Houston Shopping Heaven
Houston is a shopping hotspot. You will not find a "Fifth Ave." like New York or a "Beverly Hills" like L.A., but you will find shopping spots located throughout Houston that are comparable to other major cities. Find out these Houston shopping hotspots below:
Houston Rice Village Shopping
Located next to Rice University and the Museum District, Rice Village is one of the city’s oldest and most best-loved shopping enclaves in Houston. Rice Village Arcade is home to anchor stores like Gap, Banana Republic, Express, Eddie Bauer and more. With unique boutiques like Z. Bead, White Buffalo and La Taste, bars/clubs like Gatsby and The Gingerman and the city’s best cluster of Thai restaurants, Rice Village is a shopping paradise. Rice Village is located near downtown Houston, inside loop 610, and south of US-59. The most common route to Rice Village is via US-59, and exiting Kirby south, which heads straight to Rice Village (corner of University & Kirby).
Houston Uptown ParkThis Houston shopping village is lined with boutiques, fountains, lavish landscaping and restaurants. Inspired by European design, you can find clothing shops such as BB1 Classic, Merrill & Watson, Runway Fashion Boutique, Todd’s Place and others. Restaurants and cafes include Cafe Express, Starbucks, and Uptown Sushi. Uptown Park is conveniently located in the Uptown/Galleria area of Houston. The center is on Uptown Park Boulevard at the northwest corner of Post Oak Boulevard and Loop 610, just north of San Felipe.
Houston Galleria Shopping
The biggest shopping malls in Houston and the most popular Houston shopping destination, the Galleria features a spacious layout, topped by atrium roof panels that add sunlight and serenity to the bustling shopping scene. Do a little bit of shopping at the many fancy and prestigious shops such as CH Caorlina Hererra, Christian Dior, Sigrid Olsen, Fendi, Sephora, Gucci, Armani Exchange and Versace nestled with an ice rink and a huge selection of dining options, the Houston Galleria is a sight to be seen. Macy’s, Foley’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom anchor the mall’s 375 stores, which include Kenneth Cole, Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Banana Republic and Abercrombie and Fitch. The Galleria is also home to both the Westin Galleria and Westin Oaks hotels. The Galleria is located at the intersection of Westheimer Rd. and Post Oak Boulevard just off Loop 610.
River Oaks Shopping Center in Houston
Located in River Oaks, Houston upscale neighborhood, the shopping center offers premiere shopping at stores such as Chico’s, Talbot’s, J. Jill, upscale resale shops like Twice New, home goods havens such as Events and Sur La Table, plus artsy outposts such as Mad Potter (paint your own pottery) and Texas Gallery make spending a day in River Oaks fun. You can also dine at the many restaurants located in the center. Side note: River Oaks Shopping Center is the oldest shopping center in Texas and the second oldest shopping center in the nation. West Gray @ Shepherd Drive. Houston, Texas 77019.
Located 25 miles west of Downtown Houston on I-10, Katy Mills is a 1.3 million-square-foot market dominant retail and entertainment destination. Katy Mills features 200 of the best names in manufacturers' and retail outlets, off price retailers and unique specialty stores, the Katy Field Day Food Court, various themed restaurants, AMC 20 Movie Theater and several high-quality, family-oriented entertainment venues like Jillian's. Monday-Saturday: 10:00am - 9:00pm. Sunday: 11:00am - 6:00pm. Located at 5000 Katy Mills Circle, Katy, TX 77494.
At Harwin, bargains sums up the endless storefronts that sell traditional south Asian or Indian clothing such as tunics. They’re comparable in style -- but not in cost -- to what you’ll be finding across town. You can also find perfumes that are the real deal but sell at about half the department store price. Inventory changes constantly, though at any given time, store shelves burst with recognizable brands. Most of the shops are clustered, so park at one and walk to the others. Some of the best clothing (and even wedding dresses) can be found. You can also find furniture, baggage, and art stores. Fake designer purses with purposefully misspelled names such as Kade Spate or Pradda can be found for about $30. On Harwin, you will get a lot of shops owned by people from all around the world who don't mind a bit of haggling. Even when the prices seem competitive, it never hurts to ask for an even better deal.
Houston Highland Village
Highland Village is Houston's premiere shopping and dining destination. Here can be found the very finest in women's and men's fashions, shoes and leather goods, unique gifts and collectibles, salons, children's clothing, furniture, fixtures, home accessories and cookware, eyewear, lingerie, jewelry, and financial services. This upscale center is home to some of the most prestigious names in retail such as Crate & Barrel, Williams Sonoma, Banana Republic, Pottery Barn, Gap, Restoration Hardware, Fitigues, Cole Haan, Chico's, Lucy, Lucky Brand Dungarees and Victoria's Secret, along with exclusive specialty stores such as Tootsies and Michael Kemper Salon & Day Spa. 4000 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027.