Love to get the latest trends on a budget? This mall is meant for you. Here are the must-stop spots, and where to hang with your friends.
PARK. West side
SHOP. Urban Outfitters
A boho chic, slightly grungy take on fashion for guys and girls, plus quirky gifts and dorm décor.
Whatever the trend, you’re sure to find it for $50 or less at the Swedish fast-fashion emporium. The clothes and accessories probably won’t last a lifetime, but then, will you want to wear that faux fur caplet next season anyway? Shop thoroughly before hitting the fitting rooms—there’s often a line.
SNACK. Magic Pan Crepe Stand
Get a taste of France at this little crepe stand with seating in the bustling area next H&M. It’s a place for a snack or dessert, offering both sweet and savory options.
114 West Market
SHOP. Steve Madden
From tough boots to daring platform heels, Steve Madden is always a reliable choice for trendy footwear and accessories for women and men that won’t break the bank.
Grab-and-go gifts, desk accessories, stationery and decor perfect for the dorm room from Australian retailer Cotton On.
A shop for tween and teen girls who like vintage-inspired styles with the occasional funky twist. Be sure to check out the dressing rooms—mismatched wallpaper and pretty chandeliers give them a cool edge.
This BCBG Max Azria concept is designed for kid sisters, with trendy clothes and accessories at affordable prices. It’s more manageable than competitors like Forever 21 and H&M, but more narrowly focused on clubby clothes.
221 North Garden
LUNCH. North Food Court/Sencha
Burgers, burritos pizza—it’s all here. After, treat yourself to bubble tea—with pearls or jellies—at Sencha.
American Eagle’s underpinnings store, offering many styles of bras and undies along with accessories, fragrances and some apparel—mostly activewear and PJs.
Young men and women will find a large selection of denim, along with casual tops, accessories and shoes.
SNACK. Doc Popcorn
Still hungry? Hop the escalator near Sears up one flight to this gourmet popcorn stand where you can mix sweet and salty flavors.
SHOP. Forever 21
This 80,000-square-foot two-level superstore features the full assortment of apparel and accessories from the trend-obsessed fast-fashion retailer. That includes men’s, kids, plus sizes, shoes, jewelry and lingerie, along with several divisions of women’s fashion—some basic, some bedazzled, all extremely well priced. Of course, you get what you pay for, so look everything over carefully—the return policy is just 21 days.
SHOP. Shi by Journey’s
This shoe boutique from Journeys is a fun find, specializing in affordable fashion footwear from Frye, Diesel, Steve Madden, Puma and other popular brands.
SHOP. Charlotte Russe
Trendy, feminine apparel aimed at girls in their teens and early 20s. Colorful platform heels, boots, and other inexpensive accessories round out the mix.
SHOP. Francesca’s Collections
This national chain is merchandised so as to look like a local boutique. Find affordable, on-trend jewelry and accessories, along with gifts, some home decor and pretty apparel—flowy dresses and lots of lace tops.
COFEE BREAK. Caribou Coffee
Grab yourself a Northern Light Cooler and round the corner to the north into Nickelodeon Universe where you can enjoy it on the “patio” seating area.
PLAY. Nickelodeon Universe
You don’t have to invest in an all-day wristband; get enough points for a ride or two. The SpongeBob Squarepants Rock Bottom Plunge is always the choice of celebs, including the entire cast of Glee, and Bravo TV’s Andy Cohen.