Where To Eat and What To Do In Houston, Texas
Houston, Texas boasts one of the most thriving and eclectic restaurant scenes in the country. A city built by immigrants, diners enjoy authentic and unique takes on cuisines from all over the world. Because the city is a hub for major industries, like oil and gas, and medical institutions, Houston and its surrounding areas continue to be among the fastest-growing in the U.S. Its large and diverse population have resulted in a city that offers an abundance of cultural and fun activities, from world-renowned museums to an active theater district to a strong brewery landscape.
These are just a few of the reasons why Hopdoddy has set up shop with burger bars throughout Houston. Whether you live in the city or are considering visiting, we wanted to create a list of our favorite places to eat and things to do in H-Town. Given that no activity is quite as good on an empty stomach, we’ll start there…
Best Restaurants in Houston
Despite the pandemic, new restaurants have continued to debut throughout the past year, while other, more established restaurants have proven they could adapt to serve patrons in a safer way, offering more extensive takeout options, ensuring social distancing within their dining rooms, and selling booze to-go. And as the year goes on, it’s looking like we could reach a more normal dining experience in just a few short months.
Here’s a list of some of the best restaurants still providing Houston with delicious food in 2021.
Best Burgers in Houston
Best Fried Chicken
Best Mexican and Tex-Mex Food
Best International Cuisine
- De Marco (Italian)
- Caracol (Mexican)
- Fig & Olive (Mediterranean)
- Etoile (French)
- Rosie Cannonball (European comfort food)
- Coltivare (Italian)
What to Do In Houston, Texas (even during Covid-19)
Even during COVID-19, there are still many things to do around Houston that involve social distancing or other safety measures. Here are a few of the best things to do in Houston right now.
Visit NASA’s Space Center Houston
“Houston, do you read me?” The Space Center Houston museum boasts an abundant mix of attractions and displays on science and space. Peruse the Astronaut Gallery to check out spacesuits worn by actual astronauts, take a close-up look at a flown SpaceX Falcon 9 booster, or actually go inside of the shuttle replica Independence.
While you can purchase tickets at the museum, we recommend booking them in advance to ensure entry, as they’re currently practicing limited capacity.
Take a selfie (or get engaged) at the Gerald D. Hines Waterwall
Formerly knowns as the Williams Waterwall, the Gerald D. Hines Waterwall is one of the city’s most photographed sites. It’s also one of the most popular places to get engaged, as it provides a dramatic backdrop with a 64-foot semicircular fountain.
Located just next to the Galleria (more on that in a minute), it’s an easy spot to check out if you’re planning on shopping in the area. Click here for hours and parking information.
Shop at the Houston Galleria
The Galleria is the largest shopping destination in Texas, with over 400 stores and 60 places to eat. The multi-level complex features a mix of luxury retail (think Chanel and Alexander McQueen) and slightly more accessible options, like Zara or Dr. Martins. If you love shopping, you could spend the entire day here and never see it all.
View all Galleria stores and eateries here.
Explore a museum that strikes your interest
Visiting a museum in Houston is really a dealer’s choice. There are a ton of museums to choose from, most of which are located in the Houston Museum District. The Museum of Natural Science features dinosaur skeletons, a jewelry vault, and an indoor rainforest with thousands of living butterflies. The Museum of Fine Arts is one of the largest museums in the U.S., with a massive amount of exhibitions and installations.
View all of the museums located in the distinct here, where you’ll find more information regarding hours, parking, and tickets.
Walk or bike at Buffalo Bayou Park
Buffalo Bayou Park is a 2.3 mile-long urban green space that’s located along the banks of the Buffalo Bayou near downtown Houston. It’s a beautiful spot to take a walk or bring a picnic. There are also bike rentals at the park which allow you to explore on wheels.
Click here for information about park hours, entrances, parking, and more.