Alameda Street, Corpus Christi

Chic boutiques, gourmet fare, and art-house flicks in the Sparkling City by the Sea.
Alameda Street, Corpus Christi
Market, 3812 S. Alameda
Photograph by Sarah Sudhoff

1. Muse

If you rip pages out of fashion magazines with obsessive zeal, you’ll appreciate the massive inspiration board at this Six Points shop. Like hawkeyed stylists, the ladies of Muse nudge customers toward pieces that look nervy on the racks—skinny Blank jeans in lollipop colors and strapless Envi maxi dresses—but spot-on in the dressing room. Add a bauble or two, stuff the receipts into your new Big Buddha Uptown tote, and you might find your own picture posted on the wall of style. 1710 S. Alameda, 361-888-6873,

2. Bleu Frog Mercantile

Though billed as “needful stuff for the home, garden, and soul,” the goods that fill this emporium aren’t strictly necessities. An orange glass starfish paperweight, for instance, is just around the corner from Himalayan salt lamps, which are across from a case full of fudge (made on-site), which is a hundred paces from a handcrafted bench, which is two left turns away from old-fashioned sock monkeys. With Oriental rugs underfoot and sizable model airplanes overhead, meandering through this maze is a head-spinning experience. 1710 S. Alameda, 361-881-1091

3. Hester’s Café & Coffee Bar

At this 25-table eatery, run by Jason and Hester Rodriguez, the eggs are named after jazz icons (Ella, Louis, Duke), the omelets are inventive (smoked salmon and asparagus with curry-roasted red peppers), and the coffee (ten custom blends) is roasted in-house. WhileHester gets creative in the kitchen—she uses leftover cookie dough to make the crusts of her divine cheesecakes—Jason whips up catering menus for parties “from two to two thousand.” 1714 S. Alameda, 361-885-0558,

4. Indie Theater and ZuZu’s Bistro

Not many second-run movie theaters are known for their crab cakes. But at the Indie (a more sophisticated Alamo Drafthouse), the fare—seared ahi tuna with jícama relish and wasabi mayo, crabmeat-stuffed tilapia with a creole-mustard beurre blanc—is as first-rate as its films. Recent titles on the art deco marquee include Man

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