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This Mediterranean-style shopping center is home to upscale stores in an open-air setting where visitors can wander for a few hours. The shopping center, which was one of the first of its kind, has restaurants, a movie theater and shops that reflect the wealthy neighborhood where it is located. Some refer to it as the "Beverly Hills of Dallas," which should be an indicator of just how high-end the stores are, and locals say it's one of the top shopping spots in Dallas. The architecture of the longstanding shopping center is also a draw, and shoppers recommend checking out Highland Park Village around Christmastime when lights and decorations transform the outdoor mall.

The shopping center offers concierge services, personal shoppers and complimentary valet parking at multiple stores throughout the village. International shoppers can acquire Texas sales tax refunds from select retail stores by presenting receipts and identification and flight information at the on-site TaxFree Shopping, Ltd.

Along with the high-end stores, the restaurants receive high praise from recent travelers. Visitors say Mi Cocina, an authentic Mexican restaurant, is perfect for relaxing with a drink after hitting the shops.

Depending on your budget, this is a great place to pick up a few items or window shop and browse. Highland Park Village, located 6 miles north of downtown Dallas, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Complimentary parking is available for those who drive; the No. 36 bus from downtown also services this shopping center. Check out the website for more information and a full directory of the mall.

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