Courtesy Lynsey Jones
Each month at On The Town, we bring you Metro Hotspots—a spotlight on several places to visit in one of the neighborhoods within the metropolitan area. One of Houston's favored neighborhoods, Rice Village provides a plethora of shopping and dining opportunities for visitors of almost any age. Located several blocks from Rice University, the retail options range from upscale boutiques to bookstores and locally owned clothing stores, while several restaurants in the area serve food from different cultures.
The Chocolate Bar
Chocolate-covered cereal, fruit and cookies are just a few of the options at this Houston institution. The business also bakes several cakes and serves up ice cream and coffee. One of two locations in the city, The Chocolate Bar in Rice Village provides a large indoor seating area for those visitors who want to enjoy their chocolate before it melts in the Texas heat. 2521 University Blvd., Houston. 713-520-8888. www.theoriginalchocolatebar.com
Draught and bottled beers from around the world are served at the Ginger Man, a Houston bar that spurred other locations elsewhere in the state. Options range from the British Well’s Banana Bread to Beck’s from Germany to typical American beer such as Sam Adams and Shiner Blonde. The bar is known for its beer offerings, but they also serve wine and cider. 5607 Morningside Drive, Houston. 713-526-2770. houston.gingermanpub.com
Mi Luna Tapas Restaurant and Bar
This tapas restaurant offers an extensive menu with numerous cold and hot dishes, which range from the ordinary to the unique. Some plates are served with salad or vegetables, but most others come with some type of meat, which could include quail, beef tenderloin, squid or even octopus. Mi Luna also has a sampling of wines from around the world, one of which is sure to please your palette. 2441 University Blvd., Houston. 713-520-5025. www.mi-luna.net
The Village Executive Suites
A combination of an art gallery and executive suites available for rent, the business, owned by Jeremy and Jamie Wells, is open to all visitors who want to stop by and see a variety of artwork. An upcoming gallery opening will feature work by Houston-based artist Henry Membreño. The opening ceremony will take place June 15 from 5–8 p.m. 2525 Robinhood, Houston. 713-520-5557. www.imagodeigallery.com
G&G Model Shop, Inc.
Open in Rice Village since the ‘50s, G&G Model Shop sells various parts and models for trains, cars, planes and spacecraft. Even if you don’t build models, it is still worth a visit to check out some of the retro items and get a feel for an old-fashioned hobby shop. 2522 Times Blvd., Houston. 713-529-7752. www.gandgmodelshop.com