Dallas is a playground for the retail junkie. From independent boutiques to designer showrooms to national department stores, shoppers will find a vast array of offerings among Big D’s shopping centers, districts and malls. Highland Park Village, Knox-Henderson, NorthPark Center, Bishop Arts, the Design District, Grapevine Mills —all offer a distinctly different shopping experience.
Need your designer label fix and want the variety a big department store can provide? Then Northpark Center, Galleria or Highland Park Village is for you. Looking for one-off boutiques and designers unique to this city? Then you’ll be in heaven perusing the shops of Knox-Henderson or Bishop Arts. The guide below, put together by Cynthia Smoot of Oh So Cynthia, will help steer you toward your preferred brand of retail therapy.
NorthPark Center offers an unparalleled luxury shopping experience, with more than 235 unique retailers, restaurants and legendary department stores. Located in the heart of the city, Northpark Center is home to powerhouse retailers Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s and Dillard’s. Shop a variety of luxury brands such as Burberry, Elie Tahari, Cartier, Roberto Cavalli and Kate Spade, and explore more accessible retail options like Apple, BCBG MaxAzria, H&M and Anthropologie.
Northpark Center showcases museum-quality art throughout the grounds and features major works by renowned artists including Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Joel Shapiro, Jim Dine, Jonathan Borofsky, James Rosenquist, Antony Gormley, Barry Flanagan and Beverly Pepper, among others. Enjoy great dining options from Seasons 52, Kona Grill, Bread Winners Bakery & Café, La Duni or Maggiano’s or take in a film at the AMC 15 Cinemas complex.
The Knox-Henderson district offers one of Dallas' most eclectic and diverse entertainment districts. Cut in half by Central Expressway, you’ll find entertainment, dining and great shopping on both sides of the road. The Knox Street side offers a high-end shopping and dining experience, with home-furnishing stores like Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, Weirs Furniture and Z Gallerie. Dine at delectable restaurants Abacus, Mr. Mesero, or Taverna or partake in old-fashioned dessert establishments Wild About Harrys and Highland Park Soda Shop. The best part: it’s all walkable and just a stone’s throw from the Katy Trail.
The Henderson Avenue side has been the subject of much improvement over the past decade and has developed into one of the hottest areas in Dallas. With its wide selection of boutiques (Milk & Honey, Gypsy Wagon, We Are 1776), bars (Old Monk, J. Blacks, Capitol Pub) and trendy dining (The Porch, Glass Boot Biergarten), Henderson Avenue has become a centralized hub for “in” Dallasites.
The Mockingbird Station mixed-use development sits next door to the DART station on Mockingbird Lane and offers urban living with a blend of boutique and big name stores, dining options a cinema and a comedy club. Take in an independent film at the Angelika Film Center or enjoy a laugh at Hyena’s Comedy Club. Grab a meal at Rockfish Seafood Grill, Urban Taco or Smashburger. In the mood for craft cocktails? Visit The People’s Last Stand or grab a beer at Trinity Hall Irish pub.
You’ll find plenty of retail therapy from Ann Taylor LOFT, West Elm, Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, Movida boutique or Sample This!
The Shops at Park Lane
Located in the heart of midtown Dallas, The Shops at Park Lane believes that smart luxury is about more than finding high-end labels for a steal. It’s also about selecting intelligent brands that add value to the shopping and entertainment experience.
Here, savvy Dallas shoppers can find designer fashions at surprising values from the Bloomingdale’s Outlet, Nordstrom Rack and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, take in live bands at outdoor events, sip local craft beer at Gordon Biersch, have some family fun and Bowl & Barrel or shop for organic produce at the largest Whole Foods Market in North Texas.
Highland Park Village
As the first self-contained shopping center in America, Highland Park Village has been an iconic part of Dallas history since its opening in 1931 and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2000.
The center boasts Dallas’ most extensive gathering of exclusive, luxury brands including: Akris, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brunello Cucinelli, Carolina Herrera, Christian Dior, Christian Louboutin, Diane von Fürstenberg, Escada, Harry Winston, Hermes, Rag & Bone, Scoop NYC, Stella McCartney, Tom Ford, Trina Turk, Vince Anne Fontaine, Chanel, Hermes, Jimmy Choo, Lela Rose, Saint Laurent Paris, and Tom Ford.
The Village also has a handful of dining options ranging from Mi Cocina (home of the world-famous Mambo Taxi Margarita) to cheese and spirit shops. Check out the new state-of-the-art cinema featuring first-run movies and smaller screening rooms available for private parties and special events.
The Bishop Arts District is home to more than 60 Independent boutiques, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, theaters and art galleries. Located in the heart of North Oak Cliff, Bishop Arts is one of Dallas' most unique neighborhoods.
Bishop Arts is home to one-of-a-kind boutiques including; Shambala, Indigo, Epiphany, Indigo1745, Zola’s Everyday Vintage, Just Add Jeans, Cozy Cottage, GreenPet, Home on Bishop, Fete-ish and Dirt. With such a wide array of independent stores, you are sure to find a treasure unique to Dallas.
