Covering 2.4 million square feet and housing more than 200 stores, NorthPark Center, which opened in 1965, is the largest mall in Dallas. It’s also the most special, thanks to founder Raymond Nasher, an art enthusiast and patron. Nasher—who also bequeathed his collection of modern sculpture to the city, which resulted in the Nasher Sculpture Center—designated areas within the mall to display fine art, and past displays have included world-renowned works from artists such as Andy Warhol and Frank Stella. Currently, the shopping center is home to a number of sculptures, including the enormous Ad Astra by Mark di Suvero; a 21-foot-tall blue safety pin called, appropriately, Corridor Pin, Blue by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen; and Joel Shapiro’s 20 elements, composed of 20 colorful blocks.
NorthPark Center has undergone extensive renovations and expansive additions in its more than four decades of existence, and now the mall attracts more than 26 million visitors every year.
Retail options include swanky store such Barneys New York, Neiman Marcus, Tiffany, Cartier, Bottega Veneta, Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry, and many others. Along with high-end fashion, shoppers can choose from a selection of stores carrying electronics, jewelry, specialty foods, and beauty products.
The mall’s movie theater, the AMC NorthPark 15, was the site of the 2009 Dallas International Film Festival and has two of the nation’s largest theaters, each seating nearly 500. From the theater’s glass lobby, there’s a view overlooking CenterPark, a 1.4-acre garden in the middle of the shopping center. Throw in a public children’s library and more than 30 dining options—Ristorante Cibus and La Duni are two of our favorites—catering to every taste bud, and NorthPark Center is sure to sate every shopper’s desires.