Houston Charm

Houston named one of the friendliest cities in America, but we already knew that

Houston named one of U.S. friendliest cities, but we already knew that

Market Square Park, skyline
Market Square Park in downtown Houston is a friendly place. Photo by Shannon O'Hara/Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
Bacchus, Exterior
For a break, stop in at one of the local wine bars—like Bacchus, Travel + Leisure suggests. Bacchus Houston Wine & Coffee Bar/Facebook
Vinoteca Poscól restaurant Houston exterior
For a break, stop in at one of the local wine bars— like Vinoteca Poscol, Travel + Leisure suggests. Vinoteca Poscól/Facebook
Market Square Park, skyline
Bacchus, Exterior
Vinoteca Poscól restaurant Houston exterior

What they say about Texas charm must be true, because Travel + Leisure says Houston is one of the friendliest cities in the U.S. The 15 cities on the list were determined by the magazine's most recent America’s Favorite Cities survey.

"Readers ranked 38 metro areas for such inviting features as wine bars, pizza and luxury shopping — along with the conviviality of the locals who might be serving drinks, ringing up your order or just offering directions outside your hotel," explains T+L.

Houston came in at No. 11, just behind Austin. They are the only Texas cities on the list.

About Houston, the magazine said:

The big-business environment may have kept Houston out of the friendliest top 10, but the locals’ general lack of snootiness—and, no doubt, the generous use of “y’all”—still charmed readers.  To pick up a little of their Texas-friendly vibes, you could try dressing like them: Shop along Lower Westheimer to pick up high-end hand-me-downs at consignment shop Couture Blowout, and then accessorize with some belts, bags, or cowboy footwear from the famed Tejas Custom Boots. For a break, stop in at one of the local wine bars—like Bacchus or Vinoteca Poscol—which ranked at the top among this year’s voters."

Nashville leads the list at No. 1, followed by Salt Lake City (No. 2) and Minneapolis/St. Paul (No. 3). Check out the other friendly spots here