Best Places to Shop in Houston

When you think of great Texas shopping destinations, you need to think Houston. This bustling city of more than 2 million residents may have a lot of oil, but shopping definitely runs a close second. If you are visiting Houston for the first time, you’ll want to begin your shopping excursion at the magnificent Houston Galleria, the most luxurious shopping destination in the city. The Houston Galleria is home to over 375 stores and restaurants, helping to make this gargantuan 2.4 million square foot mall one of the largest in the Country. The department store line-up alone is enough to get your shopping juices flowing – Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Houston’s only Nordstrom. While it’s true that you could spend a few weeks shopping at the Galleria, we suggest that you take a break and explore some of the other great malls in and around the city.

Highland Village Mall is an open air delight, located about 10 minutes from downtown at Westheimer Road. This popular Houston shopping destination is home to stores like Ann Taylor, Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, and Crate and Barrel. The Memorial City Mall, located in the Memorial City area of Houston is a massive shopping palladium catering to fashionistas and families alike. The mall features an NHL sized ice skating rink, a 16 screen movie theater, and for the kids, a fun themed play area and a carousel. The Memorial City Mall showcases a shopping line up of stores like Sephora, Build a Bear Workshop, Macy’s, Coach, and Dillard’s. The Village Arcade is a popular outdoor shopping center located in the heart of Houston. Here, you’ll find all of your traditional open-air mall favorites such as Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, White House Black Market, Gymboree, and MAC Cosmetics. The Town & Country Village, a stunning outdoor shopping center has been a Houston staple since the 1960s. At Town & Country Village, you’ll find popular retailers like Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Gap Body, Nine West, Talbots and White House Black Market. And rounding out our recommended list of malls within the city limits is the popular Willowbrook Mall. This sprawling indoor shopping destination boasts over 180 stores and restaurants, enabling you to conveniently complete your shopping checklist in one fell swoop.

Moving out into the Houston suburbs you’ll find several malls worthy of capturing your shopping dollars. The Baybrook Mall in Friendswood, southeast of Houston offers a prime selection of must-shop stores including the likes of Dillard’s, Macy’s, Ann Taylor, LUSH handmade cosmetics, Gymboree, Build-A-Bear Workshop, and Coach. Over in the Houston suburb of Humble, TX is where you’ll find the popular Deerbrook Mall. This shopping center is home to five department stores, 140 specialty stores like Forever 21, Gymboree, and Coach, and a 24-screen movie theater. Moving south of Houston to the town of Pearland is where you’ll find the Pearland Town Center Mall. This outdoor shopping mainstay is home to retailers like Ann Taylor Loft, Chico’s, Coldwater Creek, Aeropostal, Coach, Forever 21, and Macy’s. Head southwest of Houston to the city of Sugar Land, and you’ll run across the First Colony Mall, home to popular stores like Sephora, Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, Coach, Macy’s, and Dillard’s. And last but certainly not least is The Woodlands Mall, located north of Houston. Here, mid to upscale stores like Abercrombie & Fitch, Aeropostal, Ann Taylor, Anthropologie, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Coach, and The Disney Store mingle with five-star dining, and a children’s museum for the little ones.

For those of you that live for outlet malls, Houston won’t disappoint. You’ll find all the deals you can handle at the popular Houston Premium Outlets Mall in Cypress TX located northwest of Houston, and at the Katy Mills Mall in Katy TX west of Houston.