Whether you love it or hate it (or curse the traffic in the area), the Galleria and Uptown are home to some of the Houston's best shops, restaurants and hotels. From the famous mall-that's-more-than-just-a-mall to the neighborhood's hottest eateries and drinkeries, this glitzy district attracts tourists and natives alike.

At over 1,000 acres, it's also the 17th largest business district in the U.S., which means you may not know where to start exploring. Here's a hint: start with our handy guide below.

In This Feature:

Why We Celebrate the Galleria

More than just a mall, the Galleria is a symbol of who we are, where we came from, and where we’re going.

12/01/2013 By Scott Vogel

20 Must-Hit Shops in the Galleria and Uptown

Hundreds of luxury stores, boutiques and other shopping destinations call this corridor home.

02/23/2017 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

The Long, Complicated History of the Post Oak Boulevard Project

Amidst acronyms and acrimony, questions over the necessity and the constitutionality of an Uptown transit project loom large.

04/18/2017 By Nicki Koetting

Eat Your Way Through Uptown with These 9 Restaurants

Explore both classic cuisines and new takes in Houston's hottest dining destination this side of the Galleria.

04/17/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Meet the Man Who Invented the Galleria

Gerald Hines, founding father of the modern mall, opens up about the Galleria’s early days, ice rinks, and his legacy.

12/01/2013 By John Lomax

Spending 24 Hours at the Galleria: A Diary

We challenged one of our writers to spend one full day at the Galleria. Will he survive?

12/01/2013 By Michael Hardy

Our 10 Top Tipples in Uptown

For all those times you need a drink after a day at the Galleria.

04/18/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

'A Shopping Center It Is Not. It Will Be a New Downtown.'

What was once a pockmarked Post Oak prairie became a temple to consumerism unlike anything seen before.

12/01/2013 By John Lomax

Mall You Can Eat: The Galleria's 5 Best Restaurants

All that shopping making you hungry? Here are our five favorites inside the mall itself.

12/01/2013 By Robb Walsh

Get Your Shopping Done over Lunch at Rise No. 2

Two birds, meet one adorable French stone.

12/09/2016 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Take a Staycation: the Royal Sonesta Hotel

The Galleria is one of the state's premiere shopping and dining destinations—and it deserves more than a day trip.

07/13/2015 By Megha Tejpal

10 Stylish Stores Heading to the Galleria's Revamped Saks Wing

Including FLOTUS-beloved formalwear and your soon-to-be-fave spot for workwear under $100.

10/21/2016 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

You Should Try Peli Peli's New Cocktail Program

New bar director Edwin Hui is bringing the South African restaurant's drinks on a global tour.

01/03/2017 By Alice Levitt