S'mores at Sweet Paris (photo by Julie Soefer)

TUCKED IN BETWEEN the oak-lined avenues of fine residences, the medical district, and the leafy reaches of Rice University, Rice Village has remained an iconic shopping destination since 1938. Houston’s walkable garden district has recently been refreshed with more sidewalks, storefronts, landscaping, parking and new retail. With a growing global array of eateries including Spanish, French, Italian and Middle Eastern cuisines — plus sweets galore — there’s no need to have a dining plan upon arrival. Just follow your cravings! Here’s what’s cooking.

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Noah Rattler at Hope Farms (photo from @rfsfoundation on Instagram)

WHEN NATIVE HOUSTONIAN Noah Rattler walked to California to raise awareness about homelessness in 2008, he never dreamed he would end up at Houston’s Hope Farms. “When I was recovering from my long journey in California, I started my first garden. Once I tasted something that I grew, I was hooked,” says Rattler. No small wonder that farmers are the new rock stars of the community.

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