Highland Village shopping center. Photo by Katie Duncun.


Houston is indeed a shopping mecca. From lavish malls like The Galleria and Memorial City to “storefront neighborhoods” like Post Oak, Highland Village, Uptown Park, River Oaks District, and Rice Village, Houston’s shopping scene is as vibrant and diverse as the city itself.

The Galleria is the seventh-largest mall in the United States and is known worldwide for its vast array of shops. If you are looking for precious jewelry, The Galleria hosts Cartier, David Yurman, Kay Jewelers, Pandora, Swarovski Crystal, and Tiffany & Co., to name a few. Designer labels at The Galleria include Chanel, Burberry, Armani, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, St. John, and Versace. Department stores such as Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Saks Fifth Avenue all have stores here as well.

For everything you need to decorate your new Houston home, there’s Crate & Barrel, Williams-Sonoma, Restoration Hardware, IKEA, Pottery Barn, and much more. GreenStreet, formerly Houston Pavilions, offers more than just shopping, with great dining, entertainment, and green space all in one convenient downtown spot. Go bargain hunting on Harwin Drive, or head to Dao Chloe Dao and Abejas in Rice Village for great local boutique shopping.

Visit Katy Mills Outlet Mall, on Interstate 10 in Katy, for bargain shopping. Outlet stores include Nine West, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, Juicy Couture, GAP, and Gymboree. Both Conroe and Cypress boast outlet malls with their own bargains.

For groceries, many Houstonians like Central Market, Whole Foods, H-E-B, Costco, Rice Epicurean, Fiesta Mart, and Phoenicia Specialty Foods.

Antique stores and art galleries abound in the Museum District along Bissonnet Street, the Upper Kirby area along Ferndale Street, the Montrose area along Hazard Street, and in the Heights along both Yale Street and Heights Boulevard. For those antiquing on a budget, the Thompson Antique Center of Texas on Hempstead Road is home to 190 dealer spaces within 108,000 square feet. Here, vintage boots, hats, clothing, and costume jewelry are well-priced.

Less than a two-hour drive out of the city, the little towns of Chappell Hill and Round Top host annual antique and flea markets that attract the most discriminating collectors.

Most anything you could ever want or need to purchase can be found within the Houston city limits. Whether it’s exotic wine, the latest children’s toys, rock climbing equipment, or a rare textile, no matter what you’re looking for and no matter how much or how little you want to spend, you’re bound to find it—and more—in Houston.