Coffee, Dessert and Bakeries
BIRD BAKERY— This San Antonio-based, made-fromscratch café and bakery in Highland Park Village offers a healthy menu of sandwiches and salads so you can save room for dessert; its plethora of cupcakes and sweet treats are just as pretty as they are delicious. www.birdbakery.com. 7A Highland Park Village, Preston Road at Mockingbird Lane, Dallas.
CAFÉ STRADA— A charming café seemingly picked right off of an Italian sidewalk, Café Strada serves up handmade gelato, panini, lattés and more. Located near the Joule Hotel, it’s the perfect place for a quick pick-me-up, coffee run or lunch on-the-go. It’s also ideal for people-watching and relaxing on the patio. 1520 Elm St., Ste. 107, 214.202.6485.
EMPORIUM PIES— The charming Bishop Arts District pie purveyor (with a sister location in McKinney) is known for cult classics like “Lord of the Pies” (the king of apple pie) and the salty-meets-sweet Smooth Operator, but there’s almost always something new in the oven depending on the season. Multiple locations. www.emporiumpies.com.
OPENING BELL COFFEE— To call Opening Bell Coffee “just a coffee shop” would be selling it short. The hip gathering place in the basement of the historic Sears Roebuck building is part coffee shop, part restaurant, part wine bar and part event venue, with live music providing the soundtrack almost daily. www.openingbellcoffee.com. 1409 S. Lamar St., 214.565.0383.