Shopping in Texas

Top 20 Favorite Texas Shopping Venues & Stores

We live in Texas, and love the many good things about life here. Like having fun, and SHOPPING!

Texans love to shop, whether it be at a local Mom & Pop antique store, or a major regional mall.

And the list of popular shopping venues is a long one. But in this report we narrow the list down to just a few, like 20. We started with some of our favorites and added more voted by the viewers of this website.

So here's our "Texas Shopping Bonanza" for 2023!

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Canton First Monday Trade Days

Canton First Monday Trade Days

First Monday is considered the largest free flea market in the United States, and is held on Thursday - Sunday preceding the first Monday of each month.

Up to 100,000 visitors can shop there in a given weekend. This popular flea market in Canton in East Texas is open one weekend a month and provides spaces for 6,000 vendors located on hundreds of acres.

It has become known by shoppers from all across Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma as THE place to buy home decor, furnishings, antiques, clothing, crafts, jewelry, gifts, and collectibles.

And it is a favorite of vendors, dealers, craftsmen and artists alike as the perfect venue to market their wares.

Canton First Monday Trade Days website

Round Top

Round Top Antiques Show
(Photo by Travel Texas)

Chartered in 1870, and with a population of 90 people, Round Top offers a twice-a-year Round Top Antiques Show. Known far and wide all over Texas, the shows attract thousands and thousands of shoppers!

The shows are held in the spring and fall. About 80 venues are open, with over 4,000 dealers, on an 11-mile stretch of Highway 237.

But there's plenty more to do all year long: fine dining, fantastic art, unique shops and great places to explore. And lots of lodging options!

Explore Round Top website

Shopping in Big Cities

NorthPark in Dallas

NorthPark Mall in Dallas
(Photo by Northpark Center)

NorthPark is consistently ranked among the top five shopping destinations in the country and, with more than 26 million visitors annually, has been named the top attraction in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex by the Dallas Business Journal and as one of the "7 Retail Wonders of the Modern World" by Shopping Centers Today.

NorthPark's present anchors - Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy's and Dillard's - perform at the top of their respective brands in sales volume.

We have been shopping at NorthPark for decades, and still do today!

Officlal website of the NorthPark Center

Highland Park Village

Highland Park Village in Dallas, Texas
(Photo by Visit Dallas)

This unique Mediterranean Spanish-style development was constructed in 1931. According to the Urban Land Institute, Highland Park Village was the first planned shopping center in the U.S. with a unified architectural style and stores facing in toward an interior parking area..

Today, Highland Park Village has evolved into a center full of high quality, upscale shops. It is also the site of the annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides and Celebrations.

Highland Park Village website

Deep Ellum

Deep Ellum in Dallas, Texas
(Photo by Travel Texas)

As one of Dallas’ first commercial districts for African-Americans and European immigrants, Deep Ellum is one of the most historically and culturally significant neighborhoods in the city. Deep Ellum was established in 1873 as both a residential and commercial neighborhood.

Today it is a mecca for live music, shopping, galleries and dining. Not to be missed!

DeepEllum.com

The Galleria in Houston

The Galleria in Houston, Texas
(Photo by VisitHoustonTexas.com)

The Galleria has been a total shopping destination for decades.

More than 30 million visitors each year seek the dynamic & fine shopping environment uniquely offered by The Galleria, Texas’ largest shopping center and fourth largest retail domain nationally.

Covering 2.4 million square feet of space, housing 400 fine stores and restaurants, two high-rise Westin hotels, and three office towers, The Galleria is Houston’s most popular retail and tourist destination.

The Houston Galleria website

Historic Market Square in San Antonio

Historic Market Square in San Antonio, Texas

A favorite of locals and tourists for generations, the Market Square offers over 100 locally owned businesses that provide a unique market place experience.

It bustles with activities celebrating Cinco de Mayo and Día de los Muertos, among other festivities. Working artists offer their handiworks from stalls and carts, and local retailers sell quality Mexican artifacts, clothing and art.

Historic Market Square website

South Congress in Austin

South Congress in Austin ... SoCo!

The vibrant SoCo neighborhood south of Lady Bird Lake is a must-stroll for visitors and a popular hangout for locals. South Congress offers a huge variety of boutiques, eateries, galleries and music venues.

When we are in the Austin area, we often dine at Franklin Barbecue and the Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood.  And we always look forward to a return visit to one of our favorite Texas destinations, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

visit the AustinTexas.org website

Shopping in Smaller Towns

Hill Country

Shopping in Fredericksburg, Texas
(Photo by Travel Texas)

Shopping is one of the primary reasons that visitors come to Texas Hill Country and Fredericksburg. Main Street is the center of the action, where shoppers find more than 150 shops, boutiques and art galleries as well as dozens of restaurants, wine tasting rooms, a brewpub, museums & more.

Fredericksburg is on our "Texas frequent-visited towns" list, as we always enjoy stays at local B&Bs, viewing bluebonnets and exploring WildSeed Farms. Plus, we love dining at the Navajo Grill and Hilda's Tortilla Factory, as well as the Alamo Springs Cafe (just a short drive out of town).

Visit Fredericksburg website

Grapevine

Shopping in Grapevine, Texas
(Photo by GrapeVineTexasUSA.com)

Historic Grapevine is centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth. Step back in time in Historic Downtown Grapevine with its collection of charming shops, restaurants, and art galleries.

