Did you know that River Oaks was Houston's first master planned community? (It was developed in the 1920s.) Or that only 30 years ago, Upper Kirby was a nameless, nondescript neighborhood? In the decades since their establishment, the River Oaks and Upper Kirby have become densely-packed dining, shopping and living destinations, drawing both affluent residents and window-shoppers alike. 

Whether you're just getting to know these well-to-do neighborhoods or you're hunting for hidden gems, check out our guide below for all the best bars, boutiques, bistros and much more.

In This Feature:

Upper Kirby Wasn't Always Upper Kirby

A story of red telephone booths and creating a new identity for a once-nameless neighborhood.

07/19/2017 By Nicki Koetting

Where to Eat Right Now in Upper Kirby and River Oaks

This hip district boasts a dining scene that offers a range of options, from upscale to down-home.

07/19/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

The 10 Best Bars in River Oaks and Upper Kirby

Including the top spot for potentially drinking next to the Bush family.

02/01/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

12 Must-Hit Shops in River Oaks

This tony neighborhood is surrounded by stylish boutiques and major retailers with price tags to match.

07/10/2017 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

20 Incredible Shops in Upper Kirby

Surprise! It's one of the best shopping districts in town.

07/24/2017 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Visit a New Side of Houston: Upper Kirby's Parks and Patios

Vacation in your own city by immersing yourself in a whole new neighborhood for the weekend—here's how.

06/01/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Inside the Apartments at the Regency, the Unlikely Hub of Houston's Design Scene

When you weren't looking, the Regency House quietly became the coolest building in town.

08/22/2016 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

These Two House-Flippers Are Just Passing Through

When a place is perfect, that’s when you know it’s time to move on.

06/20/2016 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

A River Oaks Renovation That Took Two Decades

Five generations and a 20-year renovation make this 1935-era house a home.

03/01/2016 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Behind the Scenes at Three of Houston’s Most Private Clubs

A glimpse of what the initiated aren’t missing out on at the Petroleum Club, the Briar Club and the Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa.

10/24/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Lisa Powers Is River Oaks District's New Shopping Pro

A personal shopping service means never missing out on one-of-a-kind shoe finds.

06/01/2017 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Saint Cloud Buys Brooke Feather, Expands Into River Oaks

The name is changing but the West Coast vibe is not going anywhere.

03/31/2017 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Saving Houston's History, One Home at a Time

Of the 15 historic Houston homes in this River Oaks oasis originally spared the wrecking ball, 11 will soon be relocated to make room for a high-rise development.

10/27/2016 By Marene Gustin

How to Hook a Whale

A tongue-firmly-in-cheek guide to landing a billionaire in the Bayou City.

10/24/2016 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen