While we know that the beach is the most popular reason people choose Galveston, we want to remind you that our historic downtown is the perfect way to spend the afternoon or evening. Galveston’s downtown is always welcoming new businesses so you may just find a new favorite place to shop or eat. By the way, make sure you take a selfie in front of the new mural at Saengerfest Park.
New dining and nightlight options:
Update: Harborside Merchantile, 2021 Strand, is now Hubcap Grill &Cocktail Bar. The restaurant is known for its amazing burgers and variety of French fries. You’ll love it.
Look for The Proletariat Gallery and Public House, 2221 Market, which opens daily at 4 p.m. You’ll appreciate the eclectic feel of this hangout for art lovers, while you have a drink.
Also, new to The Strand is Bubba’s Galveston, 2508 Strand offering live music and casual dining.
For foodies, wander to Postoffice Street and at the corner of 21st Street you’ll see Taquilo’s Tex-Mex Cantina, 2101 Postoffice, operated by the Galveston Restaurant Group. Taquilo’s offers a wide variety of tequilas and specialty margaritas. Nearby find ZaZa Bar & Bites, 2219 Postoffice, for Indo fusion cuisine. We highly recommend their happy hour special. To satisfy that sweet tooth, venture to Ile Petite Bakery and Deli, 2108 Church. Ile Petite serves French pasties, hot and cold deli sandwiches, coffees and teas. And, if you haven’t tried it yet, Mama Teresa’s Flying Pizza, 416 21st Street, is a new local favorite. It opened about two years ago and is a “go to” for pizza. Plus, on either side of Mama Teresa’s there are new businesses opening up (more details to come).
Three Doors Down at The Marketplace at Peanut Butter Warehouse, 102 20th, opened last summer. The owner describes this new waterhole as a quaint little bar offering beer and wine. It’s a great spot to rest your feet after browsing The Marketplace. They also offer live music on weekends.
New activities and businesses downtown:
Visitors have three new shops to enjoy on The Strand. Play on the Strand, 2029 Strand, is a toy store that carries specialty toys that you won’t find on Amazon or in most toy stores. You’ll also find a few arcade games to enjoy. Emboldened Elegance Boutique, 2211 Strand, is Galveston’s newest boutique carrying such brands as Lucky Brand, Dex, and Sage as well as Three Bishops Jewelry and Virgin Saints Angels Jewelry. The Spice and Tea Exchange, 2309 Strand, is opening mid-April. The shop has locations across the country and offers an exclusive selection of spices, blends, loose-leaf teas, naturally-flavored sugars, sea and mineral salts, gourmet gifts and accessories.
Galveston has a new escape room called Escape the Island, 910 21st Street. Current rooms include “Unlock the Lost Treasure of Jean Lafitte” and “Escape the Raid, Balinese Galveston.” An escape room is a game where people use clues and puzzles to escape the room within a specified time.
We are also excited about the new Island Treasure Hunts which offers three scavenger hunts that highlight different areas of Galveston. Current tours are Scavenger on The Strand (Strand, Tremont, Pier 21), Hysterical Historical Hunt (Postoffice, Mansions, Strand), and Seawall Stroll (Hotel Galvez, Pleasure Pier, Seawall). The price is $14.95 for The Strand and Seawall while the Historical Hunt is $19.95.
Although it’s not located downtown, we have to mention The Bryan Museum, 1315 21st Street. The Bryan Museum is a “must do” for history buffs. The Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of Southwestern art and artifacts.
Galveston Arts Center, 2127 Strand, has returned home and has three galleries featuring rotating exhibits of contemporary Texas artists as well as weekly art classes and gift shop along with a weekly yoga class on Wednesday.
If you are a fan of hot yoga, try Island Salt Air, 415 22nd Street. The studio offers daily classes including Hot Yoga. A few doors down is Clay Cup Studios, 409 22nd Street, an art bar where you can showcase your artsy side. There is a partnership with Island Salt Air, so while parents take a class next door children can do an art project at Clay Cup.
Also, newly opened on The Strand is Strand Gallery, 2418 Strand, featuring artwork by local artist Joey Quiroga and nationally known artists. Next door, The Cruise Stop, 2418 Strand A, is a convenience store which also offers sundries, luggage and luggage storage for cruise ship crew and passengers.
If you love coffee, look for the new Galveston Coffee Roasters, 532 23rd Street. You’ll find it next to the ever popular Kitchen Chick. It’s a new local coffee roaster with a retail shop offering a variety of coffee and coffee related items.
Travel Tip: You can save 20 percent when booking two consecutive nights Sunday through Thursday at The Tremont House. This discount is also available at Hotel Galvez & Spa.
Book your room at one of these Galveston hotels and plan your next vacation on the Texas Gulf Coast.
For a beach view with history, stay at Hotel Galvez & Spa. The hotel provides a courtesy shuttle to transport hotel guests downtown.
For a stay in The Historic Strand District, book your stay at The Tremont House.
Or if you want to enjoy of view of the harbor, consider Harbor House Hotel & Marina at Pier 21.