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Amanda’s Houston Guidebook

Amanda

Amanda’s Houston Guidebook

My Favorite Places in Houston
What to see and do... and where to eat in Houston.
In the Montrose, Vibrant is a cool, subtle and sexy spot for vegans, vegetarians and omnivores alike. A great spot to enjoy a tonic, coffee, organic champagne or a cocktail. The patio is lovely with a dusty California vibe. The plated presentation is delicate and lovely while the flavors are over-the-top delicious.
Vibrant
1931 Fairview St
In the Montrose, Vibrant is a cool, subtle and sexy spot for vegans, vegetarians and omnivores alike. A great spot to enjoy a tonic, coffee, organic champagne or a cocktail. The patio is lovely with a dusty California vibe. The plated presentation is delicate and lovely while the flavors are over-the-top delicious.
Great spot in downtown Heights on the 19th St. drag. Great coffee, take some to go. You must have the shaken till whipped iced cappuccino.
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Boomtown Coffee
242 West 19th Street
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Great spot in downtown Heights on the 19th St. drag. Great coffee, take some to go. You must have the shaken till whipped iced cappuccino.
Within walking distance to House of Hawthorne. Siphon is known for its quality coffee, tea and great pastries.
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Siphon Coffee
701 West Alabama Street
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Within walking distance to House of Hawthorne. Siphon is known for its quality coffee, tea and great pastries.
Another fantastic coffee spot in Houston, but their biscuits are amazing.
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Blacksmith
1018 Westheimer Road
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Another fantastic coffee spot in Houston, but their biscuits are amazing.
One of the greatest original cool spots in Houston on Westheimer Blvd. --Houston's most popular street. Most nights you can check out a jazz trio or quirky film on the patio. Their sweet potato and black bean tamales are excellent as is the Crispy Kale salad with popped rice. Go for coffee, desserts, beer and Prosecco on tap.
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Brasil
2604 Dunlavy Street
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One of the greatest original cool spots in Houston on Westheimer Blvd. --Houston's most popular street. Most nights you can check out a jazz trio or quirky film on the patio. Their sweet potato and black bean tamales are excellent as is the Crispy Kale salad with popped rice. Go for coffee, desserts, beer and Prosecco on tap.
Located on Westheimer Blvd. near all the thrift shops, cafés and a handful of good restaurants. Best candles and hand soap in all the city, unless you go next door to Aesops to get your hand soap fix.
Le Labo
1665 Westheimer Rd
Located on Westheimer Blvd. near all the thrift shops, cafés and a handful of good restaurants. Best candles and hand soap in all the city, unless you go next door to Aesops to get your hand soap fix.
A place to find unique, hand-made items.
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Space Montrose
1706 Westheimer Road
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A place to find unique, hand-made items.
Dedicated gallery to works of Cy Twombly on the Menil campus.
Cy Twombly Gallery
1501 Branard St
Dedicated gallery to works of Cy Twombly on the Menil campus.
Houston is fortunate to have one of this unique artist's work on display at Rice University. “My work is more about your seeing than it is about my seeing, although it is a product of my seeing. I’m also interested in the sense of presence of space; that is space where you feel a presence, almost an entity — that physical feeling and power that space can give.” James Turrell http://jamesturrell.com/work/type/
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James Turrell's "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace
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Houston is fortunate to have one of this unique artist's work on display at Rice University. “My work is more about your seeing than it is about my seeing, although it is a product of my seeing. I’m also interested in the sense of presence of space; that is space where you feel a presence, almost an entity — that physical feeling and power that space can give.” James Turrell http://jamesturrell.com/work/type/
Grab a picnik to go and head to one of the many parks in the area.
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Picnic Box Lunches
1928 Bissonnet Street
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Grab a picnik to go and head to one of the many parks in the area.
Because Reality Bites and you know it does, so go have a cream puff and call it a night at 4am.
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House of Pies
3112 Kirby Drive
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Because Reality Bites and you know it does, so go have a cream puff and call it a night at 4am.
Good restaurants and shopping;Tom Ford, Brunello Cucinelli, Stella McCartney, Vince, COS, Diptyque, Forth+Nomad, THEORY, and so much more. See a movie at the iPic Theater follow it up with a Daisy cone gelato of from Amorino.
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River Oaks District
4444 Westheimer Rd
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Good restaurants and shopping;Tom Ford, Brunello Cucinelli, Stella McCartney, Vince, COS, Diptyque, Forth+Nomad, THEORY, and so much more. See a movie at the iPic Theater follow it up with a Daisy cone gelato of from Amorino.
The perfect place for meditation or reflection, this non-denominational chapel was founded by John and Dominique de Menil. The interior serves not only as a chapel, but also as a major work of modern art. Currently under construction.
