10 Hidden Gems in Houston
Houston is a big place, so get out and explore some. Here are 10 hidden gems around Houston that you may not know about.
Now that the new year has begun people will want to get out and explore parts of the city that they may not have already known about. Whether you are looking for something to expand your mind or something get you in shape these 10 hidden gems in Houston are bound to get you out and discover something new and exciting to do this year.
Becker’s Books- An unassuming building just off of I-10 near Ikea, Becker’s Books is a treasure trove waiting to be found. When walking into the store you will be hit by the smell of old leather books and cookies that Ann, the owner, usually makes fresh every day. The store itself is lined, floor to ceiling with books, walking through it all can feel like a maze of new and old books as far as you go. The store is over 3500 square feet and one of the largest privately owned book stores in all of Texas. Even if you are not a book worm you will love this store and all it holds.
Beckers Books, 7405 Westview Dr. Houston, Tx 713-957-8088
Space Cadets– If you like super heroes, comics, or nostalgia, Space Cadets is the place to go. Space Cadets Collections is a comic book store in The Woodlands, but it holds much more than just comics. Along with comics they have movie props, legos galore, toys, old starwars memorabilia and much more. The main focus of Space Cadets is to be a community based store. Every weekend they have family board game nights, as well tournaments and other functions in the store almost every day. On top of going to get the latest comics you can stop by the café in the store and get something to eat. It is a place the whole family can enjoy and spend quite a bit of time in.
Leopard Lounge– Staying along the lines of nostalgia, Leopard Lounge is one of the coolest vintage clothing stores in Houston. The store is covered from wall to wall with clothes from the 1920’s to early 90’s. When walking in its like taking a step back in time, the funky clothes everywhere with shoes and suspenders to match. If you have a retro party to go to or just want to bring the 80’s back this is the place to go.
Leopard Lounge, 1657 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 713-526-5100
Houston Chinatown– Many people are unaware that we have a large Chinese population right in the heart of downtown Houston. When visiting Chinatown, you can visit the Chung Tai Zen center as well as many of the temples. There’s no need to travel around the world to experience a different culture. When going into the temples you feel as though you are in another world with the rustic feel and Chinese culture. The people that run the temples are always friendly and receptive of visitors. Go explore Chinatown and experience something new this year.
Houston is Inspired Mural– In the heart of downtown Houston is one of the coolest Murals in all of Houston, located right across from Market Square Park. Whether you are visiting Houston or have lived here for years this is one of the places you have to visit. There is always a line of people to take pictures in front of it and with cool shops and a small park right next to the mural, it is a cool spot to stop and check out in Houston.
Chase Observation Tower– Within walking distance of the “Houston is Inspired” mural is the Chase Observation Tower. Right inside of the JPMorgan Chase Tower is the observation deck on the 60th floor. It gives you a great view of downtown and the surrounding areas. While you’re in there you can stop by Starbucks, Sonic or the many other little shops on the ground floor of the tower. The observation deck is open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, just make sure you don’t park on the street after 5pm or your car will be towed.
JPMorgan Chase Tower 600 Travis St, Houston, TX 713-223-0441
Houston Underground Tunnels– Since you’re already heading to the JPMorgan Chase Tower you might as well visit the Houston underground tunnel network. Unlike most cities, at lunch time in downtown Houston the streets are mostly empty. The reason for that is the vast network of underground tunnels connecting all of downtown Houston. When you go into the Chase Tower, head down the escalator and you will see the first entrance to the tunnels as well as a map of the tunnel network. Now the tunnels are more like giant hallways that connect the towers and business in Houston but they are filled with small business and shops. It is a cool place to explore and find something new to do in Houston.
Torchy’s Tacos– One of the best taco places in Houston is Torchy’s Tacos. This is no hidden gem to the people that live near one, Torchy’s Tacos is a small taco chain around Houston, and in Austin, with a new location going up in The Woodlands. No matter which location you go to make sure you get there early, there is always a line out the door. They serve breakfast tacos, burritos and everything in between. One of my favorites is the Trailer Park taco, stop by one of the locations and try them out.
Torchy’s Tacos 2400 Times Blvd, Houston, TX 713-487-0067
Kingwood Town Center– Kingwood is a suburb of Houston and is a growing community. A cool spot to visit is the town center. The have New York Pizzeria as well as live concerts and events in the parks. Every year they put on a huge 4th of July event and hold car shows fairly regularly. If you’re looking for some family fun or a good date spot this is the place to go.
Kingwood Town Center 8 N Main St, Houston, TX 281-360-5111
Inspire Rock Gym– If you’re looking to get into shape this year but hate going to the gym and lifting weights or running on a treadmill for hours this is the place to go. Inspire Rock is the largest rock climbing gym in Texas. Located in Spring right next to Splashtown, this the perfect place to have fun and get a good work out in at the same time. They offer classes on how to climb, teach yoga and have beginner routes to teach you everything you need to know. As well as being the largest rock gyms it’s also one of the newest rock gyms in Texas. If you’re looking for something a little different to spice up the new year this is the place to go.
Inspire Rock 403 E Louetta Rd, Spring, TX 281-288-7625