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Sure, the 1980s sitcom was extremely popular; but did you really think that’s how Dallas actually was? We don’t blame you if you did — a lot of people were fooled. Home to some of the wealthiest families in the country and, in turn, some of the best shopping you’ll find within hundreds of miles, literally. Considering the world-famous department store, Neiman Marcus, got its start in the Big D, it’s only natural that more fabulous shopping follows in its footsteps. Fitting with much of the ritzy culture that Dallas has to offer, the shopping areas are filled with designer stores, with a few rows of vintage finds scattered here and there.
It’s no surprise that the nation’s first open-air shopping center is in one of Dallas’ wealthiest zip codes. It’s also no surprise that all its shops are found underneath the beautifully maintained clay roof in this navigable Mediterranean-style compound, now a National Historic Landmark. Established in 1931, Highland Park Village continues to serve Dallas’ best dressed with high-end boutiques like Carolina Herrera, Escada, Hermes and Jimmy Choo. Take advantage of the valet parking, and refuel between shop stops with a Mambo Taxi margarita at Mi Cocina restaurant.
For a bit of that vintage shopping we mentioned, head to the eclectic Knox-Henderson neighborhood. Just north of downtown, this pedestrian-friendly plethora of shops and restaurants has grown organically — and exponentially — over the past few years. The avenue is split in half by North Central Expressway (Interstate 75). Big-name retailers Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel and Apple anchor the Knox side; while Henderson takes on a more localized feel. Well-curated antique shops and vintage clothing stores abound. You can pick up authentic Mexican wares like talavera pottery at La Mariposa, or nab souvenirs from around the world, such as vegetable-died Turkish textiles, at Another Time and Place. One of the most recent newcomers to the shopping destination, We Are 1976, is a design store with wares that range from art books to cartoony Japanese bento boxes.
Of course, a trip to Dallas is not complete without a visit to the store that started it all: Neiman Marcus. Founded in 1907, the designer-filled department store is a destination when it comes to fashion. The brand’s downtown Dallas flagship has everything you need to fit into this dressed-up city. Take a break from shopping at the sixth-level fine dining restaurant, the Zodiac, or the street-level NM Fashion Café, which serves the store’s famously delectable chocolate-chip cookies.
You thought it was over, but it gets even better. As the second largest mall in Texas, NorthPark Center is more than just a place to shop. This three-story shopping Mecca is privately owned by the Nasher family who has graciously decorated the interior with amazing artwork. Anchored by Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York, Macy’s and Dillards, NorthPark Center showcases more than 235 stores sporting denim boutiques True Religion and Seven for All Mankind, as well as outposts of Louis Vuitton and Bottega Veneta. Just to put the splendor of this shopping center into perspective: It rakes in more than $1 billion in annual sales.