Two words: Outlet shopping. Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Guess Factory, Coach Factory, Nike Factory Store and the Disney Outlet, you'll find it all and then some at this 1.6 million-square-foot mall situated around twenty miles from downtown Dallas. And it's not only a bargain hunter's paradise, but Grapevine Mills is also home to a swath of eateries and entertainment zones. Find everything from the Rainforest Café to Round 1 Bowling & Amusement, LEGOLAND Discovery Center and SEA LIFE Aquarium. And if all that is not enough to keep your group busy, you can always catch a movie at the dine-in AMC Theatre.
Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: For a shopping experience that's pleasing for adults and kids alike, Grapevine Mills is the place to go.
Ilene's expert tip: Check the simon.com/mall/grapevine-mills/deals--to find out about exclusive daily deals. Examples include %50 off your second pair of Skechers, promo codes for discounts at Helzberg Diamond store outlet and Aeropostale.
This Allen based outlet complex attracts 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 up to 65% off retail prices. Find everything from housewares to children's apparel and designer duds from the likes of Kate Spade, Cole Haan, Armani, Lacoste, True Religion, Under Armour and Converse. Speaking of housewares, there's a Le Creuset outlet store located here too. In short, if you're into scoring some real bargains on quality merchandise, this is the place is for you. Just be aware that weekends are always super busy.
Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: For those who like getting the best for less, Allen Premium Outlets offers some of the best bargains in town.
Ilene's expert tip: Find out about exclusive sales by signing up on the website for a free VIP Shoppers Club membership. Also, check for coupons listed under deals on the website. Take note: Sundays are the least crowded days to shop.
Situated off the Dallas North Tollway and State Highway 121 in Plano is Legacy West, a recently opened 255-acre mixed-use development featuring retail, dining, residential, hotel and office spaces. There are only around 30 retailers, but the selection is top-notch with everything from Coach, Peter Millar, Bonobos and West Elm to a 9,000 square foot Barnes & Noble concept store serving food, wine and beer. Talking about food, this place is a magnet for foodies, where dining options range from popular restaurants like Fogo de Chao and Mesero Tex Mex to one of the largest food halls (Legacy Hall) in North Texas.
Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Legacy West is a must-visit for foodies and shopaholics alike.
Ilene's expert tip: Score shopping and dining discounts from participating stores and restaurants with a Legacy West Traveler Perks Card from the Visit Plano Welcome Center or the Renaissance Hotel front desk.
Located north of Dallas in the suburb of Frisco, this 1,600,000 square-foot mega-mall is jammed with more than 180 stores and restaurants spread across three-levels. Nordstrom, Macy's, JC Penny and Dillard's are all here along with popular chains like Ann Taylor Loft, The Gap and the Banana Republic, as well as on-trend concepts such as Aéropostale and Altar'd State. Also find a slew of restaurants, including Dave and Busters, California Pizza Kitchen and The Cheesecake Factory plus a kid's play area, iFLY Indoor Skydiving and a 24-screen AMC Theatre. If you can't find what you want here, then you're just not looking.
Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Stonebriar Centre is a massive hub for shopping, dining and entertainment
Ilene's expert tip: Free valet parking is available on the lower level near Barnes & Noble with validation at The Cheesecake Factory.
Not only can you shop 'til you drop at this Plano-based mall, but you can also drink while you shop here, too. Guests 21+ are eligible to purchase alcoholic beverages at Willow Bend's Ascension Annex near The District to drink while they pursue more than 125 stores, ranging from Neiman Marcus, Dillard's and Macy's to H&M, Coach, Anthropologie and Restoration Hardware. As for dining, the center's open-air pedestrian plaza features a variety of restaurants, including John Tesar's steakhouse, Knife, the Mexican Bar Company and Terra Mediterranean to name a few. Keep an eye out for special events like beer walks and live concerts
Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Willow Bend is the only shopping mall in the area that allows visitors to booze and browse at the same time.
Ilene's expert tip: Free valet parking is offered at The District, located between Dillard's and Neiman Marcus. Complimentary gift wrap is provided at the Concierge Center stationed on the lower level near Macy's.
