Last Summer, the houston Instagram scene practically exploded with an untold number of photos in front of the "Sugar and Cloth" wall located along Canal Street. But with its departure this past November, Instagrammers were suddenly left with a blank canvas.
To avoid a sluggish feed, we've rounded up some of the most Instagrammable spots that haven’t yet been overexposed. Make a day, week or an entire summer out of tracking down these 10 great hidden picture-worthy spots in our city.
Retropolis is the greatest double decker vintage store to hit Houston since probably ever. Forget Montrose and head over to 321 W. 19th St. in the Heights for some major throwback vibes. They have racks on racks of clothing items from practically every decade and a whole section of costumes available for rent from their store. It’s never too early to plan for Halloween, right?
State Fare’s Avocado & Street Corn Toast
Holy mother of avocado does this put any other competing avocado toast to shame. This beautiful creation brought to you State Fare Kitchen & Bar features a crisp multi-grain slice of toast topped with mashed avocado, elote, crema and Tajin. Everything else here is worth a snap or two, but I’ll let the photo do its justice. Check it out at 947 Gessner Rd., Ste. B190, across the street from Memorial City Mall.
A 2nd Cup
Far from your average Starbucks, A 2nd Cup is a nonprofit coffee shop that specializes in raising awareness of the fight against human trafficking. The profits go towards aftercare solutions for survivors of human trafficking. You can find them at 1111 E. 11th St. in the Heights for some good coffee and great natural lighting for those minimalistic photos.
Greetings From Houston
This being a street art city, we had to throw a mural in here somewhere; this one just says it all. After cooling off with some mouthwatering gelato at Gelazzi head over to the east side of the Heights café to take your photo with Houston’s biggest postcard. Snap your shot at 3602 White Oak Dr.
We love the views from Eleanor Tinsley Park as much the next guy, but Smither Park is simply unreal. Created alongside The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art with the collaboration of Dan Phillips, the Gulfgate-area park features elaborate mosaic works of art made out of recycled and found materials. Find it at 2402 Munger St.
The Beer Can House
For 18 years beginning in 1968, John Milkovisch worked on improving his home. While most would go to Home Depot or Lowe's for such tools, Milkovisch employed over 50,000 beer cans. Today, the Beer Can House is one of Houston's most enduring pieces of recyclable art. Grab a bud and go see it at 222 Malone St.
The Pedestrian Bridge over Allen Parkway
Located right next to Eleanor Tinsley Park, a once-boring pedestrian bridge over Allen Parkway, caged with chain link on either side, has become everyone’s favorite skyline spot. It could be due to the "love locks" that've accumulated on the fence or the killer view of the downtown skyline; regardless, it’s a sight to see.
Pipilotti Rist at the MFAH: Pixel Forest and Worry Will Vanish
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has done it again with their summer lineup. This season features the works of Pipilotti Rist. Pixel Forest consists of thousands of hanging LED lights that change color by a video signal while Worry Will Vanish is a corner projection that allows museum-goers to lay down and enjoy music by Anders Guggisberg. Tickets start at $13; children 12 and younger get in for free at 1001 Bissonnet St.
Stacked Ice Cream
Ever had a macaron ice cream sandwich? A donut ice cream sandwich? No? Then you need to meet Stacked Ice Cream. Located at 2211 N. Fry Rd. in Katy, the ice cream shop is taking dessert to a whole new level from noon to midnight every day of the week.
El Gato Coffeehouse Cat Café
Houston’s first cat café opened their doors this past April and has been providing Houston with furry friends and hot coffee ever since. In order to visit the café, customers must make a reservation online. You can also register for programs such Caturday Morning Cartoons or even Yoga with Cats, with the highest ticket price being only $12 for one hour. Find your new feline friend in the Heights at 508 Pecore St., Ste. A.