The light, delectable delicacies at Bite Macarons will send you straight to France. The neat, clean, and modern design with cute pastel colors are enticingly beautiful, and with one heavenly bite, you will taste the high-quality, fresh ingredients used. Serving a variety of flavors — like hazelnut, earl grey, passion fruit, and honey lavender — the macarons have the perfect consistency and really set the standards for macarons in Houston. They also offer Vietnamese coffee to offset the sweetness.
Bite Macarons, 5172 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX, USA, +1 713 664 2483
Haven’t had enough sweets? Check out the adorable shop on the corner of University Blvd. that sells all that is needed for human survival: chocolate, ice cream, cake, candy, and so much more. With an array of choices, The Chocolate Bar will never disappoint. The oodles of choices of chocolate cakes are four stacks high, and the the dozens of ice cream flavors all contain some form of chocolate. All in all, it’s a great place to have a date and share a colossal slice of cake or simply to hang out with friends and get ‘chocolate wasted’!
The Chocolate Bar, 2521 University Blvd, Houston, TX, USA, +1 713 520 8888
With their passion for the fine arts and savoring the moment, Papyrus sells beautifully crafted stationary, cards, and gift wrapping. It is also the perfect place to get a personalized card made for a special someone; it only takes about 30 minutes. The prices can cost an arm and a leg, but the products are elaborately decorated and structured. The store has a more feminine touch with sparkles, glitter, candles, and journals.
Papyrus, 2551 Amherst St, Houston, TX, USA, +1 713 524 3489
Aside from the usual salts added to water when getting a pedicure, Resort Nail and Spa flips the script by adding rose petals, cucumbers, and lemon slices. The nail technicians create a serene and relaxing ambiance; they pay attention to the details and don’t rush with their patrons. The staff painting the nails are true artists who are very accommodating and thorough. With one look at a picture, they can replicate a design almost exactly, if not perfectly. So sit back in the reclining massage chair and let the magic happen.
Resort Nail and Spa, 701 Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX, USA, +1 713 864 8787
Local designer Chloe Dao, who won Project Runway in the second season, owns and runs Dao Chloe Dao. The store features her own chic designs and carefully hand-picked labels from other designers. The best part about shopping here is getting a personalized shopping experience with someone who really knows and loves fashion and isn’t just trying to sell you clothes with high-pressure sales tactics. At the end of the day, it’s about satisfying the customers with clothes they know will flatter them and have them looking their best.
Dao Chloe Dao, 6127 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX, USA, +1 713 807 1565
With an eccentric, relaxed atmosphere and a beautiful patio, Under The Volcano is a dive bar with a jukebox full of great music to set the vibe — as if the vibe wasn’t already perfect enough. Come on down for Monday Steak Night when a delicious steak dinner is offered along with discounted bottles of wine. For drinks, the strawberry basil margarita and frozen screwdriver are highly recommended. Not only are the drinks superb but also the food; try the Italian queso full of seasoned eggplant, bell peppers and other vegetables engulfed in hot delicious cheesiness.
Under The Volcano, 2349 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX, USA, +1 713 526 5282
Established in 1975, Main Street Theater is small, intimate venue that has always been the perfect place to have a family experience. The intimacy of the theater really helps with getting submerged into the show even though the show is great all on its own. Aside from producing amazing shows, they also offer weekend classes and summer programs for children. There’s plenty of dining options around, and it’s also in the Museum District, making it possible to have an adventurous family outing.
Main Street Theater, 2540 Times Blvd, Houston, TX, USA, +1 713 524 6706
An independent bookstore that specializes in mystery books, Murder By The Book is a cozy place for bookworms to sink into a good book that will make their heart race. The store also hosts special events featuring big-name authors like Karin Slaughter (who wrote Blindsighted), Kate Finch (Black Cat Crossing), and Katherine Howe (The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane). The staff is passionate about books and happy to help find the perfect mystery to keep patrons engaged for days on end (or a day if it’s a page-turner).
Murder By The Book, 2342 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX, USA, +1 713 524 8597
By Nikara Montgomery
Nikara Montgomery is an aspiring animator from Houston, Texas who seeks to write and produce cartoons that will make you forget your worries, if for only an hour or so.