Shopping Tours

From the world-famous Galleria Mall to a multitude of little shops in the cultural Montrose District, Diamond Town Car can take you and your loved ones on a custom shopping trip around this endlessly fabulous, cosmopolitan city!  Because the city does not zone businesses out of neighborhoods, you will find fun places everywhere!  Houston has many specialty niche shops for jewelry, used-but-snazzy clothing and everything in between.

For instance, Houston has its own “little India,” where you can purchase saris, incense and all of the exotic spices of India.  Believe it or not, Houston is multicultural, providing a home to an amazing variety of restaurants that serve such diverse and genuine fare as Barbeque, Belgian, British, Brazilian, Cajun, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Mediterranean, Mexican, Pakistani, Russian, Soul-food, Spanish, Thai, Tex-Mex, Vegetarian and Vietnamese cuisines.

Best places to shop in Houston, TX

Here are some of the best shopping places in Houston.  Among these are places you will definitely find interesting!
  1. The Montrose District – follows Westheimer from Montrose Boulevard to Dunlavy.  This is a colorful and hip shopping district with stores filled with the latest trends and a Bohemian tilt reminiscent of the Left Bank in Paris or Soho in NYC. This is also THE place to go foraging for odd knick-knacks, eclectic clothing and intriguing jewelry. This neighborhood’s grounding institutions, the Menil Museum and the University of St. Thomas, gentrify an unforgettable place whose eclecticism has aged into a signature character.  Some names, such as American Apparel, are familiar, though specialty shops are de rigeur in this neighborhood.
  2. Houston Heights – This is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Houston, one of the earliest planned communities in the state.  Vintage markets are replete with great antiques and bargains and unique munchies. An inner-city area prized by its residents, this early suburb is comprised of beautiful early 20th century residences, sophisticated boutiques, well-focused nonprofit office spaces and unique dining, rendering it a premier neighborhood in the Houston Metropolitan Area.
  3. The River Oaks Shopping Center in the shadow of downtown is anchored by the sublimely art deco architecture of the River Oaks Movie Theater, Houston’s home for midnight showings and Independent Films at West Gray and S. Shepherd, zip 77019.  Always exciting, and just outside the first and ritziest Houston neighborhood, River Oaks, the River Oaks Shopping Center is filled with elite boutiques, bars, eateries and places to shop for great clothes from popular retailers such as Ann Taylor and The Gap.
  4. The Galleria – 5085 Westheimer Rd., Suite 4850 Houston, TX 77056. Yes, it’s “upscale,” but you can find some great deals here too.  The professionally-sized ice skating rink crystallizes the glamor of the exotic and sumptuous array of merchants in three sectors and several attached hotels. Also, the Galleria is the home of Neiman Marcus, the MOST expensive department store in the United States.  Hearkening back to the design of the famous “Galleria” market in Milan, Italy, this Houston landmark houses Saks Fifth Avenue, Louis Vuitton and Chanel, and adds class to Houston’s Southern charm. Be sure to visit the “Water Wall” to the south on Westheimer, where standing at the center of a fountain surround imparts the sensation of “lifting off!”
  5. Rice Village – At the corner of University & Kirby, Houston, TX, this youthful shopping area at the edge of Rice University defines hip and is known to natives as “The Village.”  Several uniquely styled strip centers merge with independent chain and specialty stores, nurseries, museums, coffee shops and cafes to make this one of the most comfortable close-in places in Houston to live and shop.  There is something for everyone here very close to the Medical Center, Montrose, the Museum District and Downtown.
  6. Katy Mills Mall – 5000 Katy Mills Circle, Katy, TX 77494. Located about 25 miles west of Houston on I-10, this mall is HUGE.  An eclectic and entertaining shopping experience is had by all at Katy Mills Mall, a popular outlet conglomeration in a small town called Katy, Texas. Stores include Kenneth Cole, the Nike Factory Store, and Neiman Marcus.
  7. Houston Premium Outlets – 29300 Hempstead Road, Cypress, TX 77433. North of Houston lies a shopping center known as the Houston Premium Outlets, known for its deep discounts and great stores in a beautiful setting.  Another mammoth place, its motto:  “Legendary Brands. Abundant Selection. Real Savings.” says it all.
  8. Houston Center Shops – Downtown in the Houston Center, this complex is a glass-roofed mall nestled between office buildings. Yes, there is actually a well-appointed shopping mall right downtown!  It’s a great place for clothes, books and a diversity of interesting foods in the Food Court.  Plus, the upscale Quattro restaurant at the Four Seasons is a simple walk over the street on the second-floor covered bridge.
  9. Chinatown – China in Texas?  Of course, Houston’s expansive Chinatown offers authentic goods and exquisite food from the Middle Kingdom.  There are both old and new sections, one east of downtown and one in southwest Houston, as well as many discount goods warehouses on Harwin Drive.