Houston for the Weekend – Travel Guide
Houston, the land of Beyonce, Travis Scott and now Russell Westbrook (RIP) Also – currently the home of my best friend, which is the reason I’m making my way down to H-Town more often! Even though weekends are never enough time to do all the things, we make the most of our time together by cramming as much in as possible! And because I love to explore the ins and outs of every city I go to, I try to do my research before hand. But it can be hard to narrow down all the “must do’s” and “best of’s” in a city where you don’t know your way around. However, it gets a little easier to plan your weekend out when your close friends are Houston natives and can give you all the recommendations. And while Jen and I couldn’t cover enough ground in just 2 days, I did compile a list of my favorite picks from the various recommendations I received, as well as throw in my personal picks!
Brunch is the most important meal of the day. And on weekends – you brunch. I completely skipped a list of lunch spots, because frankly, I don’t eat lunch. However, all of these brunch spots also have great lunch options as well!
Dunlavy is the cutest little restaurant. Their food is amazing and their pastries are to die for! And while it is so posh and aesthetically pleasing, it also feels homey and comforting. The tables are huge like a dining room and it has all the farm house elements a farm-to-table restaurant should.
A’Bouzy is one of the trendier new spots in Houston, and for good reason! Simply put, champagne is the name of their game. The restaurant itself looks like it’s being sponsored by Veuve Clicquot, there’s glass bubbles hanging from the ceiling, and when you order a mimosa carafe for the table the entire wait staff comes over to shout when the cork pops. The menu is anything but basic, so be ready to try something new. I ordered the heirloom tomato galette and it was amazing!
Weights and Measures is on the top of everyone list. And while I personally haven’t been, I haven’t heard one bad thing about it so make sure it’s on your Bruch radar when going to H-Town.
Tiny’s is one of the most popular places in all of Houston, with 2 different concepts, Tiny’s Boxwood and Tiny’s No. 5. This restaurant concept will have you feeling fancy AF, with a very chic, French farmhouse vibe. You can’t go wrong with any traditional brunch items, plus their cookies are THE best.
Normally, we are busy with evening activities so dinner is never top of mind. Hole in the wall Pho is our first pick, but that’s not very blog worthy, so here is a more approachable list to tour the city.
I was told multiple times that Killens is the best BBQ in Houston. And then throw in the added twist of using that same barbecue in Tex Mex! Mind blown! Their menu has some killer options (no pun intended) so I would put this at the top of your list for dinner while visiting Houston.
Dolce Vita is the cutest little Italian spot. We popped in on a whim after driving by and seeing how cute (and busy) it looked. Their menu is full of classics as well as some great innovative options, like their fried pumpkin and goat cheese balls.
Tiny’s makes the list again – strictly because it is literally so popular, and of course it’s local to Houston. While I’ve personally never been for dinner, their food never disappoints.
Dish Society is on every corner in Houston, so it seems. And while it’s a local chain restaurant, it is so. freaking. good. Their menu is pretty broad so you’re sure to find something you’ll like. It is very casual and doesn’t really seem like a “destination” but the food makes up for the Panera Bread vibes.
Surprisingly, I’m not a fan of the coffee options Houston has to offer. While there seems to be quite a few shops, these 2 are my personal picks.
Toutesuite is in a building with tons of history and I love it for that reason alone. But more importantly, their coffee is bomb. They also have gorgeous pastries, as well as some light eats – so it’s definitely a good place to hang out for a longer period of time. Please note though, it’s in a very awkward part of town, so be careful when making your way over there.
Common Bond is a very chic and modern coffee shop surrounded by lots of fun little stores. They ALWAYS have a line out the door for people to order their cakes and pastries (the croissants are literally the size of your head) so be sure to sneak inside to the other counter if you’re just grabbing coffee! While it seems a little hectic, the drinks (and bread products) are really good, and the line moves fairly fast.
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The Cockrell Butterfly Museum has a special place in my heart – my grandma used to take me when I was a little girl and it brings back only the best memories. It’s $5 to enter but it’s such a fun thing to do to pass the time. And if you can endure the muggy rainforest environment, it’s the perfect place for pictures! They will fly freely around you – and possibly land on you, so if you’re not a fan of bugs, this one is not for you.
The Waterfall is another nostalgic landmark of my childhood. And visiting as an adult, it’s still just as fun. You can make a total afternoon of it by having a picnic in the park and people watching…because everyone is going there for pictures; Bridal portraits, Quinceañeras, you name it, you’ll see it. But regardless of how long you stay, you’re sure to get a great picture of yourself for the gram.
Rooftop Cinema is hands down the cutest activity – of course it’s a picture perfect date night spot, but it was just as fun for a girls night. They show an eclectic mix of older movies so it’s such a fun way to watch some of your favorites. Siting on the top floor of a parking garage, this outdoor movie theater has rows and rows of beach-like chairs sitting on turf – and let me tell you, there are so many photo ops. They have a full bar with cocktails named after classic films, gourmet hot dogs, and of course popcorn and candy, so come hungry.
”Houston, we have a problem” I’m going to be real honest, I’ve never been to NASA, and I honestly forget it’s a thing to go “do” in Houston. But I do think it should be on everyone’s radar when visiting Houston for the first time!
Houston is one of those cities that is growing on me with every visit.2 days full of fun and adventure with my best friend is never enough time, but it is enough to boost my spirits.