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Rice Village Shops, Houston

(3.8/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Not up to what we had heard. WE did not feel the shops were really special. Our lunch was good but not special. The service was very good but atmosphere, food and value? Maybe we just expected too muc...  more »
  • Went to it after lunch had a quick turn around it, looks beautiful worth walking around. As well shops had nice stuff and good prices 
  • Ate at Coco Crepes Waffles and Coffee. Had the breakfast croissant. Was not disappointed. Service and food are very good. Felt like I was at a French cafe. 
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  • The best thing about this place is that everything is walking distance. You can go eat, shop, have a cigar, ice cream or just a drink; All in the same area. Parking can be troublesome but there is street parking or you can park in the garage and get your ticket validated. If you are on the Dunstan side, use the Valet! Enjoy. :)
  • Great atmosphere and a wide variety of stores! I go often go here on Saturdays for dinner with my friends and you can always find somewhere good to go eat.
  • Variety of shops and quality eateries. Great place to bring visitors or spend a Saturday if it's not too hot. Parking is a hassle so be prepared to park once and walk.
  • One of the most unique areas to visit in Houston. It's always a great place to shop, eat or just spend time when you are in Houston.
  • What a beautiful shopping center. All the best stores.