I absolutely love everything about Dallas. Although I was not born here, I've been a Dallas resident for 4 years, with absolutely no plans of ever leaving! I thought a great idea for a blog post would be to show you exactly how I would spend a perfect day, a full 24 hours, in Dallas, Texas. Here are the best things I would do in Dallas if I had no plans and 24 blissful hours off of work.
8 AM: But First, Coffee
No great morning ever started without a little caffeine. Grab a latte, cold brew or fresh juice flight from one of my favorite coffee shops, Local Press + Brew.
10AM: BRUNCH, please!
Asking where to have brunch in the Big D is a loaded question, but I'm going to attempt to pick a favorite. While most of my friends would direct you to Jonathon's for the chicken and waffles, I'd send you to Smoke, which is located just down the street from where you just finished coffee. Don't even bother looking at a menu, order the Cornbread Brisket Hash.
11AM: Walk Off Some Calories
For convenience, I'll keep you in the same neighborhood as coffee and brunch. Drive on over to Bishop Arts District where you'll find an array of boutiques, succulent shops, furniture stores and some great Dallas trinkets you won't be able to live without.
12:30PM: Head To The Dallas Farmer's Market
The Farmers Market has been totally revamped and is so much more than JUST a local market. You've got shops, sweets, drinks, flowers and, I kid you not, some of the best restaurants in Dallas. Even though the market is downtown, you'll find that parking is actually quite abundant and free. Since you're probably not hungry just yet, I say just do a leisurely stroll through the market, then through the gorgeous plants at Ruibals Plants of Texas.
1:30PM: Light Food Truck Lunch at Klyde Warren Park
Klyde Warren Park is one of my favorite spots in Dallas. This downtown park, which is actually located above a major highway has something for literally everyone. There's a dog park, a shooting fountain for the kiddos to play in, cold beer served for the adults, lawn games and food trucks. I suggest grabbing a cold beer, some grub from one of the trucks and grab a seat at one of their iconic green tables.
3PM: Stroll the Dallas Museum of Art
I couldn't believe it when I first discovered that the Dallas Museum of Art was FREE! I was so pumped. Plus, even better, it's very, very well air conditioned. Get out of the Texas sun for a couple hours and view work from some of the world's most famous artists.
5PM: Take the Pups to Mutts
If you're lucky enough to have gotten to travel to Dallas with your fur babies, bring them to my favorite watering hole, Mutts. Mutts is a full-service dog park that offers food, drinks and unlimited water bowl refills. If you get there at 5pm, you'll be there for their yappy hour, and I highly recommend their frozen margarita!
6:30PM: Take the pups home, get showered up for a night out
I'm sending you off to Deep Ellum for the rest of the night. Deep Ellum is my favorite neighborhood and anything you want to wear is A OK! Get totally glammed up or throw on jeans and a tshirt. You'll fit in no matter what you're wearing.
8PM: Magic Hour Mural Hunt
Now that you've showered from the long day, let's take some photos. There are a ton of spots to take a picture in Deep Ellum.... well, 42 if you want to get specific. Last year, a new project called 42 Murals was lunched which brought 42 new beautiful pieces of street art to Deep Ellum. My favorite, shown below, is located behind Pecan Lodge.
9PM: Dinner at Serious Pizza
Most people would send you to Pecan Lodge for BBQ, and while yes that's a great choice, I'm just really not into standing in line for 2 hours outside in Texas. Instead, grab the biggest and best pizza of your life at Serious Pizza on Elm Street. FOR SERIOUS... this place will rock your world.
10:30PM: Have a Nightcap at High and Tight Barbershop
Yes, you read that right, I'm sending you to a barbershop at 10:30pm. Aside from men's haircuts, High and Tight Barbershop also has a secret vintage, hand-crafted cocktail bar with live music located way in the back!
Now just add in the Cowboys, Mavs, Stars and Rangers, and that would be a pretty solid list of things that I love about living in Dallas!