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Whether it’s to shop till you drop, eat to your heart’s content or simply spend an enjoyable time with your friends and family, Watters Creek is definitely one of our favorite go-to places, and it’s no wonder it’s ranked #2 out of #13 things to do in Allen on TripAdvisor.
Everything You Need to Know About Watters Creek in Allen
Located a stone’s throw north of Dallas, Texas, Watter’s Creek is a resort-style village that features a large variety of activities, entertainment and retail shops for everyone, as well as residential and office spaces. This guide highlights everything you need to know to plan your trip and make the most of your time at Watter’s Creek.
Yes, this village includes dining, shopping, cafes, a craft store, a grocery store, a trail, lots of parking, a place for kids to really explore, a place to run your practical errands.
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Restaurants in Watters Creek
If like my husband and I you love good food, then you’d be delighted to know that this village features a variety of cuisines, from Asian, European, Mexican to good ‘ole Southern BBQs.
In Allen itself, you can count over 200 restaurants, at least 20 of which are right in the heart of the Watter’s Creek and some providing an al fresco dining experience.
While we haven’t reviewed every single one of them, you may have read in one of our posts about the time when we were invited to eat at BRIO Tuscan Grille, which turned out to be a spectacular Italian dinner for two.
If that experience could be summed up in three statements, it would be “Great company – Divine food – Amazing ambience”.
Other restaurants that we’ve tried (since we go there almost every week) include Village Burger Bar and Cru.
Here are the restaurants:
Village Burger Bar
They have meat, they have turkey burgers, kale, sweet potato fries and beer. This is a fave place at Watter’s Creek, probably because its delicious and there’s something for everyone.
A North Texas staple.
Mutt’s Canine Cantina (opening soon)
Just like the one in Uptown, it includes a dog park and a bar. What could go wrong?
Either way, my Dog Moms of Allen, Plano, McKinney and Frisco are going to be thrilled about this new location.
Pub fare in a casual setting.
Brio invited us to dinner and it was pretty darn good.
The Blue Fish
Sushi and sashimi, chef inspired rolls and grilled entrées.
Wine flights and cheese boards, oh my!
Frogg Coffee & Creperie
Grab a chocolate croissant and a glass of wine, beer or a mug of Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters dark roast, settle on the patio and watch your kids play or enjoy a concert from one of the best seats in the house.
The Lion and Crown
Amazing pizza spot. Also a great place to snag a seat for a Saturday night concert on the creek.
Snappy Salads provides life-changing salads.I recommend the Real Dill Sockeye Salmon (yes, try it!)
Fish City Grill
A casual seafood joint with an outdoor patio.
The Cheesecake Factory
Known for their ginormous menu and awesome cheesecakes! Grab your own gift card here.
Edith’s French Cafe
If you like any of the following: French toast, prime rib, crepes, lobster bisque, beef stroganoff, foie gras, croissants or even steak frites . .. you’ll love this new spot at Watter’s Creek in Allen.
Shops Located in Watters Creek
Let’s face it, Dallas never gets tired of shopping! Watter’s Creek houses a variety of premium clothing, accessories and shoe brands when it comes to shopping for him or for her.
Brands such as Kendra Scott, Victoria’s Secret or Eddie Bauer have their own stores around the village (along with many others) and if that isn’t enough, DSW, which needless to say is a shoe heaven, is also present on site. I love perusing the clearance section to see what treasures I can find.
If shopping isn’t really your thing, that’s no problem either. Part of the shopping experience include the service, design and atmosphere of the resort, which is always admirable, and quite the inspiration, especially when visiting stores such as Anthropologie, who tend to be very creative with their window displays.
Here are the stores available:
Springfree Trampoline is a global company that manufactures recreational trampoline products and accessories. The unique Springfree design was invented by Dr. Keith Vivian Alexander, an associate professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.
White House Black Market
J.Jill offers unique and classic women’s apparel, accessories, and footwear.
Shop francescas curated collection of boutique clothing, dresses, sweaters, jewelry, shoes, & unique gifts. Perfect for the tween or teen girl in your family.
