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Shopping in Houston


Malls dot the Houston map, so you're never more than a few minutes from excellent shopping opportunities. The city's crown jewel is the Galleria, with Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gucci, Tiffany & Co, and 300 other shops and restaurants (not all of them upscale or expensive). Within a few blocks of the Galleria, you'll find dozens of top-notch stores and restaurants, which can make shopping in this area (and getting through the traffic) an all-day event.

Smaller boutiques and more eclectic shops can be found in such well-known areas as Rice Village and River Oaks. The Montrose area is known for funky boutiques, vintage-clothing stores and antiques, concentrated mostly on Westheimer Road, between Shepherd Street and Montrose Boulevard. In Houston Heights, 19th Street has a good sampling. North of Houston is Old Town Spring, an old town converted into a shopping area for antiques and crafts.

Most of the art galleries are in Montrose, Houston Heights and the Galleria area. There's also a pocket of good ones on Colquitt Street in the Montrose area.

A favourite shopping spot for antiques in Houston is aptly called Antique Row. It starts at West 19th Street at Yale Street, in the Houston Heights area, and extends west along 19th Street.

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Foley's, the oldest of Houston's department stores, is now a Macy's. The original store on Main Street at Lamar is still a popular shopping destination. It's a large five-story building that occupies an entire block. It carries several lines of expensive clothing and perfumes as well as some moderately priced ones. The other happy shopping ground downtown is The Park Shops, 1200 McKinney, across the street from the Four Seasons Hotel. It's a group of about 40 small stores, mostly boutiques and specialty shops.

East End

Just the other side of the freeway from the George Brown Convention Center is a commercial Chinatown, where you can find all kinds of goods imported from across Asia. Furniture, foods, curios, etc – you can browse your way through a number of little import stores, all within a 4-block area, between Dowling on the east, Chartreuse on the west, Rusk on the north, and Dallas on the south.

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