Dallas’ reputation as a shopping mecca isn’t without merit, but major malls often come with headaches: scarce parking, never-ending floor plans, and gaggles of contemptuous teens. Since 1949, Inwood Village has provided a retail experience with a slightly different feel. While the shopping selection isn’t as far-reaching as, say, NorthPark Center or Galleria Dallas, Inwood Village does offer a blend of fashion, from chains like The Gap and White House Black/Market to exclusive boutiques such as Rich Hippie, Turtletique, and Haute Baby. Best of all, you can usually snag a parking spot right out front. Specialty stores range from home furnishings to spas and salons, as well as spots with coffee and chocolate—Paper & Chocolate sells yummy truffles from Hico, Texas-based Wiseman Chocolates—for a late afternoon pick-me-up. If you’re completely famished, join the ladies who lunch at Rise No. 1, or pick up a fantastic sandwich on fresh-baked bread at Best of Big D award-winning Empire Bakery. The Inwood Theater, a recently refurbished movie theater with a vintage neon marquee, shows blockbusters and independent films in its three screens. Afterward, sip a martini in the The Lounge at the Inwood Theater, a longtime favorite of the locals.