Having explored Houston, it was time to now explore Dallas. What fascinates me about every place I go to, and why I continuously love to explore, is finding local gems, touristy places that are worth going to, and understanding a city. I love Texas! The energy, the weather (hellllooo 65 degrees in January!!!), to the architecture, it is fascinating.
YOUR QUICK GUIDE TO DALLAS
Southern food is NO JOKE. Nothing was short of great.
- Royal Blue Grocery – peak at their produce, but stay for their pastries and coffee
- Merit Coffee – quaint coffee shop to grab a coffee to walk through Highland Park to house shop
- At Virgin Hotels – as if you were in an Austin Powers movie, the entire hotel’s décor was straight out of the 60s. A cute option in the Design District.
- Wayward Coffee – located on a side street in Bishop Arts, Wayward Coffee serves their coffee outside of a van with plenty of outside seating
- Khao Noodle Shop – voted best New Restaurant in Dallas, it sure did not disappoint. Order one of each from the plates and share an appetizer. You can’t go wrong with any of their noodle dishes! All of their plates are under $9, making it not only tasty but super affordable
- Flower Child – healthier options, and an interesting drink menu ranging from their well-known Sangria to Charcoal Lemonade, get the Teriyaki Shrimp Avocado bowl, SO good and I need to learn how to recreate it at home
- Taqueria La Ventana – good portions, and a local business, a bowl goes for less than $6, with margaritas costing you $3.75. They also have locations all over
- Paradiso – great outdoor seating, located in Bishop Arts. Did not get to go this trip, but on my list for next!
- Bread Winners Café – great brunch option with outdoor seating options, and an indoor/outdoor area. Get their Southern Benedict Bruch special and a cinnamon roll. SO good, SO Southern.
- The Rustic – live music and family style options in the West Village
- St. Rocco’s New York Italian – not the most amazing Italian food and there usually is a long wait (waited an hour and a half even with a reservation), but their rooftop has a nice view of Trinity Grove, the bridge, and Dallas’s skyline. I recommend going on the roof, grabbing a drink, and then eating at one of the many options nearby. The Chocolate Shop and Cake Bar are solid desert options in the Trinity Grove area.
- Emporium Pies – best pie I have ever had. Get a few and share. I recommend the Blue Steel (blueberry with lemon, cinnamon, and vanilla), Lord of the Pies (deep dish apple pie with cinnamon streusel), and the Drunken Nut (bourbon pecan with a shortbread crust)
- Desert Racer – make sure you go early to place your name down since the place fills up pretty quickly. Not only do they have motorcycles, and Cali-esque vibes inside, but they have swing chairs, ping pong tables, and plenty of outdoor seating outside
- HG Supply Co – down a few blocks from Desert Racer, their rooftop area has great views of downtown.
- Happiest Hour – fun bar option to go out, that also has a rooftop area. After talking to a bunch of locals (including my friend who lived there), this seems to be the go-to place to go out
- Explore the neighborhoods! Some favorites:
- West Village – a cute commercial area with food options, and staple retail chains, think J. Crew, Kendra Scott, etc.
- Bishop Arts – an up and coming area with the most adorable shops – make sure to pop into the Boulangerie, and pick up a slice of pie at the Emporium when you are in the neighborhood! Think candle shops, book stores, and thrift stores.
- Highland Park Village– more higher end options, such as Cartier and Goyard, but they have an Anthropologie and some food choices as well. Make sure to drive through the neighborhood and look at all the beautiful homes, all with varying architectural designs.
- Warren Park in Greenville – a park that provides daily programming ranging from yoga, to lecture series, to outdoor concerts and films
- Dallas Farmers Market – a smorgasborg of many different options, there is something for everyone here – from BBQ, to tacos, even to bone broth
- Head to a Rooftop – Some good options are the Statler, STIRR, and Waterproof. The Statler at sunset offers a beautiful view of Downtown, and in the winter they had cute igloos!
- Visit a Museum – the JFK and GW Presidential Library are . Dallas’s modern art scene is also pretty big, with modern art decorating the front of people’s lawns
- Surfset City – a surfboard on land! Using your body weight, hand weights during a portion, and a sand bag, the class comprised of multiple HIIT circuits. On ClassPass!
- Pilates by Nature – signed up for this class but they endeed up canceling the night before,
- Cauldfield’s Dance Fitness – such an upbeat, fun, follow along dance class which lets you let loose. On ClassPass!
- Treat Yourself
- Verbena Parlor – a café/nail spa, they offer an elevated experience to the typical mani/pedi. Fun to treat yourself on vacation!