Galveston’s Next Great Neighborhood
Marked by its beautiful Victorian architecture and colorfully painted storefronts, Postoffice Street is full of charm, offering an enchanting blend of art galleries, boutiques, antique shops, chic eateries and lively entertainment in downtown Galveston. The street’s artsy atmosphere has made it a fresh hangout for locals and an emerging area of the island.
Where to Go:
Rene Wiley Gallery – Galveston artist Rene Wiley offers island-inspired original paintings and wood sculptures made from trees destroyed by Hurricane Ike.
DesignWorks – Part gallery, part specialty retail, DesignWorks is a marriage of art and design offering gifts, home furnishings, accessories and original art work.
Artwalk – Held every six weeks, this free event hosted by the Galveston Arts Center features 20+ art galleries in the downtown district that open their doors to the public for a Saturday night of art viewing, wine, hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment. The bulk of the activity and half of the district’s art galleries are located on Postoffice Street.
Tangerine Boutique – This high-fashion boutique brings a mix of elegant and casual West Coast couture. Its California flair comes from the likes of designers Corey Lynn Calter, Chan Luu, Mother Denim, True Religion and more, offering women’s clothing, accessories, hats and shoes.
Rudy & Paco Restaurant – Known for its Central American twist on steaks and seafood, Rudy & Paco was named one of the Top 100 “Best Overall” restaurants in the nation by OpenTable in 2012. The restaurant is the dining choice of the stars that perform at The Grand 1894 Opera House next door.
MOD Coffeehouse – This community coffeehouse is so much than a place to grab a cup of “Joe.” Here, you can relax in one of MOD’s big comfy chairs, gather in its loft area or find a table for two outside on its charming patio where local musicians perform on evenings. The coffeehouse features local art on its walls and serves espressos, wine, food, baked goods and more.
The Grand 1894 Opera House – This historic theater is a Postoffice Street gem. With no seat more than 70 feet away from the stage, The Grand lures performers from across the world with its intimate charm. The theater hosts year-round live performances from concerts to Broadway shows, and has featured world-class acts from Liza Minnelli to Willie Nelson.
The Emporium at Eibands – With an impressive array of antiques and collectibles, The Emporium at Eibands is an upscale showroom filled with art, jewelry, antique furniture, and other architectural finds, representing more than 50 antiques dealers.
Gumbo Bar & Sky Bar – These two locally owned restaurants are the center of Postoffice Streets casual dining scene. Located next door to each other, Gumbo Bar serves authentic dishes described as a “cross between San Francisco and New Orleans” while Sky Bar Steak & Sushi offers a lively atmosphere with its bar crowd.