Dallas is renowned for many things, and one of those is shopping. Yes, there are quaint shops in the historic downtowns of Carrollton, Garland and Plano. There are funky boutiques and galleries in Deep Ellum and the Bishop Arts District. And Downtown Dallas even boasts the flagship Neiman Marcus department store.
But if we’re talking shopping, and I mean getting your mall on, then you need to board the Red Line or Orange Line north of Downtown Dallas.
NorthPark Center may just be the epitome of North Texas shopping. To get there, take the train or bus to Park Lane Station, then ride NorthPark Center Shuttle Route 702, which will transport you to and from this legendary mall.
But that’s just the start. While you are at Park Lane Station, you also have the Shops at Park Lane, which boasts high-end outlets, favorite retail stores, and more. From the lower level of the DART station, the Shops are on the other side of Park Lane; use the crosswalk near the Art Institute of Dallas parking garage.
From Lovers Lane Station, you can walk to the Old Town Shopping Center. Along with numerous restaurants, Old Town is home to many retail stores and services. There’s also Office Depot and FedEx Office there in case you have an office supply or photocopy emergency.
Then move over to Mockingbird Station, where the namesake mixed-use retail and residential area was Texas’ first transit-oriented development. Here you can catch a movie, grab a meal, and visit the likes of West Elm, Urban Outfitters and American Apparel.
Finally, stop at CityPlace/Uptown Station, located in a tunnel beneath North Central Expressway, where a series of escalators and elevators will take you to the surface. At the top of the first landing, you must make a choice. Follow the sign “To Buses” to emerge on the east side of the highway where CityPlace Market features the country’s first urban Target and other stores. The “To Trolley” sign takes you to the west side, and the free M-Line Trolley can transport you to the West Village, which feature national retailers, local boutiques and some of Dallas’ most successful restaurants.