If you seek something to bring home from Houston, the city offers ample shopping in places like the high-end River Oaks District and the mega mall Galleria. But you should pick up a couple of trademark local items, if you can.
It may seem cliché, but some of the best Houston souvenirs are cowboy hats and boots along with a nice big belt buckle. During rodeo season, plan to visit the rodeo’s great market to shop for these wares.
For a fantastic selection of western wear and boots, Pinto Ranch on Post Oak Boulevard (there’s also a shop in Terminal C of George Bush Intercontinental Airport) is like a candy land of Western wear; Cavender’s, with more than one location in the city, is another solid option. For cowboy hats, though, a go-to destination is Shudde Bros. Hatters, an institution since 1907 that’s a 45-minute drive to Brookshire.
If you want a souvenir other than Western apparel, try artisan chocolates. Go home with unique, locally made and decadent treats. At Cacao & Cardamom, artisan chocolatier Annie Rupani combines some adventurous flavor combinations.
Try surprise flavors like the cardamom rose, white chocolate ganache infused with cardamom with a touch of rose water, and the lychee basil made with tropical fruit and sweet basil in a white chocolate ganache. The strawberry bubblegum is a fun flavor, and the Nutella banana is irresistible. On top of it all, the chocolates are