This is a mini-mall for all things Pan-Asian: retail stores and foods of all kinds from Japan, China, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines. Festivals, like the Flower Festival every lunar New Year, are a great way to get to know more about Asian life and culture.
Downtown Grand Prairie has its own farmers market, open Saturdays from April through mid-December. Here, you’ll find locally-grown fruits and vegetables (many organic), plants, tamales, baked goods, salsas, dips, relishes, eggs, honey, chips, soaps, candles and more. Pro tip: Pick out some goodies for a picnic at Joe Pool Lake.
I could spend an entire day at the Simon Properties outlet because all of my favorite brands are here: Banana Republic, Bloomingdales, Chico’s, Coach, Kate Spade, White House, Black Market and Soma. Ironically, I get no argument from my teenage daughter because all her favorite brands (Aeropostale, American Eagle Outlet and the discount Converse and Nike stores) are also here.
On the 120 acres of the area’s largest flea market, you can find everything from Texas trinkets and clothing to furniture and art. If you’re looking for some family fun under $15, look no further. All-day ride passes on the 15 roller coasters, carousel and bounce houses are $12.99. You can also end the day of shopping with a Texas country or Tejano music concert under the Big Red Patio. Enjoy all this for only $4 to park!
Every time I’ve needed to decorate a house (or redecorate one) I’ve turned to IKEA. The international retailer’s 50 showrooms display all of the potential home happiness one could create, and the budget-conscious options for storage are super-helpful if you have kids or just a lot of stuff. The dining room offers traditional Swedish food and snacks (try the meatballs if you haven’t already!). This is the retailer’s second store in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with another location in Frisco.
If you need a little souvenir, or a Texas-themed item to send to friends or relatives who are far away, the Grand Prairie Tourist Information Center and Gift Shop has you covered! You’ll find unique jewelry, art and local products, along with maps and discount coupons to local attractions.