10 Best Shopping Malls and Centers: Dallas Is a Shopper's Paradise
By Denise Brandenberg
Dallas Local Expert
Go for convenience, accessibility, and selection. Those are the perks of Dallas's best malls and shopping centers. You can get in and out quickly and see a ton of things. Loads of local shopping options include high-brow and low-brow stores, along with food offerings should you need a drink or a bite along the way. No matter what you're in the market for, what kind of budget you're working with, etc., Dallas has it all.
In the mood for upscale luxury boutiques? The best places to find these items are Highland Park Village, the oldest outdoor shopping mall in the U.S., and NorthPark Center. Both have a wide variety of high-end stores, including Gucci, Chanel and Hermes. Want to get as much as you can on a small budget? Head on over to The Shops at Park Lane, which features an Old Navy, HomeGoods, Nordstrom Rack and Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth.
If you want to go to a traditional mall, and you want to see how Dallas "does" the mall, go to the Galleria, a multilevel shopper's paradise complete with an ice skating rink and indoor children's play place. In Dallas, shopping options are not a problem - the only issue you may have is figuring out how to fit all your new stuff into your suitcase!
10 Firewheel Town Center
A Main-Street style shopping, dining and entertainment destination, Firewheel Town Center is located in Garland, Texas, just off the President George Bush Turnpike. It features more than 125 stores, ranging from sporting goods to children's apparel, as well as a wide variety of dining options, such as T.G.I. Friday's and Gloria's. It also has an 18-screen AMC/IMAX theatre. Some of the most popular stores there include Dillard's, DSW Shoe Warehouse, Hot Topic and James Avery Craftsman. If you're with the kids, but need a break, you're in luck! Take them to Yoga Synergy, which offers childcare while you shop or dine! ((972) 675-1041)
9 Town East Mall
Located in Mesquite, Texas, just east of Downtown Dallas, Town East Mall is a popular shopping destination for residents and visitors to East Texas. This mall features a children's play area, along with the flagship department stores of Macy's, Dillard's, JCPenney and Sears. H&M opened a store there in 2012, as well. Some of the other stores there include the Buckle, Charlotte Russe, Coach and Frederick's of Hollywood. Visitors can choose from a wide variety of dining options, including El Chico, Max and Cheese, BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, and Buca di Beppo. Bringing the kids? Take them to the Train Rides area outside of Sears on the Upper Level. ((972) 270-4431)
8 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)
7 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)
6 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)
5 Allen Premium Outlets, A Simon Center
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)
4 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)
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 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)
1 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)
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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