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Best Shopping Spots In The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex: The Texas Malls, Shops, and Places You Don't Want To Miss

Updated on September 18, 2012

Overview: Dallas/Fort Worth is the Shopping and Fashion Capital of Texas

Many people are surprised to discover that not everyone in Dallas, TX rides a horse to work and spends their days watching cows, checking on oil rigs, and drawing their six-shooter. Indeed, the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is actually the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States by population, behind only New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

The Metroplex, home to dozens of major corporations, has a reputation for being a hotspot for young professionals... who love only one thing more than they love their careers.

That one thing, of course, being shopping. In Dallas, Texas, people shop with a level of religious fervor previously only reserved for cheering for the Dallas Cowboys.


Shop Dallas: Shopping Opportunities Abound

The Metroplex holds the distinction of having the most stores and shopping centers per capita in the entire United States, making it one of the best places to shop in the whole country.

This fact is great for potential shoppers. Besides having a virtually limitless selection of stores with unique items, the high level of competition means many stores offer hot deals to draw in customers.

Want to get in on the action? Well, you can. It may not be quite as exciting as your image of the Wild Wild West, but you're sure to score some great finds and snag great gifts.

Listed below, in no particular order, are some of the hotspots you should make sure to hit whenever you find yourself in Dallas with some cash burning a hole through your pocket. Whether you're a visitor looking for a Mother's Day present with Texas flair or a native decked out in cowboy boots and an oversized hat, you'll definitely enjoy the experience of shopping in Dallas.


Location: US Highway 75 & Northwest Highway, North Dallas

Website: NorthPark Center


Shopping Overview: Everything's Bigger In Texas

When they say "everything's bigger in Texas," they aren't kidding. NorthPark, weighing in at over two million square feet, has well over 200 stores and restaurants, making it one of the larger shopping malls not only in Dallas, but in the country. Sales total well over $1 billion annually. NorthPark is the first shopping center featured on Vogue Magazine.


Highlights: Upscale Shopping

Headlined by ritzy retailers like Neiman Marcus and Barneys New York, it's no wonder NorthPark is a favorite shopping haunt of local athletes and other celebrities.

Other anchors include Dillard's, Macy's, and Nordstrom. The mall offers a wide selection of "trendy" stores like Aeropostale, American Eagle, Buckle, and Hollister. For a more mature look, stop by J. Crew or Ralph Lauren. The Apple store draws in techies, and Godiva is a hit with just about everyone.

No matter what you're looking for, NorthPark is sure to have it. First-time shoppers often comment on the vibrant atmosphere, which exemplifies the shopping culture in Dallas-Fort Worth.


Food Situation: Area Restaurants

Besides shopping mall staples like Panda Express and P.F. Chang's, NorthPark has some higher-end eats for discerning connoisseurs. Be sure to check out the four-dollar-all-day margaritas at Luna De Noche -- they go great with the ribeye fajitas. If Mexican isn't your favorite, Maggiano's Little Italy and the Corner Bakery Cafe are always fun for pasta-lovers.

If you're in the mood for it, the Neiman Marcus Cafe can be a great experience.


Fun Things to Do Nearby: Attractions and Places to Visit

Art At NorthPark

The mall features a rotating display of privately-owned art.

Dallas Museum of Art

The renowned DMA is minutes away from NorthPark.

Nasher Sculpture Center

A full city block of sculpture -- a must-see. It's quite beautiful.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra

The DSO, known for their stunning performances, can be a great finish to your evening.

AMC Theatre 15

The movie buff in your family is sure to appreciate the comfortable seats and larger-than-life screens at AMC. It's the perfect while-you-shop entertainment for your kids, or perhaps a reluctant husband.


Location: I-635 and the Dallas North Tollway, North Dallas

Website: Galleria Dallas


Shopping Overview: What shopping? I'm looking at the architecture.

The Galleria, as it's known around Dallas, is really quite amazing. Many first-time visitors find themselves staring at the glass-vaulted ceiling for several minutes before they remember their purpose: shopping. The Galleria has several unique features, including an ice rink.


