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Best Things to Do in Montrose

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Dare to be different? Come explore Montrose! The largely residential neighborhood that has morphed into the heart of Houston. At its core, it’s unapologetically electric, diverse, and known as the area that never sleeps. 

Montrose is home to award-winning restaurants and electric hole-in-the-wall cozy cafes, offbeat bars and music dives, inspiring art galleries and creative murals, as well as, funky shops and businesses filled with so much soul and culture.

It’s possible to spend an entire day eating, drinking and adventuring through the area. So here’s our guide to give you a head start on the best things to do in Montrose. 

Cozy Coffee Shops


Welcome to Blacksmith, where you’ll find Greenway Coffee roasts, the yummiest Vietnamese steak and eggs and the oh-so famous mouthwatering, sausage breakfast biscuit paired eggs and cheese. The perfect little spot to catch up with friends or get work done.

Siphon Coffee

For coffee that looks like it was brewed in a science lab, this is a must-experience. Siphon Coffee’s unique brewing process is what makes this spot so special. The java here is brewed in halogen siphons, a rarely-used, centuries-old process. Free WiFi and freshly-baked pastries are an added bonus.

Tip: They offer live music (on select nights) and weekly specials on food and alcohol beverages. 

Common Bond

This rustic-chic cafe & bakery is honestly great at any time of the day, especially if you’re looking for a bright way to start your morning! Whether you’re stopping by for a quick bite, full meal, or purchasing a celebration cake – you will never be disappointed at Common Bond

Eat, Eat, and Eat Some More

Montrose is home to the many restaurants which put Houston on the culinary map.


First up, it’s only right for us to recognize celebrity chef, Hugo Ortega’s incredible Mexican restaurant. Known for being a staple in this city, his dedication to quality and fresh ingredients makes every dish incredible. We’re talking homemade tortillas, cheese, moles and chocolate! 

If you don’t want to break the bank, try Hugo’s for happy hour. AND/OR for a full-on brunch experience Sunday mornings, their legendary all-you-can-eat buffet is to die for!

The Pit Room

Two words: best BBQ! Sure, that statement can be arguable due to so many high-quality bbq joints in the city. But we can say, in the Montrose area it’s hands-down our favorite.

The Pit Room‘s juicy smoked brisket and pulled pork meats stuffed in soft tortillas will have you coming back every #TacoTuesday. Oh, can’t forget about their messy Fritos chili pie!

Hay Merchant

Recently featured on the Food Networks “100+ Best Burgers in America,” this craft beer mecca is the perfect spot to start or end your day.

The Hay Merchant delivers not only diverse and creative beers but food as well. They offer twists on classic bar food like PB&J wings, chicken-fried steak, and of course their mouthwatering double meat burger known as the Cease and Desist.

Experience the Arts

This exciting neighborhood is bursting with artsy and cultural experiences.

This impressive collection, founded by John and Dominique de Menil, displays over 16,000 pieces of arts and artifacts from around the world. Exhibitions including Surrealism, Arts from Africa, Arts of the Americas and Pacific Northwest, Arts of the Ancient World, and more. Admission is always free, though donations are welcome.

Rothko Chapel

Get zen at the spiritual Rothko Chapel, located on the Menil Campus. It’s open to all faiths and hosts 14 murals from abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, as well as eight movable benches. Outside on the plaza, the Broken Obelisk rises above a reflecting pool.

Fun fact: The sculpture is dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who worked in service of social justice while leading a deeply spiritual interior life.

Art League Houston

Located in the heart of Montrose in an eye-catching angular building, Art League Houston is one of the city’s oldest non-profit art organizations and has become a staple for contemporary visual art exhibitions and community classes.


Believe it or not, we haven’t touched the surface on all the amazing things to do and places to go in Montrose! Download the UNATION app (iPhone/Google Playto not only find cool events in this area but everywhere in Houston.

You can also keep up with us on our Instagram and Facebook pages, we loving sharing #StuffToDoInHouston

See you in the city!


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Kelci Wallace

Kelci Wallace

Kelci is the City Manager for UNATION and author of the  Stuff to Do in Houston blog. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Houston area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinHouston on Instagram and Facebook..

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