Shopping in Houston - 15 Shopping Places You Must Visit in Houston

Houston offers to both tourists and locals alike a plethora of options for shopping; the city is littered with shopping centres, markets, boutiques, shops and all kinds of stores that sell a wide variety of items. Shopping in Houston is an absolute pleasure, and you should definitely take some time out to visit some of these shopping destinations so you can find something fun for yourself and your loved ones.

Here are 15 spots you should surely consider when you are shopping in Houston:

1. The Galleria

The inside of the Galleria

Often called the Houston Galleria, the Galleria is a shopping mall and office space, hotel and private health club situated in Houston’s Uptown District. It is home to many luxury and high street stores that sell all kinds of things. You would find clothing, footwear, accessories, gadgets, toys, skincare, books, home decor, and more, for people of all age groups. If you need a break from shopping, you can either grab something to eat at one of the food joints or catch a movie, go ice skating or more.
Timings: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Address: 5085 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056, United States
Stores: Abercrombie & Fitch, AllSaints, Apple, Bath & Body Works, Chanel, Disney Store, Nordstrom, Journeys Kids etc.

2. River Oaks District

An empty River Oaks District

River Oaks District is the place to visit if you are in the mood to do some luxury shopping in Houston. It is an outdoor shopping complex that comprises high-end boutiques, stores, cafés and restaurants, a theatre, and office spaces. These stores sell everything from clothing, footwear, and jewellery to fragrances, accessories, skincare and bath products, and home decor. Moreover, you would find items for women, men as well as children here. 
Timings: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm (Monday- Saturday), 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm
Address: 4444 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027, United States
Stores: Cartier, John Lobb, Etro, Canali, Roller Rabbit, Jo Malone, Hermès, Alive & Olivia etc.

3. Lucchese Bootmaker

Merchandise by Lucchese Bootmaker

Situated in Highland Village, Lucchese Bootmaker is the perfect store to visit if you want to take with you a little piece of Texas. The store specialises in high-end Western as well as contemporary cowboy boots for both men and women. You would also find a wide selection of masks, bandanas, denim, shirts, father kinds of footwear, leather goods, handbags, hats and caps, travel accessories and much more. If you buy a pair of boots, you can buy a shoe-care kit to go with it. 
Timings: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm (Monday- Thursday, Saturday), 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm (Sunday), Friday closed
Address: 4051 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027, United States

4. Houston Premium Outlets

J.Crew at the Houston Premium Outlets

Houston Premium Outlets has over 145 luxury and high street stores which sell all sorts of things. Clothing, athleisure, jewellery, footwear, home decor, toys, accessories, perfumes, tech products, skincare and more are sold at discounted prices, meaning that shopping in Houston gets a little cheaper. Moreover, you can also buy food items like chocolates, cookies, coffee etc. here. There are various restaurants and food joints where you can get something to eat as you take a break from shopping and a children’s play area.
Timings: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm (Monday- Saturday), Sunday closed
Address: 29300 Hempstead Rd, Cypress, TX 77433, United States
Stores: Adidas, Calvin Klein, Gap Factory, L’Occitane, Lacoste, Nautica, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Tory Burch etc.

5. Katy Mills

A store at Katy Mills

With over 200 stores, Katy Mills in the Houston-Sugar Land- Baytown area offers its visitors a wide array of clothing, footwear, body care, department, athleisure, toy and other kinds of outlet stores. You would also find camping, fishing, hunting and outdoor activity-related goods here. It is also home to several food joints that are ideal for when you get tired of shopping and have a theatre, a bungee trampoline, a play zone, and more entertainment.
Timings: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm (Monday- Thursday), 11:00 am to 8:00 pm (Friday- Saturday), 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm (Sunday)
Address: 5000 Katy Mills Cir, Katy, TX 77494, United States
Stores: Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Coach Outlet

6. Kaboom Books

Racks of books at Kaboom Books

Shopping in Houston doesn’t have to be just about clothes and souvenirs; if you love books and want to get some while you are here definitely visit Kaboom Books, a used bookstore in The Heights. It is perfect for those who love collecting pre-loved books; it is the perfect destination since you would also find several popular yet often hard-to-find or even first-edition titles. The store sells books of all genres like fiction, non-fiction, thrillers, classics, literary fiction etc. and ones meant for people of all age groups.
Timings: 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm
Address: 3116 Houston Ave #6736, Houston, TX 77009, United States
Titles sold here: The Price of the Ticket, Good Wives, Merchants, Farmers and River Gods, Proofs & Theories etc.

7. River Oaks Shopping Center

The stores at the River Oaks Shopping Center

Even though the River Oaks Shopping Center doesn’t have as many stores as some of the other centres, there is enough for you to find something interesting. There are stores which sell clothes, footwear, jewellery, furniture, pottery-related products, accessories, homeware and more. While you are there, you can also spend some relaxing time getting a spa or grab a bit at one of the many food joints.
Timings: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm (Monday- Friday), 11:00 am to 8:00 pm (Saturday), 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm
Address: 1964 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019, United States
Stores: The Mad Potter, Talbots, J. Jill, Ann Taylor, Sunglass Hut, Chico’s, Quatrine etc.

