Shopping

Have we mentioned that Dallas is a shopper's nirvana? That being said, it's easy to get lost in the merchandise.

For quirky and one-of-a-kind items, such as vintage Fiestaware plates, funky chandeliers and DIY crafts, head to the Bishop Arts District (www.bishopartsdistrict.com). Check the website for periodic festivals where local artists showcase their wares, including the Oak Cliff Art Crawl held in April.

Other good places to browse for those seeking all things arty and antique-y include uptown and Henderson St west of Greenville Ave, while Deep Ellum shops sell Vespas, vinyls and vintageware alongside design stores and, for those looking to accessorize their own bodies, piercing and tattoo parlors.

On the northern end of Uptown (at Lemmon and McKinney Aves), the West Village shopping area has a distinctly So-Cal outdoor-mall vibe with a vast collection of pricey chains and one-off boutiques.

Dallas is also home to two famous mega-malls, NorthPark Center and the Galleria, that are larger than many small towns and draw hordes of shoppers.