In 2004, an all-women design team set out to
create something they saw missing from
the marketplace: an intimates brand for
women who refuse to compromise. They began innovating, and Soma® was born.
Anthropologie was founded by current URBN chairman and president Dick Hayne, having heard the plea of a friend. She had just moved to the suburbs of Philadelphia, and was dissatisfied with the shopping options available to her. Now a distance from Urban Outfitters—a brand she also was aging out of—there was a void in her life. She longed for a store to indulge her creative side. Dick, realizing this wasn’t an isolated phenomenon, went on to build a lifestyle brand that catered to creative, educated and affluent 30-45 year-old women. Named after his college major (but with a decidedly French twist), Anthropologie opened its very first doors in the autumn of 1992 in Wayne, Pennsylvania. We now operate over 200 stores worldwide.
The product line consists of women’s apparel and accessories, intimates, home furniture and décor, beauty and gifts. Each caters to the lifestyle of their five muses: soft & delicate; boho chic; easy cool; elegant classic; and modern sporty.
Shop boho chic clothing, accessories, and more at Altar’d State, a fashion experience on a mission to change the world for the better.
Birds & Words
Birds & Words is a home boutique first discovered in Downtown McKinney. At the heart of birds & words is a deep love of meaning and of beauty, and a compelling desire to design, create and express ourselves uniquely and artfully. In the store, you’ll find a unique collection of home decor, both found and created
This grocery store features take-home cuisine, restaurants, gourmet, and everyday grocery items in one store
Pandora is an international Danish jewellery manufacturer and retailer founded in 1982 by Per Enevoldsen. The company started as a family-run jewellery shop in Copenhagen. Pandora is known for its customizable charm bracelets, designer rings, necklaces and watches.
Cafes in Watter’s Creek
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt is yogurt your way. You pick the flavors, you pick the toppings – it’s as simple as mix, weigh and pay!
Frogg Coffee & Creperie
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Peanut butter chocolate swirl, red velvet and pecan praline are just a few of the yummy flavors at this cute shop.
Starbucks (inside Market Street)
Just like the stand alone Starbucks, there is a large area to sit and sip your coffee or a patio outside between Michael’s and Market Street.
This is a scratch made chocolate and coffee shop. We handcraft truffles, bonbons, ice cream, craft chocolate made directly from the bean and coffee drinks.
Services offered at Watters Creek
The Lash Lounge
Simplify your morning routine with natural-looking eyelash extensions, tinting, threading, and permanent makeup.
Texas State Optical
The fourth largest bank in the US by total assets.
From Luxury indulgence for a few to an affordable luxury, pure results and holistic skin maintenance for many.
You’ll find Naturopathica products available for sale and also something that they use in this unique facial concept.
Many people come to Watter’s Creek to attend one of their many events or to simply enjoy the village experience. Quoting from what one of the reviewers said on TripAdvisor, “The atmosphere of a village with a creek running through it is relaxing and even in the heat of summer has an air of casual comfort”.
Watter’s Creek in Allen is designed like a village resort, spread across 52 acres, with greenery, ponds and creeks running through it. That said, it is the perfect place to bring your kids for a day outdoors, or perhaps to bring your date, or your dog, on a casual stroll around the walking trails.
In addition, there are plenty of events taking place at Watter’s Creek, both free and paid, which include concerts and live bands, horse carriage rides (Special Valentine’s Day offer), kids’ activities and many more.
What about Events?
Watter’s Creek puts on some pretty interesting events.
You can count on them for holiday events like Valentine’s Jazz, Trick or Treating at Halloween, art festivals and the like.
Some of the events that I’ve seen that really draw in people are the Concerts by the Creek.
Concerts by the Creek, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting in April through October. Meanwhile, you will discover street performers every Saturday starting April through October as well.
Experiences at Watter's Creek
1. The Trail
We use this trail to get in a few miles before relaxing on one of the many patios. The Trail is behind Village Burger Bar that connects with many other trails that take you through Allen.
Yes, you can live here too.
