Many people think that Houston is all cowboys, rodeos and oil barons. While we do have our share of those things, we’re also an incredibly diverse city full of people from different cultures and backgrounds. From food and music to art and architecture, Houston brings together global influences and perspectives in a modern and unexpected way. At HI Houston, we want you to get out and see the many sides of our wonderful city so we’re putting together some recommendations to help you explore all Houston has to offer. Our first stop: East Downtown.
Get there: From the hostel walk east on Westheimer to Main Street. Take the Metrorail Red Line going north. Exit Main Street Square Station and take the purple or green line to EaDo/Stadium Station.
Must see: East Downtown is filled with graffiti parks, murals, and other forms of public art. While there, be sure to drop by Aerosol Warfare, 2110 Jefferson Street #111, Houston’s only urban/street art gallery which features a sizeable graffiti mural outside on its walls.
Must eat: The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation, 2704 Navigation Blvd. What began as a taco stand in 1973 is now one of the best places to grab Mexican food in the state. This place is said to be the birthplace of the fajita, and if that isn’t reason enough to venture out to this restaurant, then we don’t know what is.
Must drink: 8th Wonder Brewery, 2202 Dallas Street. Named after Houston’s Astrodome, the “8th Wonder of the World,” this brewery opened just a few years ago and has quickly turned into one of the city’s best places to grab a beer and escape the humidity. $15 gets you 3 beer tokens and a souvenir glass. There’s plenty of seating, locals, and it’s right across the street from a graffiti park so you can drink up and have a mini-photo shoot after.
Must do: Texas Guandi Temple, 2089 Milby Street. Located in Old Chinatown, Guandi Temple is the largest temple in America dedicated to the Chinese god of war. Founded in 1999, the temple is open to people of all faiths and religions. Escape the chaos of the city explore the peaceful grounds of the temple.