Highland Park has long been known as the most pristine, beautifully manicured neighborhood within Dallas. Its parks are perhaps its biggest draw, featuring beautiful ponds, walking/jogging paths, fountains, tennis courts, and of course, Lakeside Park's famous granite teddy bears! Luxury homes abound in this upscale community, and patrons can find shopping suited towards this chic area, as well as fine dining. Named for its proximity to Southern Methodist University, University Park is a residential community located about five miles north of downtown that boasts grand, historic homes on gorgeous, tree-canopied streets. University Park provides easy access to a broad range of cultural, recreational, shopping, and business activities.
- Highland Park Village - This was the first outdoor mall in America! Its open-air center provides a unique shopping experience as you peruse upscale shops like Gucci, Jimmy Choo and Hermes. You can also see a flick at the old theater!
- Knox Street - Lively shopping and dining strip with local and national favorite stores, including Restoration Hardware, Crate & Barrel, The Apple Store, Jonathon Adler, and many high-end boutiques. The strip is currently undergoing renovations to enhance sidewalks, lighting and bike lanes, so expect the already enjoyable experience to become even better!
- Preston Center - Dallas takes its shopping seriously, and Preston Center admirably upholds its end of the bargain! A complete shopping experience, whether you intend to dine (Hillstone, R+D Kitchen, Sprinkles Cupcakes), shop (Orvis Dallas, Bachendorf's, Mel Crews), Beautify (Montana Salon, Prak Plaza Salon), or run errands (Comet Cleaners, Fidelity Investments, The UPS Store).
- Clotheshorse Anonymous - A designer bargain hunter's paradise, Clotheshorse Anonymous gives new meaning to upscale resale. They are quite selective with the quality/fashions that they will accept, and the layout is very well organized by both size and color. Do note that they only sell women's wear.
- Bread Winners - Upscale brunch that delivers. Their chicken and waffles are renowned, as are their mimosas. They serve you ginger bread and lemon cakes before your meal arrives, a great touch! Beware of brunch primetime as this place gets crowded!
- Café Istanbul - As if the belly dancer isn't enough, this Turkish favorite features fresh pide and well-seasoned kebabs, lamb shanks, and fantastic rice pudding and Turkish coffee for dessert. Great for a group dinner or a first date!
- Parigi - Parigi combines artistic culinary presentation with a cozy, elegant neighborhood ambiance (a rare combination!). French-inspired dishes shine: try the risotto of the day and the deconstructed California roll for can't miss dishes. Great wine and dessert options as well!
- Slab's BBQ - Tiny take-out BBQ that is otherwise unassuming…but the brisket most certainly is not! The meat's smoky flavor captures the essence of the barbecue perfectly, and the BBQ sauce is tangy and delicious. The proud owner (the lone worker) loves what he does and lets you know it! The price is right too!
- Kalachandji's - Don't think a vegetarian buffet can leave you satisfied? Kalachandji's most certainly will, culinarily and perhaps spiritually! The restaurant is located inside a beautiful Hare Krishna temple where the atmosphere is palpably positive due to the space and the staff. The food is prepared with consistently fresh ingredients, and while the dishes may not be unique, this experience definitely is!
- Meadows Museum - Located on the SMU campus, this 66,000 sq ft museum opened in 2001 and features one of the most thorough collections of Spanish art in the world. Free admission on Thursdays after 5:00 p.m. allows you to see works from the likes of Goya, El Greco and Murillo.
- Caruth Park - Quaint and cozy, Caruth Park is a reprieve from the more popular and populous Katy Trail. Hone your game on its two tennis courts and let the kiddos run wild on the playground. A very solid choice for a romantic walk as well!
- George W. Bush Presidential Center - This facility houses the GWB Library and Museum. Check out official records from the president's term, including millions of photos and emails. Interactive centers allow you to examine the president's decisions on controversial issues such as Hurricane Katrina and the Iraq War. Even sit in a replica of Bush's oval office!
- Lakeside Park - A natural escape in the heart of Dallas! Lakeside Park has 14 acres of professionally maintained grounds perfect for a picnic, a stroll, a run, or whatever else you want to do free from the constraints of city life. You will even find some unique art work here - granite teddy bear sculptures! A beautiful park in a beautiful neighborhood.