Victory Park, Dallas
Intersection of I-35 and Woodall Rodgers Freeway
Dallas , Texas
Concierge.com's insider take:
If Highland Park got Dallas mall culture started, Victory Park took it into the 21st century. This master-planned living and entertainment development, centered around the American Airlines Center stadium, is like a candy store for grown-up kids with much bigger allowances than they once had. Early returns are in, and in addition to several high-rise luxury apartment buildings, they've already brought in dozens of top boutiques, including Diane von Furstenberg and Zegna; a gleaming modern W Hotel with its Bliss spa, its world-class Craft restaurant, and its rooftop Ghostbar; plus Vegas's N9NE Steakhouse, a House of Blues, and a host of other restaurants that range from the not-bad to the not-good. In the works are a Mandarin Oriental hotel (slated for 2010) and a Museum of Nature & Science. Its bizarre Orwellian name aside, Victory Park is a fascinating, at times troubling insight into the ways in which mallsand Dallas itselfare combining shopping and living communities into high-end gated "lifestyle centers."