As the country’s fourth largest city, and one of its most diverse, it’s no surprise Houston is full of fascinating neighborhoods with identities of their own. Yet few offer the kind of first-class shopping, fantastic dining, and around-the-clock entertainment as Rice Village. Located near Rice University and the Houston Museum District, Rice Village is an easy-to-walk area home to more than 300 shops and restaurants, as well as one-of-a-kind bars that pour cocktails and craft beer. All of this makes Rice Village a destination of its own, where you can window shop, get brunch, and enjoy a night out with friends.
If you’re looking for that next fashionable item to show off on date night or just to browse, Rice Village is the place to be. Options range from local boutiques to worldwide brands, making this truly your one-stop-shop to find treasures for yourself and one-of-a-kind gifts for others. Piece together trendy new outfits from stores like Altar’d State, Urban Outfitters, Hemline, Lily Rain, and The Impeccable Pig. Elevate your wardrobe at such popular spots as like Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, and White House | Black Market. Splurge at Kendra Scott and Gaspy, and shop for home goods at places like Savory Spice Shop, Blue Leaf, and British Isles.
You could spend an entire day shopping in Rice Village, but eventually you’ll need to get something to eat. Fortunately, you’re spoiled for choice here. Mix and match tacos and margaritas at Torchy’s Tacos, pair a bananas foster crepe with espresso at Coco Crêpes, Waffles & Coffee, and share paella at El Meson. You’ll find sweet and savory feasts for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as that mid-morning coffee that most of us need to get going in the morning. In the later afternoon and evening, find a cozy spot in one of Rice Village’s unique pubs that offer a long list of craft beers from Texas and beyond. Play a game of darts or kick back and soak in the relaxed atmosphere.
Meander through the village and you’ll likely come across a variety of murals and public art installations. Check out several pieces by famous Houston graffiti artist Mario E. Figueroa, Jr., (known as “GONZO247”). See his “Houston Strong” and “It’s a Good Day for a Good Day” murals in Rice Village and take a selfie with his brightly-painted deer. Houston artist Michael C. Rodriguez’s giant “Space City” is a must-see masterpiece. The latest public art to be unveiled here is metal sculptor Nathan Mabry’s modern blue Rice Village Owl.
A day at Rice Village in Houston provides all the shopping, dining, and culture you’re looking for, making it a must-visit whenever you’re in Space City.