What is the best neighborhood in houston
Houston's 10 hippest neighborhoods
River Oaks | © urban.houstonian / Flickr
It was mentioned earlier - River Oaks is the Beverly Hills of Houston. If your pockets are deep this is the place for you. Landmarks like the River Oaks Theater have stood the test of time, and the houses are grand displays of old money. Aside from these attractions, the most exciting thing about the River Oaks right now is the opening of the River Oaks District. What was in the making for nine years recently opened its doors. Houston fashionistas get ready, River Oaks District is your Rodeo Drive.
White linen nights | © Ed Schipul / Flickr
The Heights, one of Houston's earliest planned churches, takes the Most Charming Neighborhood award. With houses dating back to the early 20th century, it's easy to forget that you're in a big city like Houston when strolling through The Heights. The neighborhood retains its small town charm while evolving with the city. Drive down 19th Street, which is home to many boutiques and restaurants, and you're bound to see a place where you want to get out of the car and explore the city.
What is there to say about it? Montrose "The neighborhood is a mystery. If you drive down Westheimer you'll see rainbow flags signifying the acceptance of the LGBTQ community in the neighborhood, but Montrose is much more than that. Murals adorn the sides of cafes. Art galleries show the work more prominently Houston artists. Hipsters decorate their favorite dives and promote local bands. The food is the best in town and serves Houston as a longtime culinary corridor. All in all, if you are a colorful artist, Montrose is your home.
Rightly located between Montrose and West University, the Museum District is home to Houston's best museums. The MFAH (Museum of Fine Art Houston) is one of the largest art museums in America, and the CAMH (Museum of Contemporary Art Houston) has a space for displaying exhibitions. Houston also has its own Holocaust Museum and the Menil Collection is one of the largest private art collections in the country. These are just a few of the headliners. The Houston Museum District is a top spot when it comes to metropolitan art and culture.
West University is home to Rice University, known as the Ivy League of the South. Like a good red wine, West University is a mix of different neighborhoods in Houston. A great retreat from the busy shopping street, the Rice Village Shopping Center has lots of favorites like Sephora and Kendra Scott, but the neighborhood also has a place for home favorites like the Season 2 winner Project Runway , Chloe Dao. If ivy-covered buildings are your thing or you enjoy simple pleasures like quaint cafes and fine shopping, West University is sure to please.
On a good day, you can make it to the woods from downtown Houston in less than 45 minutes, but if you are familiar with Houston traffic you know this is just a dream. Regardless, The Woodlands is a wonderful community to visit. Market Street may not be that upscale, but it resembles the River Oaks District. There is a waterway around the mall and ferry trips every hour. What once looked like Pleasantville is well on its way to becoming a full-blown metropolitan. Until then, appreciate The Woodlands while it is still considered a subsection of Houston.
Bingo | © Lisa Yarost / Flickr
It always seems that downtown is the Mecca for every city, and Houston is no different. With a rich nightlife from classic waterholes like La Carafe, a bar in Houston's oldest commercial building, to movie screenings and blank bingo in Market Square Park, downtown Houston isn't just for the suits. If you're interested in catching the Rockets or Astros, many of the major sports arenas - Toyota Center, Minute Maid Park, and BBVA Compass Stadium - are located downtown. Whether you're looking for a night on the town or an event for the whole family, downtown Houston has something for everyone.
In the 1970s, what is now Midtown was a lively neighborhood for Vietnamese Americans, dubbed “Little Saigon” as the neighborhood. When commercial construction began to expand the area in the 1990s, Midtown began its transformation and gradually evolved into what is now a hip place for twenty year olds. With the myriad of restaurant options off Gray Street and the blocks of bars, it's no surprise Midtown has been rated as a Millennial Favorite by Ranking Website Niche. If you are a genius and in town, Midtown is where you want to be.
Upper Kirby | © WhisperToMe / WikiCommons
Upper Kirby, while on its own, can often be viewed as an appendix to River Oaks. The neighborhood shares posh delights like Tootsies, an upscale store on the corner of Westheimer and Kirby. The neighborhood is also characterized by the stationing of old-fashioned English-style telephone boxes on their corner boundaries. Upper Kirby has many restaurants and even the Urban Harvest Farmer's Market on the Eastside and Richmond, every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Stop by for fresh farm vegetables or listen to music while people watch.
Ice skating | © Steven Depolo / Flickr
While it's typical for Houston's trendiest neighborhoods to be within the 610 loop, the Galleria is the exception. The Galleria, which gets its name from the three million square foot mall, is the largest mall in Texas and the eighth largest in the United States. In addition to shopping, the Galleria also offers indoor ice skating and right next to the mall is the Gerald D. Hines Waterwall, a dome-shaped, multi-level fountain. Lace up your skates or have a picnic on the waterwall. Whatever you do, you'll be in good company in the Galleria.
By Morgan Cronin
Morgan Cronin lived in Houston all her life. She has a BA in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma. Find out how she collects registration marks or finds the perfect latte. Follow her on Twitter @Kwik_satik
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