Here are the 10 best ways to support Houston’s Chinatown

Boba, Xiao Long Bao and Bingsu are just a few of the treats you can find in Houston's bustling Chinatown.
Boba, Xiao Long Bao and Bingsu are just a few of the treats you can find in Houston's bustling Chinatown.

HOUSTON – When people think of Chinatown, cities like New York City or San Francisco might be the first to come to mind. Houston, as usual, seems to fly under the radar, but that shouldn’t be the case with such a diverse community. The bustling neighborhood tucked in the southwest side of town is teeming with different shops, cafes and restaurants with far-eastern roots. Drive down Bellaire Blvd., and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported.

If you’re not sure where to start, let us be your guide. We’ve planned a full itinerary to help you get better acquainted with Houston’s Chinatown.

*Reviews have been edited for content and length.

1. BAKERIES

Start your day off right with warm baked breads and beautiful goodies for breakfast. Traditional and trendy Asian pastries are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palate. Questioning whether or not it’s a good idea to have cake for breakfast? Trust us, you’ll burn off those calories with everything on the agenda.

85°C Bakery

Helpful review: “I love this bakery! The pastries here are so DELICIOUS!! Pastries are made fresh daily, and there are so so so many to choose from (sweet or savory)! They have a large selection of beverages as well (I haven’t tried, but will next time). All are at a reasonable price. The whole bakery is modern, bright, clean, and very organized. Almost everything here is self serve; you grab a tray and a pair of tongs and just pick whatever your heart desires. By the way, my favorite is their popular one, the milk bun! Once done, you just check out at the register, and the cashier will wrap up the pastries individually. The customer service here was very friendly and quick. I highly recommend.” Cindy B.


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