In and around the Galleria Dallas
Collected by Farah Fleurima , AFAR Local Expert
The finest activities in and around the North Dallas mega-mall.
13350 Dallas Pkwy #200, Dallas, TX 75240, USA
Whether you're trying to beat the North Texas heat, or stir up some of your own, this skating rink right in the heart of the mega mall is ideal for making new memories. Window-shop, grab a bite to eat, and then hit the ice for a few spins—just...
13340 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75240, USA
Tucked away in its eponymous location inside the Westin Galleria Dallas, this restaurant is a sleek, sexy retreat. The kitchen is putting an elegant, global spin on American cuisine favorites, turning out lovely plates like a pancetta-laced...
5959 Royal Ln #707, Dallas, TX 75230, USA
Lauded for its outstanding desserts and for being one of Dallas' new, hip restaurants, this Italian-food source quickly developed a loyal following of diners. And why not? Between Princi's robust brunch, lunch, and dinner menus, the ambience at...
1717 N Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75201, USA
On the third Friday of each month, something magical happens at the DMA: art-lovers are welcome to stay and stroll well past its usual closing time. Special programming, ranging from lectures to musical and dance performances reign, as the museum...
167 Turtle Creek Blvd #103, Dallas, TX 75207, USA
Situated in the rising Design District area, Bowlounge lifted parts of a defunct East Texas bowling alley and brought them to Dallas for a legion of new bowling fans. Be warned, the electronic scoring system has its quirks, but it's definitely...
5100 Belt Line Rd #410, Addison, TX 75254, USA
With an expansive, welcoming outdoor space, Social House Addison has made for a brilliant addition to the Village on the Parkway complex. Its menu of from-scratch fare brings the young, hot, professional regulars in droves—shrimp and grits and the...
4123 Cedar Springs Rd #110, Dallas, TX 75219, USA
(note: Cedar Grove restaurant is formally known as Dish) Dish made a veritable splash upon entering Dallas' dining scene in 2009, and the fact that it's remained a culinary bright spot since is a testament to its fantastic reinventions. The...
1617 Hi Line Dr, Dallas, TX 75207, USA
In its modern, warm wood-accented digs with retro design touches, FT33 serves up the most talked-about dishes in Dallas. Executive chef Matt McCallister's profile has grown immensely on the strength of his hugely creative farm-to-table menu,...
11909 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75230, USA
Firing up an array of pizzas in an 800-degree wood-burning oven from Naples, Dough set San Antonio ablaze before opening a lively offshoot in Dallas. As members of the Slow Food movement, Dough's owners put a lot of care into their pies—we're...
100 S Central Expy #14, Richardson, TX 75080, USA
At last, the zany theatrical fun movie geeks used to drive to Austin for has landed in Richardson. Alamo Drafthouse, while a predominantly first-run-film-showing kind of place, is famed for its quirky, offbeat repertory programming. Think comedy...
3805 Belt Line Rd, Addison, TX 75001, USA
Inside this low-lit, neon-accented scene, you might feel like you're at a popular nightclub—until you spy your shoes. Bowlmor (formerly known as 300) gives bowling a clubby spin with music, tons of sexy atmosphere, and a boisterous ambience that...
13953 C F Hawn Fwy, Dallas, TX 75253, USA
That's right—during their adult skate events that roll into the wee hours, guests are allowed to bring their own libations, which makes for some interesting parties in the cafe-type corner where kids congregate in the day. Bring some alcohol, some...
14930 Midway Rd, Addison, TX 75001, USA
How Euro does The Londoner get? Not only is there a nice lineup of international beers on tap, but you can sate an English food jones with a substantial selection of pub plates: bangers and mash, fish and chips, shepherd's pie. Also, European...
14833 Midway Rd #100, Addison, TX 75001, USA
Tucked into an otherwise unremarkable shopping strip, Thai Star is anything but. With sublime iterations of Thai favorites, this tiny restaurant packs the house regularly. Not only do standouts like whole fried fish and pad thai tempt the taste...
13270 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75240, USA
Malls don't usually come to mind when diners are seeking out fine-dining establishments, but the Dallas Galleria's upscale steakhouse should boost perceptions of shopping-adjacent restaurants. If jumbo lump crab cakes, top-notch cuts of USDA prime...
