There are about six miles of underground tunnels in downtown Houston. 95 blocks are conencted, including City Hall and the reflecting pool, Tranquility Park, Discovery Green, the Theater District and more. There are hundreds of shops, cafes, bakeries, and restaurants. Don’t worry about getting lost. There are colorful maps all along the way.

Unfortunately, the tunnel is closed at night and weekends. So go today or Monday if you want to check it out.

For those attending the E this weekend, you can access the (yellow) S. Louisiana Tunnel from the Hyatt lobby, near the front door.

Most asked question: Coffee. Unfortunately, Starbucks in the (red) Downtown Tunnel Loop and W. Dallas Loop, Amille’s Coffee, (Downtown Tunnel Loop) and La Dolce Vita at the bottom of the Hyatt’s tunnel escalator/stairs are closed Saturday and Sunday. This is because they’re packed weekdays when people are downtown working. The Starbucks at 914 Dallas, at the Residence Inn by Marriott, is open weekends.

Einstein Bagels in the lobby should be open for sure.

A list of tunnel restaurants and shops can be found here: https://www.downtownhouston.org/site_media/uploads/attachments/2016-07-28/2016-AB-MAP-Buildings.pdf

Here’s what close to the Hyatt, but know that most of these places will be closed on Saturday and Sunday.

W. Dallas Tunnel Loop: The first left at the bottom of the Hyatt tunnel escalator will take you first to the small (turquoise) W. Dallas Tunnel Loop. On the right, there’s a spur that takes you to a Starbucks, Fuddrucker’s, subway and Treebeards.

Or keep going straight and you’ll come to The Court at Allen Center, which has Cafe Basil, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Jimmy John’s Sandwiches, Murphy’s Deli, Coffee Bar, Just Falafel, Chuck-fil-A, Salata, Simon’s Cafe, Fresh Healthy Cafe and Otto’s BBQ and Hamburgers.

Downtown Tunnel Loop (red)

But I would take the second left at the bottom of the Hyatt tunnel escalator and head toward the (red) Downtown Tunnel Loop. On the way, at Centerpoint, you’ll find a small food court with Mama Ninfa’s, the oldest Tex-Mex chain in Houston. There’s also an Alonti, a Wendy’s and the Post Oak Grill.

Left at the Downtown Tunnel Loop (red)

The (red) Downtown Tunnel Loop has a myriad of places. Going left Takes you to another La Dolce Vita, and then, after a while, to Starbucks, Murphy’s Deli, Tacos AGogo,

Left at the Downtown Tunnel Loop (red)

  • Which Wich
  • Anille’s Coffee
  • District Grille
  • Beck’s Prime
  • Salata
  • Nosh
  • Dimassi’s Mediterranean Kitchen
  • Bullritos
  • Subway
  • Smoothie King
  • Pastabilities
  • Daily Juice Cafe
  • McDonalds
  • Kolache Factory
  • Antone’s Famous Poboys
  • Amille’s Coffee
  • Chicken Etcetera
  • Handmade Baked Empanadas

W. Walker Tunnel (blue)

At the back of the (red) Downtown Tunnel Loop is the W. Walker Tunnel, which will take you to City Hall, the Reflecting Pool and Tranquility Park. Take the stairs in the parking garage.

Places close by open on the weekends:

  • Benihana (1318 Louisiana)
  • Russo’s Pizza (604 Polk)
  • Wimpy’s Hamburgers (632 Polk) is open Saturday for lunch but closed Sunday.
  • The Flying Saucer Dwight Emporium is fun. (705 Main Street)
  • The Aquarium restaurant (410 Bagby), ferris wheel and amusement area and is about a 15-minute walk (under a mile).