Our Favorite Houston Neighborhoods (Right Now)

Home to quirky art venues, delicious culinary adventures, and an abundance of world-class entertainment options, check out our list of hot Houston hoods.

By Meredith Nudo, Phoebe Gibson, and Reyes Ramirez Edited by Daniel Renfrow Published in the Winter 2022 issue of Houstonia Magazine

Multi-colored Biscuit Paint Wall on the side of the Montrose home goods store Biscuit Home.

Over the past decade, the population of the Greater Houston Area has grown by an astonishing 20 percent. The region is now home to 7.2 million people who have moved to the area for a variety of reasons including the city’s relative affordability, strong job market, world-class restaurant scene, and thriving art community. Despite everything Houston has going for it, many newcomers (and even some locals) have little knowledge of its vibrant, diverse, and culturally rich neighborhoods. 

To remedy that, we’ve put together a curated guide that highlights and celebrates some of our favorite Houston hoods of the moment. The areas we’ve chosen to focus on all have distinct personalities and characteristics that we think speak to the overall uniqueness of our city right now. 

For this guide, we’ve chosen to focus on the interesting stories, quirky art venues, delicious culinary adventures, and abundance of world-class entertainment options happening in select parts of town. If you’re searching for a “transitioning” neighborhood in which to snatch up an affordable townhome, this list isn’t for you. However, if you’re curious about which Houston areas are home to some of the best taquerias in the city, where to find the best old-school LGBTQ+ bars, or the city’s best family-run restaurants, you’ve come to the right part of town.

Each week we'll roll out a new area that we think is worth checking out, so be sure to stop back in to see how your neighborhood stacks up! 

The Greater East End

Click here to read our first entry featuring the eclectic Greater East End


This vibrant area of Midtown showcases Houston’s eclectic side through retro record stores, divey music venues, experimental art institutions, and other hidden treasures.

Upcoming Neighborhoods

Asiatown | Third Ward | Rice Village | The Heights
Downtown Northside | Museum District | Montrose


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