The aptly-named Lakewood sits alongside White Rock Lake, which plays a large role in making this area arguably the best Dallas neighborhood in which to spend time outdoors. Teeming with beautiful parks, patrons enjoy water activities such as kayaking/canoeing, fishing and swimming, as well as land-lubbing activities like tennis, basketball and softball. Also one of Dallas' oldest neighborhoods, Lakewood continues to inject the city with historic culture and charm. Local, independent establishments lend an authentic, family-friendly appeal to a city with a fair amount of chain businesses thriving in other areas.
- Curiosities - From mid-century typewriters to taxidermied animals to antique surgery tools, Curiosities is a fairly standard antique store, minus the stuff you aren't interested in! With a frequently revolving selection and very accommodating staff, you are sure to have a ball and find something you like here. Prices trend a bit high for an antique shop, but the items trend much cooler than most shops.
- Northpark Center - A mall that doubles as an art exhibit?! Northpark Center features works of modern art by Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, and other major artists. What a fantastic diversion from most of your favorite stores, including Anthropologie, Michael Kors, Lacoste, and Williams-Sonoma.
- Dallas Vintage Toys - Located at the top of the Faulkner Tower, you'll be rewarded if you can make the trek up to Vintage Toys. They specialize in toys from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Whether you're a collector who keeps toys preserved behind its plastic sheath or just a toy enthusiast, you're sure to find something you like here!
- Dolly Python - Dolly specializes in vintage clothes as well as random oddities of all kinds. You can find kitschy, eclectic women's wear, albeit at a fairly high price point, but well worth it given the brand names and quality. Prepare for a bizarre but truly memorable shopping experience. They even have shop dogs wandering around to greet you!
- Times Ten Cellars - Winery in the Lakewood area with a true Napa feel. Fantastic cheese plates can be paired with their delicious wine, and salads and desserts are available also (you can even bring in/order your own food!). A great spot to hold events of any sort!
- Gloria's Restaurant - The saturation of Tex Mex in Dallas isn't always a bad thing when it can bring you Salvadorian pupusa! Gloria's does the staples right and the service is top notch. Their happy hour lasts a long time…$3 margaritas, mojitos and sangria all day, every day!
- Café Izmir - Perhaps the best Mediterranean food experience in the city. Their hummus is renowned, and many visit this cozy little gem for the service first and food a close second. Come hungry and try 5 or 6 of their tapas-style dishes with a small group; you won't be sorry!
- Society Bakery - Everyone loves their whoopie pie, but Society has withstood the cupcake fad and perseveres despite the competition with consistently moist, delicious cupcakes. Cookies, cakes of all types, and other bakery staples all stand out here also.
- DeGolyer House - Built in 1940, this 21,000 sq ft estate is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it's no wonder: the sprawling estate is surrounded by oak, magnolia and pecan trees with luscious gardens providing beautiful accents to the grounds. The DeGolyer Garden Café is a great way to spend an afternoon enjoying high tea with delicious food. Booking an event of any kind at the mansion is sure to impress any crowd!
- Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens - Bordering White Rock Lake, the Dallas Arboretum features 66 acres of sprawling natural beauty at your disposal. Year-round festivals, concerts, and art shows allow you to experience one of Dallas' best natural experiences.
- White Rock Lake - Test your endurance (or your dog's) at Lakewood's namesake. The relaxing view of the lake is a perfect backdrop for a grueling 9-mile run around its perimeter. Always well maintained, White Rock is a perfect place for almost any occasion.
- Swiss Avenue - The living was easy back in the days of high cotton on Swiss Avenue. This tree-lined, 2.5-mile historic district features some of the most impressive homes in Texas. Slap on an ascot, grab a thermos of lemonade and stroll down Swiss Avenue or drive, but take your time!