As the fourth largest city in the United States, Houston is made up of many neighborhoods, each with its own unique feel. From the trendy vibe of Montrose to the suburban feel of Memorial, there is a place that fits each type of person. Use this list to guide you through the neighborhoods of Houston!

Updated November 2023



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Uptown is not only home to many amazing restaurants, but it is THE place to go shopping in Houston. As the largest mall in Texas, The Galleria has almost 400 stores with many luxury brands and a giant ice skating rink in the center. Another iconic Houston shopping spot is Uptown Park for an outdoor shopping experience and fine dining options.




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The Heights may be more of a calm and quiet neighborhood, but it is always a good time. This historic area will charm you with Victorian-style homes, architecture, and boutiques on West 19th Street. Have a late lunch at Squabble before grabbing a drink at the Heights Bier Garten to enjoy some time outdoors on the patio. Get outside for some fun in the sun with your dog at the Hike and Bike Trail or go to a concert at the Heights Theater for a musical night out on the town.





Downtown Houston may be the main business district of the city, but there is so much culture to see and fun adventures to be had here. Experience a culinary trip around the world at the Bravery Chef Hall or indulge in a delicious plate of mole at Xochi. Catch an Astros game at Minute Maid Park or check out the Post HTX multipurpose cultural center for a sick shared co-working space, fabulous food, live music, and the rooftop park with dazzling downtown views of the Houston skyline. 




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As the cultural heart of Houston, the Museum District is an absolutely striking area with 19 different museums. Embrace your inner history and see all that this desirable district has to offer. From art galleries with picturesque paintings and sculptures to the Houston Zoo, you can have fun both inside and outdoors. Stop by Lucille's for a Southern brunch before setting out to explore Hermann Park, filled with gorgeous gardens and waterfalls.




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River Oaks is a high end residential area known for its over the top beautiful homes and upscale shops & restaurants. Snack on a plate of oysters at State of Grace before your designer shopping day at River Oaks Shopping Center, then catch a movie at the historic River Oaks Theater. If you're still in the shopping mood, head down to Alabama Street in the trendy Upper Kirby area for the best boutiques in town.




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Just west of downtown, Montrose is an offbeat neighborhood with a uniquely eclectic vibe. This walkable areas is full of art galleries, murals, trendy restaurants, and nightlife. Grab your morning coffee and a sausage biscuit at Blacksmith and wander around the vibrant streets full of murals and art galleries or down Westheimer Road and pop into the thrift shops and boutiques that line the fun street. Be sure to stop and see the Rothko Chapel before strolling around Buffalo Bayou Park for some stellar downtown views.




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East of Downtown, EaDo is a vibrant and quirky neighborhood that is truly the art & soul of the city. Stroll down Saint Emanuel Street to dine around the world and admire the street art at Graffiti Park along the way.  Catch a soccer game at PNC Stadium, or if sports aren't your thing then sip on a round of beers at the 8th Wonder Brewery before heading to Warehouse Live for a concert. 





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Also known as The Village, Rice Village is an upscale area adjacent to the famous of Rice University. The Village has been the neighborhood gathering place for years because of its amazing array shops and restaurants. With over 300 different stores, stop into both the brand name shops and adorable boutiques before grabbing a healthy bite to eat at Sweetgreen or Local Foods, a local favorite. 





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Smack dab in the middle of everything, Midtown may be a small pocket of town, but its nightlife is the best in the city. After a night out to the bars and clubs, cure your hangover at local hotspot, The Breakfast Klub, where the line is worth every second. Howl at the Moon piano bar, Be sure to stop by Bagby Park to snap a photo of the giant Midtown sign. 




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As one of the main residential areas in Houston, Memorial houses most Houstonians, so naturally it is an area filled with cozy homes and vast entertainment. Memorial is also home to the Energy Corridor, one of the main business districts in the city, mainly oil and gas companies. After a shopping day at Memorial City Mall and the outdoor CityCentre, dine at State Fare for some Texas-sized Southern food.