Houston has became on of the most desired place to live post pandemic along with the amount of new restaurants and attractions has expanded as well. I relocated to Houston back in 2018 and decided to return home to NYC because I felt like there wasn’t much to do besides to indulge in the weekend turn up every Thursday-Sunday. I decided to return to Houston in 2021 with my partner to redefine my experience in the beautiful state of Texas by making a conscious effort to create my ideal experience this time around. Although the first time I didn’t explore as much as I wanted to, I must say I would chose H-Town over NYC ANYDAY. The scorching hot sun, fresh air,the culture, the pimped out cars, and the ability to live on a budget is my kinda place to be.

As I explore Houston for the second time around, I made a bucket list of a few restaurants, attractions, and staycations that I’d like to experience this year and one thing that was on the list was visiting China Town. Being a New Yorker makes it hard to not compare New York’s china town to any other BUT, since we’re here I told myself that I’d like to enjoy things for what it is and to gain a new perspective. Houston’s china town is a community filled with asian own businesses from cafe’s, lash bars, to Korean bbq, and gift stores to buy cultural trinkets.

Tea Top Cafe

The first store I decided to explore was Tea Top which is a cafe that specializes in premium brewed tea imported directly from Tea top’s tea plantation in Taiwan. The tea process includes rolling, drying, and fermenting which are all processed in house. From the moment I walked in, I was intrigued by the cozy yet casual environment that set the tone to just hang out and enjoy a refreshing drink to start the day. The service was pretty fast and they had lot’s of options to chose from but of course, I decided to get an iced latte with almond milk and it was 10/10. They also serve mini pastries if you decide to grab a bite to pair with your tea/coffee.

Butterfly Aventurine Necklace
Kuan Yin is known as the Goddess of Compassion and Mercy. 
Korrean BBQ Restaurant
Cool Pens From Reiwatakiya Store
Japanese Snacks From Reiwatakiya Store

All in all, there’s so many cool things to do in Houston whether you’re single or if you’re in a relationship and you want to try new things with your partner. Exploring China town with my partner was such a dope experience, and I look forward to finding more cool attractions to share with you in the near future.

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