Big In Texas: The Galleria, Houston

June 24, 2013

houston galleria fountain

They say everything is bigger in Texas. Well, we’re here to tell you that it’s true! In this new series, we’ll be sharing some of the many examples we’re discovering of Texas-sized places, experiences and phenomena…

Like most major cities in the United States, Houston is a mecca for shoppers. I’ve counted about 14 major shopping centres and these don’t include the dozens of stores per mile you’ll pass just cruising along. Probably the most well-known of these is The Galleria, a three million square foot shrine to fashion, anchored by the biggest names in luxury department stores at all ends.

houston galleria sign

My first experience at The Galleria didn’t go so well. I had no idea where to park or how it was all set up. I went there looking for homewares instead of fashion (which is really where this mall excels) and I was feeling a little under the weather that day. Not the best form to take on this behemoth. You want to be well-rested and equipped with good walking shoes and clothing that’s easy to get in and out of in the fitting rooms. Oh yeah…don’t forget your wallet.

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houston galleria escalator

While The Galleria does have stores for all budgets, I think the cost-conscious could do a lot better at Houston Premium Outlets or Katy Mills Mall, where you can find some amazing bargains on designer goods. This is a mall for the latest and greatest in fashion and accessories and the fuel to get you through them all with 400 stores and restaurants. It also has its attractions: the first-ever shopping mall ice skating rink as well as a children’s play area and swimming pools.

houston galleria ice rink houston galleria fountain

This is, of course, the largest mall in Texas. It is so popular that wealthy families will fly down via helicopter and then take chauffeur-driven cars to The Galleria just to shop. Those wanting to stay longer are served by two on-site hotels. And the spending doesn’t stop there; the area surrounding the mall is packed with stores as well. Traffic on the surrounding streets may not be fun, but The Galleria certainly offers an unrivaled shopping experience for those who are up for it.

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14 comments

  1. Comment by Heather

    Heather Reply June 24, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Haha I love that there is an ice-skating rink inside a shopping mall in Texas. I bet the Christmas decorations are incredible!

    • Comment by inspiringtravellers

      inspiringtravellers July 1, 2013 at 6:59 am

      I will definitely go and see them and report back! =)

  2. Comment by Krista

    Krista Reply June 25, 2013 at 3:02 am

    I love going to the Galleria at Christmas. :-) The tree is AMAZING and throw in the music, decorations, and ice skaters and well, it’s brilliant. :-)

    • Comment by inspiringtravellers

      inspiringtravellers July 1, 2013 at 6:59 am

      Oooh – I can’t wait to see it this year!!

  3. Comment by Jess @UsedYorkCity

    Jess @UsedYorkCity Reply June 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    When I lived in Texas, my mom would take us to the mall to “power walk” and get some exercise during the summer cause it was too hot to do anything outside!;-)

    • Comment by inspiringtravellers

      inspiringtravellers July 1, 2013 at 6:59 am

      They do that in Australia too, haha – I’ve seen lots of mall walkers here on my errands…

  4. Comment by Salika Jay

    Salika Jay Reply June 27, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Sure looks like a shoppers paradise. I love that you mentioned one should be well-rested and equipped with good walking shoes.

    • Comment by inspiringtravellers

      inspiringtravellers July 1, 2013 at 6:55 am

      Words to live by, Salika! =)

  5. Comment by TammyOnTheMove

    TammyOnTheMove Reply June 27, 2013 at 3:50 am

    Wow, families are flying down via helicopter and are shopping so much that they have to stay in on-site hotels? Amazing! Only in Texas I guess. :-)

    • Comment by inspiringtravellers

      inspiringtravellers July 1, 2013 at 6:55 am

      Pretty unreal isn’t it?

  6. Comment by Jay

    Jay Reply July 4, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    I prefer the Galleria in Dallas but Houston’s is ok too. It’s definitely the place for luxury shopping and a great place to escape the heat!

  7. Comment by MallRat

    MallRat Reply July 7, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Watch out for LaFours the security guard, I heard he’s even got two kills!!

  8. Comment by Freya

    Freya Reply August 1, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    WoW that’s amazing what a mall, I have never seen one like this. Flying to the mall with an helicopter … staying in an on-site hotel while shopping in the mall … pretty unreal indeed. We cannot imagine something like that in Europe but I would love to visit this one. Pretty unique indeed.

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