When you’re ready to refuel, choose from an eclectic mix of restaurants from American (Oddfellows, Bolsa, Tillman's Roadhouse, Hunky's Hamburgers) to Thai (Chan Thai), Italian (Eno's Pizza Tavern, Lucia, Zoli's NY Pizza Tavern) to Mexican (El Jordan). You'll find coffeehouses (Espumoso Coffeehouse, Cafe Brazil), sweets (Hula Hotties Cafe & Bakery, Dude, Sweet Chocolate) and one of the most talked about BBQ joints in the country, Lockhart Smokehouse.
In the past few years, the Design District has gone from a “to the trade only” warehouse district to a hip, blossoming community that attracts life and creativity. Named by The New York Times in 2012 as Dallas' "it" district, the Dallas Design District is a magnet for art galleries, decorator showrooms, restaurants and upscale urban living.
You’ll find great a little bit of everything in this neighborhood; from art (Dallas Contemporary Museum, Goss-Michael Foundation) to home decor (Again & Again, Anteks Home Furnishings, Celon et Cie, Rug Company). Restaurants (Oak, Meddlesome Moth, Pakpao Thai and Dallas’ most-talked-about chef, Matt McAllister at FT33) to high-end shopping (f. is for frank, Front Door Fashion, Gallerie Noir, Prashe). The neighborhood is spread out over several square miles so think ahead and have a plan of attack.
Located in the center of Dallas' most dynamic neighborhoods—Uptown—West Village is one of Dallas' most walkable shopping, dining and residential districts and is served by DART's Red and Blue Lines at the Uptown Station and the Historic McKinney Avenue Trolley. West Village is a gathering of eclectic boutiques (y&i, Kendra Scott jewelry, Nicole Kwon, Rye 51, WAREhaus, L. Bartlett and Abi Ferrin) as well as established retailers (Tommy Bahama, Gap and Banana Republic) which create an urban like feel similar to SoHo in New York or Robertson in L.A.
Along with this variety of shopping options you will find one-of-a-kind restaurants, bars and cafes (Taco Diner, LYFE Kitchen, Sushi Zushi and Village Burger Bar). And above all these hip spots there are apartments and lofts with more than 30 different floor plans. While at West Village, be sure to catch a flick at Dallas' newest art house: The Magnolia Theatre.
Where else can you find a sparkling ice rink nestled among world-class restaurants and retailers? Nowhere but Galleria Dallas. Anchored by Macy’s, Nordstrom and Belk, shoppers will also enjoy the wares of Karen Millen, Zara, Lululemon Athletica, Michael Kors and Steve Madden.
Located within the shopping center is the luxurious Westin Galleria hotel, which provides serious shoppers a reason to never leave the grounds. After trekking the three levels of shops, head to the Spa at Nordstorm for a foot massage or sit for a spell at The Grill On The Alley or Mi Cocina and you’ll be good to hit the floor for more!
The Shops at Legacy
The Shops at Legacy is a mixed-use destination situated in the heart of Legacy Town Center, a 168-acre master planned development of boutique retail, best-in-class restaurants, urban-style homes, corporate headquarters, a full-service hotel and more than 8 acres of public parks and trails. Its motto is “discover where unique meets boutique.”
Shop till you drop at Willa Boutique, Blinc, Francesca's, Luke's Locker, ella bleu and Urban Outfitters. In the mood for some pampering? Then pop into the Aveda Salon and Sap or The Woodhouse Day Spa for a mani/pedi or get a blowout from Drybar. You’ll find no shortage of dining options here. In fact, you’ll have trouble choosing from so many fantastic options including Bob's Steak House, Mexican Sugar, The Capital Grille, Coal Vines, Sambuca 360 or Jasper's (operated by acclaimed chef Kent Rathbun).
The Shops at Willow Bend
The inspiration for The Shops at Willow Bend comes from the turn-of-the-20th-century architecture and interior design's movement to "prairie-style." You can see it in the lush landscaping, soft lighting, rich wood, masonry and etched glass. You can feel it in the cascading fountains, the spacious parking garages, the openness of the walkways, and the comfortable and convenient seating.
Anchored by Neiman Marcus, Dillards, Macy’s and Crate & Barrel, you’ll also enjoy shopping at bebe, Coach, Everything But Water, Forever 21, L’Occitane, M.A.C., Origins, Restoration Hardware and Z. Gallerie. Dining options range from casual (California Pizza Kitchen, NM Café, Shark Bar & Grill) to fast food (Chick-fil-A, Sonic, Wetzel’s Pretzels).
Grapevine Mills is a wonderful indoor mall featuring 180 stores of shopping, entertainment and restaurants. Among the shops featured are Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, H&M, Forever 21, NIKEFactoryStore, Coach Factory, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Under Armour, Disney Outlet, J Crew and much more.
Also at Grapevine Mills, you’ll find fun for the entire family at the AMC Grapevine Mills 30 with Dine-In Theatres, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, SEA LIFE Aquarium and Rainforest Café. Grapevine Mills is conveniently located off Highway 121 and Grapevine Mills Parkway, just two miles north of DFW International Airport.