For the past eight or nine years my mom and I have gotten in the habit of heading to Dallas around my birthday for a couple of days of shopping. It’s a pretty easy 3 1/2 hour drive from where I live (even with the always-present construction on I-35) and we’ve kind of got our routine down! Just in case you’re in the mood to head south (or north, west, or east, depending on where you live), here’s the shopping route we took on this trip so you can plan your own shopping weekend in Dallas!
Stop 1: Snider Plaza
A couple of trips ago we were seeking out new boutiques and ended up at Snider Plaza, where we’ve since returned every trip! There are several boutiques we like to pop into and some good places to eat.
Shops to visit:
- Pieces – cute selection of clothing, shoes, and accessories, plus they’ve had a dog or two in the store every time I’ve visited! This trip I picked up a slouchy black cardigan for half off!
- Dear Hannah – I only purchased some earrings on this trip but they have a good selection of trendy clothing, adorable gifts and cute accessories. Definitely worth a stop!
- Luxury Garage Sale – If you’ve got designer taste with a not-so-designer budget, you’re going to want to visit LGS. It’s a consignment store featuring the best of the best (Chanel, YSL, Prada, you dream it, they have it.) And if you’ve ever visited a consignment store, take your expectations up about a thousand. You feel like you’re looking at brand new designer items in a chic, modern boutique that just happens to have slashed the prices.
Where to eat:
- Penne Pomodoro – This has been our lunch spot the past couple of trips and it hasn’t disappointed us yet! Delicious pasta and salads and the avocado fries with lemon dip is the appetizer you didn’t know you needed.
Stop 2: Lion & Witch
After a couple of hours at Snider Plaza we left to visit one of my favorite boutiques, Lion & Witch. I visited for the first time last year, after hearing about it while I was in its sister store, Milk & Honey. Lion & Witch is known as their “sophisticated older sister” and is in Highland Park. I didn’t buy anything this trip, but that was no fault of their own. It was early January and stores were still (understandably) knee deep in winter lines while my head was already on spring!
Last year I picked up these pieces though and have worn them a lot!
Stop 3: Northpark
From Lion & Witch we went directly to Northpark, one of my favorite malls. It’s massive and has everything from designer boutiques to Nordstrom, Sephora, and all your regular mall-staples. You could walk for miles in here, which we did.
Stop 4: The Shops at Park Lane
After almost wearing ourselves out completely at Northpark, we went across the streets to the Shops at Park Lane. They’ve got a nice little selection of stores but we usually just visit the HomeGoods and Nordstrom Rack. We ended up at Whole Foods for dinner and then called it a day before heading back to the hotel!
Stop 5: Galleria
Obviously no trip to Dallas is complete without a trip to the Galleria! Even though we have most of the stores at home we still check them all out! I always have to visit Zara and this trip proved quite fruitful! A few hours of shopping and lunch at Mi Cocina (yum!) and we were off to our next stop.
Stop 6: Mockingbird Station
Originally we would visit this little shopping center so we could visit West Elm (before one was built in OKC) but we still go by every time we’re in town! Our routine usually goes: Francesca’s, West Elm, and then Urban Outfitters. There’s also a LOFT (where for some reason I almost always purchase sunglasses or jewelry) and a little cafe/sandwich shop we like.
Stop 7: IKEA
Since this was just an overnight trip we planned to head to IKEA and head north for home. (Should you be in the mood for more shopping, the Frisco Mall is pretty nice too.) I love IKEA and even though I just recently read that most people stop shopping there at 34 (uh, I just turned 34) I have no plans to stop. In fact, I’ll probably plan another trip soon!
On different trips we’ve visited other boutiques and shopping centers, but this was the path we took on the last trip a few weeks ago. I’m always open to hearing about new shops so if you have a favorite in the Dallas area, let me know!
Originally published February 6, 2017