North West Houston
From the vintage stores of Houston Heights to watching emus in the park, this corner of the city has something for everyone
Far from just a residential outpost in the city’s sprawling suburbs, North West Houston has enough to tempt even the most die-hard downtowner. Explore some of the city’s best restaurants and coolest vintage stores in historic Houston Heights, or escape the heat in the covered picnic areas and tree-shaded walking trails of the huge Bear Creek Pioneers Park. It even has its own mini zoo! In winter, shop until you drop then get into the holiday spirit gliding around the ice rink at the Memorial City Mall.
Start your day with brunch in the shadow of the art-deco facade of the Heights Theater, surrounded by a buzzing mix of boutique shops, antique stores, art galleries and hip eateries. Kick off with a latte and fried egg taco on the patio at Boomtown Coffee or chicken and waffles at Kraftsmen Baking. Browse the stores of West 19th Street, stopping off to shop for used cowboy boots behind the colourful facade of Retropolis or browsing the treasure trove of Gen’s Antiques.
Refuel with a scoop of salted butter caramel ice cream at locavore heaven Fat Cat Creamery or tuck into a gourmet hot dog at quirky bungalow Happy Fatz. Work off the calories with a game of softball in the park, or hike the scenic White Oak Bayou Greenway Trail with fantastic views of the city skyline. Dine out in a log cabin overlooking beautiful gardens at Rainbow Lodge, before ending your busy day with a live performance at volunteer-run UpStage Theater or listening to emerging talent at Opera in the Heights.