No matter what part of the Houston area you’re visiting, you’ll find endless ways to indulge your love for shopping. The city’s retail centers offer both budget-friendly and upscale experiences alongside events and activities for the whole family – perfect timing for your holiday shopping.
When most people think of Houston shopping, they think of the 2.4-million-square-foot Galleria Mall spread out alongside Interstate 610. With more than 400 stores, a year-round ice rink, and more than 60 dining options in one location, this Simon Property Group facility is a daylong experience in itself and offers an “insider’s” program that provides sale and event notifications for Simon properties throughout Houston.
On the east side of I-610, just a few blocks from the Galleria, Highland Village offers a high-end, walkable shopping area with retailers like the Apple Store and Restoration Hardware. This stretch of shops has been operated by the same company since 1957, and the holiday-light display attracts Houstonians and visitors alike each December.
Near Rice University, Rice Village is another neighborhood shopping area that’s also walkable and offers a mix of higher-end goods and locally owned shops alongside a plethora of delicious eating options. After a day of shopping and dining, stop in at Main Street Theatre for a play on Times Boulevard.
For a historic shopping experience, head to the 1930s-era buildings that comprise the River Oaks Shopping Center. Among them is the River Oaks Theatre – one of the last remaining Art Deco movie theaters in the area – which has been restored to its original beauty to provide a unique movie experience.
Known for its upscale amenities, The Woodlands Mall offers an app to navigate the 160 stores, find your car in the parking lot, and to keep track of sales. Free WiFi, store events and a 17-screen movie theater with XD screens round out the mall experience. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is located right next door to take in a show after the shopping.
Midway between Houston’s inner loop and The Woodlands, Willowbrook Mall is owned by the same company as The Woodlands Mall and also features free WiFi and an app for navigation and parking. Stroller rentals are available, and mall walking is a popular activity at Willowbrook because one loop through the facility is a little over one mile.
Traveling south on Interstate 45, or the Gulf Freeway, Tanger Outlets is technically in Texas City, but it’s close enough for a day trip from anywhere in Houston. Known for deep discounts and a frequent shopper rewards program, Tanger Outlets features outlet shops for popular brands like Loft, New Balance, and Kate Spade.
Also on the southeast side of town, Baybrook Mall in Friendswood has 190 stores and 13 restaurants with outdoor seating for enjoying Houston’s year-round warm temperatures. Baybrook also has a 285,000-square-foot, open-air “lawn” where family movie nights and other activities are held.
On the far west side of the metro area, another Simon property, Katy Mills, features high-end outlet stores like Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH alongside local and national brand stores and an AMC 20 movie theater. A water park sits adjacent to the mall and is open in the summer season.
Houston Premium Outlets, also a Simon property, is just north of Katy on the northwest side of Houston. With 145 designer outlet stores to choose from, this walkable outdoor plaza has covered walkways to keep the elements at bay while you’re strolling between stores. From Armani to Burberry to Tory Burch, this is the place to score luxury-brand outlet deals.
For your next city break in Houston book your accommodations at a Hilton, and then get ready to shop ’til you drop.