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. And, there are new businesses to browse.
New dining and nightlight options:
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.
For foodies, wander to Postoffice Street and check out the new ZaZa Bar & Bites
, 2219 Postoffice, for Indo fusion cuisine. We highly recommend their happy hour special. The owner is nearly always there and is very attentive to his customers. 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. To satisfy that sweet tooth, venture to the newly opened Ile Petite Bakery and Deli
, 2108 Church. Ile Petite serves French pasties, hot and cold deli sandwiches, coffees and teas. We loved their Reuben sandwich and macarons.
Back on The Strand, you will find the newly opened Harborside Merchantile
, 2021 Strand, a Cajun and Creole restaurant and bar which offers po-boys, muffuletta sandwiches and seafood platters.
And, look for Three Doors Down at The Marketplace at Peanut Butter Warehouse, 102 20th. 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:
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).
While 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.
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 overnight guests’ downtown.