5750 E Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX 75206, USA
Central Market has a knack for making food fun and approachable, and their cooking school takes no less of an enjoyable approach. Every month, they schedule unique classes, with names like 'Beef University,' that cover topics ranging from beer and...
246 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208, USA
A cornucopia of oenological learning, this Design District wine retailer/bar/venue offers a sweet location to host parties, drop in and sip some wines, or take a wine class or two. The Poste's frequent offerings include classes in cheese pairing...
6150 Frankford Rd, Dallas, TX 75252, USA
Whether you land for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you'll find it hard to leave this North Dallas haunt. If the cozy, relaxed coffeehouse feel doesn't grab you, the delicious array of eats will. The airy, sunny patio space with a fireplace for...
5505 Belt Line Rd, Dallas, TX 75254, USA
A stalwart on the Dallas burger scene, Jakes Hamburgers entices would-be customers with flair. Exhibits A and B: the spicy grilled chicken sandwich, christened 'The Flaming Rooster,' and the jalapeño bacon burger, named the 'The Hot Cowboy.' Talk...
5100 Belt Line Rd #544, Dallas, TX 75254, USA
Lovers love Mercy Wine Bar. With a stellar selection of wines to choose from, as well as noshes of all sizes, food and vino lovers are covered. And with low-lit, intimate spaces throughout (sit upstairs for extra privacy), lovers who arrive...
1801 N Griffin St, Dallas, TX 75202, USA
More than just an aquatic paradise, this facility also features creatures that roam the land, making it a wonderland for kids and adults alike. Check out all manner of beasts and fowl from the Yucatan Peninsula in Mundo Maya, or meet penguins from...
8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218, USA
Chock full of seasonal activities, programs, and exhibits, the Arboretum is a popular stop for families or couples seeking a calming yet very cool date spot. Concerts in the Arboretum bring the finest arts performances to a grand lawn for guests...
3200 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75201, USA
Whether you're hiking or biking, Katy Trail is one of the supreme paved paths for getting your outdoor fitness on in Dallas. Winding its way through popular enclaves of downtown and uptown, it attracts athletes and outdoor enthusiasts of all...
13350 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75240, USA
When Texans think about shopping on a grand scale, they think of Galleria Dallas. The expansive, multi-level retail hub is shopaholic central, with more than 200 stores and restaurants ranging from budget-chic shop H&M to Nordstrom. Go for a spin...
7201 Bishop Rd E12, Plano, TX 75024, USA
Curated to reflect a West Coast sensibility, Blinc's clothes and jewelry invite shoppers to ride a (stylish) wave to California. Alice + Olivia, Talulah, and Jay Godfrey are among the contemporary designers' creations you'll find on the shelves at...
4439 Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX 75225, USA
Hemline, a New Orleans transplant, keeps its shelves and racks brimming with some of the sweetest, of-the-moment ladies apparel, at prices that won't break the bank. Among the designers you'll find here are style mavens Chan Lu, Trina Turk, Free...
1010 N Riverfront Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207, USA
It's easy to burn a day simply poring over the lovingly curated used treasures at Lula B's—there's just so much to see. Stroll through the aisles, leaving no corner unturned, and you can be rewarded with stylish, retro-fantastic pieces for your...
1916 N Haskell Ave, Dallas, TX 75204, USA
Dolly Python is a well-loved haunt for ladies and dudes who love to dress in the manner of a certain era. The vintage store stocks a lovingly selected assortment of blasts of the fashion past, including apparel, shoes and accessories for men and...
7401 Lone Star Dr b115, Plano, TX 75024, USA
When that patio party, or second (or third, or eighth) date looms, you want to give off an air of casual elegance, with a touch of fun. Am I right? Ella Bleu's cute dresses, fashion-forward tops, jeans, and trendy jewelry will have you looking...
13340 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75240, USA
This quietly haute hotel delivers a luxe experience, in the heart of North Dallas. Being attached to one of the area's biggest and best shopping showplaces sure doesn't hurt! Right at the "back door" of the hotel is the huge Galleria Dallas, where...
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