Highlights: Mid-to-Upscale Shopping

While not quite as ritzy as NorthPark, Galleria Dallas still offers plenty of options for Dallas shoppers. The anchors include Saks Fifth Avenue and the flagship stores of several major retailers: Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy.

With over 200 stores ranging from the Foot Locker to Gucci to St. Croix, you'll be able to find anything for anyone at the Galleria, which receives rave reviews and is considered one of the premier destinations for shopping in Dallas.


Food Situation: Area Restaurants

The Grand Lux Cafe offers all the luxury of classic European cafes combined with taste combinations sure to please the modern palate. The menu, which integrates elements of cuisines as diverse as Thai and Caribbean, receives solid reviews.

Other hotspots include Grill On The Alley and Mi Cocina. Of course, it also offers a typical selection of fast food, including the local favorite Five Guys Burgers.


Fun Things to Do Nearby: Attractions and Places to Visit

The Westin Galleria Hotel

If your shopping spree takes more than a day... relax in luxury.

The Ice Rink

The Galleria's ice rink makes it a popular weekend hangout for many families. Fun for adults and kids alike, the ice rink offers a chance to pretend you're an Olympic gold medalist -- or to acquaint your nose with the feeling of smacking into cold, cold ice.


Location: 2601 Preston Road, Frisco

Website: Stonebriar Centre Mall


Shopping Overview: Suburban Saturdays

Stonebriar Centre is a favorite hangout of teenagers on the weekend. Therefore, while it can be a little slow on the weekdays, it lights up like a Christmas tree come Saturday afternoon. Nestled in the heart of Frisco, a well-off Dallas suburb, Stonebriar Centre is best suited for those who want a shopping experience that is a little more casual.


Highlights: Mid to High-End Stores

While Stonebriar may not have ultra-luxe stores and shops like Neiman Marcus, it has plenty of mid-to-high-end stores that appeal to shoppers of all ages. Anchored by JCPenney, Macy's, Nordstrom, and Sears, the mall offers a variety of stores -- over 165. Other fashion highlights include Forever 21, J. Crew, Banana Republic, and Gap.


Food Situation: Area Restaurants

The mall's food court is supplemented by family favorites like Jason's Deli, The Cheesecake Factory, and TGI Friday's.


Fun Things to Do Nearby: Attractions and Places to Visit

The Ice

The Ice is an ice rink, but it's not just an ice rink. It's one of the largest ice rinks around. In fact, it's NHL size.

AMC 24 Stonebriar

Where better to show off your new purchases than the movie theater? Careful on the weekend, though, because it can often get crowded.


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Location: Main St. and Exchange St., Downtown Ft. Worth [properly spelled Fort Worth or Ft. Worth, NOT Fortworth]

Website: Fort Worth Stockyards


Shopping Overview: Deep In The Heart Of Texas

The Fort Worth Stockyards will give visitors a taste of exactly what they were expecting from Texas: a taste of the old-time Wild West. Unlike the other shopping spots listed previously, the Stockyards features more of old-style "Main Street" city side-of-the-road shops than mega-malls and department stores. Besides being an authentic part of the Old West, the Stockyards have another claim to fame -- they were the backdrop for many scenes in the popular television show "Walker, Texas Ranger." The Stockyards are one of the attractions that put the City of Fort Worth, Texas on the map.


Highlights: Western Stores

The names speak for themselves: Maverick Western Wear, The Best Hat Store, Ponder Boot Co, New West Gift Store, Billy Bob's Texas Gift Store, Bum Steer, Cowboy Camp. Anything and everything Texan is sold in the shops of the Fort Worth Stockyards.


Food Situation: Area Restaurants

The only thing better than the atmosphere and the shops is the food. Besides a good steak, which you can get at Cattlemen's Fort Worth Steakhouse, you can sample authentic barbecue at Billy Bob's Texas BBQ, Cooper's BBQ, or Riscky's BBQ.


Fun Things to Do Nearby: Attractions and Places to Visit

Concerts

Country music concerts are often held in the Stockyards. Even if you're not a fan, the old-fashioned dances can be an experience almost as unique as shopping in Ft. Worth.

