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Best Dallas Shopping

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With more shopping centers per capita than any other city in the country, shopping in Dallas is an art. It seems like malls multiply as you head out of downtown and hit the slew of suburbs that surround the city. There are too many gargantuan shopping centers to name, but if malls are the main thing on your must-do list, head for the Park Cities, where Dallas’ most upscale malls offer a mind-boggling array of ritzy stores—at wallet-boggling prices. Downtown’s prime shopping is found at Neiman Marcus’ flagship store and at the West End Marketplace—an appealing cluster of stores housed in a converted cracker and candy factory. Uptown is a great place to add some antiques, art or designer attire to your life, with prices accelerating as you approach the north end of McKinney Avenue, known as the West Village. For funkier finds, Greenville keeps things edgy and interesting, with vintage and retro stores galore. More offbeat offerings are on the racks in entertainment district Deep Ellum.

Grapevine Mills

Neighborhood: Grapevine
If you’re looking for a Dallas shopping bargain, this should be your first stop when your plane lands in Dallas. Just 2 miles north of DFW Airport and home to more than 200 outlet stores divided into six “neighborhoods” for easy shopping, Grapevine Mills is a candy store for lovers of cut-price clothes, books and shoes. Some of Grapevine’s shopping temptations include Old Navy, Sears, and Nike. A kids’ program, an ice rink and a skate park are handy distractions if you’ve got kids in tow.

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Inwood Village

Neighborhood: Park Cities
Since opening in 1949, the quaint Inwood Village has attracted an eclectic range of stores. It’s the perfect antidote to high-pressure, hectic malls with its gentle pace. For those days when you fancy plenty of stops for coffee or snacks between bouts of window shopping and don’t want to battle the hordes to get a bargain, this is the place. Highlights include Paper and Chocolate, where you can up the quality of your stationery and up your calorie intake simultaneously; the atmospheric, 1947, Art Deco Inwood Theater, where foreign language and arthouse films light up its three screens; and Haute Baby, where you’ll find cute clothes for dressing up toddlers.

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Wild Bill's Western Store

Neighborhood: Downtown
Located in the popular West End Marketplace in the northwest of Downtown, Bill’s is as boisterous a shopping experience as you’ll find in the West. Bill Dewbre—the second-generation master-leather-craftsman to helm this family operation—has rounded up the best quality hats, boots, belts and buckles at his rowdy store. Bill is usually found picking out a tune on his guitar by the fire, serving up a top-shelf margarita or beer at the bar, or helping a customer find the ideal boot. Celebrities from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Keith Richards and Elton John have stocked up on Western attire at the store. Wild Bill’s stays open till 9PM. Monday through Friday, so mosey in after an early dinner Downtown and get your new boots on.

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Highland Park Village

Neighborhood: Park Cities
The elegant, outdoor Highland Park Village is Texas’ Rodeo Drive. Now a National Historic Landmark, this retro 1930s-era shopping district is anchored by a plethora of prestigious stores, including Neiman Marcus, Tiffany, Chanel, Calvin Klein, Bottega Veneta and Prada. Diane von Furstenberg and shoe maestro Christian Louboutin have joined the ranks of Highland Park Village elite. With local and international couturiers, it really is haute couture at its ritziest in Dallas’ most high-end neighborhood. When the purchases have piled up, take a break on a patio seat at the mall’s friendly Mi Cocina restaurant—the price tag will be a welcome change from the boutiques you’ve been visiting. Even if you couldn’t afford a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes in a million years, the pleasure of window-shopping and people-watching makes Highland Park Village well worth a visit.

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NorthPark Center

Neighborhood: Park Cities
Some people come to Dallas simply to hit this mall. The definition of Dallas shopping, a bevy of boutiques are crammed into this 1.94-million-square-foot mall, including Barneys New York, Versace, Abercrombie & Fitch, Juicy Couture, PUMA, and Urban Outfitters. Even if you’ve blown through your budget, hop on the DART Red Line and come to people-watch; the 235-store center attracts celebrities, socialites and the city’s big-spenders. Two parts retail smorgasbord, one part museum, NorthPark regularly showcases modernist masterpieces, such as pop art maestro Claes Oldenburg, Jonathan Borofsky, Andy Warhol and Joel Shapiro.

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