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Capilla Rothko
3900 Yupon Street
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The perfect place for meditation or reflection, this non-denominational chapel was founded by John and Dominique de Menil. The interior serves not only as a chapel, but also as a major work of modern art. Currently under construction.
Houston’s oldest theater that hosts independent films and midnight throwback movies on the weekends. Serves beer and wine.
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Landmark's River Oaks Theatre
2009 West Gray Street
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Houston’s oldest theater that hosts independent films and midnight throwback movies on the weekends. Serves beer and wine.
One of Houston’s largest and most robust groceries in the city with fresh, organic options. Great place to pick up food from the deli. Cooking classes available.
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Central Market
3815 Westheimer Road
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One of Houston’s largest and most robust groceries in the city with fresh, organic options. Great place to pick up food from the deli. Cooking classes available.
Delightful sausage, egg and fruit kolaches. They also serve up a mean cup of coffee featuring Boomtown Coffee.
Kolache Shoppe
1031 Heights Blvd
Delightful sausage, egg and fruit kolaches. They also serve up a mean cup of coffee featuring Boomtown Coffee.
Half Price Books
1011 Westheimer Road
Montrose Cheese & Wine
1618 Westheimer Road
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Uchi
904 Westheimer Rd
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Agora
1712 Westheimer Road
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Food scene
If you love a great steak in an unconventional steak house.
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Georgia James
1100 Westheimer Rd
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If you love a great steak in an unconventional steak house.
Beautiful place to sit at the bar and have a glass of champagne 🥂 with your petite Atlantic Oysters on the half shell. Must have the cheese enchilada and don’t forget your complimentary ginger moon pie on your way out.
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State of Grace
3258 Westheimer Rd
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Beautiful place to sit at the bar and have a glass of champagne 🥂 with your petite Atlantic Oysters on the half shell. Must have the cheese enchilada and don’t forget your complimentary ginger moon pie on your way out.
Go for the croissant packaging... just beautiful.
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Common Bond Café & Bakery
1706 Westheimer Road
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Go for the croissant packaging... just beautiful.
You must try the green beans.
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The Pit Room
1201 Richmond Ave
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You must try the green beans.
Best brisket in the city, IMO
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Pinkerton's Barbecue
1504 Airline Dr
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Best brisket in the city, IMO
The hama chili is the reason
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Uchi
904 Westheimer Rd
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The hama chili is the reason
The best shrimp cocktail...it's so beautiful. The bar is lovely.
1751 Sea and Bar
191 Heights Blvd
The best shrimp cocktail...it's so beautiful. The bar is lovely.
Global cuisine featuring handmade pasta with a delightful combination of flavors.
Mastrantos
927 Studewood Street
Global cuisine featuring handmade pasta with a delightful combination of flavors.
They don’t take reservations, but if you’re willing to wait in the garden with a cocktail amongst your live, leafy dinner waiting to be plucked, you won’t regret it. Their deliciously light and perfectly flavored pastas and pizzas will dazzle you.
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Coltivare Pizza & Garden
3320 White Oak Drive
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They don’t take reservations, but if you’re willing to wait in the garden with a cocktail amongst your live, leafy dinner waiting to be plucked, you won’t regret it. Their deliciously light and perfectly flavored pastas and pizzas will dazzle you.
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Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
3217 Montrose Blvd
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Rosie Cannonball
1620 Westheimer Rd
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Georgia James
1100 Westheimer Rd
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Postino Montrose
805 Pacific Street
Baby Barnaby's
604 Fairview St
Traveler's Table
520 Westheimer Road
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Indika
516 Westheimer Road
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Magical Dessert Bar
907 Westheimer Road
Velvet Taco
907 Westheimer Rd
La Sicilia Italian Bakery & Cafe
515 Westheimer Road
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Baba Yega
2607 Grant St
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Dolce Vita Pizzeria Enoteca
500 Westheimer Road
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Mala Sichuan Bistro
1201 Westheimer Road
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Shake Shack
1002 Westheimer Road
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Niko Niko's
2520 Montrose Boulevard
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The Pit Room
1201 Richmond Ave
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Truth BBQ
110 S Heights Blvd
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Pinkerton's Barbecue
1504 Airline Dr
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Hugo's
1600 Westheimer Road
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Blood Bros. BBQ
5425 Bellaire Boulevard
Indianola
1201 St Emanuel St
UB Preserv
1609 Westheimer Rd
Indigo
517 Berry Rd
Bravery Chef Hall
409 Travis Street
Verandah
3300 Kirby Drive
Sightseeing
Set in the middle of the Montrose neighborhood, this 30-acre museum campus in the main bldg houses special exhibitions and the permanent collection with four other museum buildings: two are dedicated to single artists (Cy Twombly and Dan Flavin), the Byzantine Fresco Chapel, and the Menil Drawing Institute. ‘Known for displays that allow the objects and works of art to speak for themselves—there are no “didactics” on the wall or media in the galleries—the Menil philosophy is to foster each individual’s direct, personal encounter with works of art. The display of carefully chosen artworks in sympathetic settings are Menil hallmarks.’
