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.

122 West Market


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.

117 West Market

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.

142 West Market

SHOP. Typo

Grab-and-go gifts, desk accessories, stationery and decor perfect for the dorm room from Australian retailer Cotton On.

132 North Garden

SHOP. Garage

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.

140 North Garden

SHOP. BCBGeneration

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

LUNCHNorth Food Court/Sencha

Burgers, burritos pizza—it’s all here. After, treat yourself to bubble tea—with pearls or jellies—at Sencha.

392 North Garden

SHOP. Aerie

American Eagle’s underpinnings store, offering many styles of bras and undies along with accessories, fragrances and some apparel—mostly activewear and PJs.

200 East Broadway

SHOP. Buckle

Young men and women will find a large selection of denim, along with casual tops, accessories and shoes.

203 East Broadway

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.

306 East Broadway

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.

144 East Broadway

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.

268 East Broadway

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.

141 East Broadway

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.

116 South Avenue

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.

5102 Center Court

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.

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