Best Galleria Alternative (2002)
If your goal is to experience the luxury and selection of the Galleria but to avoid the insane parking and crowds, then check out Highland Village. All of the staples are there: the Gap, Banana Republic, Victoria's Secret and, of course, Starbucks. But the area also includes fine apparel stores such as Tootsies, Cole-Haan and the always cool Anthropologie, where you will find clothes, bath products, rosebud lip salve, rugs and bedding. The shopping center also is home to James Avery, a reasonably priced, high-quality jewelry store that carries classic cross pendants and heaps of charms -- everything from frogs to the Texas seal. If you get hungry, grab a bite at P.F. Chang's, or if you have a fatter wallet, Anthony's. After eating, explore Pottery Barn, the store we know Martha Stewart loves. Norton Ditto is close by if you need a "gentleman's clothier since 1908." After a fulfilling day of shopping, stop by Omaha Steaks and buy some filet mignon to throw on the grill at home.