Galleria & River Oaks
Feel like shopping? There's no better place to go than the Galleria. This upscale retail addict's dream features Texas' largest mall with over 375 stores. Down the street, shoppers can find Highland Village, a blend of local shops and national chains and restaurants. The Galleria offers numerous fine hotel options for visitors and modern, elegant apartment, townhome and high-rise residences.
The posh River Oaks neighborhood is home to Houston's most desirable real estate, featuring the city's more luxurious homes. Dine at one of the many high-end restaurants and visit the River Oaks Shopping Center, which is always bustling on weekend afternoons. In addition to being the electric company in Houston you turn to, we want to help you settle into the local scene with some suggestions about what to see, do and eat in these high-end Houston neighborhoods.
- Houston Galleria - The Houston Galleria spans 2.4 million square feet and is home to over 400 stores and restaurants, it's no wonder this mall is widely considered one if the best in the country and is a destination unto itself for many a traveler. Be sure to watch the figure skaters in the ice rink - or join yourself!
- Highland Village - This upscale shopping center is home to many of Houston's finer retailers, such as West Elm, lululemon and Williams-Sonoma. Visit Highland village on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for its farmer's market and pick up local fruits and vegetables as well as high-quality pre-made goods.
- Uptown Park - An outdoor mall featuring a myriad of boutiques at every price point, several restaurants and cafes and even salons. Check out Mint for an array of fine styles in women's fashion, Bill Walker Clothier for elegant menswear, and Baker Furniture for unique furniture designs. Uptown Park makes a perfect one-stop shop.
- Bering's - A Houston tradition since 1940, Bering's is a treasure chest for home décor, gifts, coffee and even fine chocolates.
- Thompson + Hanson - Thompson and Hanson is a landscape architecture firm, but their Galleria retail nursery features exotic plants, garden furniture as well as ornaments for all of your lawn needs.
- Tiny Boxwoods - A charming, cozy upscale restaurant tucked away on a side street just off Alabama St., Tiny Boxwoods is known as much for its peaceful, feminine aura as it is for its creative, delicious menu which the chef is frequently updating.
- Latin Bites Cafe - Latin Bites proudly serves Houstonians with unique Peruvian cuisine and can't-miss ceviches. Fantastic service that makes you feel like you made a new friend before you leave - you'll want to return to visit your server as much as you will to taste the delicious cuisine again!
- Kenny & Ziggy's - New York deli-style eatery serving massive sandwiches and more from a massive menu. Corned beef and pastrami lovers flock here, as it is a deli oasis in Houston, otherwise a city devoid of quality deli fare.
- Escalante's - High-end tex-mex dining with numerous healthy options, a rarity for Mexican cuisine. Great margaritas and a clean, crisp ambiance make the higher prices easier to swallow.
- Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens - This is the home of the American decorative art and paintings for the Museum of Fine Arts, housed in Houston civic leader and philanthropist Ima Hogg's former residence. Here Houstonians can see some of the finest American furnishings, silver, ceramics and paintings in the world. The intricately manicured gardens, featuring gorgeous azaleas, are breathtaking as well.
- Memorial Park - Opened in 1924 as a gift from the Hogg family, the park spans nearly 1,500 square miles and is a favorite for joggers due to its familiar winding, manicured crushed granite path. Memorial Park is also home to the renowned Memorial Park Golf Course as well as the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, where city dwellers can escape the fast life.
- Firehouse Saloon - Filled with picnic tables, buckets of beer and pool tables, this is one of Houston's premier country-Western establishments. Firehouse saloon continues to host some of Houston's best local country acts.
- Williams Waterwall - Widely considered Houston's most photographed location and possibly the most popular tourist destination, this multi-story sculptural fountain was designed by Pritzker prize-winning architect Philip Johnson. A must-see for Houstonians and visitors alike.