Some of my out of town friends ask me which of the DFW malls are best to visit when they come for a shopping weekend. It’s a bit like asking, “Which of your children do you love the most?”
I love them all.
It’s hard for me to choose, because they each have a particular atmosphere, unique combinations of merchants, and even architecture.
Yet my friends would expect me to answer their question and help them. As a friend, I will do my best. So I will do my best for you.
We looked at things like architecture, variety of merchants, number of outlying stores, but I also considered the “WOW” factor. This is a live, not just shopping. Here is our opinion on the 6 have DFW shopping malls; 3 in the Dallas area and 3 in the Fort Worth area, in no particular order:
Dallas Gallery (Dallas Area – Dallas): For sheer “Wow” factor, the Galleria Dallas is impressive. Inspired by the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan, Italy, its four levels exude elan and luxury. There are one-of-a-kind high-end stores, but also a good variety of traditional merchants.
Stonebriar Center (Dallas – Frisco area): Stonebriar may have the most interesting exterior architecture of any DFW mall. This open and bright mall has it all and has the most children’s clothing merchants of any other mall.
Town East Mall (Dallas – Mesquite area): Town East is instantly recognizable by its large central structure that covers the central portion of this huge mall. Remodeling in 2005 added many stores and updated the interior. Town East resembles a Ferris wheel, with the food court at its center.
Vineyard mills (Fort Worth – Grapevine area): Grapevine Mills has more merchants than any other mall in DFW – 237 of them! If you can’t find it here, it’s probably not made. Wear comfortable shoes, as the rectangular lobby is nearly a mile long.
Southlake Town Square (Fort Worth – Southlake area): Although not an enclosed mall, its uniqueness makes it a unique experience on this list. Southlake Town Square is designed to look like a small town square, with shops branching out into small side streets. The best way to enjoy Southlake Town Square is to park your car and take your time to walk around and soak it all up.
Arlington Parks (Fort Worth – Arlington area): In 2002, The Parks added 400,000 square feet of space, making it one of DFW’s largest malls. More than just a place to shop, The Parks is a place to have fun, with an ice rink, theaters and a carousel. Traffic around the parks can be heavy at times, but the trip is worth it.
Here are our top 6 recommendations – now is the time for you to hit the mall and have some fun!