Houston, United States
Jevrin, 27
Product Designer & Spontaneous Individual
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What are the Houston spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Depends on your length of visit time, Houston has many things to be discovered. First time visitors would be benefited to experience what Houston is all about within the area inside the loop (you can google what Houston's loop is). The city is divided by districts that has its own special thing, but few are must visit: Museum district, Historic district, Theater district, Shopping district, and Skyline district. Outside the loop, you can visit the NASA, Kemah Boardwalk, and all the way to Galveston beach.

Do’s and don’ts in Houston: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

Houston is often very HOT and HUMID. During Spring time, people who are allergic to pollens need to be prepared because it could affect your visit. We have odd and moody weather, in one day you could have thunderstorm and sunny, or blizzard and windy within the same week (or days). So it's safer to have multiple outfits that can accommodate flexibility for the weather. Unfortunately, public transportation sucks here, you either need to have someone with a car, or rent one. But you can always use Uber or Lyft. Some areas are considered unsafe, but for the most part, everyone is nice and friendly.

What do you do and why do you do it?

I am a full time product designer in a small lighting company in East Downtown Houston area. I graduated with Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design major in 2017, and this is my first design job. Houston is not a design city per se, but it's a great starting point for me to gain experiences and to make money. Living cost here isn't as high as other cities, and Houston is very diverse, so there are always something new and different every week.

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

I don't usually go out during weekdays, but occasionally I would eat out. On weekends, I could easily spent more. I could spend up to $100-$150 depending on what I consume and purchase, or need for the next week or so. At the night out, I could spend close to $50-$100, depending on if I eat out or not. But drinking should be affordable on any bars.

Which Houston shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?

I prefer to go to thrift stores than malls, and Houston has many good thrift stores. Not only do I save money, but I can wear something new without looking I spent many bucks for new outfits. Thrift shopping is fun, and affordable.

Your all-time favorite musicians:

I listen to many genres, and from many different musicians. But once in a while, I enjoy listening to Solange because her music somewhat calm me down, and relaxing for my regular trips during errands.

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?

museum district area is nice, because there are cute spots to eat, picnic, and/or walk around when the weather is nice. Midtown is famous for its bar hopping scene. Downtown are also has some interesting bars to go to.

What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

I guess it would be uptown because it's just so crowded and seemed always packed with people or traffic.

What’s the one place in Houston you think is underrated?

East Downtown. It's the area very close to downtown, and seem still very sketchy but there are many arts can be seen on murals, and honestly it will soon bloom into a hit spots to go to for night out, or hang out during the day.

Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?

some nice restaurants around midtown, uptown, or memorial city area. There are plenty of mid-high restaurants that are very cute and nice to have a date dinner. And then some bars in downtown or Montrose area.

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Houston?

House of Pies, it's open 24/7. All whataburger is also always open, but you need to go to drive thru. Many restaurants are open late or 24/7 during weekends, so you can just google restaurants near you and you can be there within minutes.

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

stay in, haha. There aren't many nice things to see or do, so a warm drinks or eating in would suit better.

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?

I would take them around Rice University area, museum district, and then downtown. There are many scenic spots around those areas.

Your go-to brunch spots:

literally everywhere. Houston is growing so much, and many restaurants are built now to accommodate novel experiences and foods around town.

Your perfect night out in Houston includes:

Cheap drinks and chicken wings (or tacos) at Grand Prize bar in Montrose!

Which local creators do you admire?

probably Manready Mercantile, because their store is so southern and they have many local made goods that I always want tp have, but sometimes can't afford, haha.

Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

scenic spots around downtown, alongside Bayou. It's pretty obvious but not until you walk, bike, or run around it, you won't see the many potential Houston has to offer for beautiful views.

Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:

Les Givrals, super cheap college-budget Vietnamese sandwich. It's located near midtown.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Houston. How do you spend it?

Relaxing in any park, eat something that is only available in Houston (or Texas), have some nice drinks at some chill bar, or coffee shop.

You’re meeting the mayor of Houston - what constructive criticism would you give them?

A better public transportation, honestly.

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