Shopping in DallasEven veteran shopaholics agree—Dallas's bevy of high-end retailers and local boutiques intensifies such fashionista pastimes as shoe hoarding and bargain bin diving. And, if choice must-haves ripped from the pages of Elle don't have you reaching for your wallet, the city's uptown art galleries and folksy antique spots surely will. For “Big D” exclusives, stray off the beaten path and follow the natives—department store divas and dapper dudes in designer denim—to Dallas's most splurge-worthy showrooms.
If you're really itching to shop ‘til you drop, head north out of downtown Dallas. In town at 13350 Dallas Pkwy., hundreds of stores encircle an indoor ice-skating rink at the Galleria Dallas , anchored by Belk, Macy's and Nordstrom. Streamlined NorthPark Center , 8687 N. Central Expwy. at SR 12 and US 75, keeps fashion-conscious Dallasites looking fab in everything from eclectic Anthropologie ensembles to luxurious textiles sold by Versace and Burberry.
From downtown, take the free M-Line Trolley to the West Village in Uptown to visit trendy stores and eateries. In Uptown, you'll rub elbows with decked-out mannequins and carefree natives pursuing the life of Riley. Drive along McKinney Avenue, this historic neighborhood's main thoroughfare, or hop on the McKinney Avenue Trolley to reach the trendy restaurants, hip art galleries and specialty boutiques that keep Uptown in vogue. Contemporary condos and lofts accommodate an abundance of young urbanites, as does West Village, a vibrant mix of national and local retailers and dining establishments at McKinney and Lemmon avenues.
The nearby Park Cities enclave, which comprises Dallas County municipalities Highland Park and University Park, boasts some of the highest per capita incomes in the state of Texas. As a result, this milieu is rife with posh salesrooms loaded with the same designer threads worshipped by East and West Coast elite. Among Park Cities' many shopping destinations, Highland Park Village at Preston Road and Mockingbird Lane is one of the most cherished, having served residents of picture-perfect vicinity mansions since 1931. The open-air, Mediterranean-style retail hub lures discerning buyers with tailor-made, hand-sewn garments; prestigious labels like Chanel, Escada and Hermès; and exquisite decorative baubles.
Named for two streets that meet at the North Central Expressway (US 75), the Knox-Henderson area near Southern Methodist University puts the spotlight on home décor. The west side (Knox Street) showcases big names like Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware; the east side (Henderson Avenue) charms deal-hungry nostalgics with an array of whimsical antiques. Froggie's 5 & 10 , 3211 Knox St., a quirky Knox-Henderson toy shop, also attracts pranksters and pint-size shopaholics, while vintage clothes junkies eyeball glass cases full of rhinestone-studded jewelry and racks of bygone styles at resale shops like Vintage Martini , 2923 N. Henderson Ave.
The flagship store of Neiman Marcus , founded in Dallas in the early 1900s, lies at the heart of downtown at 1618 Main St. Red awnings shade window browsers at Main and Ervay streets, while elegant accoutrements from gold-trimmed escalators to ornate chandeliers offer red-carpet treatment to those who venture inside. After perusing Neiman's extravagant trinkets, head to level six to nosh on decadent morsels (like strawberry butter-topped popovers) at the Zodiac Restaurant, a local institution for more than 50 years. Across the street at 1615 Main St., Forty Five Ten is a luxury boutique that offers the best of such designers as Derek Lam, Marc Jacobs, Prada and The Row.
Though downtown doesn't have much of a central shopping district, recent revitalization projects have attracted some business owners to the Dallas core. Cruise through Victory Park, a developing shopping and entertainment hub at the intersection of I-35, the Dallas North Tollway and SR 366, and you'll find a handful of chic stores and eateries as well as this sleek area's crown jewel: the American Airlines Center. Home to the NBA Mavericks and the NHL Stars, the arena features a sports memorabilia shop (open Mon.-Sat. 10-5 with complimentary parking in Lot M and Block D, Block K and The House Garages) at Victory Avenue and All Star Way.
When they're not bicycling through the surrounding Oak Cliff neighborhood, active city dwellers stretch their imaginations in the local art galleries and quaint shops of the compact Bishop Arts District, just southwest of downtown at Bishop Avenue and Davis Street. Visit the Design District (bordered by I-35 to the north and east, Wycliff Avenue to the west and Continental Avenue to the south) to explore antique shops and upscale art galleries near high-end design showrooms just two miles northwest of downtown.
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Municipalities may impose additional rates of up to 2 percent on the statewide 6.25 percent sales tax. Sales tax in the city of Dallas is 8.25 percent; rates vary in the suburbs. The hotel occupancy tax is 13 percent.
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Baylor University Medical Center, (214) 802-0111 or (800) 422-9567; Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, (214) 324-6100; Medical City Dallas Hospital, (972) 566-7000; Methodist Dallas Medical Center, (214) 947-8181; UT Southwestern University Hospital–St. Paul, (214) 645-5555.
325 N. St. Paul St. Dallas, TX 75201. Phone:(214)571-1000 or (800)232-5527
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Hertz, (972) 453-4600 or (800) 654-3131, at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, offers discounts to AAA members.
Amtrak's Union Station is at 400 S. Houston St. For train schedule and ticket information, phone (214) 653-1101 or (800) 872-7245.
The Greyhound Lines Inc. bus station, (214) 849-6831 or (800) 231-2222, is at 205 S. Lamar St.; five other bus lines depart from this address.
Taxis are metered. The initial charge is $2.25 plus $1.80 for the first mile. Rates are then $1.80 for each additional mile, and $2 for each additional passenger. Taxis leaving from the airport charge an additional $5 departure fee. Yellow Cab, (214) 426-6262, is the main company serving the area.
The Dallas Area Rapid Transit System (DART) provides light-rail and bus service in the area. Two-hour passes are $2.50 for local routes and $3.50 for system routes including all DART buses and trains. Day passes are $5 for local routes and $7 for system routes. A 7-day pass is available. Exact change is required. Phone (214) 979-1111.