The POST Houston is one of the top attractions of Downtown Houston. The cultural development recently revitalized the area and brought many fantastic experiences anyone can enjoy.
The highlight of POST Houston is the food hall with 20 local and international vendors, allowing you to try the flavors of various cuisines. And if you are in a group, then each person can get the food they prefer and still get together to eat in the communal seating.
Another high point (literally!) is the rooftop park of POST Houston – the Skylawn, an outdoor terrace providing stunning city views.
The space also hosts monthly yoga classes, concerts, and other events like movie nights, flea markets, etc.
Whether you live in Houston or are visiting and want to stop by POST Houston, you’re in the right place! This post has all you need to know for visiting this exciting spot, including how to get here, operating hours, things to do, nearby attractions, and more.
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What is it
The POST Houston is a cultural center in Downtown Houston and has a food hall (POST Market) with 20 food vendors offering both local and international food.
You can also enjoy cultural events at the Skylawn, the rooftop park, and concerts at the 713 Music Hall.
The historical building is located where the Barbara Jordan Post Office used to be and has the largest rooftop park in America, providing stunning views of the city.
Where is it and getting here
The POST is in Houston’s downtown, and the exact location is 401 Franklin St Houston, TX 77201.
You can reach it by car, and there’s limited parking available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The first hour is free; after that, it’s US$ 5 per hour. It’s possible to pay your parking fee online – you just need your license plate number.
If you don’t want to drive, you can use the service of ride-sharing apps, such as Uber, Lyft, and the local Alto.
And if you’re not from Houston, you can rent a car at the airport and use it to get around the city – which is the most convenient way to get around Houston. I recommend RentalCars for any car rental need, as it gives the best rates from the top companies.
You can visit POST every day because it’s open 7 days per week. The operating hours are:
- Sunday – Wednesday from 11 am until 9 pm
- Thursday – Saturday from 11 am until 10 pm
Additionally, POST Market (the food hall) is open until midnight on concert nights.
Places to eat
POST Market is a food hall with many places to eat. After you choose the best option, you can grab your food and sit in the communal dining area with the rest of your group.
Here are some of the best places to eat at POST Market:
- Andes Café: for the rich flavors of South American food.
- Roberta’s: offering wood-fired Naples-style pizzas.
- Taco Fuego: with tacos, quesadillas, empanadas, churros, and other delights.
- Hawker: a fusion of Southeast Asian and Latin American cuisine.
- Lucy Pearl’s: for southern dessert – pies, cookies, and cakes.
You can find other places to eat at POST Houston on their website.
Things to do at POST Houston
You can grab a bite at one of the vendors mentioned above.
At POST Market, apart from the food, there are also a couple of products you can purchase from some vendors. They include bath products, jewelry, accessories, and plants.
Then, grab a juice at Thrive, a coffee at Eden Plant Co, or ice cream at Flower and Cream and head over to the rooftop to enjoy it while appreciating the view of Houston’s skyline.
Also, every first Saturday of the month, there’s a free yoga class on the Skylawn at 11 am. You just need to bring your mat, towel, and bottle and be ready to enjoy the class and the view.
The POST also has a Concert Series at the Skylawn to bring cover bands from various genres to perform on its stage.
Lastly, here you’ll also find the 713 Music Hall, a concert venue that is now one of the top places for live music in Downtown Houston.
For a complete list of events, please visit POST’s website.
The nearest attraction to POST Houston is Downtown Aquarium, within a 5-minute walk. The aquarium is one of the top places to visit in Houston, and it’s so close that you can see both on the same day.
When visiting the Downtown Aquarium, don’t miss the chance to see the Texas Bayou exhibit to tour the marsh and bayous of the Gulf Coast to see alligators and turtles; and the Stingray Reef, where you can touch and feed live stingrays.
At the aquarium, you can also ride the Diving Bell Ferris Wheel, a 100-feet Ferris wheel that offers epic Downtown skyline views.
You can purchase your entrance ticket to Downtown Aquarium Houston for US$ 22.99 for kids and US$ 24.99 for adults. Additionally, the aquarium is one of 5 places you can visit with the Houston CityPass.
You might also like to read: The complete guide to Downtown Houston
Another place to visit near POST Houston is Buffalo Bayou Park, one of my favorite parks in the city. Here you can enjoy miles of trails for walking, running, and biking; and kayak and canoe in the park’s waters.
As a bonus, Buffalo Bayou Park offers gorgeous views of the Downtown skyline and is an excellent sunset spot in Houston.
And if you want to dive into the cultural scene of Houston, from the POST, you’ll be very close to the Theater District, with 9 professional performing arts organizations. Pay a visit to Alley Theatre, Jones Hall, Wortham Theater Center, or the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts – all located in the surrounding areas.
Finally, if you still want something to eat, you can head to Phoenicia Specialty Foods, an international market with a deli, meals, and household items. Phoenicia is close to Discovery Green – another must-see attraction in Downtown Houston.
Places to stay nearby
There are many places to stay downtown as a base to explore not only POST Houston but also other attractions in the area.
