In our Must Do Things Around Greater Houston series, we take a look at Houston’s vast array of communities, neighborhoods and destinations to bring you five fun, tasty, surprising and enticing reasons you should give each one a visit.
Running west of Midtown and east of Shepherd along Westheimer Road, the Lower Westheimer district in Montrose is positively packed with action, with features including the walkable Westheimer Curve, boutiques, thrift stores, and a seriously good bar and restaurant scene.
Here’s how to spend your time when visiting this slice of Montrose.
5 Must Do Things on Lower Westheimer
Eat around the world
The diversity of Houston is well highlighted by the food scene in this piece of town.
It’s got regional Mexican restaurant Hugo’s, mouth-numbing Chinese food spot Mala Sichuan, Mediterranean haunt Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine, inventive Japanese eatery Uchi, ace noodle house Ramen Tatsu-ya, Italian inspired kitchens Paulie’s and Rosie Cannonball, extraordinary fine dining spot March, 24-hour delicatessen Katz’s, Vietnamese kitchen Kau Ba, wordly taco slinger Velvet Taco, tequila and taco bar Pistolero’s, and Cajun style hotspots Acme Oyster House and BB’s Tex-Orleans, to name just a few.
And if you want a taste of the globe in just one meal, check out Traveler’s Table.
Shop & thrift for unique art, clothes & local goods
Pop along Lower Westheimer and you’ll find a blend of high-low boutiques, thrift shops, antique stores, and art stops, including but not limited to high-end bedding and accessories store Biscuit Home, quirky antique shop B.J. Oldies Antiques, cult favorite vintage clothing stores Leopard Lounge and Lo-Fi Vintage, perfectly curated small goods shop Space Montrose, consignment and thrift shop The Cottage Shop, and luxe fragrance boutique Le Labo.
Have a fancy drink or go the dive bar route
The area is home to many low-key hangouts that are quite awesome. You can catch music and entertainment at grungy nightlife hangouts Avant Garden, Boondocks, Numbers, and Rudyard’s (just up the street off Waugh); mix American whiskies and vintage pinball at Poison Girl; or spend a day drinking cold ones on the patio at quintessential Texan watering hole, West Alabama Ice House.
Wine enthusiasts should head straight to Montrose Cheese & Wine and Camerata, easily two of the best wine bars in all of Houston; while cocktail fans can get expertly crafted ones at Anvil Bar (the spot that helped launch the city’s craft cocktail scene) and quieter sibling establishment Refuge.
Visit the new Montrose Collective
There’s a new boutique shopping and dining destination in the hood, and it’s dubbed The Montrose Collective.
Sitting off Westheimer between Grant and Crocker Streets, hit it to eat good at standout spots like Italian steakhouse Marmo, cool Cali-inspired restaurant Graffiti Raw, IG-worthy coffee shop La La Land Kind Cafe, and ice cream slinger Van Leeuwen Ice Cream; plus shop for high-end goods at Fiora’s Bottle Shop, Mejuri, Reformation, State & Liberty, and more.
Get a caffeine buzz or sugar rush
Whether you’re after a dark roast or something sweet to get you through the day, Lower Westheimer has something for you.
Score perfectly brewed coffees and teas, silky smooth lattes, and some damn good pastries at local coffee shop Blacksmith, get some quiet time at Greek coffee shop Agora, go for the flawless drips and nitro cold brews at FIX Coffeebar; pop into neighborhood cafes like Brasil and Empire Cafe for a coffee-fueled meal or quick bite; or pair your latte with gorgeous pastry creations at Common Bond Café & Bakery or Italian bakery La Sicilia.
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