I realize that living in Houston for a little over a year does not make me an expert on the local scene. But if you just so happen to be visiting Houston for the day and are the type of person who loves coffee, books, art, and good food, then I’m almost certain you’ll enjoy the items on this list.
Begin your day at Dish Society for incredible beignets with an equally delicious coffee anglaise, which pairs well with a cappuccino. But if you’re looking for a row of delicious pastries and a selection of fresh bread, Common Bond Cafe is where you should begin your day.
Becker’s Books is a perfect place to stop and shop for used books, rare books, or out of print books. With a huge selection, you can easily spend at least an hour perusing through the shelves. But if you’re looking for some great deals, head over to Half Price Books. They have a few different locations, but the one’s I enjoy include the location in Rice Village and the Montrose location, which is across from Blacksmith Coffee.
Catalina Coffee Shop is a perfect spot for a caffeine break. Artwork lines the interior walls, with natural light flowing in from two large windows. But if you decided to head over to Half Price Books (at Rice Village) instead, Tiny’s Milk & Cookies is a perfect little spot to pick up some cookies or any of their delicious treats. If you went to their Montrose location, then Blacksmith Coffee serves great coffee and also has a selection of pastries.
Torchy’s Tacos serves delicious and loaded tacos. My personal favorites are the Green Chile Pork and the Baja Shrimp. They also serve an incredible chili con queso dip. And if you’re still in the mood for a bit more shopping, I’d recommend going to the Torchy’s at Rice Village, which also happens to be nearby Houston’s museum district.
The Museum of Fine Arts is a great place to spend a couple of hours. If you’re hoping for a more informed experience, check to see their schedule of museum tours. I thoroughly enjoyed taking a tour on Impressionism. There are several other museums in this area that you can choose from as well if art isn’t your preference.
After exploring one of the many museums Houston has to offer, head outside and take a stroll through the nearby Herman Park. The size of this park offers plenty of space to exercise, fish, play, or have a picnic. There are also a few activities offered, such as paddle boats you can rent or a train you can take around the park. In addition, the Japanese garden offers a zen-like atmosphere with a pond containing Koi fish. If you plan on hanging out in the evenings, check to see if the park’s Miller Outdoor Theater is hosting any free shows.
Grab dinner and drinks at Etoile, a french restaurant serving up classical dishes infused with so much flavor. It is a more expensive restaurant, but it is definitely worth it. My favorite dishes include their mushroom ravioli, flavored with truffle and parmesan, their seared salmon, and creme brûlée for dessert.
GO TO THE BALLET OR SEE A MUSICAL:
After dinner, head downtown and catch a ballet or musical in Houston’s theater district. Shows usually start around 7:30pm on Fridays and 2:00pm on the weekends for the ballet and around 7:30pm or 8:00pm for the theater.
- Common Bond Bakery
- Siphon Coffee
- Honeymoon Cafe and Bar
- Tout Suite
- Lee’s Fried Chicken and Donuts
- Revival Market
- Niko Niko’s
- Pass and Provisions