You won't be surprised to discover that the most famously well-heeled neighborhood of Houston has attracted more than its share of serious shopping. In addition to the luxury destinations at River Oaks Shopping Center, River Oaks District and Highland Village—yes, all technically outside its borders, but bear with us—the tony burg is surrounded by boutiques abounding with style and more often than not with price tags to match.
Never let it be said that the grand dames of River Oaks don’t like a good deal. Hence Betty Newton’s impressive two-story space, where chic costume jewelry abounds along with lots of fun paper goods and myriad impulse purchases among the cashmere sweaters and party dresses. 2501 River Oaks Blvd., abientot713.com.
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This preppy Jack-and-Jill store was a sensation when it opened in Atlanta in 2007 and has created a similar stir here since its debut in the heart of River Oaks in 2013—keep an eye out for Sid's regularly scheduled coffee and vintage cars meetups in the parking lot on Saturday mornings. 2515 River Oaks Blvd., annmashburn.com; sidmashburn.com.
Having already mastered the art of matching Houston brides with couture wedding gowns at Casa de Novia, in 2011 Luvi Wheelock opened this shop next door, stocking cocktail dresses and eveningwear from avant-garde designers like Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Viktor & Rolf, and Yigal Azrouël in an appropriately minimalist space. 2040 W. Gray St., Suite 120, atriumrtw.com.
Maryam Afshari, whose family has owned A. Taghi for three generations, bucked tradition for seven years as an accountant before opening her own boutique, stocking it with sophisticated, brunch-ready dresses and separates. A rare local shop in the luxury haven of River Oaks District, Baanou stands out for its commitment to hosting trunk shows featuring brands from Vivienne Tam to local Houston designers. 4444 Westheimer, baanou.com.
It's been five years since Billy Reid, the Alabama-based designer whose work represents a thoughtful, modern take on traditional Southern style, transformed a Westheimer bungalow into one of the neighborhood's most charming shopping destinations. Though his menswear gets most of the attention, Reid carries clothing and accessories for both men and women. 2702 Westheimer Rd., billyreid.com.
A long-time favorite for the well-dressed, new owners John Maguire and Jennifer Cunningham (who was previously the buyer for Elizabeth Anthony) have thus far continued to emphasize the charming boutique's connections with hard-to-find European brands like Lilith and Klements, but with a fresh new eye. 3941 San Felipe St., cottonclubcollection.com.
If every member of the family deserves the best, including the furry ones, there's no destination quite like Funny Fur for dog outfits, carriers, accessories, toys and healthy food and treats. 3268 Westheimer Rd., funnyfur.com.
Even as the luxury shopping sector in this city continues to reach ever-grater heights, it's hard to top the splash Restoration Hardware made when it relocated its Highland Village store to a stunning three-story showroom—rooftop patio included—that literally brims with decorating ideas. Peruse all three stories of furniture and you've earned a cupcake from Sprinkles, conveniently located right next door. 4030 Westheimer Rd., restorationhardware.com.
Taking a vacation soon? Whether you're heading to the beach or the mountains, you'll want to hit Saint Bernard first. This family-owned ski and snowboard equipment and attire destination started in Dallas in 1978 and opened a third location at River Oaks District in 2016, a 14,000-square-foot space that includes a full-service ski shop and a men’s lounge with coffee and draft beer on tap. 4444 Westheimer Rd., saintbernard.com.
This River Oaks staple from owners Marcus Sloan and Shannon Hall has the spare, white look of an art gallery—fitting, since most of the wares are on the level of wearable art. Cutting-edge labels like Peter Pilotto, Isabel Marant, Maison Martin Margiela, Kenzo, and Stella Jean dominate, complemented by a mixture of edgy jewelry, design books, hilarious greeting cards and apothecary offerings. 2620 Westheimer Rd., sloanhall.com.
Working out isn't always fun, but your activewear can be. Migrating from an online-only destination to brick and mortar in 2016, this shop always has the latest and cutest takes on swimwear and athletic apparel, from bright prints to strategically placed mesh—and they stock each style in small quantities so you'll always be the only one wearing it at SoulCycle. 2400 Mid Ln., sobare.com.
This Austin import sells button-up shirts from Jack Spade and RRL jeans but doesn’t stop there, offering other manly goods such as barware, engraved lighters and knives, along with books about camping, motorcycles and ’70s rock bands. 2614 Westheimer Rd., stagprovisions.com
Over 40 years after the original Tenenbaum opened in downtown Houston, the store is more relevant than ever, opening an expanded showroom and joining forces with Queen of Heirs and Past Era to become the city's unparalleled source for vintage and estate jewelry. 4310 Westheimer Rd., tenenbaumandco.com.