The Lofts at Watters Creek is a mid-rise apartment community built into the shops.If you are looking for a place that is alive with people and energy without living in Downtown Dallas, this might be a nice fit for you.
Residents enjoy restaurants, retail, and walk-ability of this location. Plus, the apartments include a gym, resort style pool, game room and community space.
The apartments range in price from $1,100 – $3,500 per month.
Everyone has a different reason for enjoying Watters Creek
What your kids will love
Your kids will love taking off their shoes and running around the green space in the center of the shopping center.
This is the perfect place to let them run, have a snack, admire the ducks swimming in the creek while you’re sipping some coffee from Frogg’s or Starbucks.
To the east of the green area is a fabulous play structure for young and even the young at heart.
A giant tree house complete with a slide and tunnel below are located above the creek on The Green (parallels Village Green Drive). The upper level of the tree house does fit a wheelchair; areas in the lower level do not.
What your husband will love
He’ll love grabbing some new gear over at Eddie Baur then walking over to the Boardroom for one of the best haircuts in the DFW area.
Maybe finishing the day off with a burger and beer at the Village Burger Bar or choosing from the beer selection at Lion & Crown.
What your wife will love
Booking a treatment at Massage Heights.
What your parents will love
I know that mine love heading out for a meal at Fish City Grill – oh gosh, they adore that place. And if its a Saturday night then they’ll definitely enjoy the concerts on the green.
What your teen will love
They love this area as a place to meet with friends, buy some makeup at Sephora or something cute at Francesca.
And maybe hang out at Menchie’s for a fro yo.
What can you find nearby?
Just across Bethany road (on the P.F. Chang’s side), you’ll find a new Convention Center, hotel and Dallas-based restaurant.
The Watters Creek Convention Center and Delta Hotels by Marriott Dallas Allen offer everything you need for an unforgettable meeting with flexibility to book a wide range of event types and sizes (from the convention website):
- 79,000 square feet of flexible convention, ballroom, and meeting space
- 300 hotel rooms offering the very best in accommodations
- Expansive 40,000 SF event center that can be divided into smaller spaces
- Elegant 12,000 SF ballroom divisible into 4,000 SF
- 15 technology-rich meeting rooms: 9 state-of-the-art meeting rooms in The Innovation Suite, 6 flexible rooms in the Convention Center
- Beautiful outdoor patio and courtyard for events
- Restaurant and bar at Stampede 66 and Canyon Bar by Chef Stephan Pyles
- Private dining rooms in celebrity chef restaurant
- Connected 1,000-car parking garage with additional garage parking nearby
- Free WiFi, free bottled water, high-end linens, and an expansive pool and patio.
Located in the Delta Hotels by Marriott Dallas Allen & Watters Creek Convention Center, Stampede66 by Stephan Pyles offers guests a true taste of Texas. I was able to get a tast of Chef Pyles food at their roof topping party – phenomenal! I have videos and pictures over on the Facebook page.
Getting to Watters Creek
A short 30-minute drive up from Dallas, Watter’s Creek is located right in the heart of Allen, Texas. It is best accessed by car and is only approximately 30 miles away from Dallas Love Field Airport and the DFW International Airport. The bonus, however, is that Watter’s Creek offers plenty of free parking space, although ‘the early bird gets the worm’ as they say. However, if you fancy a more posh (read: worry-free) experience, then don’t hesitate to give their ‘Concierge +’ service a try, where you’ll be pretty much treated like royalty. In other words, you can expect hands-free shopping, curbside pick-up, personal gift selection and delivery, and much much more!
Above all else, Watter’s Creek is designed to give you a memorable experience and no matter what your preferences are, whether you like shopping, relaxing or eating, you will be spoilt for choice!
So y’all head over and find out what a world of experience awaits you!
Here is the exact address:
Watters Creek, 970 Garden Park Dr,
Allen, TX 75013
Final Thoughts on Watters Creek in Allen
I think there’s more than meets the eye in this area. And when the weather is stellar, I know you will really enjoy a stroll through this scenic neighborhood shopping area.
I hope to run into you the next time I’m there (which is probably tomorrow). =)
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