I’m always getting questions about things to do in Dallas, so I wanted to share some of my go to spots while it’s fresh on my mind from this weekend. I lived in Dallas for 8 wonderful years, and I can’t imagine spending my 20’s anywhere else. I am still drawn to the excitement and buzz of big city life, and I really miss the energy and culture. Even more so, I miss the people! Texans are some of the nicest people on the planet, and I lucked up with the best group of friends a girl could ask for. Being reunited with them this weekend put me on Cloud 9 and I felt like my heart might explode. Dallas has amazing shopping, incredible restaurants, and it is booming with business growth, art museums and sports. There really is something for everyone in the Big D!
Magnolias is hands down the cutest coffee shop in Dallas! Y’all that is an elderflower lavender rose latte. Talk about a flavor explosion! I can’t stop thinking about it, and need to try to figure out how to recreate this magic concoction at home. This charming café offers artisanal coffees, delectable breakfast and fresh sandwiches and salads, as well as an array of everyday essentials, unique gifts and quirky cards. Its French inspiration is carried throughout the design and look of the café. Magnolias: Sous Le Pont, meaning “Under the Bridge” in French, is located under the bridge in the Harwood District.
Easily my favorite place to spend a day in Dallas. This was one always one of my favorite hangouts when I lived there, and I like to pop in every time I go back to visit. Highland Park Village is a fabulous outdoor shopping area with upscale shopping and amazing restaurants. It is home to Draper James (my favorite store EVER), Bird Bakery (cutest bakery – everything is made on site from scratch), Tory Burch, Anthropologie, and Mi Cocina (my favorite Mexican restaurant in the WORLD).
When I lived in Dallas, I ate Tex Mex 3 times a week (at least). When we moved to St. Pete, I was shocked at the lack of Mexican restaurants (there are so few it makes me sad). Dallas has the best Mexican restaurants everywhere you look, and I miss it so much! When I landed at Love Field last week, the first stop I made was to my favorite Mexican restaurant, Mi Cocina. I’m drooling just thinking about it now! They have the best margaritas, and the infamous “Mambi Taxi” that everyone loves. You can’t go to Dallas without eating here. Trust me.
In case you haven’t heard, this is Reese Witherspoon’s brain child that became the cutest boutique in the WORLD. FOREVER. I’m seriously obsessed – I went when they first opened, and I go back every time I visit. I even hosted a party there the last time I visited in July. You can check it out here! In addition to having all the prettiest clothing, home décor, and accessories they also have the sweetest staff AND they serve sweet tea while you shop. It makes you want to move right in!
I could go on and on all day because Dallas is booming with fun things to do no matter your interests – Take a tour at Cowboys Stadium, shop until you drop at one of the many fabulous shopping centers (Northpark Mall/The Galleria/West Village/Snyder Plaza/Inwood Village/Preston Center/Highland Park – I’m telling you Dallas has ridiculously amazing shopping but I digress..) check out the latest exhibits and museums downtown, or eat & drink your way through the city. You really can’t go wrong… Dallas has something for everyone!
More of my favorite hot spots:
Flower Child – Super fun (and often packed out the door lunch spot on Lovers Lane)
Jose (upscale Mexican on Lovers Lane)
Dolce Riviera (uptown area in the Harwood district – Cute Draper James vibes. Delish Italian food & great wine list)
Breadwinners Uptown location – Super fun & trendy brunch spot
Sissy’s – Best upscale southern food on Knox Henderson
Ida Claire – In Addison but worth the drive. The CUTEST little lunch spot! Did I mention they have an airstream outside that you can dine in?!
Javier’s – The best upscale Mexican establishment in Dallas
Bistro 31 – Fun for girls night & drinks in Highland Park Village
Meddlesome Moth – Funky spot in the Design District. Eclectic art and fun drinks.
Trinity Groves – Just across the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge explore an amazing selection of restaurants and retail shops.
The Rustic AND/OR Katy Trail Ice House – super cool hot spots you & your man will BOTH love. Very Texas – y 🙂
Where to Stay:
Hotel Zaza – One of my favorite hotels of all time! They are located in the heart of Uptown, just down the street from where I used to live. This is a beautiful boutique hotel with a fun pool and a super hip restaurant. You cannot beat the location – Walk to tons of fun restaurants and bars along McKinney Avenue!
Hotel Crescent Court – The Crescent is a gorgeous large hotel also located in Uptown. It is grand and ornate, just how I like them! They have a fabulous rooftop pool and awesome shopping in walking distance next door.
The Joule – The super modern and swanky hotel is located downtown close to the original Neiman Marcus! The décor is amazing, and you cannot beat their rooftop pool and views! Make sure to visit the spa and their amazing restaurant!