The "crown quirk" of Houston, Montrose is a diverse, off-beat part of town. Perhaps best identified by the curving strip on Westheimer that's home to popular re-sale shops, tattoo parlors, antique shops and small cafes, Houston's hipsters mingle seamlessly with urban professionals. The beautiful campus of St. Thomas University and the Menil Collection are great places for a stroll, and the internationally renowned Rothko Chapel allows for deep reflection. Montrose residents retire at night to charming, distinctive bungalows tucked away in the various tree-lined side streets that help make Montrose a fun, beautiful area.
If you're making your home in Montrose and need electricity in Houston, consider us your neighbor. We've curated this list of places to shop, eat and have a good time in Montrose.
- Space Montrose - This fun, eclectic shop of clothing, art, jewelry and home goods (all made in the USA) is an irresistible place to buy gifts for your favorite people. Even if you don't buy anything, it's worth checking out the creative art pieces and clothing available. And while you're there, check out the bakery next door, Common Bond.
- Antiques and second-hand clothing - Westheimer is the place for antique and second-hand shopping in Houston. Most of the vintage and antique stores are located between Dunlavy and Montrose on Westheimer. Take a stroll along this stretch of road, and you'll see what we're talking about.
- Whole Earth Provision Co. - Their motto? Clothing, footwear, outerwear, travel tools, and nature education from Kerrville to Kilimanjaro since 1970. If you can't find a thoughtful gift at Whole Earth, you aren't really trying.
- Texas Junk Company - The aptly-named Texas Junk is a massive, meticulously organized garage full of used cowboy boots for the Rodeo-goer who doesn't want to spend a fortune on a new pair, plus a lot of nice “junk”, including art frames and other people's random yet interesting photographs. Open only Thursday through Saturday.
- Niko Niko's - Greek dining serving Houston's best gyro. Great for indoor/outdoor dining or for carry out.
- Uchi - Arguably Houston's best sushi restaurant, Uchi's upscale menu offers small, artistic yet extremely flavorful dishes. Be sure to try their famous candied brussels sprouts and fried milk for dessert!
- Hay Merchant/Underbelly - Newly-opened neighboring restaurants that actually share a kitchen! These restaurants are injecting fresh, local flavors into Montrose. Hay Merchant features a vast array of craft beers and a chilled out vibe while the upscale Underbelly employs a tapas-like form of shared, fine dining. Be sure to try the Korean braised goat and dumplings.
- Dolce Vita - Very charming Italian restaurant located in a Montrose house, Dolce Vita brings the taste of true, authentic Neapolitan pizza to Houston. Great wine and great service to boot!
- The Menil Collection - This museum, founded by Houstonians Dominique and John de Menil, features surrealist art from many eras presented in an awe-inspiring venue - and admission is free!
- River Oaks Theater - Opened in 1939, River Oaks Theater is an old-school movie-going experience smack dab in the middle of chic River Oaks shopping district. This iconic theater plays newer independent films as well as classics, and serves an impressive collection of wine and local beer.
- Waugh Bridge Bat Colony - Ever wonder what 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats all emerging from under a bridge at the same time looks like? The Waugh Bridge Bat Colony lives under the bridge on Waugh Drive year round, unlike other Texas bat colonies which migrate south during winter months. You can view this spectacle from an observation deck, so get there before sunset to ensure you don't miss their departure!