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Houston has numerous shopping centers scattered throughout the city. Some of the more popular ones are located near the Texas Medical Center (TMC).

Rice Village
Known as The Village, located close to TMC about two blocks west of Rice University Stadium; features an array of shops and restaurants.

About 20 minutes from TMC, located at the intersection of 610 Loop and Westheimer; features specialty stores, ice rink, restaurants, including The Cheesecake Factory and La Madeleine, and department stores, including Macy's, Nordstrom's and Neiman Marcus.

Meyerland Plaza
About 15 minutes from TMC on the corner of 610 Loop and Beechnut; outdoor mall with specialty stores and restaurants.

Almeda, Baybrook, Greenspoint, Memorial City, Northline, Northwest, West Oaks and Willowbrook are just a few of the other malls in the Houston area. There are also many other shopping areas such as Highland Village, River Oaks Shopping Center, Shepherd Plaza and Meyer Park.

Downtown Tunnel System

Downtown is not too crowded on weekends and has a tunnel system with air-conditioned concourses running North/South and East/West. Sections of the system feature boutiques, cafes and specialty shops for the underground shopper. The underground system is particularly convenient for shoppers during inclement weather. Maps of the tunnel system are available at the City of Houston Web site. Self-guided and guided TunnelWalks are also available; for information, call "The Tunnel Lady," Sandra Lord, at 713-222-WALK.

Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO) operates city buses, METRORail and downtown trolleys for downtown shoppers.

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