Being a native Houstonian is becoming rarer and rarer these days. When I tell people I was born and raised here, with short detours for college and grad school, they are often surprised. (I did a brief stint in Dallas but that’s neither here nor there.) I love my city and will gladly elaborate to anyone who will listen! There is just so much to see and do here. Since Super Bowl Weekend is around the corner, I thought I would share all of my favorites for any recent transplants or those of y’all planning to visit soon. So whether you’re visiting or new to town, consider these your Houston Have To-Dos!

In Houston, like many other big cities in the South, you get the best of both worlds. There is no shortage of urban amenities and the simple life is just a stone’s throw away. Folks raised in places like Houston, Dallas, and New Orleans, are somewhere smack-dab in the middle of country bumpkin and city slickers. We were raised to say “Yes, ma’am/sir.” We had Go-Western days in grade school. We probably have cowboy boots in our closets. But right next to those boots might be a cute pair of designer pumps. We would just as soon go to a spoken word night as a hoe-down. And we’re probably saying “Yes, ma’am.” to another round of Rosé! It’s a good mix that feels like home to me. Additionally, we’ve got all the Southern hospitality you could want, the best Tex-Mex, and pockets of culture all throughout the city and surrounding areas. If all that wasn’t enough, I just have one word for you: Beyoncé. *drops mic* If you’re going to be in town, some of these things should definitely be on your list. Below are direct links to my favorite local spots but I’ve also written about many of them here on the blog. If you want my recommendations on what to order at each place, check out the Houston Living page.

Houston Have To-Dos


Breakfast Brunch Cafe (review here)

Caribbean Cuisine

The District Downtown

Eloise Nichols Grill & Liquors


MKT Bar (review here)

Original Max’s Wine Dive

The Original Marini’s Empanada House

Kitchen 713

Kulture (review here)

Liberty Kitchen (review here)

Local Cupcake Directory

Peli Peli (review here)

Petite Sweets

PPK (review here)

Shipley Do-Nuts

Suya Hut


Axelrad (review here)


Harold’s (review here)

Hello Josephine Smoothies


Hungry’s Upstairs (review here)

Peli Peli

The Tuck Room (review here)

UnWine on Almeda


Hotel Derek

My Bachelorette Pad

Za Za


CityCentre (review here)

Discovery Green

Hermann Park/Miller Outdoor Theater

The Mad Potter (review here)

The Tuck Room (review here)

Vibe & Ride (review here)

We Love Houston Sign


The Galleria

Hong Kong City Mall

Montrose Area (antique home goods)

River Oaks District

If you have questions about anything not mentioned here, don’t hesitate to ask me! Thanks for reading!

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All the best places to eat, drink, play, shop, and stay while visiting Houston, Texas from a native Houstonian and local foodie! #travel #staycation #foodie