Traveling doesn’t always have to happen with company. Whether you’re in Houston for work or you’re simply looking to get away for some alone time, there is no shortage of lodging, dining and entertainment options here for the solo traveler. So, read on to find out about the best things H-Town has to offer visitors, including those who like to travel alone, and start planning your trip.
Houston has many hotels to choose from. For the solo traveler, staying in downtown Houston is a good choice for its proximity to many of the city’s main attractions. For a luxurious experience with a touch of history, stay at Hotel ICON. Housed in what was once Union Bank of Houston, the hotel features an elegant lobby bar, – perfect to grab a drink solo – beautiful rooms, and a spa. Another perk? Hotel ICON is located a short walk away from Market Square.
Located in the cultural heart of the city, Hotel Zaza in the Museum District is the perfect place from where to explore Houston’s award-winning museums and cultural attractions. The chic bar, themed suites, and beautiful pool where you can kick back and relax make it a perfect place to stay while in Houston.
For those seeking a lavish experience, The Post Oak Hotel is just what the solo traveler needs. The 700,000-square-foot tower has everything the traveler could need: casual and fine dining restaurants, a relaxing pool and a luxurious spa. Its proximity to shopping and dining at Uptown Park and Galleria is just a bonus.
Dine and Drink
The fact that you’re flying solo doesn’t mean that eating out should be any less of an experience. Houston has endless possibilities when it comes to dining, so choosing where to go can be tough. Allow us to offer some suggestions.
Food halls are an excellent choice for solo travelers. They offer a variety of options that allow diners to try different types of foods in one place and many have nice bar areas where you can order a drink and enjoy people watching. Check out Railway Heights Market, Finn Hall (where you’ll find Houston classics like Pho Bihn and Greenway Coffee), and Bravery Hall.
The omakase (chef’s choice) at MF Sushi is available by reservation only and is limited to 12 diners but it’s a worthy experience for those who appreciate and love good sushi. Artfully prepared with the highest quality ingredients, chef Chris Kinjo’s tasting menu is perfect to enjoy solo at the sushi bar.
You’ll feel right at home at this Heights neighborhood bar owned by Houston chef Justin Yu and bartender and restaurateur Bobby Heugel. With an excellent cocktail list and delicious food, Better Luck Tomorrow is a great place to decompress and have a good time.
Those who love a good place of wine will find a visit to Montrose Cheese and Wine worthwhile. Here you’ll find wines and cheeses from small producers and a knowledgeable staff that’s happy to talk to you about their various selections. Enjoy a glass at their small bar or outdoor patio. If you want to continue your culinary exploration, head next door to Rosie Cannonball for some Italian fare.
You can’t visit Houston and not enjoy the city’s Tex-Mex cuisine. The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation is a mainstay in the city’s East End, serving queso, sizzling fajitas and delicious margaritas. If not in that area, its sister Ninfa’s Uptown is also an option. Both have small bars, where you can enjoy your meal in a welcoming environment.
Museums are perfect for quiet exploration and Houston’s Museum District has 19 for you to choose from. Whether you’re looking for art, history or natural science, there are plenty of options like The Menil Collection, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and the Museum of Fine Arts. Or take a trip to Space Center Houston, the city’s top attraction, to learn about space exploration. We recommend going with the NASA tram tour, which gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the NASA Johnson Space Center, including mission control and an astronaut training facility.
Houston has so much to offer when it comes to the performing arts. Make sure to check the calendar for the various venues in the city’s Theater District as you plan your visit. Visitors can also catch free performances at Miller Outdoor Theater.
Tours are also a great way to see the city while meeting new people. See Houston aboard a double-decker bus with Texas City Tours or take a sightseeing tour with Joyride to see the city from a local’s perspective. Whichever you choose guarantees a good time.
If you’re a sports fan, you may be able to catch an Astros game at Minute Maid Park or a Rockets game at the Toyota Center, both downtown.
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