If you haven’t been shopping in Dallas-Fort Worth, you’re missing out. It’s home to a gallery-esque NorthPark Center and sprawling Nebraska Furniture Mart. There's the pristine Neiman Marcus flagship and bargain-packed outlet malls. Here’s a look at some classic Dallas shopping experiences, as well as some spots outside Dallas that are worth a visit.
Classic Dallas shopping hotspots
A big highlight is the Neiman Marcus flagship store at 1618 Main St., a gorgeous, historic downtown Dallas building with immeasurable value to the fashion world. The luxury retailer has been in the same location since 1914. Four-story luxury boutique Forty Five Ten is another designer destination nearby selling brands like Saint Laurent, Moschino and Givenchy.
You’ll find more than 200 retailers, including Nordstrom, Belk and Macy’s, at Galleria Dallas. A one-of-a-kind feature is the huge Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy combo store that's several floors tall. The American Girl store and bistro will keep little ones happy.
While you're there, check out the ice rink any time of year. If all that shopping makes you tired, you could stay overnight at the Westin Galleria Dallas hotel.
13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas. galleriadallas.com.
Highland Park Village
Highland Park Village is home to many luxury tenants, including Christian Louboutin, Chanel and Harry Winston. Interestingly, it's one of the original shopping centers in America and has Spanish colonial revival-style features such as arches and red tile roofs.
At Preston Road and Mockingbird Lane, Dallas. hpvillage.com.
You can shop at Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co., Valentino, Burberry and the like. Or, you can stroll the hallways looking at artworks by Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Jonathan Borofsky and many others. Better yet: Do both! The shopping center is home to a collection of 20th- and 21st-century art. There’s no classier place to shop, thanks to developer Raymond Nasher, also the namesake behind the Nasher Sculpture Center in downtown Dallas. Be sure to check out the area by Neimans where kids can see live turtles and ducks swimming in an indoor pond.
8687 N. Central Expressway (at Northwest Highway), Dallas. northparkcenter.com.
This outdoor shopping and dining district in Uptown is home to both boutiques like Nicole Kwon and Flirt Boutique as well as familiar chain stores such as Banana Republic and Ann Taylor. Bring the pups along and treat your furry friends to dog-friendly cakes, cookies and more at Three Dog Bakery.
There are also plenty of dining options, including Pok The Raw Bar and Public School 214. In need of some pre-shopping fuel or post-shopping pick-me-up? Treat yourself to something cold from Paciugo Gelato & Caffe or a cup of coffee from Brewed+Pressed.
West Village is located at 3699 McKinney Ave., Dallas. westevillagedallas.com.
Where to shop outside of Dallas
Hunt for bargains at Allen Premium Outlets, home to 100 stores including Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Nike Factory Store, Under Armour and Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store.
Allen has plenty of other outdoor shopping centers, including the Village at Allen, the Village at Fairview and Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm. Kids can jump in the fountain at the Village at Fairview, plus parents can kick back on the patios of the nearby restaurants while the little ones play.
Allen Premium Outlets is at 820 W. Stacy Road, Allen (about 28 miles north of downtown Dallas). premiumoutlets.com.
Get out your best walking shoes for a trip to the humongous 560,000-square-foot Nebraska Furniture Mart. It sells just about anything you might need to furnish your home, from kitchen appliances to sofas, electronics to cute accessories. A music-centric restaurant nearby called Rock & Brews, owned in part by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss, is worth a stop.
Nebraska Furniture Mart is at 5600 Nebraska Furniture Mart Drive, The Colony (about 25 miles north of downtown Dallas). nfm.com.
Ikea is one of Frisco's biggest attractions. Literally: it's 310,000 square feet! Frisco is also home to a mall called Stonebriar Centre and a shopping center for inexpensive jewelry and accessories, Sam Moon.
Ikea is at 7171 Ikea Drive, Frisco (about 24 miles north of downtown Dallas). ikea.com.
You’ll find about 180 stores at Grapevine Mills mall, which is also home to Legoland Discovery Center and Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium. About 4 miles from the mall, Grapevine also has a super-charming historic downtown area with adorable boutique shops and restaurants.
Grapevine Mills is at 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine. simon.com/mall/grapevine-mills.
Plano's newly opened Legacy West is the place to be. Shops such as Fabletics, West Elm and Coach are just a few of the hot spots. Cross the Dallas North Tollway, and you'll find yourself at The Shops at Legacy, which is home to stores like Lululemon Athletica, Kendra Scott and Urban Outfitters.
Legacy West is at 5905 Legacy Drive, Plano. legacywest.com.