Shop Until You Drop at the Best Retail Therapy Destinations Around Dallas



If you’re in search of the ultimate shopping experience then you've come to the right place. Dallas has more malls and shopping districts per capita than any other U.S. city. In fact, shopping is a top hobby here. But the city’s shopping meccas go beyond retail, they also offer a wide array of dining and entertainment options. And the best example of this is NorthPark Center, a stunning 2,000,000 square-foot paradise filled with spectacular stores, fabulous eateries and a 16-screen AMC theater. No wonder it was named as one of the "7 Retail Wonders of the Modern World" by Shopping Centers Today.

Looking to snag some fashion bargains without having to trek to the outskirts of the city? Then you’re in luck. Across from NorthPark is The Shops at Park Lane, an outlet retail complex that’s home to Saks OFF 5th, Nordstrom Rack and Bloomindales. There’s restaurants and a boutique bowling alley located there too.

Head further north of the city to the suburb of Frisco where you’ll find Stonebriar Centre, offering a one-stop shopping experience for all your retail cravings. The place packs an impressive range of merchandise – covering everything from books to toys, fashion and kitchenware in its 180-plus stores.

And, we’d be remiss without mentioning America’s oldest shopping center, the Highland Park Village– a veritable hub for posh boutiques like Fendi, Chanel, Hermès and Dior.

Ready to go mall crawling? Then read on, these 10best spots are guaranteed to kick your shopping spree into high gear.



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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, Grapevine Mills is also home to a swath of eateries, including the Rainforest Café, and entertainment zones like LEGOLAND Discovery Center, SEA LIFE Aquarium and The Escape Game. And if that's not enough to keep you busy, there's a 30-screen AMC Theatre there too.


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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, including Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Cole Haan, Kenneth Cole, BCBG Factory Outlet, Lacoste and Neiman Marcus Last Call as well as True Religion, Under Armour and Converse. The list goes on with children's apparel, jewelry and accessories to housewares, leather goods, luggage and even snowboards. 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 and name brands, this is the place for you.


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Legacy West
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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 and Bonobos to West Elm, Frontgate and a Tesla showroom. There's even a 9,000 square foot Barnes & Noble concept store serving food, wine and beer. Speaking of nourishment, you'll find a ton of trendy bars and restaurants, including Fogo de Chao, Mesero Tex Mex and most importantly–the largest food hall (Legacy Hall) in North Texas. Also expect to find regular events and festivals too, from free workout classes to live sports watch parties and concerts.


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Stonebriar Centre
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Located north of Dallas in the suburb of Frisco, this 1,630,000 square-foot mega-mall is jammed with more than 180 stores and restaurants spread across three-levels. Nordstrom, Macy's, JC Penny, Dillard's and Sears are all here along with popular chains (Ann Taylor Loft, The Gap, Banana Republic) and on-trend concepts such as Aéropostale and Altar'd State. There's also Aveda, The Body Shop, Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma and Barnes & Noble Booksellers, not to mention a Lego and Disney Store. Add in a slew of restaurants, including Dave and Busters, California Pizza Kitchen and The Cheesecake Factory, plus a kid's play area and a 24-screen AMC Theatre complex, and you've got pretty much everything you need under one tidy roof. If you can't find what you want here, then you're just not looking.


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The Shops at Willow Bend
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With a multi-million-dollar makeover in process, that's adding new stores and restaurants along with a fitness club; a children's theatre; an office tower and a hotel– this Plano-based mall is raising the bar in terms of shopping experiences. Anchored by department store giants; Neiman Marcus, Dillard's and Macy's– this two-level mall features more than 125 stores, some of which include H&M, Coach, Anthropologie and Restoration Hardware. Also, making a grand entrance is an open-air pedestrian plaza boasting eight gourmet restaurants, including celebrity chef John Tesar's deluxe steakhouse, Knife– as well as the Mexican Bar Company and Terra Mediterranean. In addition to eating, the plaza hosts an array of special events, ranging from concerts to local markets and community gatherings.


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The Shops at Park Lane
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Before you hit the stores at NorthPark Center, you may want to wander across the highway to this upscale 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. Here's where to find overstocked and out-of-season apparel, accessories and shoes for 40-70% off the original prices. Other shops include J Crew, Dick's Sporting Goods, Lane Bryant, Old Navy, DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse and Eddie Baur. Need to stock up for your next ski trip? St. Bernard Outlet carries a slew of trendy fashions and equipment that can be had for up to 75% off retail. A nail spa and a fitness studio along with a variety of eateries, including a boutique bowling alley (Bowl & Barrel)– complete the picture.


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West Village
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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. Then of course, there are the eateries as well as the Magnolia movie theatre. Speaking of movies, West Village hosts a free, open-air movie night (with live entertainment) every third Wednesday of the month.


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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 specialty stores like Gucci, Le Creuset and American Girl– it's suffice to say that whatever you want, it most likely can be found here. 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 a major draw for locals and tourists alike.


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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 one-stop spot for everything luxury, boasting a who's who list of names in fashion. There's 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 Fachini, Perfect Union Pizza Co. and Royal Blue Grocery.


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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. Here, you'll find more than 235 retailers, ranging from legendary department stores (Neiman Marcus, Macy's, Dillard's and Nordstrom) and designer boutiques to name brands like H&M, Gap and Apple. And if you need to refuel, there's around thirty dining options to tempt your taste buds, from upscale eateries and cafes to a food court peddling everything from tacos to sushi and pho. Oh, and about that art collection– be sure to pick up a complimentary NorthPark Art Tour map from one of the center's concierge desks so you can check out pieces by Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Joel Shapiro and the like.


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