Since the 1930s, Rice Village – located near Rice University’s campus – has been a favorite destination for Houston residents and visitors, alike. This area is a 15-block shopping and dining haven, filled with both name brand and one-of-a-kind boutiques, wonderful restaurants, and more.
Ingenious Dentistry is located just a little over a mile from Rice Village and Dr. Dale Brant says, “Rice Village is one of my favorite parts of Houston and is conveniently located near our office. My staff and I enjoy visiting Rice Village for lunch and shopping and we encourage our patients to do the same.”
With all there is to do in Rice Village, from shopping to dining and more, here are the top ten reasons we love this part of town:
Salento Coffee: If you’re looking for a coffee shop in Rice Village, Salento Coffee is the place to go. They blend Latin American and European cultures, serving up delicious beverages and foods. Go for breakfast or lunch.
If you love chocolate, Chocolat du Monde sells some of the best gourmet chocolates and candies from around the world. The boutique is very European, with beautiful French crystal chandeliers and solid wood furniture. Walk in and feel transported. Try their famous Belgian chocolates or their “Manon Café.” The shop is heavenly, and you won’t want to leave without a box (or two) of chocolates!
Offering a delicious brunch menu all seven days a week, Benjy’s is a delight for dining and proudly serves food made with fresh local ingredients. The restaurant is open for happy hour (with great specials) and dinner as well.
Big Easy Social Club: Looking for a fun nightspot? Big Easy Social Club is a no-frills club with a friendly feel. There are always great bands on stage and a dancefloor where you can get down!
As for drinks, The Ginger Man offers 100 draft beers from around the world and a huge back patio full of outdoor seating. There is an excellent food menu, too.
If you love to shop, head to Elaine Turner. This was her first shop, and she has since expanded to other locations in Houston, Nashville and San Antonio. The store just pops from the street (bright pink!) and is filled with excellent accessories, shoes and pink couches (for sitting, not purchase).
Raspberry Rose: Another favorite of shoppers is Raspberry Rose. This cute shop is tucked away, but it offers a wide variety of clothing for any occasion as well as great jewelry to complement your selections. Raspberry Rose was designed, and opened, by Maureen Sweeney. Today her daughter operates the boutique.
Named for Southern Italy, Sud Italia features cuisine true to the five primary areas of that part of the country. Its covered patio is perfect for dining “al fresco.”
Prego: Another great Italian restaurant, Prego offers quality Italian food and excellent service. Their wine list is impressive and the place is always humming!
Main Street Theater was one of the first “new” theater companies established during the 1970s. It was designed to meet the needs of theatergoers, offering them a more varied selection of plays and musicals, giving them more culture than the older theaters in the city offered. Main Street Theater moved to Rice Village in 2015. It has 99 seats, with modern sound and lighting equipment, and offers a very intimate feel.
If you’re new to the Houston area, go explore Rice Village! The area really has it all, from services to shops to restaurants. Do you need a new dentist? Dr. Dale Brant and his professional and friendly staff at Ingenious Dentistry, conveniently located near Rice Village, are ready to serve you and your family. Contact us today.