Tips for shopping in Houston
Houston is the largest city in Texas and the fourth-largest in the U.S. The city was founded in 1837 and is named after General Sam Houston, an early settler and the second president of the then-independent Republic of Texas. Houston also goes by the nickname “The Space City” because it houses NASA's Mission Control Center, which gained worldwide fame during the pioneering Apollo Space Program. The Port of Houston, located on the Gulf of Mexico, carries more international cargo tonnage than any other U.S. port. The city's population is also notably diverse and one of the youngest in the nation, with a substantial Hispanic population and over 90 languages spoken in the city. Boasting the largest shopping mall in Texas, the shopping scene in Houston matches the city's dynamism. The Galleria, located in the Uptown District, has 3 million square feet of retail space to explore and houses 375 stores. You can choose a wide range of shopping options from upscale department stores such as Nordstrom or Macy's, to electronics stores such as the Apple Store or Best Buy. You can even catch events such as fashion shows or holiday celebrations at the Galleria. If malls aren't your thing, Houston's downtown shopping district is a great place to browse the shops while you discover the city. Houston Pavilions has mixed-use shopping with a plethora of options, and the Shops at Houston are just a few blocks away, and all the while you have countless dining options spanning Texas' famous range of cuisine.