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Shopping in DallasIf Dallas's bevy of high-end retailers and local boutiques don't have you reaching for your wallet, the city's uptown art galleries and folksy antique spots surely will.

Hundreds of stores encircle an indoor ice-skating rink at the Galleria Dallas (13350 Dallas Pkwy). 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 Versace and Burberry.

From downtown, take the free M-Line Trolley to the West Village in Uptown. Drive along McKinney Avenue or hop on the McKinney Avenue Trolley to reach the historic neighborhood's trendy restaurants, hip art galleries and specialty boutiques. In West Village, you'll find a vibrant mix retailers and restaurants at McKinney and Lemmon avenues.

The nearby Park Cities enclave is rife with designer salesrooms. Among Park its many shopping destinations, Highland Park Village at Preston Road and Mockingbird Lane is one of the most cherished. The open-air, Mediterranean-style retail hub offers prestigious labels including Chanel, Escada and Hermès.

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) offers an array of whimsical antiques. Froggie's 5 & 10 , 3211 Knox St., is a quirky toy shop, while resale shops like Vintage Martini , 2923 N. Henderson Ave., hold treasures for vintage clothing fans.

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. Head to level six to nosh on 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.

Cruise through Victory Park, a 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 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.

Explore local art galleries and quaint shops in 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) for antique shops and upscale art galleries near high-end design showrooms just two miles northwest of downtown.

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Travel Information

City Population

1,232,940

Elevation

420 ft.

Sales Tax

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.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(214) 744-4444

Time and Temperature

(817) 844-6611

Hospitals

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.

Visitor Information

325 N. St. Paul St. Dallas, TX 75201. Phone:(214)571-1000 or (800)232-5527

Air Travel

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Rental Cars

Hertz, (972) 453-4600 or (800) 654-3131, at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, offers discounts to AAA members.

Rail Service

Amtrak's Union Station is at 400 S. Houston St. For train schedule and ticket information, phone (214) 653-1101 or (800) 872-7245.

Buses

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

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.

Public Transportation

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.

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