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Best Shopping Malls In The Houston Area

June 5, 2012 6:00 AM

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Whether you’re looking for luxury goods or bargain shopping, Houston shopping malls offer something for everyone. The Bayou City has been called the best shopping city in America. These five shopping malls are an excellent place to start your shopping spree and prove the pundits right.

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Uptown Park
1101 Uptown Park Blvd.
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 850-1400
www.uptownparkhouston.com

Hours: See stores and hours

The name says it all. Its Mediterranean architecture, lush landscaping and splashing fountains attract shoppers looking for a relaxing, upscale European shopping experience in the midst of Houston’s hustle and bustle. With only 50 stores, Uptown Park may be small, but it sure is mighty. Compared to monsters like the Galleria, shoppers come to Uptown Park for targeted shopping or a leisurely stroll through the 170,000 square foot outdoor plaza. There are no big chains or department stores here. The boutiques, spas and cozy eateries are a world away from the suburban mall.

Related: Best Bargain Hunting In Houston

River Oaks Shopping Center

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River Oaks Shopping Center
S. Shepherd & West Gray
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 866-6982
www.riveroaksshoppingcenter.com

Hours: See stores and hours

If you like Starbucks, you’ll love River Oaks Shopping Center, home to 3 Starbucks stores on one corner alone. But the plethora of Chai Latte Ventis is just the first indication you are in the midst of one of the wealthiest zip codes in the U.S. Household income within a 1-mile radius of the palm-tree lined center averages more than $160,000 per year. Even if you’re not part of the “1 percent,” you can still shop here anyway. You’ll find the newest trends, great selections and cater-to-your-every-whim service, even in the chain stores. The inventive boutiques and niche specialty stores includes Rebecca & Drew, a women’s custom shirt maker that displays premade samples in hundreds of minute size variations so you can order with confidence.

Restoration Hardware

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Highland Village
4000 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 850-3100
www.shophighlandvillage.com

Hours: See stores and hours

When high-end chain stores want to centralize their presence in Houston, they look to Highland Village as their shopping center of choice. Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, Williams Sonoma, Coldwater Creek are among the 50 or so stores and restaurants lining both sides of Westheimer Road. Opened in 1957, they’ve been at this location ever since. There is a fascinating photo on the website showing the original black-and-white panorama. At peak shopping times, traffic control officers give preferential treatment to shoppers entering or exiting the Center on Westheimer. Take advantage of one of four locations to valet park before you shop or dine.

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The Galleria
5085 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 622-0663
www.galleriahouston.com
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Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Galleria is the No. 1 tourist destination in Houston. Visitors from around the globe instruct their taxi drivers to take them directly here. You might guess they are headed to NASA, Reliant Center, the Houston Zoo or the Museum District, but you would be wrong. With 24 million visitors a year, it’s the Galleria that draws the most visitors to H-town. And who can blame these smart shoppers? Those of us fortunate enough to live in Houston may take for granted what others travel day and night to see. At 2.4 million square feet, the Galleria is one of the largest shopping malls in the United States. Modeled after the semi-open Galleria in Milan, Italy, our Galleria was built in 1970 and besides 375 stores, it houses an ice rink, two hotels and numerous eateries. It’s the mix of the highest of the high-end (Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Neiman Marcus, Cartier, Saks Fifth Avenue and more) with the convenience of the stores we can find in suburban malls (Macy’s, Dillards, Victoria’s Secret, GAP and many more) that makes this shopping experience so unique.

Related: Best Boutiques In Houston

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Houston Premium Outlet
29300 Hempstead Rd.
Cypress, TX 77433
(281) 304-5820
www.premiumoutlets.com

Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tour buses, SUVs and family sedans take the Fairfield Place Drive exit from Highway 290. Then, up on a hill, surprising in itself, shoppers see the tower sign announcing they have arrived at the Houston Premium Outlet Mall. Maybe it is a bit of a trek from Houston, but the uninitiated soon understand why the ample parking lot is always at least half full, even at 11 a.m. on a Tuesday morning. Promises of 60 percent off department store prices for first-quality merchandise draw cars and buses full of eager bargain hunters. Name a national brand or department store chain and you are likely to find its outlet cousin among the 145 stores in this shopping mall. Nike, Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, GAP, Coldwater Creek, and New Balance are among the brands with entire stores devoted to each label. Word of warning: If you bring a group, make sure you have enough trunk space to take home your bargains.

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