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Chic and Sweet: Mother-Daughter Dallas Trip Recommendations

Mothering Teens and Tweens

A reader recently reached out asking for ideas of fun things to do in Dallas with her tween daughter for a mother-daughter trip. Of course there are many things so we decided to put in a post in case other readers are coming to The Big “D” anytime soon. With fantastic shopping, delicious dining, and unique attractions, there’s something for everyone to enjoy but especially tween and teen girls. Whether you are coming for a weekend, a day trip or just passing through, we hope this DoSayGive Dallas guide will make your trip memorable!

Morning: Shopping Spree at NorthPark Center

Start your day with a shopping adventure at NorthPark Center. This upscale mall offers an impressive range of stores that will appeal to both moms and daughters. From trendy boutiques to classic retailers, there’s something for every style.

Must-Visit Stores: Browse the latest collections at Free People, Urban Outfitters, Zara, Aritzia, American Eagle, Lululemon, Abercrombie, Anthropologie, Golden Goose, Alo Yoga, and Nordstrom.

Lunch Spot: Head to the Neiman Marcus Cafe on the first floor of Neiman’s by the beauty area. The cafe doesn’t take reservations, so arrive early to avoid the rush. Don’t miss their famous popovers and soups— a true Dallas experience!

Afternoon: Explore Highland Park Village

After lunch, make your way to Highland Park Village, a chic shopping district with a variety of high-end stores and Mi Cocina restaurant.

Sweet Treat: Enjoy an afternoon dessert at Bird Bakery. Their cupcakes and cookies are a delight.

Shopping Highlight: If your daughter loves whimsical and feminine styles, stop by LoveShackFancy for a browse.

Cultural Stop: The Dallas Museum of Art

The Dallas Museum of Art is a must-see, especially with its impressive new impressionist exhibit. Best of all, admission is free! The museum is extensive, so focus on the exhibits that most interest you. Want to spend more time downtown? Hop on a trolley and see the sites, including Klyde Warren Park. 

Dining Option: There’s a Mi Cocina adjacent to Klyde Warren Park, perfect for a fun and relaxed meal after your museum visit.

Special Treat: Afternoon Tea at The Adolphus

For a special experience, enjoy afternoon tea in The French Room at The Adolphus downtown. Dress up and each other’s company in an exquisite setting.

Educational Stop: George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum offers an insightful glimpse into recent history. It’s an engaging way to spend the afternoon and they have a lovely restaurant on-site for a more upscale dining experience.

Scenic Drive: After your museum visit, take a drive through the picturesque Southern Methodist University (SMU) campus nearby and browse the Snider Plaza shopping area. 

More Shopping: Tween and Teen Girl Favorites!

Teen and tween girls want to know all the best shops, of course! Here are some of our favorites, broken down by area of town. 

  • Snider Plaza: A quaint area of University Park adjacent to SMU with a variety of unique stores. Don’t miss Dear Hannah (teens) and Dear Hannah Prep (tweens). Zest is a cute lunch spot and for moms don’t miss the new Sue Sartor store. Also check out The Impeccable Pig for teens and their new tween section. Locals often stop in J.D.’s Chippery for a vanilla diet coke and cookie snack or get yogurt from Plaza Health Foods. 
  • Lovers Lane: Just east of the tollway, offering cute boutiques for teens and adults! Check out Hemline, Buddylove, Adeline, Mine and a bit further down check out Cabana, Canary and Clover (latter for teen and young adults mostly). Moms would love to stop in Nicholson Hardie for home accessories. 
  • Inwood Village: Another great spot for boutique shopping off Lovers Lane. Check out Liz and Honey, St. Bernard, and a few other cute stores. This is where Rise No. 1 is located if you want to grab lunch. Mesero and Flower Child are also good dining options.
  • The Plaza at Preston Center: Muchacho is a great Mexican restaurant. Stop in Swoozie’s and some of the other cute stores. Don’t miss the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM for a fun and delicious treat!

Vintage Shopping: Teen Favorites!

For those who love vintage and high-end second-hand shopping, Dallas has some fantastic options:

Martini Consignment: Located in the Knox-Henderson area, this store is known for its curated collection of designer vintage clothing and accessories. It’s a treasure trove for fashion enthusiasts looking for unique pieces.

Dolly Python: Clothes are broken down into fashion eras which is fun! 

Genesis Benefit Thrift Store: You might just find a treasure!

Memorable Dining Experiences!

Rise No. 1 – Located in Inwood Village, it’s the perfect mother-daughter spot for lunch or dinner with their famous soufflés, marshmallow soup (trust us!) and desserts. 

Mi Cocina HP Village – A Dallas institution and great people watching. They don’t take reservations so go early or plan to walk around and enjoy the beautiful architecture and window shopping. 

XOXO – Known for its Instagram-worthy decor, teen girls love to snap pictures here. 

Restoration Hardware Rooftop – Another cute spot for photos – go for the atmosphere more than the food. 

Unique Activities:

  • Make Lipstick at Lip Lab: Create your own custom lipstick for a personal touch.
  • Dallas Farmers Market. Cute shops in and around!
  • Custom Cowboy Hat: Get a custom cowboy hat made at the Hat Bar at Fleastyle in Frisco (about 30 minutes north). Stop by Heirloom Haul afterward for lunch.

Final Thoughts

Whether you’re shopping, dining, or exploring cultural spots, you and your daughter are sure to create wonderful memories together. Let us know your recommendations below!


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