Rice Village, just minutes from Rice University and the closest shopping district to downtown Houston, is a fashion-oriented shopping haven with an eclectic mix of national brand names and unique, one-of-a-kind boutiques. The Village, as it is known by locals, has been one of Houston's oldest and best-loved shopping destinations since the 1930s.
With more than 300 shops in the immediate 16-block area, Rice Village is known for its small and eclectic shops and boutiques. Recent expansion in the area has also brought in high-end clothing stores and the nation-wide retail venues such as Banana Republic, Mac, Kendra Scott, and Chico's. It's the unique boutiques like Hemline, Lily Rain, Em&Lee and Impeccable Pig that grant the Village its personality.
Rice Village is also home to some of the best and most varied places to eat in Houston, featuring Italian, French, Indian, Mediterranean, Spanish, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese restaurants.