Everyone knows that Houston is full of awesome things to do for fun. For example, attractions like the Houston Zoo, Moody Gardens, and Space Center Houston are popular options in town. But there are many local hidden gems with just as much to offer. Some are practically a secret, with little or no advertising and Internet presence. Allow us to introduce you to a few of our favorites.

18 Hidden Gems in Houston

If you truly want to experience all that Houston has to offer, don’t miss these local hidden gems. No matter what your interests are, there’s something for you on this list.


1. Burger Chan

When you combine a traditional burger joint with Japanese innovation, you’re left with a flavor-packed dining experience.

2. Bismillah Restaurant & Cafe

Within the Mahatma Gandhi District of Houston lie two sister establishments. The restaurant serves traditional South Asian dishes, while the cafe offers lighter fare.

3. Kris Bistro

This student-run kitchen is located inside the Culinary Institute LeNôtre and serves French cuisine.

4. El Gallo De Jalisco

Next time you’re in The Heights for lunch, stop by this tiny spot for some seriously delicious Mexican food. Call 713.863.9101 for more information — they don’t have a website.

5. The Toreore

Grab some delicious Korean fried chicken inside Houston’s Asian supermarket H Mart, located at 1302 Blalock Rd.

6. Hobbit Cafe

Bring the kids for a day trip to this Tolkien-inspired treasure, or drop by at night for themed libations.


1. 13 Celsius

Enjoy world-class wines, a mouth-watering menu, and historical ambiance at 13 Celsius in Midtown.

2. Notsuoh

If you’re looking for an eclectic vibe, affordable drinks, and underground performances of all kinds, you’ve come to the right place.

3. Mongoose Versus Cobra

This obscure yet beautiful bar serves up some of the best taps and hand-crafted cocktails out there.

4. Dean’s Downtown

Dean’s is a cool establishment with some history behind it. Its namesake is a clothing store dating back to the 1940s, and its elevator is the oldest in Texas.

5. Valhalla

This fun hideout staffed by Rice University students is the perfect place to relax for a pint.


1. Leopard Lounge

Leopard Lounge is the place to go for quality vintage clothing in Houston. Friendly employees will help you pick out the perfect outfit.

2. Becker’s Books

Skip the large chain bookstores and visit Becker’s instead. Grab a freshly baked cookie and shop old books to your heart’s content.

3. Space Cadets Comics

Anyone with an affinity for superheroes should stop by Space Cadets. In addition to hard-to-find memorabilia, it also offers family game nights, day camps, and birthday parties.


1. Haak Winery

The winery offers tastings, weddings, and fascinating tours in English, Spanish, and German.

2. Kingspoint Mullet

Visit 10900 Kingspoint Rd. to view some truly breathtaking — and legal — graffiti art. Artists add new murals each year.

3. James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany Skyspace

This structure at Rice University boasts amazing acoustics and an LED light show at sunrise and sunset.

4. Showboat Drive-In Movie Theater

Take a trip back in time and enjoy a film from the comfort of your car. The mild Texas weather makes this pastime a year-round option.

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