Highland Park Village
Highland Park Village was the nation’s only self-contained shopping center when it first opened in 1931, and, nearly seven decades later, it was designated as a National Historic Landmark. Today, the center’s elegant Spanish architecture is accented by sweeping door arches, red tile roofs, and an ornate fountain. The complex is an emporium luxury stores, including Stella McCartney, Christian Dior, Trina Turk, Arkis, Lela Rose, Ralph Lauren (the largest in Texas), Jimmy Choo (one of only two in the state), Christian Louboutin, Rag & Bone, Harry Winston (one of only eight in the country), and Chanel. (Coming soon are Alexander McQueen and Saint Laurent Paris.) Shoppers can also find specialty goods, like artisan cheese from Molto Formaggio, expertly composed floral arrangements from Avant Garden, and authentic Italian soaps from the LAFCO New York apothecary. Upscale seafood restaurant Cafe Pacific is a longtime favorite on the Park Cities dining scene, and the patio on Patrizio is a perfect perch for people watching on a nice day. Mi Cocina brings in the masses for Tex-Mex, but newer Village Marquee Grill and Bistro 31 spots offer finer dining and after hours, a social cocktail scene. The Village Theater, which closed in late 2009 for renovations, is now reopen for a family outing or date night.
A stroll through the gorgeous center is a must for fashion and architecture lovers—and those who wish to catch a glimpse of the Dallas elite. During the winter holiday season, the trees in HPV are lit up with dazzling white lights, and tours of the lights in the surrounding Highland Park neighborhood are available by horse-drawn carriage.