If shopping in Dallas were an Olympic sport, Dallasites would be gold-medal winners in every category. There’s seemingly no end in sight to the high-end shops, malls, designer boutiques, malls, cool vintage stores, malls, and more malls in the Big D. Whether you’re on the hunt for luxury brands, artisanal gifts, couture fashions, or simple closet staples, chances are you’ll find what you’re seeking here—you may just have to elbow a gaggle of fellow shoppers out of the way first. Here’s where to go in Dallas when you’re in dire need of some retail therapy.
Explore Dallas’s Neighborhoods
Over the last several years, Dallas has seen the emergence and transformation of several trendy neighborhoods, many of which are shopping destinations in their own right, in addition to the shopping centers and designer department stores the city’s known for. Shop ‘til you drop in North Dallas, the Bishop Arts District, Deep Ellum, Uptown, East Dallas, and elsewhere. Just don’t make the mistake of wearing a t-shirt and yoga pants to check out the shopping scene—locals wear their finest garb when they’re out on the town, even if “out on the town” means the mall.
Luxury Brand Stores
Dallas is a veritable playground for luxury brand junkies. At NorthPark Center, shop a wide variety of upscale clothing lines like Kate Spade, Burberry, and Roberto Cavalli. Highland Park Village has been reigning supreme over the Dallas shopping scene for, oh, the last 50 years or so; this is easily one of the fanciest shopping centers in town, with brands like Hermes, Harry Winston, Chanel, Fendi, and Stella McCartney. When you’re looking to splurge, there’s no better place. (Oh, and be sure to stop at the Village’s Mi Cocina for liquid fuel in the form of their famed Mambo Taxi margarita.)
No roundup of Dallas’s luxury stores is complete without mentioning Forty Five Ten and Neiman Marcus—the former is a gorgeously renovated industrial-style building with A-list staples like Diptyque candles, Proenza Schouler, and Kelly Wearstler home accessories; the latter is the flagship, a rarefied department store populated by Dallas socialites.
Specialized and Craft Markets
The Dallas Farmers Market is one of the biggest and best specialty markets in Texas. There are over 150 vendor stalls showcasing fresh, organically grown produce, Mexican-style homeware, gourmet snacks, antique furniture, and a wide variety of other unique items. Not to mention, the food hall here is incredible. At Forestwood Antique Mall, you’ll find a treasure trove of 19th-century English and French and art deco pieces, along with stunning Murano glass chandeliers, estate jewelry, and who knows what else.
Shopping on a budget? At Allen Premium Outlets, located about 25 minutes from downtown Dallas, hardcore bargain hunters will rejoice: This massive outlet mall is brimming with great jewelry, houseware, and clothing brands for up to 65 percent off retail prices.
Specialty Food Stores
For specialty food items, we love Dude, Sweet Chocolate in Bishop Arts for their magically exotic sweets (think fine chocolate infused with beets and curry), Eatzi’s Market & Bakery for their delectable pastries and chef-crafted meals, and Infused Oils & Vinegars for their killer selection of imported, infused olive oils.
Vintage Goods and Handmade Items
If you’re on the lookout for vintage clothing and cool, one-of-a-kind items, the Bishop Arts District is your best bet. Meander through The Wild Detectives for new vinyl and your next great read, check out Society for their lovely collection of soy candles, explore Bishop Street Market for eclectic handmade gifts, and pop into Dolly Python—a flea market-cum-vintage shop that’s been a household name since opening in 2005. Their recently opened Bishop Arts location boasts a well-curated selection of denim, dresses, costume jewelry, hand-painted ceramics, vinyl, and rare oddities that’s unbeatable.
We also love Grange Hall, in Knox/Henderson, for those unique specialty items you just can’t find anywhere else. Equal parts moody and sophisticated, Grange Hall has a madcap medley of everything from feather-covered skulls to bronze bird feet candle holders to gold-encrusted snake rings. There’s a new on-site restaurant here, too, if you need to rest your feet and fill your belly after all that shopping.