Created as a suburb of Houston in the 19th century and intended for people who wanted to be near the hustle of the city, without actually living in the city, Houston Heights remains a desirable place to live. In 2013, it got the fourth spot on CNN's top 10 list of big city neighborhoods. If you're looking for apartments near Houston Heights, check out Memorial Hills, where you'll find pet-friendly, luxury apartments all near the restaurants and shops Houston Heights has to offer.
Things to Do
One place where you will always find plenty to do is Discovery Green. Once a pair of parking lots, the 12-acre park first opened in 2008. Amenities at the park include the Anheuser-Busch stage, which plays host to a number of live performances and movie screenings. Every month, there's a Flea by Night market, during which crafters, vintage sellers, and others set up shop. If you're interested in working out or just having fun at the park, you can participate in a number of outdoor exercise classes, such as Zumba or yoga. In the winter, you can rent a pair of ice skates and go for a few laps around the ice skating rink.
Shopping Along 19th Street
The vintage stores and more found along 19th Street, or the Historic Heights Shopping District, will give you plenty of excuses to keep popping back in. Considered by many to be the best vintage store in the area, Retropolis features two floors of vintage clothing for men and women, from a range of decades. The shop also sells vintage jewelry and accessories and vintage records. Since it gets new products in daily, it's likely you'll always find something different to try at the store.
Other vintage or secondhand stores along 19th street include Replay on 19th and Blackbird Trading Co. If you're looking for creative home decor objects or the perfect baby gift, head to Bliss on 19th.
Where to Eat
Whether you're spending time at Discovery Green or shopping till you drop on 19th street, you are going to get hungry. Luckily, there are plenty of options in the Heights, from something small and sweet to a full meal.
If you are tired of cupcakes, but still want a portable, single-serving dessert, Mighty Sweet Mini Pies has the solution. The mother and daughter owned and operated bakery specializes in petite, single-portion pies. Each pie is five inches in diameter and prices start at $5. The menu rotates on a daily basis and options change on a monthly basis.
For a sweet, cool treat, head to Gelazzi, which serves gelato, ice cream's Italian cousin, in a variety of flavors. The shop also serves a selection of Italian baked goods and sorbet, for people who aren't into gelato.
For a selection of food for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, check out Revival Market. The owners of the market were inspired by old-school butcher shops when they created their concept. You can dine in at the market or pick up to prepare at home.
Living near Houston Heights puts you in the heart of a bustling neighborhood. Shops, restaurants and other activities are all within easy reach.