NorthPark Center

Some people in these offices snidely refer to NorthPark as the rich, white people's mall. We have a lot of class anger here at the Observer. You might have noticed. Obviously, some of our broke-ass, reverse-snobbish staff haven't been to NorthPark in awhile, because a trip there is a like a world tour in air-conditioned comfort, with no TSA and more familiar food. Walk NorthPark's long, art-filled halls, and we promise you'll hear more languages and see more saris, hijabs, stylish sagging and straight-up high and avant-garde fashion than anywhere this side of Manhattan. Goth girls and punks, hip-hoppers and models rub shoulders with hoi polloi, the rich and the in-between here, making for the best people-watching in Dallas, inspiring us to quote Willy Shakes: "O, wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in't!" Fancy, eh? And, ya know, the shopping is pretty freakin' awesome too. Think NorthPark is uniformly out of your price range? Well, yes, it can be, but when you're done watching people, take a look at what's in the shops. You'll be surprised at what you can walk away with, feeling fancy without going broke.

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