8. Harwin Central Market

Clothes at Harwin Central Market

If you aren’t interested in visiting high-end stores or shopping centres and don’t mind bargaining, make your way to Harwin Central Market, an indoor two-storey mall between Fondren and Gassner. It features various retailers selling different kinds of items, from jewellery, clothes and footwear to electronics, bags and perfumes. You would perhaps find some designer dupes here since the stores are independent retailers, along with costume accessories. This would definitely be the place to visit if you want to buy some beads.
Timings: 10:00 am to 6:30 pm (Monday- Saturday), 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm (Sunday) 
Address: 9700 Harwin Dr., Houston, TX 77036, United States
Stores: A & B Fashion, Max Shoes, New York Fashion, Bead & Silver Gallery, FM Furniture, Perfume Planet etc.

9. Space Montrose


Space Montrose is a popular gift shop in Houston and undoubtedly one of the spots to hit up if you are interested in getting some souvenirs. The store is known for the unique and creative touch to its products, including adult and kids clothing, greeting cards, planters, mugs, journals, pens, candles, bibs, perfumes, soaps and more. If you are looking to get a gift for someone, consider getting a mystery box from here, or if you are into stitching, think about getting one of their DIY kits.
Timings: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Address: 1706 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098, United States
Brands sold here: Dirigible, Savage Seeds, Brenda Grands Jewelry, Vincent Fink, Bayou Burns etc.

10. Memorial City Mall

The sign for Memorial City Mall

Memorial City Mall is situated west of downtown Houston and is a massive and popular shopping mall which houses several stores. Suitable for men, women and children, these stores sell a wide variety of items like clothing, footwear, accessories, makeup products, skincare, toys, electronic items, athleisure, sports gear and more. There are high-street and luxury department stores here, which means you would find products within a diverse price range. Moreover, there are restaurants and cafés that you can eat.
Timings: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Address: 303 Memorial City Way, Houston, TX 77024, United States
Stores: Zara, Things Remembered, Sephora, Pacsun, Macy’s, Houston of Hoops, Gap etc. 

11. à bientôt

The à bientôt storefront

A store that sells women’s clothing and accessories, à bientôt is located in Lamar River Oaks. It is the ideal place to visit if you are looking for clothing, scarves, jewellery, bags or footwear. It is also known for its homeware which includes bath towels and pillows featuring bright and simple prints. What’s more, you can also get your initials stitched on bags or buy jewellery with your initials on it, since they offer various customisation options.
Timings: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday closed
Address: 2501 River Oaks Blvd, Houston, TX 77019, United States
Items Sold here: Scarves, bracelets, necklaces, pillows, toiletry bags, tops, sandals, baby clothes etc.

12. Emerson Rose

The Emerson Rose storefront

A store likely to add to your experience of shopping in Houston, Emerson Rose is a boutique in the Heights which offers to its visitors a wide selection of apparel, accessories, stationery as well as homeware for women. All these items are from different brands which means you have a lot of choices! Some of what is sold here include sunglasses, hats, skirts, sweaters, boots, slides, scarves, and more. When it comes to homeware and stationery, there are notebooks, puzzles, books, candles, beauty products, greeting cards etc.
Timings: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (Monday), 10:00 am to 7:00 pm (Tuesday- Saturday), 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm (Sunday)
Address: 350 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008, United States
Brands sold here: Gigi New York, Mink Pink, Free People, The Giving Keys, Rifle Paper Co. etc.

13. Brazos Bookstore

The entrance to Brazos Bookstore

Focused towards promoting education and a literary scene in the city, Brazos Bookstore has shelves stacked with books from all genres. Some of the most common ones include art, religion, poetry, architecture, non-fiction, thrillers, children’s books, classics etc. Besides selling books, the store also offers notebooks, journals, pens, planners, cards, and a book club that regularly hosts readings.
Timings: 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm (Sunday- Friday), 11:00 am to 6:00 pm (Saturday)
Address: 2421 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005, United States
Titles sold here: Essays One, The Arrest: A Novel, One Life, The Apology, Palm Beach etc.

14. Back Row Home

Furniture at Back Row Home

While it may be difficult to take the furniture back with you, there are still small home decor items that you may find at Back Row Home that may interest you. The store features early European as well as American furniture, along with unique accessories and other items. They have an interesting selection of antique furniture, architectural antiques, interior and exterior decorative antiques, pillows, bedding, rugs, jars, pitchers, plates, bowls etc.
Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Monday- Friday), 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (Saturday), Sunday closed
Address: 8570 Katy Fwy #111, Houston, TX 77024, United States
Brands sold here: Sassy Cups, Vinglance, Gray Malin, Zodax, Canetti, Juliska, Europose 2 You etc.

15. Fundamentally Toys

A Christmas window at Fundamentally Toys

Fundamentally Toys in Houston’s Rice Village Shopping Center is every child’s wonderland since it keeps a plethora of toys meant for babies, young children, and entire families, besides offering several in-store games. They sell construction toys (LEGO and non-LEGO), puzzles, arts and crafts supplies, activity and question books, games, dolls and accessories, musical instruments, science kits and much more. If you are with kids while out shopping in Houston, make a stop here!
Timings: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Address: 2401 Rice Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005, United States
Brands sold here: Jellycat, Metomics, Fat Brain Toys, ThinkFun, Faber-Castell, Crayola etc.
If you are in Houston, make sure to keep some time aside from all the sightseeing so that you can visit some of these shopping destinations and get yourself as well as your loved ones something from your trip.

This post was published by Arushi Bhowmick

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