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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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1. Rice Village

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2400 University Boulevard, The Village Arcade
Houston, TX 77005
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).

2. Kuhl-Linscomb

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2424 West Alabama Street
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 526-6000
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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.

3. West Ave

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2800 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 533-9966
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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.

4. Abejas

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5600 Kirby Drive #4
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 522-3025
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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.

5. Sloan/Hall

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2620 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 942-0202
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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.

6. BHLDN

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4056 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 599-1917
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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.

7. Houston Galleria

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5085 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 966-3500
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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!

1. Rice Village

2400 University Boulevard, The Village Arcade, Houston, TX 77005
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).
2400 University Boulevard, The Village Arcade
Houston, TX 77005

2. Kuhl-Linscomb

2424 West Alabama Street, Houston, TX 77098
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.
2424 West Alabama Street
Houston, TX 77098

3. West Ave

2800 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77098
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.
2800 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77098

4. Abejas

5600 Kirby Drive #4, Houston, TX 77005
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.
5600 Kirby Drive #4
Houston, TX 77005

5. Sloan/Hall

2620 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77098
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.
2620 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77098

6. BHLDN

4056 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77027
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.
4056 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77027

7. Houston Galleria

5085 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77056
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!
5085 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77056