Uptown Houston is a vivid area packed with fun attractions for both locals and out-of-town visitors. The centerpiece of this extravagant neighborhood is the Galleria or theGalleria as local businesses like to refer to it in their ads.
The Galleria is a mixed-use shopping mall that covers over 3 million square feet and hosts no less than 339 stores. It is the 7th largest facility of its kind in the US, and it is home to luxury departments, shops, office centers and hotels among other businesses.
Whether you are staying in Houston long-term or you are just passing through, you must make a stop at the Galleria. Here are 4 things that you can do there:
Shop your heart out
The Galleria is the best place to shop Houston regardless of the items on your shopping list. The venue has a bit of everything for everyone regardless of taste or buying power. From high-end luxury stores to small, local shops you can find them all crammed together in the largest mall in Texas.
The shopping center that opened in 1970 owes its architectural style to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, Italy. Its grandiose style gives the mall the shape of a rectangular construction with four large entrances, domed ceilings and large plazas in its middle.
Some of the most important brands that have stores in theGalleria include Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Macy’s. These shops each cover more than 200,000 square feet of the entire surface area of the mall. To get the best shopping experience at the Houston Galleria you will have to come early and leave late, and most likely with your hands full
Eat and drink till you drop
When shopping wears you down, you can enjoy a refreshing drink at one of the many bars and pubs in the Galleria. The shopping center is home to a 20,000-bottle wine library where you can try wine assortments from all over the world. If wine is not your favorite beverage, you can always opt for one of the many local artisan beers on location.
The Houston Galleria also hosts a significant number of restaurants and fast-food joints. Here, you can temper your hunger with anything from a quick sandwich to a delicious, prize-winning dish cooked by reputable chefs.
Take a selfie with the indoor waterfall
If you have a business meeting to attend, you will most likely have to go to the Williams Tower, which is one of the most important business centers in the Galleria. On your way there, you can stop and take a selfie in front of the indoor 64-foot tall waterfall that re-circulates almost 11,000 gallons of water per minute. The place is packed with tourists, so you might have to wait for your turn, but the picture will be worth the wait.
End the day at the spa
The Houston Galleria is not just a paradise for shoppers, gourmands and selfie addicts. It is also the home of stellar hotel brands like Westin and The Houstonian. After visiting this impressive location, you can stop at the 5-star spas of these hotels and end your day in the most relaxing possible fashion.