Dallas Best Shopping: In Big D, Shopping is More than a Hobby
By Denise Brandenberg
Dallas Local Expert
Shopping is king in Dallas! Ranging from over-the-top luxury boutiques and shopping centers that feature the likes of Gucci, Prada and Chanel to outlet centers and discount stores, Dallas offers all travelers a wide variety of shopping venues. Most of Dallas’s best shopping areas feature a wide variety of stores, so visitors can stroll through these urban marketplaces until they find exactly what they’re looking for.
The Uptown area features many trendy, international chains and stores, while the nearby Highland Park area offers high-quality upscale boutiques. If you’re in the mood to find a great bargain, visit the up and coming Shops at Park Lane or one of two main expansive outlet centers, that Allen Premium Outlets north of Dallas in the suburb of Allen or Paragon Outlets south of Dallas in Grand Prairie.
Mall shoppers will be delighted when they enter the upscale NorthPark Center or the huge Galleria in north Dallas. This mall features a huge ice-skating rink, complete with the biggest Christmas tree in Dallas during the holiday season, and a delightful kids’ play area. If you’re in the market for new items to freshen up your home or kitchen, visit the trendy Knox-Henderson area, which features numerous home goods and furnishing stores. Finally, for the classic Dallas shopping experience, visit the flagship Neiman Marcus store downtown. Choose from the best shopping areas in Dallas for your trip by reading trusted expert and user reviews.
10 Grapevine Mills
This Dallas mall's 1.6 million square feet house more 180 stores, drawing dedicated shoppers from across the Dallas area. If you're expecting a traditional mall, be aware that Grapevine Mills is actually a shopping center that features manufacturers' outlets and off-price specialty stores. It also has a wide variety of great restaurants and a 30-screen movie theater. Ann Taylor Loft, Chico's, Hollister, Gap, Tommy Hilfiger, OFF 5th Saks Fifth Avenue and the Disney Store all have a presence here. The kids will love it, as it has a LEGOLAND Discovery Center, SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium and the Polar Ice House ice skating rink offer additional entertainment options. (972-724-4900)
9 West Village
Situated in the heart of the Uptown neighborhood at McKinney Ave. and Lemmon, West Village is a popular outdoor area that offers a wide variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment. Visitors save time and gas by hopping on the free Uptown trolley to get there, as well. Some of the most popular stores there include Ann Taylor, Gap, Lucky Brand Jeans, Tommy Bahama, and Indigo. When you're all "shopped out," catch an independent flick at The Magnolia theatre or grab a drink and dinner at one of many 19 full-service restaurants, including sidewalk cafes such as Taco Diner and Mi Cocina. (214.459.3959)
8 Knox Henderson Shopping Area
As one of the oldest shopping areas in Dallas, Knox-Henderson boasts a wide variety of shops perfect for visitors who enjoy the best of the best. On the Knox side, visit the Apple store, as well as numerous home goods and furniture stores, such as Restoration Hardware, Crate & Barrel, Smith & Hawken, Pottery Barn, Z Gallery, and Weir's. On the Henderson side, check out a wide variety of antique stores. This area also features numerous eclectic clothing and gift shops, such as the clothing boutique, Emeralds to Coconuts, La Mariposa, and Another Time & Place. Save room for a drink or bite after all your shopping, as this area is known for restaurants and bars as well.
