The Best Things To Do In Houston's Chinatown

things to do in houston chinatown

Chinatown, Houston lies between Alief and the city of Bellaire. The neighbourhood is populated with Asians of different descent, not just the Chinese. There are Vietnamese, Koreans, Pakistanis and so on who live and work here. The district is bustling with shops, restaurants and grocery stores. Whether you are looking for Vietnamese pho or Cantonese dim sum, the variety of food here is overwhelming. Apart from that, the popular Harwin Drive, Chinatown’s prime shopping district draws many for its affordable products. Visiting Houston for work or for play? If you’re craving for some Asian food, or just want to soak in the atmosphere, this guide for things to do in Chinatown, Houston will help you narrow down what to do, see and eat. Scroll below to find the top things to do in Chinatown, Houston.

1.Go restaurant hopping

Vietnamese Pho
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If you’re in Chinatown to fulfill your gastronomic cravings, then you’re in luck. If you’re looking to slurp on Vietnamese pho, then Saigon Pagolac and Kim Son are famous for their delicious Vietnamese food. Craving for dim sum? Hong Kong Dim Sum provides a delicious spread. Lucky Pot and Ocean Palace are also great for hotpots. The link below contains the address of all the restaurants mentioned and more information on where else to go.

Hong Kong Dim Sum

Address: 9889 Bellaire Blvd #110 Houston TX 77072

Website: Hong Kong Dim Sum

Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Tuesday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm; Thursday - Friday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm; Saturday - Sunday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Average price for two persons: 11-30 USD

2. Sing at the Yes KTV karaoke bar

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Everyone loves to sing, and you can unleash your inner Celine Dion or Ariana Grande at the Yes KTV karaoke bar. A full-service bar for non-alcoholic beverages, it promises a vibrant environment, with private rooms you can rent in order to sing your lungs out. You can bring your own alcoholic drinks to this bar. With over 10,000 English songs and a wide selection of other songs in different languages, this is party heaven indeed.

Yes KTV karaoke bar

Address: 9889 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77036, USA

Website: Yes KTV karaoke bar

Opening hours: Monday - Friday 6:30 pm - 2:00 am; Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 am; Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:00 am

Average price for two: 30-80 USD (Hourly)

3. Go shopping for Asian products

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If you are in the hunt for bargain goods, then try browsing around Harwin Drive. Harwin Drive is lined with vendors selling everything from toe rings, essentials to even electronics and designer look-alikes of formal wear. The products are from various countries in Asia, and prices are very affordable. The vendors change frequently, so grab the bargain buys while you can. Some street food stall vendors also operate there, so be sure to check them out. Start at the Harwin Central Mart and venture down south.

Harwin Drive

Address: 9700 Harwin Dr #211, Houston, TX 77036, USA

4.Get a reflexology massage

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There are no lack of massage saloons in Chinatown, so if you need a foot rub for your poor aching feet, then pop in a foot reflexology saloon. Oasis Massage stands out for its great reviews on Yelp, with users saying they appreciate the fact that the manager can speak English and that appointment times are confirmed fast enough. There are also private rooms that you can book for a group of four.

Oasis Massage

Address: 9889 Bellaire Blvd Ste 331 Houston, TX 77036 United States Chinatown, Sharpstown

Website: Oasis Massage

Opening hours: Monday - Sunday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Average price for two: 30-100 USD

5.Try the spicy Asian crawfish at Cajun Kitchen

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With so many food choices, it’s difficult to claim any dish as Houston’s signature dish, but the Asian Cajun-style crawfish is a great favourite. Cajun Kitchen in Chinatown is the place to have it. A Vietnamese dish, it has evolved to suit the taste buds of the locals, and the end product is a unique dish spicy enough to tickle your taste buds. Of course, other dishes on the menu are there for those who prefer safe choices - pasta, noodles, fried food platters, and many more.

Cajun Kitchen

Address: 6938 Wilcrest Dr, Houston, TX 77072, USA

Website: Cajun Kitchen

Opening hours: Weekdays 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm; Weekends 12:00 noon - 10:00 pm

Average price for two persons: 11-30 USD

6.Take an Asian heritage tour

Houston Chinatown shopping centers east of Beltway 8 (Dec 2013)
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Of course, if you’re in Chinatown, then do check out the heritage tours so you’ll find out more about the area’s history. The Chinese Community Centre organises tours for 45 USD per person and brings you to area landmarks such as the abovementioned Harwin Mart. Learn about the culture and history of each place, and also find out where to eat. You can also choose from other tours that focus on workshops such as Chinese calligraphy or tea drinking ceremonies around Chinatown. Check out the link below for more options!


Address: Houston, TX 77036, USA

Food, fun and massage at Chinatown, Houston

Chinatown, Houston

Texas is well known for their barbecued ribs and cowboys, but step into Chinatown, Houston, and you will find out that Texas is more than that! Delicious choices await, and you’ll be able to shop to your heart’s delight. Or if you’re a history buff or intrigued by cultural practices like Chinese calligraphy or the Japanese art of drinking tea, then sign up for the heritage tours. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll see that the place is definitely worth a visit.

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