Author: Alice L., ’22
Rice Village is a little shopping district within walking distance from the stadium end of the Rice University campus, and it’s a major hotspot for Rice students to hang out. There are a number of small, local clothing shops and boutiques (Lily Rain, The Impeccable Pig) along with more ubiquitous brands (Banana Republic, Urban Outfitters, Sephora). A small part of the area also consists of the luxury Hanover Rice Village apartments, but in my opinion, the best part about Rice Village is the food.
It is one of the most diverse, varied places to eat in Houston, both in terms of culture and whether you’re looking for a late-night snack or a nice, sit-down dinner date. I honestly don’t think it’s possible for you to be a Rice student and never have eaten food from a restaurant in Rice Village at some point. Because I think diverse food is such an important part of Rice and Houston culture, here are some of my favorite spots:
- Purple Kow: A cute little boba spot (there is also a Teahouse if that’s more your style!)
- Hopdoddy Burger Bar: A burger joint whose parmesan truffle fries are to die for.
- Mendocino Farms: Healthy sandwiches and salads sourced from local farmers.
- Tiger Noodle House: Authentic Szechuan cuisine.
- Thai Spice: Traditional Thai cuisine.
- Oh My Gogi: A Korean-Mexican fusion food truck that’s open for late night food.
- Yoyo’s Hot Dogs: A late-night hot dog stand known for its long lines.
- Istanbul Grill and Deli: Turkish food with many vegetarian options.
- Torchy’s Tacos: Dang good tacos.
- Sweet Paris Creperie and Café: Both savory and sweet crepes that can be full meals!
- Black Walnut Café: Casual chain offering American food and a full bar.
This is by no means an all-inclusive list (just my personal favorites), but I hope it can be a start for New Students, or anyone visiting Rice really, who want to explore some of Houston’s best eating spots.