Where to Eat While Shopping for Christmas: The Woodlands Mall Survival Guide

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Get a close look at the Christmas tree in Market Street while Christmas shopping in The Woodlands.
Christmas is less than two weeks away. I repeat: TWO WEEKS AWAY. It's crunch time, people.

If you're headed to The Woodlands Mall to get the final few things on your list (or to start your Christmas shopping ... no judging here), you'll need plenty of energy to battle the lines and crowds and keep trucking along to buy everything on your list. Well, we believe that food and caffeine are your best bets to keep your energy up during your Christmas shopping outings.

So, here are ten areas you can visit at The Woodlands Mall, in the Market Street, and in the surrounding shopping centers for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a pick-me-up snack in between stores.

Inside the Mall: Food Court

Obviously, it's easiest to stop in the food court of The Woodlands Mall to get a bite to eat. Grab a cookie or brownie from The Great American Cookie Company for a sugar boost, or sit down with chicken nuggets and waffle fries from Chick-fil-A. Those lines tend to be long, as well as the ones for Sonic and Roman Delight Pizza, so if you're in a hurry, just walk up and down the pathway, where Famous Wok and Sarku Japan serve free samples -- a little snack can satisfy for the time being.

Lunch Outside the Mall: Panera Bread

Head outside for some fresh air and eat at Panera Bread, located near Anthropologie. Panera is perfect for a quick coffee on-the-go, an energizing breakfast to start your Christmas shopping day, or for a much-needed relaxing lunch to refuel yourself before heading back into the mall.

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Meet up with the family for dinner at P.F. Changs after Christmas shopping inside The Woodlands Mall.

Dinner Outside the Mall: The Cheesecake Factory/P.F. Changs/ Mi Cocina/Brio Tuscan Grille

These four restaurants are conveniently located near each other outside The Woodlands Mall. While all four are a bit pricey for lunch, they are great places to meet the family or a group of friends for dinner after a long day of shopping. You'll have earned a nice meal by that point.

Lunch on Waterway Avenue: Hubbell & Hudson Market & Bistro/Yucatan Taco Stand/Which Wich

If you find yourself buying foodie gifts for loved ones at Hubbell & Hudson, stay for lunch. Make a sandwich or burger, or create your own salad, then take your lunch upstairs while you watch a cooking class (if one is going on). Hubbell also serves coffee and snacks if you just need a little bite to eat during the day.

Yucatan Taco Stand is on the other side of Hubbell & Hudson and is a great place to stop for street tacos and chips. In addition, it's pretty cheap.

Which Wich is closer to The Woodlands Waterway Marriot, but it's an easy and short walk from the Market Street.

Lunch at the front of Market Street: Cafe Express/La Madeleine/Berryhill Baja Grill

At the entrance to the Market Street you will find these three restaurants, all perfect for a quick-service lunch. La Madeleine and Berryhill are next-door to one other, so whether you're feeling French or a burrito and chips for lunch, either is a good choice. Cafe Express is across the street.

Location Info


The Woodlands Mall

1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, Spring, TX

Category: General

The Cheesecake Factory

1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, Spring, TX

Category: Restaurant

Brio Tuscan Grille

1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, Spring, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hubbell & Hudson

24 Waterway Ave., Spring, TX

Category: Restaurant

Yucatan Taco Stand Tequila Bar & Grill

24 Waterway Ave., The Woodlands, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott

1601 Lake Robbins Drive, Spring, TX

Category: General

Cafe Express

9595 Six Pines Drive, Spring, TX

Category: Restaurant

Berryhill Baja Grill

9595 Six Pines Drive, Spring, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Counter

9595 Six Pines Dr, Spring, TX

Category: Restaurant

Genghis Grill

9300 Six Pines Drive, Spring, TX

Category: Restaurant

Guadalajara Hacienda

27885 I-45 Freeway, Spring, TX

Category: Restaurant

Katz's Express

19075 Interstate 45 N., Conroe, TX

Category: Restaurant

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