Let’s chat about Dallas, TX – or rather our forced-spontaneous exploration of the city. Dallas is known for a lot – they host the Texas State Fair there, there was an entire show named after the city, Andy Cohen finally put a group of Real Housewives on TV and it’s one of the biggest cities in the United States. Dallas has a wealth of entertainment, food and social options – all of which we were lucky to explore when Bulladora Music Experience was cancelled due to severe weather the day before we headed up north for the weekend. I’m going to throw some low-key shade at the city of Dallas super quick – Patricio takes no responsibility for these statements – But sometimes it’s okay to hold off on decisions, especially when they involve the weather – Because it was 90 and sunny All. Weekend. Long.
This list is comprised of some great things to do, places to eat and fun to have next time you’re in the 214, but trust us when we say --- there are so many things we missed only being there for 36 hours. No need to worry about trying to find all of these fun places while trying to navigate the Dallas Highways, we've added the locations for every place we visited.
When things don’t go your way, explore.
Let’s start with how to stay in Dallas. We decided to explore Airbnb for the first time and intentionally chose a studio by the park Bulladora was, that way we could skip on over each morning. We chose a charming studio for two nights and took the gamble. We were lucky to find not only a charming building with the loveliest residents, but a dream of a room. Newly renovated, with the most unique touches our Airbnb felt cozy but also like home for two days. The building was right down the street from most of what we explored in the city, and nothing was more than a fifteen-minute drive. You can find our Airbnb here – But if this is unavailable, Dallas has many other wonderful Airbnbs available and we are now huge fans.
Most of our Instagram friends suggested we explore the Deep Ellum district for dinner, drinks and any other debauchery we were feeling (Debauchery was intentional, because some stuff goes down after 10pm). We narrowed down to Cane Rosso for the delicious pictures of Pizza – but we have too much to say and you’ll have to wait to our full post to read about the marmalade that changed our lives.
The Deep Ellum is one of the epicenters of the city – it hosts a wide demographic of businesses, most of which are unique restaurants, breweries and coffee houses where the patrons are just as varying as the many murals (42 to be exact) that coat the walls of these blocks. If you’ve never been think if 6th street and the Pearl Brewery had a baby mixed with the myriad of options in NYC. Morning, afternoon or night – there is for sure a place for you.
Our eats ranged for the next few days – We ate breakfast at Local Press the next day. We’re still upset that if we want their fresh juice and amazing toasts we have to travel 5 hours North. Also, they had a Nitro Cold Brew that Patricio is still craving. The interior and exterior were minimal and clean with a little bit of whimsy (which is probably why we both felt at home inside this sweet shop). Don’t worry – we’re doing a full feature on this one, too. If you're feeling more of a coffee house vibe, Davis Street Espresso is your place. Warm, with masculine details, this is one of the most unique (and delicious) coffee shops we've been. And why sit at the usual counter at your local shop when you can sit on an old school bus?
Do yourself a favor and stop by the Sprinkles ATM when you’re craving something sweet. I had always seen pictures on Instagram of these confectionary dispensaries but never realized how satisfying cupcakes coming out of an ATM would be. And it was. Go with the sprinkles and the Keylime – you won’t be disappointed.
SET & CO
Want to shop till you drop? I’m sorry that I just used that sentence, but I don’t think I’ve ever felt exhausted from shopping in my life. If you’ve ever wanted to go to a store, any store, it’s probably at one of Dallas’ malls. Between the Galleria and North Park and even Park North you’re set for all your needs. When you want to shop local, Dallas is home to small boutiques – Set & Co being on of the most irresistible shop full of home wares, paper goods and miscellaneous knacks.
When you want to experience the culture Dallas has to offer you have a few places to choose from. After seeing the brightly colored, life-sized polar bears scouring Instagram we immediately wanted to go to Dallas Contemporary. This tiny museum hosted three amazing artists and is completely run on contributions. I’ve never been to a museum so open and it’s truly an experience where you are allowed to roam at your discretion and take in the art. We must have been in the learning mood because the Perot Museum of Science was our last stop in Dallas. This modern museum takes some of the newest technology to divulge the inner workings of the past, present and future. A museum where you can experience to-scale dinosaurs, the details of the tiniest cells in your body and the effects of an earthquake (Seriously – simulated earthquakes) is a must-see.
PEROT MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE
PEROT MUSEUM OF
NATURE AND SCIENCE
Here’s the deal - This isn’t the full list of everything you can do in Dallas. It’s an amazingly big, thriving city full of delicious eats, fun hangouts and enticing experiences. For a weekend that could have been disappointing, we revamped and had a spontaneous weekend full of surprises. PSA though – If anyone knows Andy Cohen, let him know we’re more than willing to pack up and join season two of #RHOD.