Houston Neighborhoods

Featured Neighborhoods in Houston

1 Midtown

Located midway between Downtown and the Museum District, Midtown is packed with trendy restaurants, a booming nightlife scene and boutique shops. Professionals and artists reside in the lofts with downtown skyline views and frequent the many café and galleries. Brunch is a big deal here, with residents flocking from around the city for stellar weekend meals. Art galleries are another draw with more than 20 galleries in the area. The Ensemble Theatre, the largest African-American theater company in the U.S., is also a popular destination. From dive bars to dance clubs, nightlife thrives here, as well. For those who prefer a quieter scene, Midtown Park provides pleasant area for walking and a beautiful 1912 stone fountain.

2 The Heights

Enormous oak trees dot a community of arts and crafts style bungalows, which is also filled with amazing restaurants, galleries, trendy clothing boutiques, home decor shops and antique shops. West 19th Street is a hub for the arts, shopping and dining, while White Oak Drive offers a range of live music venues. From homemade salsas to chicken fried steak, shared-plate dining and cutting-edge coffee roasters, there are plenty of well-regarded food and drink destinations here. It's an after-hours hotspot with wine bars, beer pubs and dance clubs. Located in Houston’s Inner Loop, this northwest Houston community boasts the MKT/SP Trail Rails-to-Trails hike and bike trail along the old railroad right-of-way. The Houston Heights World War II Memorial is also located here. [Photo courtesy of First Saturdays Art Market]

3 Uptown

The Galleria, a 400-shop retail complex is located in this Houston neighborhood, home to major businesses, mixed-use residential and retail high-rises. There are also the boutiques, cafes, and galleries on Post Oak Boulevard. More than 100 upscale restaurants offer gourmet options here, many helmed by celebrated chefs serving cuisine from Italy to India. This neighborhood also features elegant stores at Uptown Park, Centre at Post Oak, and Post Oak Shopping Center. Hidalgo Park provides an outdoors respite with a fountain, pond, trees and trails. Every holiday season, Post Oak is alight with holiday trees for a renowned Houston tradition. [Photo courtesy of uptown-houston.com]

4 Downtown

Packed with businesses, condos, and performing arts venues, downtown is Houston’s main business district. It’s also a sports enthusiasts dream destination, as the Astros and Rockets both draw fans. Restaurants and nightlife abound, too, particularly in the Market Square Park area, home to old-school bars and trendy newcomers. The Discovery Green features winter ice-skating, live music in the summer and community fitness classes. GreenStreet, a mixed-use residential and entertainment complex offers live music, dining and shopping options. The vast Central Library is a must-see for bibliophiles. Bayou Place includes a wealth of entertainment venues such as the Angelika Film Center, Verizon Wireless Theater, and a wide range of restaurants and clubs.

5 The Woodlands

Home to the Cynthia Woods Pavilion, where musical acts from Jimmy Buffet to the Houston Symphony perform in a gorgeous outdoor amphitheater, the Woodlands is 30 minutes from downtown Houston and home to galleries, restaurants and a master-planned community with a bustling town center. Check out sidewalk cafes, a variety of boutiques, parks, plazas and a waterway replete with its own water taxis. The vibe is comparable to the Riverwalk in San Antonio. The George Mitchell Nature Preserve offers excellent hiking and biking trails in a bucolic setting. Cultural mainstays include the Woodlands Children’s Museum and the Woodlands Art League. The Market Street outdoor mall offers great shopping options in a town-square atmosphere. [Photo courtesy of Cynthia Woods Pavilion]

6 Montrose

Eclectic and artsy, Montrose is four square miles of diverse entertainment, art and Craftsman style homes in the heart of Houston. Local cafes offering gastropub fare and cutting edge cuisine dot streets, where shops range from buzzy boutiques to thrift stores. A lively bar and dining scene thrives in this community, which is also a hub for the LGBT community with the area’s annual summer Pride Parade. Montrose is also home to the world-renowned museum Rothko Chapel and the Menil Collection, a vast private collection of art stretching from antiquity to 20th Century artists such as Magritte. The Boo-Town theater group specializes in performances in offbeat settings while Stages Repertory and Unhinged Productions both offer a variety of live theatrical experiences. The nonprofit Musiqa presents contemporary classical music concerts and the Museum of Printing History is also located here. [Photo courtesy of Rothko Chapel]

7 Rice Village

Rice University is the predominant feature of this tree-lined area, but the community is no slouch when it comes to shopping, dining and nightlife. The walkable Rice Village Shopping Center features local boutiques and national chain stores. Morningside Boulevard is the spot for restaurants, cafes and bars and many local bars feature happy hour specials. A well-regarded blues club, popular bookstores, gourmet chocolate shops and cutting-edge bakeries are all a part of this college-centered community. Chamber Music Houston has been a part of the community for 46 years, offering carefully curated live performances throughout the year. To add to the academic vibe, The area’s streets are named for universities, colleges and poets.

8 East End

This Houston community, also known at East Downtown, was once the location of Houston’s Chinatown, and many delicious restaurants and ethnic groceries remain. Close to the heart of downtown Houston, the new BBVA Compass Dynamo soccer stadium is a part of EaDo. There are also plenty of parks and a busy nightlife and art scene. St. Emanuel Street is the hub for bars and clubs. New galleries and boutique shops rub shoulders with restored warehouse space, design shops and music venues.

9 Museum District

As its name suggests, this community in the southwest area of downtown houses several museums. In fact, there are 18 venues in this tree-lined neighborhood, including the Museum of Fine Arts, the Asia Society Texas Center, Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, the Holocaust Museum Houston and the Houston Zoo. The zoo is a part of historic 445-acre Hermann Park, with copious green space that also contains the Houston Garden Center, Miller Outdoor Theatre, Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Hermann Park Golf Course.


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