Despite a plethora of rundown apartment complexes and a reputation for crime, Southwest Houston was the center of much of the city's suburban development from the 1940s through the 1970s, today it is one of its most diverse quarters and is also home to some of the city's most desirable neighborhoods, including Meyerland and the charming City of Bellaire. This area is almost completely outside of the 610 Loop, although the City of Bellaire is partially inside the 610.
New Chinatown (AKA Little Saigon or Asiatown) would be the largest Chinatown in the world area-wise, but the term Chinatown is misleading due to the fact that the majority of the shops and restaurants cater to Houston's large Vietnamese population. This area is outside the 610 Loop and near the Beltway, Houston's outer freeway loop.
phone: +1 713 666-9164address: 6500 West Loop South, BellaireA museum of telephone history. Please call us to schedule. If there is no answer, please leave your name and phone number, and we will return your call.
WorldFest-Houston Film FestivalTotally dedicated to Independent Film screenings. All Screenings at the AMC Studio 30 on Dunvale, the HQ Hotel is The Renaissance Hotel, Greenway Plaza. Featuring 55 new international feature films and 100 new short films, all introduced by their directors with a Q&A after the screening.
Hong Kong City MallA very large grocery store/shopping center in this area.
phone: +1 713-464-8640address: 303 Memorial City (IH-10 West at Gessner)Has many department stores and also an indoor ice skating rink.
Traders Villageaddress: 7979 N. Eldridge Rd.A giant outdoor flea market with all sorts of wares. Deals are to be sought here. Unlike in the rest of the US, you can actually try to bargain in flea markets like this. Should not be missed by those looking to shop.
address: 10505 Katy Freeway (IH-10 between BW-8 and Gessner)The finest steaks and prime rib (only certified Angus Beef) money can buy. Award-winning wine list, lobster, freshly baked breads, etc. Menu is translated into 12 different languages.
phone: +1 713 463-8463address: 12420 Memorial DrThis cozy wine bar and wine retail shop offers wine by the glass and bottle, selected beers, and wine-friendly snacks and pizzas. There are wine tastings every Saturday at 3PM, often showcasing wines new to the establishment.
phone: +1 281 558-833address: 13210 Katy FreewayA luxury hotel featuring an atrium lobby complete with indoor lakes and waterfalls, tropical fish and glass elevators.