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Bakery in Harlingen

Antigua Bakery

A small menu of healthy, filling breakfast and lunch choices completely offsets (in calorific content, of course) the tempting desserts on display in this adorable tea room. Service is a little slow, but that just g…
Nature Reserve in Harlingen

Arroyo Colorado

Merging two separately owned tracts of conservation land into a single 95-acre expanse, this reserve surrounding the namesake arroyo is part of the World Birding Center network. It provides breeding grounds and rest…
Mexican in Harlingen

Tejano Grill

The menu may run the range of BBQ and Tex-Mex, but the 'House Favorites' are all Mexican for a reason. It's a particularly popular breakfast choice for locals, but tasty anytime.
Museum in Harlingen

Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum

Return to the days of Six-Shooter Junction at this modern facility, which combines several museums in one. An 1870s stagecoach inn recalls the hot, dusty conditions of the old trail, where the only friend you were l…
Cafe in Harlingen

Ol' D's Soda Shop

The long bar and stools are all repurposed from a now-defunct soda fountain in Raymondsville, but the vibe is authentic 1950s if you don't look too close. Drop onto a stool at the bar and order a burger or a root-be…
Antiques in Harlingen

Antique & Artisans Emporium

From art and furniture to clothing and (especially) old records, it's the eclectic mix that lends much of the store's charm. There's no telling what you'll find – something the proprietors point out as a reason to c…
Art in Harlingen

D'Arte Center

Exhibits and sells fine art from regional players and members of the local Harlingen Art Forum, and sometimes organizes workshops. It's worth a stop by to see if anything speaks to you.