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Houston Murals Guide

Hooray! It is no longer so hot that you can fry an egg on the pavement. Hopefully, this makes exploring H-town much more appealing. While a pilgrimage to a single Houston mural at a time may not be worth the trek from the ‘burbs, it’ll be worth it to include a stop to these places if you’re headed to nearby establishments. Plus, you may have found yourself in the situation where your favorite photographer is already booked for the holiday season, but you still need a family photo for that Christmas card. Here are a few great murals around town that serve as a great backdrop. Don’t forget that tripod, selfie-stick, or friend to snap that family photo for you!

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As a bonus, there’s a suggested itinerary of nearby places to make your trip worthwhile. Note :: it mostly revolves around eating. Who are we kidding? It’s Houston. We love to eat.

Biscuit Paint Wall

Biscuit Home | Montrose | 1435 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

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Itinerary Suggestions – See the mural and pop into Biscuit Home. Visit The Menil Collection and Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum {both free!}. Eat at Common Bond, Empire Cafe, and/or The Chocolate Bar.

Greetings from Houston

Gelazzi | The Heights | 3601 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007

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Tip :: There are often cars parked in front of this mural. Use the panorama mode on your smart phone to capture the mural in its entirety.

Itinerary Suggestions – Brunch or lunch at either Happy Fatz, Onion Creek, or Pho Binh down the street. Stop at Gelazzi for the photo first – then reward with gelato. Then, stop by Revival Market for the best latte in town. Art Car Museum is south of the mural by a mile.

Love

St. Mark’s United Methodist Church | The Heights | 600 Pecore Street, Houston, TX  77009

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Itinerary Suggestions – Mural first. Lunch at Good Dog Houston {made it to Alison Cook’s 2015 Top 100} or Dacapo’s {cafe with delicious cakes}. Dessert at Red Dessert Dive. Stop by the other Heights murals.

Thread Sunshine Wall

thread stylish kids’ resale | The Heights | 1948 Rutland St, Houston, TX 77008

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Itinerary Suggestions – Explore 19th Street in the Heights. Favorite stores include Big Blue Whale {toy store}, Casa Ramirez {I bought a straw Fedora-ish hat for $30 that would normally cost at least $75 at a place like Anthropologie}, and of course thread which resales baby, kids, and maternity clothes and gear. Torchy’s Tacos, Carter & Cooley Co. Delicatessen, and Menchie’s are favorite kid-friendly eats down the street.

Houston is Inspired

Market Square {Treebeards} | Downtown | 315 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002

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Photo courtesy of Eighty Two Photography

Itinerary Suggestions – Lunch at either Treebeards {open weekdays only} or Niko Niko’s. Snap at picture at the mural. Pop over to Market Square park to burn off some energy, or go a few blocks to Discovery Green.

About ___ Rocks

Lawndale Art Center | Museum District | 4912 Main St, Houston, TX 77002

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Photo credit Amanda Sorena

On exhibit until October 2017

Itinerary Suggestions – Stop by the MFAH {free on Thursdays!} or head over to the Health Museum. Stop in to Lawndale Art Center for a picture in front of the mural outside and for contemporary art flare {free admission always}. Nearby eats include Dak & Bop {Korean fried chicken wings}, Monster PBJ food truck, Little Bigs {sliders and killer milk shakes}.

Keep on Dancing

Cottonwood | Garden Oaks | 3422 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77018

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Use caution. It’s close to an active railroad track.

Itinerary Suggestions – Eat at Cottonwood. They’re kid friendly. Or, eat at nearby Petrol Station – yes, it’s also a community bar…but their burgers are to die for. Then, head South into the Heights for Fat Cat Creamery.

EaDo Murals 

EaDo | St. Emanuel St. @ Leeland St. 77003 

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Houston Murals Guide | Houston Moms Blog

Houston Murals Guide | Houston Moms Blog

Houston Murals Guide | Houston Moms Blog

Left photo credit Danny and Jessica Heinlein

Houston Murals Guide | Houston Moms Blog

These beautiful murals are all mostly a by-product of the ever-creative HUE Mural Festival where world-renowned muralists come to our great city to showcase their work. Their art has really transformed EaDo (East Downtown). While there are so many more murals, these are our favorite for family photos.

Itinerary Suggestions – Have dinner at Huynh Restaurant down the street {it’s BYOB and my personal favorite for Vietnamese food} then head over for the murals. If the children aren’t in tow, grab a libation at the bar, Around the Corner. Or, stop by before a Dynamo game.

Love by Wiley

The former Heights Post Office | The Heights | 1050 Yale St, Houston, TX 77008

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Itinerary Suggestions – snap a photo and treat yo’ self at Eight Row Flint across the street. It’s a gastropub with fantastic brussel sprout tacos.

Note: A particular color wall located on Canal St. isn’t listed because it was out of commission at the time of writing. So sad. This list definitely is not comprehensive. Which of your favorite murals have we missed?

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4 Responses to Houston Murals Guide

  1. Rutu October 3, 2015 at 11:50 am #

    The before I die wall in the heights should definitely be a part of this list. It’s a great place to go visit with blue line bike lab being the shop the mural is painted on and many places along the street to enjoy food.

  2. Rowena November 20, 2016 at 4:56 pm #

    There’s a Love Each Other fence somewhere in the heights and I’ve seen pictures of it. Where exactly is that place at? I would love to take a picture of my husband and I.

    Thank you,
    Rowena

  3. Jason Blackhull January 30, 2017 at 7:30 am #

    I really appreciate the insight here in this post.Thank you.

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