Shopping in The Woodlands

Shopping in The Woodlands

Shopping in The Woodlands

Picture of The Woodlands Mall

While each village in The Woodlands has its own convenient shopping center with a major grocery store, pharmacy, eatery, bank, and perhaps dentist, salon, boutiques and Starbucks, the real shopping mecca is The Woodlands Town Center.

Town Center is considered The Woodlands own "downtown".  It encompasses a little over one and a half square miles of every retail store you can imagine, the best restaurants for miles, class A office buildings, hotels, and the finest entertainment available.  Meandering throughout it all is The Woodlands Waterway.  You can stroll along beside it or float to your destination via a Water Taxi.  The Waterway connects the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion (our outdoor amphitheater that is home to concerts of your favorite chart topping artists, summer home to the Houston Symphony, and home away from home to the Houston Ballet, in addition to hosting several festivals throughout the year), the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, and The Woodlands Mall to many of The Woodlands major employers including Woodforest National Bank, Anadarko Petroleum, and more.

The "turn around basin" of the waterway begins at The Woodlands Mall.  The 2 story mall covering over a million square feet includes five major department stores:  Macy's, Dillards, JCPenney, Forever 21, and the soon to open Nordstrom's.  In addition, there are over 200 specialty and retail stores including Coach, Ann Taylor, Abercrombie and Fitch, Hollister, Apple, Bath and Body Works, Sephora, Sony, Chico's, Banana Republic, Barnes and Noble, Anthropologie, Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, and many more.  You can grab lunch and let your children ride the merry-go-round upstairs at the food court or  have a dinner date at one of the trendy restaurants outside surrounding the Waterway basin at PF Changs, Cheesecake Factory, Brio's Tuscan Grille, Panera Bread, Rockfish Seafood Restaurant, or Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, all with indoor and outdoor seating.

Picture of The Woodlands Waterway Town CenterFollowing The Waterway's path to the Waterway Square area (past Tinseltown Cinemark Movie Theater), you will come to other small restaurants,  Bakers Street Pub, The Goose's Acre Irish Pub and Restaurant (this is a great place to meet friends on the patio and listen to the concerts from the Pavilion), business offices, Hubbell and Hudson Fresh Market and Bistro,  open green spaces with fountains that shoot out of the ground for the children to frolic in, Grimaldi's Pizzaria, Hot dog/snack vendors and romantic waterfalls and fountains choreographed to lights and music.

Picture of Market StreetAs you pass the Marriot Hotel and Convention Center, you'll cross the street to Market Street.  A day spent at Market Street feels like stepping back to yesteryear in Hometown, USA.  Shops and Restaurants surround an open parklike green with a town square feeling.  This square again offers "shooting waters" for the children's enjoyment and often hosts art festivals and free weekly jazz festivals where you'll find children doing cartwheels and playing in the water while adults relax on sheets or blankets with picnic baskets containing wine, cheese, and fruit while enjoying the relaxing music and visiting,  My favorite are the vendors in "old timey" costume walking around selling lemonade, popcorn, or snow cones for the kiddos.  There are plenty of stores in Market Street such as Brooks Brothers, Tiffany's, Charming Charlie's, Sur La Table, Z Gallerie, Borders, Maggie's, and other boutique style shopping.  Restaurants in the area range from casual like Potbelly's, Cafe Express, Chipotle, and la Madeleine's,  to fine dining at Tommy Bahamas and Jasper's.  There is another movie theater here called Cinemark Market Street  that shows independent films to popular feature films and is commonly referred to as "the grown up movies".   Here's a local insider tip for you:  Enjoy your favorite band/performer while enjoying a frapucino on the patio of Market Street's Starbucks.  You can hear the Pavilion concerts from here, or from a blanket on the green, clear as day and at just the right volume to be able to converse also.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion sits on the southwest corner of Town Center.  On the north side of the mall, you will find Pinecroft Center.  Pinecroft center is laid out in a large strip mall style with Target, Marshalls, Ross, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Best Buy, Ulta, Cost Plus World Market, Toys R Us, and of course, another Starbucks.  You would be hard pressed not to find a Starbucks within five miles of anywhere in The Woodlands!

As you can see, there are enough shopping opportunities in The Woodlands to impress even the most seasoned shoppers, whether it's for a day or a lifetime.


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