Ten Best Spots to Shop Like a Local in the Dallas Area

Shopaholic? Well, you’re in luck, Dallas is a retail therapy paradise. From mega shopping centers and outlet malls to famous department stores, eclectic flea markets and chic boutiques, you’ve got options.

Arguably one of the best places for shopping in the entire state is NorthPark Center, a stunning 2,000,000 square-foot wonderland filled with spectacular stores, fabulous eateries and a 16-screen AMC theater. For those looking to splurge, there’s the Highland Park Village– the city’s premier destination for luxury shopping offering the latest fashions from posh boutiques like Fendi, Chanel, Hermès and Dior.

In the mood for a good bargain? Then Allen Premium Outlets, about 25 minutes from downtown Dallas, is a must. It’s the area's best place to score everything from designer duds to luggage, jewelry and housewares for 25% to 65% off retail prices. Speaking of bargains, one of the nation’s largest and oldest flea markets, First Monday Trade Days, is located about an hour from Dallas in Canton.

More shopping areas to check out include, the Knox-Henderson corridor where you’ll find Mexican imports at La Mariposa and unique toys at Froggie's 5 and 10. And for western-style home décor and gifts, head to the Anteks Home Furnishings in the Dallas Design District.

Lastly, no Big D shopping bucket list is complete without a stop downtown to visit two of Dallas’ most prestigious stores, Neiman Marcus and Forty Five Ten.

Froggie's 5 and 10
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Whether you're a kid or an adult, it's hard to walk into this whimsical little toy shop and not be dazzled by its seemingly limitless array of playthings. From robots, dinosaurs and puppets to kites, games, trucks and even toy drones, every inch...  Read More

Anteks Home Furnishings
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For folks wanting to gussy up their home on the range, mountain hideaway or even urban apartment, this sprawling 8,000-square-foot emporium should be your first stop. It's here that you'll find a bounty of Southwestern decor, from distressed...  Read More

La Mariposa Imports
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This cheery Henderson Avenue stalwart is your first port-of-call when it comes to all things Mexican, and for that matter--just about anything you can think of that hails from Central and South America. You'll find a terrific selection of...  Read More

Outlying Dallas Suburbs
First Monday Trade Days
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One of the oldest and largest flea markets in the country, Canton's First Monday Trade Days (located around 50-miles southeast of Dallas) is every magpie's dream – with over 5,000 dealers, pavilions and stalls sprawled across more than 100...  Read More

Allen Premium Outlets
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This Allen based outlet complex is a magnet to shoppers from across the country. The draw?  It's possibly the area's best place to score a raft of luxury labels and name brands for 25% to 65% off retail prices. There are over 100 stores,...  Read More

Forty Five Ten Downtown Dallas
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Retail therapy doesn't get much better than at this four-level, 37,000 square foot luxury boutique--where you'll find plenty of posh threads for men and women from the likes of Stella McCartney, Proenza, Mark Jacobs and Thom Browne. The store...  Read More

Neiman Marcus
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No trip to Dallas would be complete without a pit stop at the flagship Neiman Marcus store, a Dallas icon dating back to 1914. Here, you'll find five floors filled with everything from luxe designer labels for women, men and children to toys,...  Read More

Highland Park Village
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Tucked in among the stately mansions in the Dallas suburb of Highland Park lies the iconic Highland Park Village, Dallas' chicest, and the country's oldest, open air shopping center. Opened in 1931, the Mediterranean Spanish-style complex is a...  Read More

Galleria Dallas
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Boasting more than 200 stores spread out over four levels, which includes a mix of trusty department stores (Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom), all the major brands you can think of (from Abercrombie & Fitch to J. Crew) as well as...  Read More

NorthPark Center
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With over 2,000,000 square-feet of retail and dining, plus a museum quality art collection and a 16-screen AMC theater, it's no wonder that Dallas' crown jewel of shopping centers ranks among the top five shopping destinations in the country....  Read More


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As a perpetual wanderer, foodie freak and wannabe chef, Ilene is always on the lookout for the best places to see, eat, drink and sleep. When she's not writing about the latest happenings in...  More About Ilene