Enjoy fantastic hotels and resorts, great attractions for the entire family, exquisite winery tasting rooms, world-class festivals and events, shopping, outstanding dining at over 200 restaurants, a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities and more.

visit GrapeVine USA

The Woodlands

Shopping in The Woodlands in Texas
(Photo by VisitTheWoodlands.com)

Southern Living magazine calls The Woodlands “One of America’s Best Shopping Destinations,” and Market Street is one of the biggest reasons why The Woodlands received that accolade. This sprawling development offers luxury boutique shopping in an open-air main street atmosphere.

At Market Street, shoppers can visit more than 90 stores and lifestyle centers, dine at restaurants overlooking Central Park, watch a movie at Cinemark, and even stay overnight in the on-site Hyatt Centric The Woodlands.

When we are in The Woodlands, we always enjoy a great meal, service and atmosphere at the nearby Guadalajara Hacienda.

Visit The Woodlands

Wimberley

Shopping in Wimberley, Texas
(Photo by Texas Highways)

Wimberley is home to world renown authors, artists, and musicians looking for the quiet life. Wimberley has been recognized as an attractive tourist destination by such publications as Travel Holiday Magazine who placed it on a list of "America's Ten Best Small Towns."

Visitors often start their visit with a stroll around The Square, with its chic clothing stores, art galleries, kitchen ware stores and restuarants that serve up mouth watering meals.

Visit Wimberley

Jefferson

Shopping in Jefferson Texas
(Photo by Jefferson General Store)

Jefferson is a tourism cente in Upper East Texas, with popular attractions including Jay Gould's railroad car, the Jefferson Historical Society Museum, Sterne Fountain, the Jefferson Carnegie Library, Excelsior House, and the bayous formed by Big Cypress Bayou located in and around the city.

A trip to Jefferson is a journey back through time to a bustling 19th century riverport. Jefferson is a great locale with antique shops lining the original brick streets, horse-drawn carriage tours, and boat trips down the bayou.

The popular Jefferson General Store is located at 113 E. Austin Street, downtown ... don't miss it!

visit the Jefferson General Store website for more information

Unique Venues & Style!

James Avery Jewelry

James Avery Jewelry

In the summer of 1954, James Avery started his jewelry business in a two-car garage with $250 in capital. He built a small workbench, then bought a few hand tools and scraps of silver and copper. It was his desire to create jewelry that had meaning for him and his customers as well as having lasting beauty and value.

Today, James Avery Artisan Jewelry is a vertically integrated, family owned company still located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. It operates 83 James Avery stores in five states.

Its jewelry is crafted in four Texas workshops—one each in Comfort, Fredericksburg, Hondo and Kerrville.

We have visited the original James Avery workshop and store in Kerrville, and shop at their outlets all over Texas. Their work is incredible!

visit the JamesAvery.com website

Allen's Boots

Allen's Boots in Austin, Texas
(Photo by Travel Texas)

Allens Boots has been afamily-owned Austin tradition since 1977. Nestled snugly along the popular shopping strip of South Congress Ave, shoppers find the big red boot sign and some Texas hospitality.

Whether you wear boots to work every day or you need the perfect pair to complete the look of your outfit, Allen's can help!

visit the Allen's Boots website for information

Fort Worth Stockyards

Fort Worth Stockyards
(Photo by Travel Texas)

Fort Worth is where the West begins, and nothing embodies Western heritage better than the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.

In 1989, the North Fort Worth Historical Society opened the Stockyards Museum in the historic Exchange Building. Today, the museum hosts thousands of visitors from all over the world each year, and is constantly growing its facilities and its collection.

More than a hundred new shopping, dining and entertainment venues make the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historical District one of Texas’ most popular tourist destinations.

Enjoy the daily longhorn cattle drive, shop,  dine and experience top-rated entertainment!

visit the website of the Fort Worth Stockyards

Magnolia Market Silos

Magnolia Market Silos in Waco, Texas
(Photo by Waco Visitors Bureau)

Most residents of Texas know about Chip and Joanna Gaines, and their success in various ventures in the Waco area. Its location in central Texas makes it a great day trip for shopping.

We have visited the Magnolia Market, as many others have. It's always a treat to shop, and dine there!

visit the Magnolia website

King Ranch

King Ranch

By the end of the war between the states, King Ranch in western Texas had grown to 146,000 acres, supporting thousands of head of cattle.

Today, visitors can tour the ranch, enjoy special events, visit the King Ranch Museum and shop in the King Ranch Saddle Shop.

visit the website of the King Ranch

Two-Story H-E-B Grocery Stores

Two-Story HEB Grocery Stores
(Photo by HEB)

Texans love H-E-B!!

Florence Butt opened the C.C. Butt Grocery Store in Kerrville in 1905. The success and popularity of the grocery store continues today!

H-E-B opened its newest multi-level location in Houston’s Heights community in January of 2019. The new, 92,000 sqft store features expansive shopping options, covered parking, and is equipped with elevators and escalators to easily navigate the double-story structure.

It is the latest in H-E-B's expansion in areas with limited real estate footage, such as the ones in Bellaire and San Antonio.

visit the HEB website

Flashback Funtiques

Flashback Funtiques in Boerne, Texas

This popular store stocks unique, fun and eclectic antiques including jukeboxes, barber’s chairs, Big Boy statues, pinball machines and much more. Located at 248 S. Main Street in Boerne.

Flashback Funtiques on Facebook

Wells Creek Crossing, Palestine, Texas

Wells Creek Crossing, Palestine, Texas

Wells Creek Website

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