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Make the most of your stay on Galveston Island with our insiders guide to exploring the area. Our monthly Staff Picks highlight all of the historic places, interactive tours, and family-friendly attractions that make our beachfront city so special. Read more to learn about our favorite places to drink, dine, shop, and explore.

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15 Feb

The Best Small Businesses and Locale in Downtown Galveston

First, check out Hearsay on the Strand at 2410 Strand. Order craft cocktails and contemporary American cuisine for brunch, lunch, dinner, and happy hour. For USDA Prime steaks and fresh seafood, a visit to Chef Paco Vargas’ Vargas Cut & Catch at 2102 Postoffice Street is just the thing. In the mood for bratwurst and beer? Stuttgarden Tavern on The Strand at 111 23rd Street offers a beer garden and full liquor bar, along with traditional German fare, pub food, and a Build Your Own Burger menu. Gypsy Joynt Jive at 2411 Strand is perfect for coffee, quick bites, and decadent desserts. This family-owned-and-operated eatery is a “Galveston Islands Restaurant of the Year” winner and features an eclectic menu, hip décor, and cool arcade games.

Next, get your art on at the Galveston Arts Center featuring work by local and nationally known artists at 2127 Strand and the Strand Gallery at 2418 Strand. You’ll be intrigued and dazzled by the specialty toys at Play on the Strand at 2119 Strand. And, for the best of unique, fair trade, and cause-oriented gifts, décor, jewelry, and accessories, a visit to Bel Pri at 2226 Strand is a must.

For a quintessentially Galveston experience, stay at Harbor House Hotel & Marina at Pier 21 for gorgeous views of the harbor. Or, for luxurious and historic beachfront accommodations, plan to stay at Hotel Galvez & Spa.