Around the World in Houston

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Texas blogger, Jessica of My Curly Adventure, is taking us on a journey of how you can experience many different cultures right in Houston.

You don’t have to travel far to get an international experience! Houston is a melting pot of cultures where you can travel around the world experiencing different foods, art, and lifestyles without leaving the city! Read below for an international trip in Houston!

Houston has it’s own little Chinatown filled with restaurants, boba tea shops, and more. However, the Asian culture expands just past the shopping area.

Start you trip by shopping at the Hong Kong Mall filled with numerous Asian stores. You can shop with the locals and find new foods to try, get your nails done, shop for statues and Hello Kitty toys, buy some clothes, and so much more or simply walk around and window shop.

Teo Chew temple is a Vietnamese Buddhist temple with Chinese influences. You always imagine seeing these types of places abroad how we have something ornate tucked into a little neighborhood. As always, make sure to be respectful of people coming to pray, but the staff are friendly and some are happy to share the meaning of certain statues and practices.

Another way to travel around the world without leaving the city is to visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The Museum has exhibits featuring art from around the world and stories of different cultures. Make your way through Mexican gold, Balinese sculptures, and art from Cote D’Ivoire. Don’t forget to stop by the Ting Tsung Wei Fong Chao Arts of China Gallery to see the gunpowder mural that lines the walls as well as traditional Chinese art and sculptures.  

From Hawaiian bars to an Egyptian dinner to Portuguese tapas and more, challenge yourself to eat a dish from every continent. It’s amazing how many different cuisines you can try right here in Houston. Here are some of our favorites!

South African food gets fancy over at Peli Peli. Located inside the Galleria, get ready for incredible flavor as you indulge in sosaties, biltong, and South African samosas. For the main dish order Espetada, skewered meat that hangs from above with herbed garlic butter dripping down!

At Hankook Kwan in Chinatown, they bring out different types of meat and vegetables for you to cook yourself! Afterward head over to Aqua S, an Australian soft serve shop. Try the sea salt soft serve surrounded by a cotton candy cloud!

At Oporto, stop by for happy hour, grab a glass of wine, and try different tapas like batatas bravas, mushrooms a la plancha, and lulas fritas. The great thing about tapas is you can try a little bit of everything.

An out of this country brunch can be found at Churrascos! This Brazilian steakhouse offers a brunch buffet so delicious you’ll be making trips back to Houston just for this food. Here you can get your standard brunch fair like omelets and potatoes, but they also have Brazilian flavors such as a Brazilian styled French toast, lomo saltado, and plantain chips.

Finally, relax at a tiki bar at Lei Low Bar where you can order Hawaiian drinks in Tiki cups or other funky cups. If you are there during the Winter try the warm bananas drink which tastes like a hot bananas foster.

You can either use this itinerary or create your own for a fun culinary adventure around the world here in Houston! If you want to come up with your own, pull up a map of the world, pick some countries you want to try some food from and do a search for that restaurant in Houston. You might be surprised at what you find!  

Follow along on Jessica’s Texas travel adventures on Instagram and her blog!


All Photos Courtesy of My Curly Adventures.

Jessica is a Texas travel blogger and influencer who shares her fashion, travel tips and more with Texas and beyond.

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