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The Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross Street
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Set in the middle of the Montrose neighborhood, this 30-acre museum campus in the main bldg houses special exhibitions and the permanent collection with four other museum buildings: two are dedicated to single artists (Cy Twombly and Dan Flavin), the Byzantine Fresco Chapel, and the Menil Drawing Institute. ‘Known for displays that allow the objects and works of art to speak for themselves—there are no “didactics” on the wall or media in the galleries—the Menil philosophy is to foster each individual’s direct, personal encounter with works of art. The display of carefully chosen artworks in sympathetic settings are Menil hallmarks.’
You’ll find all kinds of chilling going on at this museum park. Meditators, yogis, musicians and families sprawl across the grounds enjoying the shade from the 100-yr-old oak trees.
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Menil Park
1423 Branard Street
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You’ll find all kinds of chilling going on at this museum park. Meditators, yogis, musicians and families sprawl across the grounds enjoying the shade from the 100-yr-old oak trees.
World class museum with a movie theater as well. Great place to catch an uncorked documentary.
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Museo de Bellas Artes de Houston
1001 Bissonnet Street
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World class museum with a movie theater as well. Great place to catch an uncorked documentary.
Art studios open to the public. Great place to take photographs as well.
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Silos at Sawyer Yards
1502 Sawyer St
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Art studios open to the public. Great place to take photographs as well.
Whether you’re walking, running or biking, this winding trail will take you along the bayou to the skate park, the dog park, along the bat bridge and into downtown depending on which direction you go along this 120+ acre park. Stop by The Dunlavy for breakfast or lunch along the way.
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Buffalo Bayou Park
Allen Parkway
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Whether you’re walking, running or biking, this winding trail will take you along the bayou to the skate park, the dog park, along the bat bridge and into downtown depending on which direction you go along this 120+ acre park. Stop by The Dunlavy for breakfast or lunch along the way.
Houston has the largest art car parade in the world. The museum houses some of the most extravagant throughout the years.
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Art Car Museum
140 Heights Boulevard
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Houston has the largest art car parade in the world. The museum houses some of the most extravagant throughout the years.
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Museo de Ciencias Naturales de Houston
5555 Hermann Park Drive
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6 miles of trails, the Houston Zoo, paddle boating, Japanese gardens, play grounds, Miller Outdoor Theater, Cockerel Butterfly Museum, ...
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Parque Hermann
6001 Fannin Street
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6 miles of trails, the Houston Zoo, paddle boating, Japanese gardens, play grounds, Miller Outdoor Theater, Cockerel Butterfly Museum, ...
Leopard Lounge
1657 Westheimer Road
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Heights Mercantile
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River Oaks
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Chinatown
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Westmoreland Street
Westmoreland Westmoreland Street
Neighborhoods
Historic bungalows make this inner-city neighborhood feel like a small town, but it’s hip and has all the things. Cool retail, great restaurants, hike and bike trails abound while being super friendly and fun.
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Houston Heights
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Historic bungalows make this inner-city neighborhood feel like a small town, but it’s hip and has all the things. Cool retail, great restaurants, hike and bike trails abound while being super friendly and fun.
The community was created in 1902 and was home to many prominent families in Greater Houston.[1] The historic district's boundaries were established on July 23, 1997.[3] As of 2009 many of the original houses are still standing.
Westmoreland, Houston
The community was created in 1902 and was home to many prominent families in Greater Houston.[1] The historic district's boundaries were established on July 23, 1997.[3] As of 2009 many of the original houses are still standing.
Fitness
Jog the exterior 2.9 mile trail at Rice University under a canopy of oaks.
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Universidad Rice
6100 Main St
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Jog the exterior 2.9 mile trail at Rice University under a canopy of oaks.
Life Time Athletic Houston Greenway - Preview Center
11 East Greenway Plaza
Performances
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Miller Outdoor Theatre
6000 Hermann Park Drive
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Consejos para la ciudad

Formas de ahorrar
Museums are free on Thursdays
Montrose is a long street that runs through the southside to the Heights and changes names five times: Main, Montrose, Studemont, Studewood, N Main. This is true for many streets in Houston.
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James Turrell's "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace
Located at Rice University, show up at dusk or dawn. Opens at 5:30am
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‘The Burp’ art exhibit
Houston has a lot of sneaky art installations
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Art Car Museum
The Orange Show has many fantastic exhibits, the Art Car Museum is one of them