I went to Texas. I did some things. Here’s what you should do if you have 48 hours in the great, big city of Dallas.
I love a good boutique hotel, and The Joule is no exception. Nestled in the heart of downtown Dallas, this gem, er, jewel, has everything you could ever ask for: a luxury pool and spa (see the treatment menu here), a handful of trendy restaurants and bars, and a host of niche shops, including a Taschen Library filled with the publisher’s most beautiful coffee table tomes. Just a heads up: the downtown area is a bit sparse on the weekends, as the usual working population is not around. You’ll want to hit up many of the downtown’s adjacent neighborhoods, anyway, so this isn’t a deal breaker (IMO).
Another amazing option if The Joule is booked: Hotel ZaZa.
Breakfast/Brunch/Coffee: CDB Provisions (for modern southern comfort and brunch classics; Downtown at The Joule), Nekter Juice Bar (for gigantic, delicious açaí bowls; near SMU), The Juice Bar (for juice and açaí bowls while you shop; Highland Park), Toasted (for coffee and toast with toppings; Knox/Henderson), Local Press + Brew (for coffee and Instagram shots; Kessler), Halcyon (for coffee and brunch; Lower Greenville).
Lunch/Snacks: Taverna (to see and be seen…while eating Italian; Knox/Henderson), Wheelhouse (for modern gastropub fare; Design District), El Bolero (for Mexican; Design District), Super Chix (for fried chicken; Addison).
Dinner: Americano (for trendy Italian American; Downtown at The Joule), Pecan Lodge (for BBQ; Deep Ellum), HG Sply Co. (for healthy dishes in a fun setting; Knox/Henderson), Sassetta (for modern Italian; Uptown), Feed Company (for refined southern comfort; Lower Greenville).
Shopping: If you’re in the mood for outdoor shopping, head to Highland Park Village. Drop by favorites like Céline, Fendi, and Hermés, and grab some food to recharge at Mi Cocina. If you’re more of the air-conditioner-power-shopper type, NorthPark Center is the place for you. The mall not only has an impressive register of stores, but also a host of incredible art installations throughout its chic, concrete halls. For more of a boutique vibe, head to V.O.D (Downtown), Ylang 23 (University Park), Studio Sebastian (University Park), Grange Hall (Knox-Henderson), and Tenoversix (in The Joule, Downtown).
Explore: Check out one of Dallas’s trendy farmers markets if you’re into food, taking pictures of food, and, um, food. Whether you hit up The Market Shops, which are open 7 days a week, or The Shed, which is open Friday-Sunday, you can’t go wrong. Another great daytime destination in Dallas is Deep Ellum. Lined with niche shops and local-approved restaurants, this quaint part of town has something for everyone, from cute succulents, to beer gardens, to pie shops, and good, old fashioned barbecue. Also check out: the Knox-Henderson area, where little gems like Outdoor Voices and Forty Five Ten live, along with a handful of trendy home décor shops.
Drink: Even though I don’t drink, I still have a preeeetty good eye for fun spots to throw a couple back. The rooftop of HG Sply Co. is definitely one of those spots. Evidence for this opinion is: fresh, fun cocktails, outdoor games, and super-fast service. It’s LIT, as the kids would say. Other recommended spots include: The Quarter Bar (Uptown), Soda Bar (at the Nylo Hotel in The Cedars), and Truck Yard (Knox-Henderson).
Workout: For diehard fans, fret not; you can still tap it back at UPTN or PRST. For those looking to branch out, Session Pilates has a beautiful, light-filled studio in Knox-Henderson. Michelle Obama arms. Need I say more? And, if you really want to broaden your fitness horizons, try City Surf at either the Uptown or Deep Ellum location.
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