5 Must Do Things in Round Top

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Photo courtesy of Explore Round Top

In our series of Must Do Things Around Greater Houston, 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. Originally published in 2016, we are now refreshing, updating, and adding to this series, including new neighborhoods and destinations.

Located in Fayette County and about 95 miles from Downtown Houston, Round Top is a “big small town” that sits in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. It’s well known as an antiquing destination, as well as a perfect, family-friendly escape from the hustle and bustle of the big cities. Here are five great ways to spend your time in the charming town of Round Top.

5 Must Do Things in Round Top

  1. Hunt for antique treasures Round Top is well-known as a bucket list destination for antiquers and HGTV addicts, with year-round haunts and big antique shows showcasing everything from old Texas art, jewelry and vintage furniture to paintings, textiles, and collectibles. Shop the town squares (like Henkel Square and Bybee Square), shop your heart out at the bi-annual Round Top Antique Show, and look out for pop-ups and trunk shows from favorites including Abbieland Antiques & RV, Grace’s Treasure Hunt, and Marburger Farm Antique Show.
  2. Start with a pie at Royers Round Top Cafe Smothered steak, jalapeño cheese soup, and shrimp-stuffed quail. It’s all on the menu at this iconic Texas bistro. But if you’re saving room for dessert, you may want to start your meal off with a slice—or an ap”pie”tizer, as the menu suggests. There’s strawberry rhubarb, not-too-sweet pecan, and the Texas Trash pie, made with chocolate chips, pretzels, coconut, caramel, and graham crackers. Click here for directions. If you’re looking for just the pie, and maybe some coffee and breakfast, you can also check out sister café Royers Pie Haven. Click here for directions to Royers Pie Haven.
  3. Unwind at Prost on Block 29 This intimate wine bar and shop is housed in Round Top’s most historic building, offering a relaxing atmosphere and beautiful outdoor patio perfect for sipping wine and nibbling on artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, and farm-to-table veggies. Click here for directions.
  4. Check out special events From the year-round Saturday morning Round Top Farmers & Artisans Market, held in Round Top Town Square, to fun events like the Great Pumpkin Photo Fest, annual Christmas Tour of Homes and Historical Places, and Chili Cook-Offs, see what’s going on in the big small town.
  5. Catch a musical performance at the Round Top Festival Institute Founded in 1971 by world-renowned concert pianist James Dick, this music institute boasts a 210-acre campus known as “Festival Hill,” offering performance venues, historic houses, beautiful gardens and more Look out for a lineup of performances, from The Nutcracker Ballet to Texas guitar quartets. Click here for directions.
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Photo courtesy of Round Top Festival Institute