Dallas Galleria, Dallas
The Galleria is an awesome, upscale shopping mall…and this is coming from a Los Angeles shopaholic, who frequents the stores in Beverly Hills! The main anchor department stores are Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Nordstrom’s. This mall combines some of the best stores of Rodeo Drive such as Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, and Versace with more common mall stores like GAP, Old Navy, and Banana Republic. So if you love a variety of shopping, this place is for you! The Galleria also has an indoor ice skating rink and a small food court of 4-5 fast food restaurants. While you’re there, make sure you have lunch at Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse inside Macy’s on the third floor. Sonny Bryan’s famous for their barbecue and it’s so convenient to have it in the Galleria. Also, have a scoop of delicious Blue Bell ice cream at Roscoe’s Cookie House. Blue Bell is known as “the best ice cream in the country”. It’s only available in the southern part of the United States and originated in Texas. For Dallas or Texas souvenirs, including University of Texas merchandise, check out Destination Dallas and Texas Treasures. Finally, stop by the official Dallas Cowboys store if you're a football fan. Before coming to the Galleria, check with your hotel if they have a brochure about the Galleria. If not, pick one up at the Westin, which is connected to the hotel. You can redeem the brochure at the Guest Reception Center on the first floor for a list of special discounts throughout the Galleria and a free shopping bag.
What to buy: Jar of queso, Longhorns (chocolate covered pecans and caramel), plush armadillo and longhorn, Dallas Cowboys merchandise, Blue Bell ice cream, Sonny Bryan's barbecue
The Dallas Galleria is a multi-level shoppers dream! The bottom level contains restaurants and popular ice skating rink (pics 2-3); the upper two levels offer additional shopping, eateries and a children's play area...get the idea?
You'll find Tiffany, Nordstrom, Tourneau, Bath and Body Works, Saks, Banana Republic, Gap, bebe, Baccarat, Brooks Brothers, Harolds, Versace, Pink, Williams-Sonoma, Cartier, Rolex, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and many, many others that you'll recognize. An American Girl store has also opened nearby!
Plan to spend the day here--there's plenty to keep you busy. Hours are Mon-Sat 10am-9pm; Sun 12 Noon-6pm. A parking garage is available.
What to buy: Just about anything!
There is absolutely no other place to shop in Dallas other than the Galleria. The valet parking is just a hint into the friendly service that you encounter inside the Galleria. Every single employee is knowledgable and will go the extra mile to cater to your every need. This is not for a single shop, but for the entire Galleria experience.
The Galleria is extremely handicapped friendly as well, this included every store.
What to buy: Saks Fifth Avenue - fragrance (Versace) and cosmetics (Dior), clothing. With my fragrance purchase, they currently have a gift with purchase that includes a signature tote filled with deluxe samples of designer products. She also showered me with numerous other deluxe samples that were to die for (expecially the VR Flower Bomb purse spray).
Nordstrom - skin care products (Philosophy and Bliss), men's cologne (Versace), and men's wear (they have a special line for young teenagers that my son loves). Samples, samples and more samples. My son has several months supplies of various colognes to help him choose his next fragrance.
Macy's - Gund Breast Cancer Awareness Month Kissy Dogs, holiday decorations
Louis Vuitton - Signature Trunk Case (I was disappointed that they did not have their cherry line since that is being reintroduced). I did receive a free key-chain.
Juicy Couture - handbag and t-shirts. When I mentioned I always have a bottle of Juicy in my fragrance collection, they showered me with a deluxe travel bottle of the fragrance.
Sephora - my absolute favorite place to shop! Make sure to sign up for their Beauty Insider ahead of time so that you can get a deluxe bonus product with your purchase. Some of my favorite product lines: Too Faced, Bare Escentials, Bourjois, Philosophy, Anastacsia
L'Occitane - I love their Shea Butter line, and they currently have a hand cream where $20 of the purchase cost goes to breast cancer research. My son loves their products as well, their products for men leave a exotic fresh scent that is like nothing else.
Earthbound Trading Company - their line of hookah's are terrific. Yes, I broke down and purchased one and several different flavors of tobacco.
What to pay: $1500-$2000 (if you like shopping like I do)
Nordstrom - the valet parking next to Nordstrom's is the best at the Galleria. The service inside is the best! I went in to purchase fragrance for my son and I. I walked out with a $85 bottle of Juicy Couture and body souffle, and since it was an hour before closing she threw in the dusting powder for $20 (that's a $30 savings!) Plus I have enough fragrance samples to last a month. TIP: Shop Saks and Nordstrom right before they close because they do have a quota to meet and are more than happy to make some deals.
Macy's - the best service in the entire Galleria! Received a ton of free products from the Elizabeth Arden counter. TIP: Ask for discontinued products, and more than likely if you purchase $25.00, they will give you a discontinued product free. (I received $130.00 worth of free products and spent only $75.00!!!)
Sephora - great service, but if they figure out you know exactly what you are looking for, they will ignore you. However, one in our party didn't know what she was looking for and they never left her alone! Still the best beauty shop in the world! They lack on the samples that other Sephora shops give out. I spent nearly $300.00 and received 3 samples (that were not even samples I would use). I would have done better ordering through their website, much less shopping say at the Houston Galleria's Sephora where I spent only $200.00 and walked away with another shopping bag full of samples. Samples is what makes you go back to buy that product!
Louis Vuitton - I had to purchase a new tote and immediately was attended to, excellent service. I also received a free wallet (again, shopped right before they closed).
Grand Lux Cafe - THE BEST PLACE TO EAT IN THE CITY! The service cannot be beat! The atmosphere is just wonderful! The food portions are three times what you would get at any other restaurant! I rarely leave 20% tips, but I did leave just that plus $5 for making our experience perfect after an evening of shopping.
What to buy: Nordstrom (fragrances)
Saks Fifth Avenue (clothing)
Macy's (cosmetics and skin care)
Louis Vuitton (what else?)
What to pay: $500-$2500
$10 for valet (it was even horrible weather and the roads were slick, and he advised us of alternate routes to take to avoid the bad areas)
The most dynamic shopping environment in North Texas is the hype that lures shoppers to the Dallas Galleria. It’s a multistorey shopping mall, where you can pretty much find anything you don’t actually want or don’t really need. One weird feature – especially when the temperature is nudging 110 outside – is the ice rink. The ice cream is good, too. Old Cliffie bought some tee-shirts.
Galleria Mall is a huge shopping centre full of some very nice stores - all the big names are here. A very dangerous place to go with credit cards.
There is an ice rink on the lower ground floor and a five screen Cinema as well.
The Galleria is a nice place to window shop as many stores are upscale. So unless there is a sale (which actually are pretty frequent) or unless you are rich, then perhaps just go to stroll around.