7 Neiman Marcus
Situated in the heart of Downtown Dallas, the flagship Neiman Marcus store is a must-see stop for high-end shoppers. From its over-the-top cosmetics department to stellar accessories, Neiman Marcus is truly a Dallas woman's best friend. Find unique gifts and luxury goods throughout the store, as well as one of the best bridal boutiques in the U.S. When you're finished shopping, eat lunch at the onsite Zodiac Cafe or grab a cup of rich hot chocolate at the Espresso Bar. In the past, Neiman Marcus only accepted American Express, cash or checks, but now shoppers can give their Visa and MasterCards a workout, too. (214-741-6911)
6 Allen Premium Outlets
Located in the northern suburb of Allen, the Allen Premium Outlets is one of the best shopping spots in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. Dallas visitors only need to make a short drive to get great deals on all types of items! Whether you're in the market for low prices or designer duds - this outdoor shopping complex has it all. Allen Premium Outlets features a wide variety of high-quality shops perfect for visitors who love bargains. Some of the most popular shops there include Puma, Calvin Klein, Perry Ellis, Ann Taylor, Adidas, Guess, Coach, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Nine West, Gap, and Banana Republic. Looking for luxury goods? Visit Last Call by Neiman Marcus or Michael Kors. There's an onsite food court, so you won't have to leave the area when you need a break from all your shopping. Wear comfortable walking shoes, as this place is huge, as well! ((972) 678-7000)
5 The Shops at Park Lane
Situated across I-75 from NorthPark Center, The Shops at Park Lane features a wide variety of stores and restaurants. Health-conscious visitors will enjoy checking out the huge Whole Foods grocery store, one of the featured shops. Other stores there include Carters, The Children's Place, Old Navy, Ulta Beauty, and Dick's Sporting Goods. Shoppers looking for luxury goods at low prices should visit Nordstrom Rack and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th. There's also a new HomeGoods store - think Ross or T.J. Maxx meets interior design. This is a great place to spend the afternoon and you won't have to fight the crowds across the street at NorthPark Center. (214-393-0222)
4 The Shops at Willow Bend
Slightly smaller than other Dallas malls, The Shops at Willow Bend still present a plethora of popular retail stores. Rumored to be the "women's mall" in Dallas, this popular spot is beautiful and easy to navigate. From the Apple store and Anthropologie to J.Crew and Neiman Marcus, more 125 retailers offer everything from clothing to housewares to unique gifts. The mall's unique dining selection includes California Pizza Kitchen and Wyland's Ocean Blue Restaurant and Gallery, along with the standard food court fare. Plentiful parking and a convenient layout make this mall easy for a quick stop or an afternoon of shopping. (972-202-7110)
One of the most popular malls in Dallas, TX, this upscale shopping mecca offers restaurants, clothiers, gift shops and an ice skating rink. From Old Navy to Gucci, there is something for everyone's tastes. The flagship department stores there include Nordstroms, Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy's. Other top retailers include Oakley, Sephora, Williams-Sonoma and Banana Republic. The mall's four stories are capped by an impressive glass vaulted ceiling, modeled after the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, Italy. And bring the kids! The American Girl store is just one spot to take them. There's a wonderful, jungle-themed indoor play center in the Atrium just outside Nordstroms on the third level. (972-702-7100)
2 Highland Park Village
A shopping center with an unusual amount of history, Highland Park Village opened in 1931. It was the first collection of shops of its kind in the nation and has served as the model for many to come. An architectural melange of Spanish, Mediterranean, and Mexican styles, the open-air center became a town square of sorts and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2000. Today, upscale shops and restaurants populate the space, including Hermes, Escada, Jimmy Choo, and Harry Winston. Shoppers can indulge in luxury goods and brands and then take a nice break at one of many restaurants and coffee shops. (214-559-2740)
1 NorthPark Center
NorthPark Center is more than a shopping mall. It's the go-to destination for Dallas socialites and a contemporary art museum to boot! That's why it continues to be one of the most popular malls in Dallas, Texas. A world-class assortment of works by modern artists, including Mark di Suvero, Andy Warhol, Frank Stella and Jim Dine, among other major names, has been exhibited throughout NorthPark's history. When you've finished taking in the art, shop the likes of Anthropologie, Burberry, Coach, Lacoste, Kate Spade, Juicy Couture and Dooney & Bourke. If you're looking for luxury, you'll find it here - Gucci and Prada even have shops here. (214-361-6345)
About Denise Brandenberg
Born and raised in Dallas, Denise Brandenberg has been a self-proclaimed “Dallas Ambassador” for out-of-town friends and colleagues for years. Denise started her career as an advertising agency copywriter, recruiter, and manager of online forums for an international meeting planning association. She ventured off on her own a few years ago, to start an adventurous career as a freelance writer and marketing consultant. Denise’s other work can be found at Global Road Warrior, USA Today, Chron.com, The Motley Fool, LovetoKnow, The Meeting Professional, and several other online publications.
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