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Old 02-09-2008, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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So many of these city forums tell people to "stay in the Galleria" area or to "go see the Galleria." In this day and age - do you really believe the Galleria is the must-do place? There are so many nice malls all over the country and Houston in general. The Galleria is just much more expansive and flashy with some designer shops only found at the Galleria. If you just want to spend the day looking around, walking, people-watching, spending at high-ticket stores then yeah I can see recommending the Galleria. But for the average joe who just wants to get in a little time shopping at routine stores, seems like Highland Village or Rice Village would meet those needs nicely with a whole lot less fluff.

I realize Houston isn't a big tourist city but it just seems that the Galleria is always listed as one of the must-see areas - if someone isn't much of a shopper then I don't know that this area would be a must-see for them. Maybe I've just seen it for so long that I've become jaded, to me it just isn't a big deal any more -- who knows. I just don't really understand why when people ask where to stay when visiting Houston - the Galleria area is almost always the number one place recommended.

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Old 02-09-2008, 01:22 PM
 
Location: The house on the hill
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In a word. No.
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Old 02-09-2008, 01:46 PM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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No.........
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Old 02-09-2008, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Clear Lake, Houston TX
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For bonafide shopaholics with some credit to burn, absolutely.

For everyone else, nah.
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Old 02-09-2008, 02:28 PM
 
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Sure...its the largest Mall in Houston. It's Houston's pride and joy!
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Old 02-09-2008, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Charleston Sc and Western NC
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Its a mall.
But its the only mall in Houston that has the true upscale stores and department stores. So if that's what you want to do, it's a destination.
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Old 02-09-2008, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Bos/Hou-ston
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Yep, it's definitely a must see and when I'm with friends and we're bored, sometimes we go there and hang out. Not to mention there are some hotties around there. Tourism is ALL about fluff.
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Old 02-10-2008, 01:10 AM
 
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Well, you don't see an indoor mall of this magnitude in such a shopper's paradise like Southern California since their climate is more conducive for a La Jolla or Rodeo Drive.

Horton Plaza in San Diego is a funky, semi-enclosed mall but that is the yin to the yang of the Galleria, polished and magnificent.

But since tourists see that stuff in SoCal and Houston's equivalent is merely a climate-controlled version, a magnificent specimen of architecture...the 5th largest mall, indeed, the Uptown Galleria is a great tourist resource.

It was once the most searched mall on Yahoo some years back and the international shoppers that go there are incredibly abundant.

The Houston naysayers are merely spoiled with it. Myself, I have not been to the Galleria since 1997 but I'd like to go some weekend if I get around to it.
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Old 02-10-2008, 11:36 AM
 
Location: where nothin ever grows. no rain or rivers flow, TX
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after a year in houston there is no other place I can recommend to visit other than the galleria (although i have not shopped there myself) or katy mills. its the same recommendation i got when i was considering the move the houston. i figured this is the only way to show new comers that houston isn't THAT bad - we got some of that 21st century stuff
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Old 02-10-2008, 12:34 PM
 
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It's a must-see on Post Oak from the left turn lane at Westheimer trying to get the hell away from it.

And the traffic.

Wait...nobody gets away from that here.
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