Before you hit the stores at NorthPark Center, you may want to wander across the highway to this upscale, open-air shopping, dining and entertainment complex, where Bloomingdale's The Outlet, Nordstrom Rack and Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth peddle high-end labels for a steal. We're talking high-end apparel, accessories (think handbags, jewelry, sunglasses) and shoes for 40-70% off their original prices. Need to stock up for your next ski trip? Then hit St. Bernard's outlet store where you'll find markdowns on a slew of trendy fashions and snow sports equipment. More deals can be had at places like J Crew, Lane Bryant, Old Navy, DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse and Eddie Baur. Along with retail therapy, Shops at Park Lane also features a Bowl and Barrel boutique bowling alley, Whole Foods, a nail spa, a fitness studio and a variety of eateries.
Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: The Shops at Park Lane is a great spot for bargains on apparel and it's a nice alternative to larger outlet malls.
Ilene's expert tip: Sign up for emails on Saks and Bloomingdale's websites to receive additional discounts on purchases. You can also sign up in the store. There are numerous free parking garages located within the complex plus the entire area is ADA accessible.
One of the city's first mixed-use urban developments, West Village is a vibrant, walkable enclave filled with eclectic boutiques, retail stores and crowd-pleasing restaurants set within a grid of streets off McKinney and Lemmon Avenue in Uptown. Banana Republic, Gap, Lucky Brand and Brooks Brothers have all set up shop here, as have a dozen or more under-the-radar spots touting everything from on-trend apparel to designer shoes. Here, you can stock up on trendy threads at Nicole Kwon and Demerara; snag a custom-made suit at Q Clothier; get you hair cut at Avalon Salon or Floyd's Barbershop and take in a spin class at Soul Cycle. Pro-tip: Park your car for free in the West Village garage and hop on the complimentary M-Line trolley to explore nearby Dallas Arts District.
Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: West Village is a great place to find trendy fashions by local designers.
Ilene's expert tip: West Village hosts a free neighborhood block party with artisan vendors, food trucks and live entertainment every first Wednesday of the month.
Located in North Dallas, the Galleria is home to over 200 retail shops spread out over four levels. Expect to find everything from Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom to Gucci, Le Creuset and American Girl alongside most all the major brands you can think of (from Abercrombie & Fitch to J. Crew). Add in a swanky Westin hotel, a plethora of eating options, a rain forest-themed kid's play space, an ice-skating rink and an impressive glass vaulted ceiling modeled after the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, and you can see why this place is consistently a major draw for locals and tourists alike.
Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Year-round ice skating and a wide variety of stores make the Galleria Dallas one of the city's prime go-to shopping destinations.
Ilene's expert tip: Shoppers traveling more than 50 miles to visit the Galleria Dallas can receive a VIP Privilege Card filled with special offers and discounts. Just bring a valid photo ID to the Guest Reception Center located on Level 1, Center Court to score one.
Tucked among the stately mansions in the Dallas suburb of Highland Park lies the iconic Highland Park Village, the city's' chicest, and the country's oldest open-air shopping center. Opened in 1931, the Mediterranean Spanish-style complex is a one-stop spot for everything luxury, boasting a who's who list of names in fashion. There are Escada, Fendi, Chanel, Hermes, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney and Jimmy Choo as well as trendy retailers like Rag & Bone, Theory and Anthropologie. And that just covers the half of it. You don't need to have an AMEX Platinum card to window shop, but it sure will come in handy should you decide to purchase anything. Easier on the wallet is a handful of terrific restaurants, ranging from Tex-Mex stalwart, Mi Cocina to Royal Blue Grocery.
Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Highland Park Village is a high-end destination for when only the best will do.
Ilene's expert tip: If it's too difficult to park within the village, additional parking is available in the lot at Mockingbird Lane and Douglas Avenue. There is also complimentary valet parking.
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. Here, you'll find more than 235 retailers, ranging from legendary department stores (Neiman Marcus, Macy's, Dillard's and Nordstrom) to designer boutiques such as Gucci and Burberry to familiar brands like H&M, Gap and Apple. And if you need to refuel, there are loads of dining options to tempt your taste buds. Did we mention there's a Dreamscape Immersive virtual reality experience there, plus an Eataly food hall coming in 2020?
Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: NorthPark Center is the best place to find major department stores and designer boutiques under one roof.
Ilene's expert tip: Score free valet parking by dining at one of NorthPark's restaurants. Just be sure to have your ticket validated at the restaurant. Out of town visitors can visit NorthPark's Concierge for a VIP Traveler Offers brochure featuring special offers and discounts.