From Luxury to Budget: Your Guide to Shopping in Dallas
Everything really is bigger in Texas, even the shopping!
Dallas is booming with business. Even during a short drive, you’ll likely lose track of how many shops you spot around each corner. Some will satisfy lavish lifestyles, but there are also plenty of budget-friendly options. So whether you’re looking to score a one-of-a-kind vintage item or are tempted to splurge on a Balenciaga jacket, there's something guaranteed to fulfill your shopping fantasies. Check out these shopping favorites from clothing to books to music and more.
With more than 235 retailers and iconic department stores, including high-end brands like Versace, Burberry, Neiman Marcus and Tiffany & Co., NorthPark Center feels more like an elite shoppers' paradise than your average mall. But you’ll also find popular mall destinations like H&M, Zara and an Apple store. If you desire culture in your shopping experience, NorthPark features a rotating collection of contemporary artworks throughout the center, as well as works by renowned artists like Andy Warhol, Beverly Pepper and Frank Stella. The mall also houses a 15-screen movie theater and a landscaped garden. And if you don't like dealing with parking, no problem; NorthPark offers a concierge service and valet parking.
Highland Park Village
If you're in the market for high-quality apparel, be sure to stop by the outdoor shopping plaza, Highland Park Village, America's first shopping center!
Shoppers can give their credit cards a workout from dashing through the racks of Balenciaga, Tom Ford, Chanel, Valentino, Diane von Furstenberg and more. If you get post-shopping cravings, head to one of the classy dining options like Fachini, which offers incomparable Italian cuisine, or Cafe Pacific, which has been serving Dallas fresh seafood for over 30 years.
Antique and Thrift
With two locations in Dallas - Design District and Oak Cliff - Lula B's is the destination of your antique dreams. If you’re looking for cutting-edge cowboy boots or a turntable to transport you back to the '60s, Lula B's is the place to be. Discover interesting knickknacks, furniture, artwork, vintage clothes, vinyl and more. This shop has been routinely voted as D Magazine's Readers' Choices for best vintage or antique furniture, so it's the real deal!
Since 1999, this quaint boutique has offered Dallas an eclectic mix of designer and vintage clothing for purchase or consignment. You’ll likely recognize the iconic names and have the time of your life playing dress-up in couture garments from the likes of Christian Dior and Oscar de la Renta. As a bonus, the owners kindly offer personal styling services, fulfilling inquiries for appraisals and even closet cleaning assistance!
You can't get any cooler than transforming an old grocery store to a hip, hand-selected vintage clothing store. But don't let the "antique" description fool you: Dolly Python owner Gretchen Bell says the store focuses on displaying non-traditional antiques. Upon walking in, you'll see racks full of your retro favorites, along with art ranging in style from Victorian to Americana. And of course, it wouldn't be a real Texas thrift store without a massive collection of cowboy boots!
The Wild Detectives
We all know there’s no better combination than a good book and steaming cup of coffee. How about adding spirits to the mix? The Wild Detectives describes itself as a bookstore-bar-venue, with all of its reading selections handpicked by the owners and circle of book lovers in the Dallas literary community. On top of the cool menu, the independent bookstore offers community-driven events in the form of book clubs and regular author readings. It’s easy to see why local Dallas publications have routinely voted The Wild Detectives as the best bookstore around.
Deep Vellum Books
Located in the heart of Dallas’ Deep Ellum neighborhood, Deep Vellum’s mission is to create a more vibrant culture in the literary community. “Coffee, Books, Culture” is this bookstore’s slogan, but you'll be excited to find spirits and mineral water on their menu too. If the name sounds familiar, it stems from Deep Vellum Publishing, also based in Dallas. The company specializes in independent and small presses that highlight local writers, authors of color and women authors.
Imagine 15,000-square-feet full of records and all of your go-to music playing essentials. Breathless yet? Then you need to go to Josey Records, which was recently voted as D Magazine’s pick for Best Record Store in Dallas. A good chunk of Josey’s massive inventory is handpicked by some of Dallas’ most respected record excavators. If you're on a budget, you're also in luck - they have $1 records bins to dig through. Don’t miss out on their live performances and weekend DJ shows either – they’re constantly spinning the latest and greatest releases on the turntables.
Forever Young Records
Forever Young Records is located just half-an-hour from Dallas in sister city Grand Prairie. This full-service independent record store also sells collectibles from DVDs to one-of-a-kind posters and t-shirts. It’s easy to spend hours browsing through decades of Forever Young’s new and used vinyl picks. Plus, the store entrance is in the shape of a jukebox – how cool is that?!