries every bit as good a reputation as that of their outlets in Atlantic City and Las Vegas.

1510 Texas Avenue
TX 77002
+1 713 228 1111
vicandanthonys.com

The Pass & Provisions (Modern American)

facebook.com/ThePassAndProvisions

Underbelly (American)

If you’re after a hearty taste of the south in a lively atmosphere, head to Underbelly, a self-styled melting pot of different cultures from the whole city. Chef Chris Shepherd loves using local ingredients sourced directly from farmers in his refectory-style restaurant.

1100 Westheimer Road
TX 77006
+1 713 528 9800
underbellyhouston.com

Cajun Stop (Cajun/Creole)

Houston is famous for its Cajun and Creole cooking, bringing a little taste of Louisiana to the Lone Star State, which means po' boys (a sub sandwich) and seafood. Cajun Stop serves comfort food with a New Orleans twist amid a Mardi Gras atmosphere, with jazz music and old-fashioned pecan pie.

2130 Jefferson Street
TX 77003
+1 713 222 8333
thecajunstop.com

Places to stay in Houston

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Magnolia Hotel Houston

Housed in what was the tallest building in Houston during the 1920s, the Magnolia is where Art Deco elegance meets quirky hipsterdom. A milk-and-cookie reception greets you, and the rooftop pool offers stunning city views. It’s just a short walk from Houston’s downtown restaurants and lounges.

1100 Texas Avenue
TX 77002
+1 713 221 0011
magnoliahotelhouston.com

Hotel Granduca

Entering the Hotel Granduca is like stepping back in time into a Tuscan villa. All 122 luxurious rooms and suites are classically decorated, while the acclaimed Ristorante Cavour, specializing in northern Italian cuisine, brings a taste of traditional Europe.

1080 Uptown Park Boulevard
TX 77056
+1 713 418 1000
granducahouston.com

Four Seasons Hotel Houston

When you want to blow the budget on a luxury hotel in Houston, check in to the Four Seasons. Located in the heart of the city’s thriving business district, it’s the perfect place to treat yourself, whether that’s indulging in Italian cuisine at Quattro or getting pampered in the Clarins Spa.

1300 Lamar Street
TX 77010
+1 713 650 1300
fourseasons.com/houston

The Westin Galleria Houston

Shopaholics should look no further than the Westin, which is connected to the Galleria, Houston’s colossal upscale shopping mall. The hotel gives guests a complimentary Passport to Shopping, which includes exclusive coupons to selected stores. The Westin offers a relaxing respite, with a gym, lounge, and restaurant.

5060 W Alabama Street
TX 77056
+1 713 960 8100
westingalleriahoustonhotel.com

Hotel ICON

Occupying a former bank just north of downtown Houston, Hotel ICON caters to a trendy crowd with its ornamental Baroque decor. Its rooms combine modern amenities such as whirlpool baths with decadent lounges. The famed Line & Lariat restaurant attracts foodies from across the city.

220 Main Street
TX 77002
+1 713 224 4266
hotelicon.com

Hotel Sorella City Centre

This modern and minimalistic hotel is a fine example of chic, trendy accommodation in Houston. Even if you’re not checking in, it’s worth a visit to hang out in Monnalisa, a lounge with a fire pit, a star-lit ceiling, and a rooftop pool with cabanas and lanterns.

800 Sorella Court
TX 77024
+1 713 973 1600
hotelsorella-citycentre.com

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