ROOTED IN THE HEART OF HOUSTON, Rice Village is home to Rice University and one of the city’s most historic neighborhoods. With its oak-lined streets and prolific landscaping, Rice Village has remained an iconic destination since 1938.
Sometimes referred to as the garden district, Rice Village was the first of the city’s walkable shopping havens and is filled with landscaped sidewalks and brightly colored buildings. Fortunately for Houstonians and visitors alike, Rice Village is home to local culinary classics such as D’Amico’s Italian Cafe, The Chocolate Bar, Prego, and Sweet Paris Creperie. Don’t sleep on Israeli newcomers, Badolina and Hamsa, local legend, Oh My Gogi! or unique fast-casual spots like HopDoddy, Mendocino Farms, Shake Shack, and ice cream extraordinaire, Van Leeuwen.
Rice Village beckons you for a fashionable afternoon. Be sure to swing by Dao Chloe Dao by local legend, Chloe Dao of Project Runway Fame. Shopping for a night out on the town? Let the team at Hemline, The Impeccable Pig, Christina Greene, lily rain, Altar’d State, Tecovas, or Krewe style and accessorize you from head to toe. Be sure to show off one of your new ‘fits in front of any of the new murals that pop up. Of course, you can always shop (or window shop) for your digs too, thanks to West Elm, LoveSac, MECOX, Cru, CB2, and Parachute.
More than just a lush shopping and dining hub, Rice Village remains a staple in the local community and the perfect place to enjoy a day with family and friends. Every other weekend, Houstonians can take a stroll around the farmer's market and enjoy fresh produce, artisan-made products, and treats from a variety of local vendors. Many farmer's markets also feature family-oriented experiences, arts and crafts projects, and live music. Check out the Rice Village calendar to see what fun is in store throughout the year, especially during the summer and holiday season.
And don’t forget to pamper yourself! Whether you’re in need (or not) of a facial, mani/Pedi, fresh highlights, a blow-dry, a makeover, or a brow wax, Rice Village has you covered. For a relaxing or self-indulgent day of care, be sure to book an appointment…or three…at Beautique, dry bar, MYX Blend Bar, Face Haus, or SkinSpirit.
Houston’s Historic Shopping District is constantly expanding its impressive array of fine dining, luxury retailers, and homegrown mom-and-pop shops. Its newest additions include modern lifestyle brand, Parachute, and eco-conscious retailer, AllBirds as well as delicious establishments like Australian coffeehouse, Bluestone Lane, Israeli dining concept, Hamsa, and Sprinkles Cupcakes. We can’t wait to see you. Bike, walk, or drive over sooner rather than later!