Houston/Downtown

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Oxheart

Nestled in a small, nondescript space in the Warehouse District, culinary couple Justin Yu and pastry chef Karen Mann dish out 4- or 8-course seasonal Texas Gulf Coast tasting menus (including a veg-centric option - "oxheart" is also a type of carrot, cabbage, and tomato, after all) in a restaurant lauded locally and nationally as one of the best around, period. Sit back with a beer or glass of bubbly from the expertly curated beverage list, watch the crack team of chefs go to work, and be prepared to be wowed. By reservation only.

EAT   —  +1 832 830-8592 —  1302 Nance St

Downtown Tunnel System

The majority of Downtown Houston's buildings are connected by an intertwining, complex tunnel system. Scores of lunch restaurants and easy access to building entrances from underground keep Houston's workforce primarily underground during the day. Only open during the weekdays, the tunnels are an interesting spectacle to observe, but try to avoid getting lost. There are a few street level entrances, but it can also be accessed from various buildings.

SEE   —  Map


Market Square Park

Surrounded by some of the city's oldest buildings, the site was once home to City Hall in previous years. In 2010, the block-sized space was transformed into a modern park, with features akin to Discovery Green but on a more compact scale. At the center of the park is local favorite Niko Niko's.

SEE   —  Map

Four Seasons Hotel Houston

In 2006 this luxury hotel was ranked as one of the "Top 100 Hotels in the World" according to Institutional Investor and offers great restaurants and amenities to guests. It is also within walking distance to the Houston Center Athletic Club - great for that morning workout before business.

SLEEP   —  +1 713 650-1300 —  1300 Lamar St


Discovery Green Park

Discovery Green opened April 13, 2008. The downtown Houston park is located across Avenida de las Americas from the George R. Brown Convention Center and the Hilton Americas Hotel. Toyota Center, Houston Center and Minute Maid Park are only blocks away.

SEE   —  Map

The Saint Arnold Brewery

Billed as Texas' oldest microbrewery. Their brews are often sold in local bars. Very popular beers are the Texas Wheat, Oktoberfest (August through October), and Christmas Ale (November through December). Brewery tour every Saturday at 1:00.

DRINK   —  Map


Houston Astros

The city's Major League Baseball team, playing at Minute Maid Park, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012. It was also be the last season for the Astros in the National League; they moved to the American League in 2013.


Bayou City Art Festival

Built on an 8/10 mile asphalt loop surrounded by lush trees, foliage, and picnic areas, the annual fine art event boasts a stress-free outdoor gallery brimming with 300 artists working in 19 artistic media.

DO   —  Map


Chase Tower Observatory

The sky lobby on the 60th floor of the building is the observatory and free during business hours. The Chase Tower is the tallest building in Texas and the tallest five-sided building in the world.

SEE   —  600 Travis St

Magnolia Hotel

This downtown boutique hotel offers accommodations for leisure travel and extended stay guests, as well as space for meetings, wedding receptions, conferences, and special events.

SLEEP   —  +1 713 221-0011 —  1100 Texas Ave

Club Quarters

This hotel is private and club-like but it has 24 hour room service and it accommodates your needs, for example there are state of the art televisions.

SLEEP   —  720 Fannin St

Houston Children's Festival

The largest celebration for children in the United States. The Houston Children's Festival offers over 350 events packed into a couple of hectic days.

DO   —  Map

Houston Downtown Residence Inn

In the historic 1921 Humble Oil Building. Offers free shuttle to George R. Brown Convention Center and Minute Maid Park.

SLEEP   —  +1 832 366-1000 —  904 Dallas St.

The Houston International Festival

Annual international festival featuring juried arts, crafts, food, music, games and events for adults and children.

DO   —  Map

Latino Book & Family Festival

Hosts a world class array of panels, authors, celebrities and entertainment for your enjoyment and enlightenment.

DO   —  Map

Downtown Aquarium

Situated right on Buffalo Bayou. Not just an aquarium, it has a ferris wheel and other carnival-style rides.

SEE   —  Map

Hotel Icon

This boutique hotel features award winning dining, extensive meeting facilities, and a luxury day spa.

SLEEP   —  +1 713 224-ICON —  220 Main St

Irma's

A Houston institution! Fun, traditional atmosphere with authentic, unwatered down Tex-Mex cuisine.


The Sam Houston Hotel

Boasts a modern minimalist interior and is one of Houston's top boutique luxury hotels.

SLEEP   —  +1 832 200-8800 —  1117 Prairie St

Theatre Under the Stars

Broadway style big theatre productions in one of Houston's newest downtown arts venues.

DO   —  +1 713 558 —  800 Bagby TUTS

Houston Symphony Orchestra

Concerts throughout the year including both a classical series and a pops series.

DO   —  615 Louisiana Ave

FotoFest

Exhibitions and art installations, film and video programs, lectures and forums.

DO   —  Map

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

A staggering variety of beers, some wine, scantily clad staff.

DRINK   —  Main at Texas

Houston Grand Opera

World-class opera in the heart of downtown's Theatre District.


Mercury Baroque

Baroque music for the historical purist.


Diverse Works

Alternative artwork center.


About Houston/Downtown

Downtown is, like many American cities, strictly a 9AM-5PM operation. Most restaurants close after business hours, but there have been some efforts lately to encourage more activity. If you visit downtown during the day, don't be surprised to see fewer people on the street than a typical city. Most people use an underground walkway system that connects many buildings and food courts. Just north of the core of downtown, across the Buffalo Bayou, is a warehouse district that has somewhat recently attracted unique music venues, artists, and Oxheart, a popular upscale restaurant. Houston's biggest brewery, St. Arnold's, lies just a mile from the UH-Downtown rail station, but the journey requires crossing a freeway and walking through a sleepy industrial area.


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