Here are some of the best hotels in Downtown Houston:
- Marriot Marquis Houston: a great option of a hotel in Downtown Houston and a perfect place to stay near Minute Made Park, the Convention Center, and the Theater District – a few main places to visit in the city. This well-located hotel also has the world’s largest Texas-shaped rooftop lazy river.
- The Lancaster Hotel: a historic boutique hotel in the heart of the Theater District, so within a 10-minute walk to the POST Houston. By staying in this hotel, you’ll be close to the best attractions of Downtown Houston, including a 5-minute drive to the George R. Brown Convention Center. It features one restaurant and a coffee shop, but it’s also very close to some of the best places to eat, like Frank’s Pizza and Common Bond Brasserie & Bakery.
- Hotel Icon: set very close to Market Square Park and within a 10-minute walk to the POST Houston by crossing the Buffalo Bayou and passing through the Sesquicentennial Park. It’s also near the Houston is Inspired mural and another 10-minute walk to the Minute Maid Park, in case you want to catch an Astros game.
- Magnolia Hotel Houston: set in the heart of Downtown Houston, within a 15-minute walk to POST and 10 minutes to Minute Maid Park. Other perks of Magnolia include a free downtown shuttle service and a rooftop pool to cool down in the Texas heat.
- The Laura Hotel: a stunning 5-star hotel in Downtown Houston with a gorgeous rooftop pool. It’s within a 15-minute stroll to the George R. Brown Convention Center and Discovery Green. The Laura is also the best hotel if you plan to catch a concert or a Houston Rockets game at Toyota Center because it’s within walking distance. Using a ride-sharing service, you can reach the POST by car with a short 5-minute drive.
- Baldwin, Curio Collection by Hilton: a modern hotel near the Houston City Hall and less than one mile from the Theater District and its attractions. This hotel offers complimentary shuttle service within the downtown area, and when it’s time to eat, you can savor the Italian flare at the in-house restaurant Rosalie and sip a coffee at Good 2 Go. Nearby, you can also try the excellent steaks at Guard and Grace.
- Cambria Hotel Houston Downtown Convention Center: an excellent hotel right by the Minute Maid Park – perfect for when you’re going to an Astros game. It’s also within a 10-minute stroll to the Discovery Green and the George R. Brown Convention Center. And you can reach POST with a short car ride (less than 10 minutes).
Tips for visiting Houston
To explore the best of Houston, you should purchase the Houston CityPass. By purchasing the pass for US$ 64, you can save up to 47% on some of Houston’s top attractions.
When you purchase the Houston CityPass, you can visit 5 of the top places to visit in Houston, including the Space Center Houston, Downtown Aquarium, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston Zoo OR Museum of Fine Arts, and Houston Kemah Boardwalk OR Children’s Museum Houston.
Top things to do in Houston
Of the many attractions of Houston, POST is only one of the best. If you want to explore other top places to visit in the city, here are a few you should add to your itinerary.
- Space Center Houston: the city’s highlight; the Space Center is the best place to visit in Houston. The museum contains artifacts and interactive exhibits to learn more about space exploration. It also allows you to have a peek into NASA Johnson Space Center. You can purchase tickets online or visit it with your Houston CityPass.
- Houston Museum of Natural Science: one of the must-visit museums in Houston, especially for kids that want to see dinosaur fossils. You can also purchase the ticket at GetYourGuide, along with other attractions of the city, or see it as one of the attractions of the Houston CityPass.
- Buffalo Bayou Park and Hermann Park: they are two of the top parks in the city, and excellent places for a walk, running, or just for a picnic.
- Downtown Aquarium: very close to the POST Houston, the aquarium is within a 5-minute walk. You can go to Downtown Aquarium in the morning and then to the POST Market in the afternoon for a bite to eat. It’s also another place you can visit with your Houston CityPass.
- Houston Zoo: a go-to place for family fun. Visit the zoo and then go for a walk at Hermann Park as a perfect way to finish your day. Use the Houston CityPass to visit this attraction.
You might also like to read: Space Center Houston: What to know before you go and Top things to do in Houston – the best attractions of the city.
Getting around Houston
The best way to get around Houston is with a car. If you’re not from the area, you can rent a car at the airport and use it to explore the city. For a big city, parking is relatively easy, making a car a convenient way to get around.
I personally use and recommend RentalCars for my trips as it allows me to choose the best price amongst the top car rental companies.
If you don’t want to drive, you can also use the ride-sharing services available in the city, like Uber, Lyft, and the local Alto.
And if you prefer to use the public transportation system, you can rely on METRO. Though it isn’t available throughout the entire city, it’s a good way to explore the main tourist path – Downtown, Museum District, and other areas.
What can you do at POST Houston?
POST Houston has the POST Market food hall with 20 options to choose. Here you’ll also find 713 Music Hall, the new place for live performances in the city.
At Skylawn, the rooftop park, you’ll have access to free monthly yoga classes, concerts, and other events for every type of traveler.
Does POST Houston have an elevator?
Yes, there’s wheelchair accessible elevator, along with restrooms and seating.
Are pets allowed?
No, pets aren’t allowed at POST Houston.
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