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The Seven Best Shopping Experiences in Houston

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Welcome to Day Tripping, a look at the best shopping spots outside the empire that is North Texas.

Waylande Gregory bowls at Kuhl-Linscomb. Image via Kuhl-Linscomb/Facebook

Houston is truly a sprawling city, a diverse patchwork of neighborhoods—all seemingly well-stocked with fun boutiques and excellent shopping malls. Here, we focus on Houston proper—mostly inside the loop as the locals say—to offer our picks for the best shopping experiences in the city.


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Rice Village

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This collection of shops, restaurants and bars, situated about a half-mile west of Rice University, is a walkable shopper's paradise. Think a mix of relative big-boxers (Sephora and Gap) to indie destinations (Raspberry Rose and Project Runway-winner Chloe Dao's DAO Chloe DAO).

Kuhl-Linscomb

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This luxury lifestyle store is really five showrooms in one location. Full of unique gifts, home decor and other decorative items, the products are sourced worldwide to meet renowned designer/owner Pam Kuhl-Linscomb's style.

West Ave

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West Ave is the new, pedestrian-friendly urban village at the intersection of the River Oaks and Upper Kirby districts. Within the art deco-inspired development, you'll find such notables as Tootsies, Jonathan Adler, Q Clothier, Stash Co and Suitsupply, to name a few.
This cozy store is filled with unexpected "basics," from $35 t-shirts to rose-cut diamond bangles. Brands include Coclico, CP Shades, Diane Cotton, Frank and Eileen, Genetic Denim and James Perse.

Sloan/Hall

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Think of this River Oaks store as a less-daunting version of Kuhl-Linscomb, with a no less ample supply of lifestyle-oriented items and well-curated tchotchkes.
This Anthro-owned bridal spinoff is worth checking out—even if you're not throwing or attending a wedding. The 6,000-square-foot Highland Village store (the only in Texas) is bright and spacious, with three well-appointed bridal salons available for private booking. There's an accessible selection of wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and party accessories, many of which may prove irresistible.

Houston Galleria

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This shopping mecca is a haze of construction (a luxe wing near Saks Fifth Avenue is on the way) but it's nonetheless the quintessential Houston shopping experience. Just consider this: it spans 2.4 million square feet and there are more than 400 stores. On your mark, get set, shop!

Rice Village

This collection of shops, restaurants and bars, situated about a half-mile west of Rice University, is a walkable shopper's paradise. Think a mix of relative big-boxers (Sephora and Gap) to indie destinations (Raspberry Rose and Project Runway-winner Chloe Dao's DAO Chloe DAO).

Kuhl-Linscomb

This luxury lifestyle store is really five showrooms in one location. Full of unique gifts, home decor and other decorative items, the products are sourced worldwide to meet renowned designer/owner Pam Kuhl-Linscomb's style.

West Ave

West Ave is the new, pedestrian-friendly urban village at the intersection of the River Oaks and Upper Kirby districts. Within the art deco-inspired development, you'll find such notables as Tootsies, Jonathan Adler, Q Clothier, Stash Co and Suitsupply, to name a few.

Abejas

This cozy store is filled with unexpected "basics," from $35 t-shirts to rose-cut diamond bangles. Brands include Coclico, CP Shades, Diane Cotton, Frank and Eileen, Genetic Denim and James Perse.

Sloan/Hall

Think of this River Oaks store as a less-daunting version of Kuhl-Linscomb, with a no less ample supply of lifestyle-oriented items and well-curated tchotchkes.

BHLDN

This Anthro-owned bridal spinoff is worth checking out—even if you're not throwing or attending a wedding. The 6,000-square-foot Highland Village store (the only in Texas) is bright and spacious, with three well-appointed bridal salons available for private booking. There's an accessible selection of wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and party accessories, many of which may prove irresistible.

Houston Galleria

This shopping mecca is a haze of construction (a luxe wing near Saks Fifth Avenue is on the way) but it's nonetheless the quintessential Houston shopping experience. Just consider this: it spans 2.4 million square feet and there are more than 400 stores. On your mark, get set, shop!