Houston’s Galleria: A Shopper’s Dream Come True

The Galleria in Houston is one of the largest malls in the United States and the largest mall in Texas with over 400 stores and restaurants.

It’s located in the Uptown District of Houston and shares property with two highrise Westin hotels, and three office buildings called the Galleria Office Towers, as well as a private health club called the Galleria Tennis & Athletic Club.

Over 30 million visitors enjoy 2.4 million square feet of retail space including the fine shopping and dining found at The Galleria each year, making it the most popular shopping center and tourist destination in Houston.

There’s lots of places to shop at and even more to do at this luxury mall for people of all ages.

The Galleria features a variety of amenities including a full-size ice rink, a children’s play area, two swimming pools, three full-service banks, a post office, and much more.

The Galleria opened on November 16, 1970 almost 30 years after the original concept for a indoor shopping center and hotel in the area was scrapped.

Developer Gerald D. Hines, who also built Pennzoil Place, Williams Tower, and more than 400 other buildings in the Houston area, developed 600,000 square feet of retail space that was modeled after the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, one of the oldest shopping malls in the World.

The Galleria has undergone significant expansions and remodels since then.

Galleria II added 360,000 square feet of retail space on two levels, a second hotel, The Westin Galleria Houston, and the Galleria Financial Center in 1976.

The second expansion, Galleria III added another 700,000 square feet of space to the mall and anchored it with a brand new Macy’s shop.

Galleria IV was the Galleria’s third expansion, completed in 2003, and brought the total retail space to 2.4 million square feet and the addition of many of the high-end boutiques that fill that section of the mall today.

The Galleria Services and Amenities

Parking – There are over 13,000 parking spaces for customers and employees as well as EXPRESS parking which gives guests the ability to quickly and easily find a parking spot with automated self-park technology for a nominal fee. There is also Valet parking in front of The Cheesecake Factory, at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and at Nordstrom.

Public Transportation – If you need to catch a cab, then you can register one at the Cab Stand located at the Westin Oaks Hotel.

Guest Services – Guests of the mall can find out more about their shopping options, purchase gift cards, get restaurant recommendations, locate their lost and found items, and borrow wheelchairs or electric carts at the Simon Malls Guest Services Booths. There are also multilingual customer service representatives so that you never encounter a language barrier during your stay.

Stamps – Need to send out a package? You can find a full service post office within the Galleria. You can find the post office on Rink Level and ship out presents, send mail, and purchase stamps here.

Strollers – If you’re strolling through the mall with your young ones, it’s possible to rent out strollers in the mall. There are multiple locations where you can rent strollers including the Blue Garage Entrance on the Rink Level between Rainforest Cafe & Visible Changes, in the Orange Garage Entrance near Simon Guest Services on Level 1, and in the Red Garage Entrance near Nordstrom on Level 2.

Ticketmaster – You can purchase tickets to your favorite entertainment events through Ticketmaster at one of the Simon Malls Guest Services Booths. They don’t only sell concert tickets at the Galleria Ticketmaster either, you can purchase tickets to museums, theaters, performing arts and family shows. If you have already purchased your tickets online, you have the option to pick them up in the mall if it is more convenient for you.

Enhanced Cellular Connectivity – The signal strength for your cell phones in improved in the Galleria. The cell phone tower is within the mall and ensures that you never miss an important cell phone call or text message.

Simon Youth Foundation (SYF) Coin Wishing Wells – Donate your loose change and give back to the community by feeding the SYF Coin Wishing Well. All of the donations that are placed at a Wishing Well goes to providing educational, economical, and career development opportunities to youth in the area.

Free Wi-Fi – There is free Wi-Fi wireless internet access to shoppers at the Galleria. Anyone with a Wi-Fi enabled laptop, tablet, or smartphone is able to access the free network for use during their shopping trip. There is also Wi-Fi technical support available if you have any issues while using the Wi-Fi network at the mall.

Foreign Currency Services – Is it time to get prepared for your next vacation or business trip? At the Galleria you can exchange currency and receive a Cash Passport that is pre-loaded with Pounds or Euros that includes a PIN, so you don’t have to worry about exchanging cash while you travel. You can also order this service online and get any cash you need directly to your home with Travelex.

Indoor Device Charging Stations – If you need to charge an electronic device while shopping or dining at the Galleria, you can do so in The Cadillac Showroom in Galleria II, Level 1 near the mall entrance. It’s a great area for you to relax and recharge at.

Complimentary Coat & Package Check – Want to check your coat while at the Galleria? You can bring by a package or coat to one of the Simon Guest Services Booths and store your items while you shop or dine. This is free for all guests during mall hours.

iPhone & Android App – There’s a cell phone app for the Galleria that helps you find your favorite stores, dining, and entertainment. Other features for the application include a mall map and the option to check your gift card balance. The Galleria application is available for free in the App Store or from Google Play.

Anchor Stores in the Galleria

Macy’s – The Galleria Macy’s opened in 2003 and includes 250,000 square feet of retail space. Macy’s is an iconic brand that was established in 1858 and has over 740 stores nationwide. The Galleria Macy’s has a first class selection of premium brands including Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Clinique, and Estee Lauder. You can find shoes and clothing for the whole family as well as housewares, gifts, and furniture at this Macy’s.

Neiman Marcus – The Galleria Neiman Marcus Flagship Store opened in 1969 with 224,000 square feet of retail space. Neiman Marcus is a luxury department store headquartered in Texas with 41 stores across the United States. At the Galleria Neiman Marcus you can dine at the Mariposa, an elegant restaurant located in the retail space. There are also bridal registry services, tailors available for alterations, and personal shopping services available here. Neiman Marcus has many different store events which showcase new fashion trends, feature the top designers and stylists, and let you shop at exclusive trunk shows.

Nordstrom – The Galleria Nordstrom Houston Flagship Store opened in 2003 and offers 226,000 square feet of premium shopping space. Nordstrom started as a shoe retailer and expanded to include clothing, accessories, handbags, jewelry, cosmetics, and fragrances. In addition to a wide selection of goods, you’ll also find beauty specialists, personal stylists, spa services, a wedding suite, and much more at the Galleria Nordstrom. If you are interested in dining before or after your shopping spree, then you can eat at the full-service restaurant located in the retail space, Bazille, with bistro cuisine and a full bar. If you just want a cup of coffee and a snack, then you can also visit the coffee shop located in Nordstrom, Ebar.

Saks Fifth Avenue – The Galleria Saks Fifth Avenue Flagship Store occupies the original space of Marshall Field’s and reopened in 1997. At this Saks Fifth you’ll find 210,000 square feet of high-end retail shopping. There are 61 Saks Fifth Avenue stores within 24 states that sell top designer brands such as Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Prada, and Dolce & Gabbana. The Galleria Saks Fifth Avenue features shopping events, a fur salon, a salon & spa, grooming services, a club, and personal shopping services.

In addition to the huge selection within the mall, there are also plenty of options in the immediate area of the Galleria mall.

Right across the street from Neiman Marcus is one of the most popular Dillard’s stores, an upscale department store with over 330 stores throughout the United States.

There are also additional shopping centers like BLVD Place, Uptown Collection, Uptown Park, Rice Village, and Highland Village that feature a similar shopping experience.