Rice Village Shops, Houston

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Rice Village is a shopping district in Houston, Texas, United States.Rice Village is a collection of shops, restaurants and pubs, situated about a half-mile west of the center of Rice University's 300acre campus. The core "Rice Village" extends over ten city blocks, defined by University Boulevard, Kirby Drive, Rice Boulevard, and Morningside Drive, though spillover has expanded the retail area to a total of sixteen blocks, including northward extensions along Kirby and into the present mixed-use blocks between Morningside and Greenbriar.HistoryRice Village has been one of Houston's oldest shopping destinations since the 1930s. It is an unplanned, high density hodge-podge of old and new retail store.David Kaplan of Cite wrote that during the 1950s and 1960s Rice Village "filled up and prospered" but the economic boom in Greater Houston in the 1970s caused development to come elsewhere. He credited the influx of young families in Southgate and Southampton in Houston and the City of West University Place, beginning in the 1980s, to revitalizing Rice Village.In the mid-1980s Rice University began buying land in the Rice Village area. Scott Wise, the university's vice president for investments, stated in 1996 that Rice Village is "strategically located" and allows possible growth and flexibility.The first minutes of the 1994 film The Chase were filmed in the Rice Village.
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  • Many people told me to come and look around here. It is okay. There are some nice places to eat. Like Zoe's Kitchen and then grab coffee from the place next door. The shops are a bit sniffy and over p...  more »
  • The village used to be a place to find funky, trendy little shops and have a fun morning. Has now been taken over by large expensive stores. If that is what you want then this is a great outdoor shopp...  more »
  • The Rice University student city. The spot to the car society Houston unusual walk. Fun apparel shops of various restaurants would be found.
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  • I use to love this place until they installed pay meters. Then La Madeleine closed. I'll go here maybe for Half Price Books, otherwise I'll go elsewhere to shop. I think it was really a cheap move to put in meters. It shows to, the lots are not nearly as full as it use to be. Be careful about parking at FedEx; even if you buy something there and then walk to another store, the FedEx people will issue you a ticket. They have a watcher in the store.
  • As a whole, it has many and all things to do. Shopping, eating, drinking, sports, etc. Located within walking distance of the Rice University campus it is perfect for the students, staff and faculty to make frequent visits. However, the parking is a major parking. You could spend hours trying to find parking. It has gotten better since the parking garage instalment but still an issue.
  • 2 Hour Free Parking Garage then reasonable rates start there after. Lots of shops and restaurants to choose from. Very clean, well lit and you saw security present, which made you feel safer than other areas of town.
  • Great atmosphere to walk around. Super pleasant. Clothing store prices are bit higher, but restaurant, bars, and food options abundant. Awesome place to hang out
  • Where else just off of 59 can you find a selection of French cafe, wine bars, Indian, Taiwanese, taco stand and a specialty British store offering a selection of foodstuffs you can't buy anywhere else and if you like Pier One you can go shopping there as well. Although I don't go anywhere here during busy times. it is impossible to enjoy yourself with so very many people and nowhere near enough parking

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