Rodeo

Bullriding? Check. Animal competitions? Check. If you're looking for an authentic rodeo, there's no better place to go than Fort Worth.

Fort Worth Zoo

Rated as one of the best in the state, the Fort Worth Zoo has all the usual exotic animals, but also features a special section displaying native Texan animals.

Fort Worth Municipal Court

While hopefully you don't actually have to attend the court for anything specific, it's worth checking out. It's an old-style courthouse that fits in with the area's Wild West theme.


Location: Highland Park

Website: Highland Park Village


Shopping Overview: Ritz

Highland Park is one of the wealthiest areas in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex. As such, the shops are as high-end as they get. Don't expect to find many deals, but do expect to find the very best of the best of Dallas shopping.


Highlights: High-End Shopping

Big names such as Cole Haan and Ralph Lauren are typical of the high-end fashion stores in the Village. For younger shoppers, Tory Burch and Anthropologie are very popular. Be sure to check out many of the smaller boutiques, which can offer very unique finds.


Food Situation: Area Restaurants

The Celebrity Cafe & Bakery is a favorite with locals -- and of course, no shopping center would be complete without a Starbucks.




Review: There's Something in Dallas For Every Shopper

Dallas is truly one of the best places in the state of Texas -- and perhaps the entire country -- for avid shoppers. No matter what you're looking for, you'll be able to find it. Whether the upscale NorthPark or the suburban Stonebriar is more your style, you're sure to thoroughly enjoy the experience of shopping in the Dallas-Ft Worth Metroplex.


Now go shop!


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      SJKSJK 5 years ago from delray beach, florida

      Dallas-Fort Worth is a great place to shop. I live it better than NY.

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      skylergreene 5 years ago

      And these aren't the only ones!

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      GirlGoneSplendid 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Northpark is my favorite shopping mall in Texas! Everything you wrote about Dallas shopping was perfect!

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      Leighsue 5 years ago

      Great list of shopping spots. I have been to all of them. Shopping is wonderful in Dallas.

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      Shannon 5 years ago

      Great post! Thanks a lot for the advice about shopping in Dallas.

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      Really. I managed a few departments in a Foley's right after college. When the chance to move north was possible, I took it since I am from the Northeast and never intended on living in the south or working in retail. If I recall correctly, Valley View is just a couple of miles from the Galleria. We ice skated there a few times.

      Dallas definitely is a great metroplex for people that love to shop!

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      skylergreene 5 years ago

      ktrapp: Really? I'm actually planning a trip down to Valley View relatively soon. I was considering including it and North East [in Hurst] on this list, but they didn't make the final cut, because I felt it was getting a little long. I might make a follow-up article with more of the "local" hotspots: Southlake Town Square, North East, Valley View, etc. Stonebriar is quite nice. It's a little out of my way, but if I'm up in Frisco visiting friends, I'll sometimes stop by.

      And yes -- the mall/square mile frequency is incredibly high.

      Natures: thanks! Yes, the Galleria is quite beautiful. It's modeled after a similar complex in Houston.

      Tracy: I appreciate the compliment! Well, if you're ever in Dallas or you know someone who is dropping by... tell them these are the spots they can't afford to miss. [Actually, they might not be able to AFFORD to hit all of them. But that's a different story.]

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 5 years ago from Virginia, USA

      Fabulous hub! I don't imagine I will ever shop in this area as I live in the North East but you have done an excellent job here.

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      natures47friend 5 years ago from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand.

      Wow. The Galleria looks amazing. Very informative and great photos. Voted up,useful, awesome and interesting.

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      This is a terrific Dallas shopping resource. Actually, I am familiar with all of these locations (except the stockyards) since I lived in the Dallas area for a couple of years. I myself worked at a department store at Valley View mall. And my inlaws now live a few miles from Stonebriar Centre, so we often go there when we visit.

      My lasting memory of living and visiting the Dallas area is the endless shopping. There are literally multiple malls within mere miles of each other. It's crazy.

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