There are about six miles of underground tunnels in downtown Houston. 95 blocks are connected, 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 tunnels are closed at night and weekends.
Most asked question: Coffee. Starbucks is in the (red) Downtown Tunnel Loop and W. Dallas Loop, Amille’s Coffee is in the Downtown Tunnel Loop and La Dolce Vita at the bottom of the Hyatt’s tunnel escalator/stairs. They 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.
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: (turquoise) 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)
The (red) Downtown Tunnel Loop at Centerpoint has 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: Starbucks, Murphy’s Deli, Tacos AGogo, and…
- Which Wich
- Anille’s Coffee
- District Grille
- Beck’s Prime
- Dimassi’s Mediterranean Kitchen
- Smoothie King
- Daily Juice Cafe
- 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 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 Draught 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).