In our Must Do Neighborhood series, we take a look at Houston’s vast array of neighborhoods to bring you five fun, tasty, and enticing reasons you should give each a visit.
Just 28 miles north of downtown Houston, The Woodlands was originally planned as a suburban development for commuters working in the big city. But with the introduction of major corporations, parks and town centers, and plenty of dining and retail shopping, it is quickly becoming a star in its own right. From a bakery serving up classic French provisions to a waterway reminiscent of San Antonio’s famed River Walk, check out our five Woodlands must dos.
5 Must Do Things in The Woodlands
- Break bread at Levure Bakery & Patisserie – Hope you’re not skipping carbs, because this patisserie’s scratchmade pastries, breads, and tarts will have you absolutely craving them. Levure does mean “yeast” in French, after all. Get buttery kougin amman and airy croissants, savory prosciutto-fig tartine and croquet monsieur, and sweetly satisfying financiers and chocolate chip cookies. Click here for directions.
- Experience the Waterway – There’s no better way to spend the day than at the bustling epicenter of it all, The Woodlands Waterway District. Start by a little shopping (and later, bar hopping) along Market Street, enjoy a picnic and a kayaking session at Riva Row Boat House, take a leisurely ride on a waterway cruiser, dine at spots like Grimaldi’s, The Goose’s Acre, and Yucatan Taco Stand, or rock out to a concert at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. The first-class amphitheater hosts everyone from the Houston Ballet to Florence & The Machine. Click here for directions.
- Shop fresh and local at The Woodlands Farmers Market – This year round farmers market, held at Grogan’s Mill Village, is open every Saturday from 8am to noon. Shop for fresh, in-season produce and locally-raised meats alongside a killer roster of artisan goods, which run the gamut from luxurious soaps and candles to homemade tamales, breads, and pies. Click here for directions.
- Splurge on at 8-course feast at Cureight by Hubbell & Hudson – Part of a trio of dining options from Hubbell & Hudson, this intimate restaurant offers one of the most exceptional Chef’s Tasting experiences in Houston. Be amazed as the talented Chef Austin Simmons takes you through a playful and delectable 8-course journey, where each extraordinary plate is more creative than the next. If you’re looking for a more casual experience that is still incredibly tasting, smash oak-grilled burgers and fries at H&H’s Kitchen or enjoy pinot and truffle butter filets at the Bistro. Click here for directions to the Bistro and Cureight. Click here for directions to the Kitchen.
- Sip vino at GenuWine Tasting Room – Located just on the cusp of The Woodlands and Magnolia, this boutique, indoor and outdoor tasting room houses a thoughtful collection of small-batch wines. It also doubles as the perfect spot for both date night/friend’s night out. That’s because it comes complete with a craft beer wall, live musical offerings, and small bites like crab cakes and cheese flights to perfectly pair with your sips. Click here for directions.