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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  • Now that They installed parking meters everywhere You have people walking around checking the meters in writing tickets Plus there has been a rise in theft in the rice village area as far as car break...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Rice village is cool. It's about as average a shopping experience as you might expect. There's a lot of cool restaurants around. They've recently installed parking meters so that kind of made things more complicated for people but the parking meters aren't super expensive.
  • Nearly all parking minus the garage is going to metered parking. I am talking all lot and street spaces. Better off going to the Galleria. As for shops, decent selection although I mostly come here for the bars to hang out. Bars or decent, but for the extra money paying to park I could net another beer closer to home.
  • Upscale area, shops/restaurants are too. If you're parking in the garage, there is a 2hr leeway for dining (as we were told by our server at D'amico's), but be prepared to pay if you exceed that time frame. I had parked on the street, which during regular business hours, is metered, not in the evening, but realize any 'free' parking is extremely limited. After we left from dinner, she had to pay to exit the garage since she had entered more than two hours, $2.
  • Love the ambiance. Great area to walk and shop and dine! Stopped at a food truck the other day that offered ice cream in a donut cone - must try!
  • Nice shopping area. Plenty of shops and restaurants to visit. Parking in the garage is free if visit is under two hours. There's also metered parking around the area if you don't want to park in the garage.

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