Houston Neighborhood: Heights – Historic and Locally Driven
One of the most historic and oldest planned neighborhoods of Houston is located just a few miles northwest of Downtown. The Houston Heights has become an increasingly popular destination for homebuyers as well as restaurants, shops and various local activities. It’s a fun and quaint part of the Houston area bursting with so much character you’ll want to spend an entire day there. You won’t find a ton of chain stores and restaurants in the Heights, as most of it is locally driven and more unique than you’ll find in other parts of the city.
Eat, Drink and Shop
Some of the most eclectic shopping items (not to mention about a hundred options for an “I Love Houston” t-shirt if you need to pick up any souvenirs) at the 19th Street shops. From thrift stores to antiques to locally owned boutiques with the latest trends, you’ll definitely fill your shopping void with this strip of shops.
Start your day in the Heights with a cup of coffee at Antidote Coffee or Boomtown Coffee and end your shopping spree with a cocktail and dinner at locally driven Harold’s Restaurant Bar and Terrace. This casual restaurant serves a unique brand of Southern and Creole cuisine, and is the product of Chef Antoine Ware‘s New Orleans culinary roots and Owner Alli Jarrett‘s South Carolina-bred brand of hospitality and service. It’s definitely a favorite among Houstonians and visitors.
Revolucion coffee + juice is another great local spot to check out, with locations all throughout Texas. If you’re more on a health kick than not, this is definitely a place you’ll want to experience, offering cold brewed coffee, cold pressed juice, homemade nut milks and other healthy food options made fresh daily. If you find yourself short on time, Revolucion also delivers to homes and hotels, so keep that in mind on your journey.
If you care more about breakfast and lunch options over dinner, Revival Market will surely catch your eye. This Houston butcher shop and café serves sustainable, satisfying food that reflects the local community, and is highly known for their first-rate in-house charcuterie program. You might see unique offerings on the menu, but Revival Market is one of those places the locals have just trusted the chefs and ordered on a whim. You’ll probably find something you didn’t even know you liked.
If you find yourself in the Heights on a beautiful afternoon, Spotts Park is a perfect option to spend a few hours, with 16.24 acres of basketball and volleyball courts, play areas for children, walking trails, picnic areas and more. You’ll easily see a few pickup volleyball and basketball games you can probably jump into.
For those into art (or dare we say selfies!), you’ll find some amazing and beautifully painted murals in the Heights area, with quite a few from Wiley Robertston. Check out Wiley’s LOVE signs (1300 W. 19th), where Houston has been snapping photos in front of since its inception. Another great wall in the area is from Ignacio E. Sanchez also known as Nacho, located at 13th and Yale in the Heights.
The Houston Heights area is jam-packed with so much stuff to see and do, you’ll want to drive around all day and just stop and smell the roses (or the graffiti murals or the BBQ or whatever else you run across).