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River Oaks Shopping Center | © Matthew Rutledge/Flickr
River Oaks Shopping Center | © Matthew Rutledge/Flickr

What To See & Do In Houston's River Oaks Neighborhood

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Updated: 9 February 2017
One of the charming things about Houston is the diversity of and proximity between neighborhoods. River Oaks could very easily be deemed the Beverly Hills of Houston. Nestled between Montrose and Upper Kirby, east of the Galleria, this swanky community offers diverse amenities for pocket books of all sizes. Here are a few of our favorite places to visit.

River Oaks Theater

If you have never been to River Oaks Theater, stop what you’re doing right now and catch a screening. River Oaks Theater is one of Houston’s last true movie theaters keeping the original, opening day, Ornate Art Deco from 1939 and maintaining its classic movie palace feel. Known for hosting cult favorites like Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Goonies at midnight most Fridays and Saturdays, this is one Houston gem you don’t want to miss.


Buffalo Bayou

Buffalo Bayou has been undergoing construction for some time, but its Grand Opening, on Oct. 3, 2015, is sure to be the event of the season. Stretching along Allen Parkway into Downtown, Buffalo Bayou is host to many high profile Houston events including the summer’s annual Free Press Summer Fest. Come out for a jog or picnic. Buffalo Bayou is the perfect home away from home in Houston.

Johnny Steele Dog Park| © Morgan Cronin

Johnny Steele Dog Park| © Morgan Cronin

Johnny Steele Dog Park

Let’s not forget about man’s best friend. Johnny Steele Dog Park, adjacent to Buffalo Bayou, is the perfect oasis for your dog. This two-acre park has everything your best friend needs. With ample shade, seating, a pond. and a washing station, Johnny Steele is the perfect place to relax after a jog or picnic and is something that your furry friend will love, too.

River Oaks Shopping Center

For all the spenders out there, River Oaks Shopping Center has familiar favorites like Gap and White House Black Market, along with independent retailers. If you’re looking for an everyday indulgence and hate the crowds that flock to the Galleria, River Oaks Shopping Center is the ultimate retail therapy. If you’re over picking up threads, take a break at Starbucks or head over to Barnes and Noble. You never know who may have a book signing.

Backstreet Café

Need to take a load off after a jog or a day full of shopping? Head over to Backstreet Café. Tucked behind the usual Shepherd bustle, Backstreet Café is a casual, chef-inspired American Bistro. Whether you’re looking to try dishes like the braised rabbit or the duck spring rolls, you’re sure to find something to please your palate at Backstreet Café.