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, Watter’s 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.
Watter’s Creek is a beautiful and scenic neighborhood shopping experience featuring a variety of stores, cafes and restaurant plus a really cool kids’ play area.
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.
Here’s whats interesting . . .
If you love to shop, you’ll love this area.
If you don’t love to shop, you’ll love this area.
And maybe this is why so many love this area – the creators of this area focused on this ONE thing
Its an experience for kids, retirees, young professionals, families, individuals, girlfriends and everyone and anyone.
There’s nothing better than catching up with a friend sitting on the patio at Frogg’s and overlooking the canopy of trees.
Kids love romping around on this cool natural playground, we love getting a few steps in while taking in the scenery and then toss in a concert or festival and it is the makings of a great Saturday afternoon in the Dallas area.
Let's Break It Down
Restaurants in Watter’s 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.
Panera Bread Company is an American chain store of bakery-café fast casual restaurants with over 2,000 locations, all of which are in the United States and Canada. This is a budget friendly option.
The Lion and Crown
British-themed pub offering hearty fare, cocktails, sports on TV, a pool table & live bands. Open until 2:00am.
Amazing pizza spot. Also a great place to snag a seat for a Saturday night concert on the creek.
P. F. Chang’s China Bistro is an American-based, Asian-themed, casual dining restaurant chain founded in 1993 by Paul Fleming and Philip Chiang – hence the P.F.
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 in Watter’s 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
White House Black Market offers polished black and white women’s clothing with pops of color and patterns. Shop tailored dresses, tops, pants and accessories.
J.Jill offers unique and classic women’s apparel, accessories, and footwear.
Vera Bradley is the name of an American luggage and handbag design company, founded by Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Patricia R. Miller in 1982.
Shop for quilted bags and backpacks here. They have a variety of exclusive patterns and colorful products.
Kendra Scott offers jewelry, home decor, gifts and beauty. From decorative trays to nail polish, earrings, necklaces, bracelets and candles.
I adore the candle I received at the Sweet Tooth Hotel Grand Opening.
Need to head over to Kendra Scott in Allen for more candles!
Designer Brands is an American footwear retailer of designer and name brand shoes and fashion accessories. The retailer has over 500 stores in the United States.
The company also owns private-label footwear brands including Audrey Brooke, Kelly & Katie, Lulu Townsend, and Poppie Jones.
Go shopping with this gift card.
Chico’s is a retail women’s clothing chain founded in 1983 by a three-person operation on Sanibel Island, Florida. Hence, the easy styles of this clothing line.
My Mother-in-Law loved this hooded vest we got her for her travels.
The mission at Origins is to create high-performance natural skincare that is powered by nature and proven by science. They use potent plants, organic ingredients and 100% natural essential oils. And our long-standing commitment to protect the planet, its resources and all those who populate it is reaffirmed by our earth and animal friendly practices, packaging and policies.The Loft
Part of the Ann Taylor family, the LOFT is more causal and Ann Taylor is more dressy. … Loft is the more casual of the two while Ann Taylor has more professional wear.
Sephora is a French multinational chain of personal care and beauty stores. Featuring nearly 300 brands, along with its own private label, Sephora offers beauty products including cosmetics, skincare, body, fragrance, nail color, beauty tools, and haircare.
Ann Inc. is an American group of specialty apparel retail chain stores for women. The company headquartered in New York City and currently operates as a subsidiary of Ascena Retail Group. The stores offer classic styled suits, separates, dresses, shoes and accessories.
Victoria’s Secret is an American designer, manufacturer, and marketer of women’s lingerie, womenswear, and beauty products. The company was founded in 1977 by Roy and Gaye Raymond as a response to packaged underwear, which Roy Raymond considered to be “ugly, floral-print nylon nightgowns”.
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 tocreate something they saw missing fromthe marketplace: an intimates brand forwomen 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.
Sunglass Hut is an international retailer of sunglasses and sunglass accessories founded in Miami, Florida, United States, in 1971. Sunglass Hut is part of the Italian-based Luxottica Group, the world’s largest eyewear company.
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
The ACO Boutique offers a great selection of gently-used selection of home furnishings, décor and more! All proceeds from the Boutique on the Road benefit the programs provided by Allen Community Outreach.
Nature’s Pet Market stores sell pet food and supplies, with a focus on natural foods and green, recyclable products. Coming soon to Allen.
This 2-story craft store has the products you need for home decor, framing, scrapbooking and more. Shop and save on arts and crafts supplies online or at a store near you.
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!
Snag a gift card for the fro yo lover in your life, an easy and affordable gift.
If you’re looking for a local dessert with authentic Italian flair, Paciugo has the cold treat for you. They specialize in freshly made gelato.
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..