It’s tempting to dismiss Dallas as a city of big hats, bigger hair and too much barbecue, but that would be a shame. Dallas is coming into its own, with a dining scene that’s receiving national attention and a stellar shopping circuit that’s getting more eclectic and fun by the day. Dive deep into “the Big D” for a peek at the city’s particular brand of Texas cool – you’ll be surprised at what you find. Here’s how to do Dallas in a day.
Start your day at the Mansion Restaurant that serves a wonderful breakfast and a very popular weekend brunch. The restaurant, at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek®, is something of a Dallas institution and very popular with the locals. Weather permitting, the restaurant also has a wonderful outdoor terrace so you could enjoy breakfast al fresco under a canopy of oak trees. Fully fortified, head southeast to one of Dallas’s myriad excellent shopping experiences, Forty Five Ten. This beautiful concept store by Dallas legend Brian Bolke regularly draws celebrities for its trunk shows and exquisitely curated collection of labels like Aesop, Azzedine Alaia and Jil Sander.
From here, move to the increasingly funky Lower Greenville neighbourhood to pick up a few Dallas souvenirs at the brand new Bullzerk. Owner Dan Bradley sells cheerful, American-made t-shirts with Dallas-related slogans, like “I lived on Greenville before it was cool” and “Keep Dallas Big”. Grab a couple for friends, then stop into Dude, Sweet Chocolate just up the block. Artesian chocolatier Katherine Clapner invents new flavours of chocolate every season. If it’s in stock, buy some Hanoi fudge, made with caramelised condensed milk and Ethiopian coffee to nibble on as you stroll around Greenville’s vintage shops and record stores.
Bronze Cowboy at Pioneer Plaza
Go full-on Dallas for lunch at Stampede 66 in Uptown, a high-end Western restaurant helmed by James Beard Award winner and fifth-generation Texan Stephan Pyles. This rustic chic dining room of wood and leather is the perfect place to sample modern Texan cuisine, like the blackened fish BLT with ancho tartar sauce, or the chicken-fried steak with chorizo gravy. After a meal like this, treat yourself to an hour lying down at The Spa at the Crescent, 22,000 square feet of decadence at the Rosewood Crescent. Opt for the expertly administered 50-minute Swedish massage, which is performed on a quartz therapy table designed to promote intense relaxation, and which will leave you feeling ready for anything.