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.

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Shop in style at Forty Five Ten (Wade Griffith) Shop in style at Forty Five Ten (Wade Griffith)
Hanoi Fudge on sale at Dude, Sweet Chocolate Hanoi Fudge on sale at Dude, Sweet Chocolate
Haute cuisine creations are unveiled at the Mansion Restaurant Haute cuisine creations are unveiled at the Mansion Restaurant
Relax and unwind with a signature treatment at The Spa at the Crescent Relax and unwind with a signature treatment at The Spa at the Crescent

Emporium that treats customers like royalty

Fit in a little more shopping (after all, this is how Dallas gets its cardio) by meandering over to Stanley Korshak, also in the Crescent. This is a city institution, a specialty emporium that treats customers like royalty and offers the kind of couture that ensures that you’ll stand out, even on the competitive Dallas circuit. For something a little more indie, head across the Trinity River to Oak Cliff and the Bishop Arts District, a neighbourhood booming with chic little shops and galleries.

Stop into Indigo 1745 to pick up your own cowboy outfit – perfect-fitting jeans from a great selection of premium brands, leather boots, and modern spins on the classic button-down. Properly attired for Texas, walk around the corner to Society, owned by local interior design team Jackson Vaughn. They do their own line of beautifully packaged and scented candles as well as other home wares and gifts that run the gamut from cute to downright luxurious.

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”

Deep Ellum is a Dallas neighbourhood that’s looming large on the city’s dining scene, with an increasing number of destination restaurants. One of the best of these, Pecan Lodge, does Texas BBQ the way it was meant to be done – wood smoke, homemade mac and cheese, and an emphasis on local ingredients and making everything possible in house. This is where you undo your (oversized) belt buckle and indulge, Texas-style. Order the brisket, beef or pork ribs, and pulled pork by the half-pound, add sides of fried okra and collard greens, and save room for Aunt Polly’s Banana Pudding for dessert.

Roll out the door of Pecan Lodge and around the block for a nightcap at Truth & Alibi, an elegant cocktail lounge hidden behind the façade of a sweet shop. It’s slightly tricky to get in – you have to get the latest password from their Facebook page and press the buzzer when you arrive, speakeasy-style. Inside it’s all velvet sofas and white leather benches, red-and-gold wallpaper and seductive lighting. Settle into a cosy corner with a Tax Evasion (Glenmorangie single malt, yellow chartreuse, elderflower liqueur and orange bitters) before hitting the (usually packed) dance floor.

This is where you undo your (oversized) belt buckle and indulge, Texas-style
  • Mansion Restaurant

    Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek®
    2821 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas
    TX 75219, United States
    Tel.: +1 214 443 4747
    Visit the Mansion Restaurant website
  • Forty Five Ten

    4510 McKinney Ave., Dallas
    Tel.: +1 214 559 4510
    Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Monday to Saturday).
    Visit the Forty Five Ten website
  • Bullzerk

    1909 Greenville Ave., Dallas
    Tel.: +1 972 677 7705
    Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Monday to Saturday), 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Sundays)
    Visit the Bullzerk website
  • Dude, Sweet Chocolate

    408 W. 8th St., Ste. #102, Dallas
    Tel.: +1 214 943 5943
    Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Sunday and Monday), 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Tuesday to Thursday), 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
    Visit the Dude, Sweet Chocolate website
  • Stampede 66

    1717 McKinney Ave., Ste. 100, Dallas
    Tel.: +1 214 550 6966
    Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Monday to Friday), 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Monday to Wednesday), 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. (Thursday to Saturday), 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Sundays).
    Visit the Stampede 66 website
  • The Spa at the Crescent

    400 Crescent Court, Dallas
    Tel.: +1 214 871 3232
    Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Monday to Thursday), 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Fridays), 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Saturdays), 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Sundays).
    Visit the The Spa at the Crescent website
  • Stanley Korshak

    500 Crescent Court, Dallas
    Tel.: +1 214 871 3600
    500 Crescent Court, Dallas. Tel.: +1 214 871 3600. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Monday to Saturday)
    Visit the Stanley Korshak website
  • Indigo 1745

    370 W. 7th St., Dallas
    Tel.: +1 214 948 1745
    Hours: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m (Monday), 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Tuesday and Wednesday), 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Thursday), 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Friday and Saturday), 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Sunday)
    Visit the Indigo 1745 website
  • Society

    403 N. Bishop Ave
    Tel.: +1 214 942 4600
    Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Tuesday and Wednesday), 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Thursday to Saturday), 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sundays)
    Visit the Society website
  • Pecan Lodge

    2702 Main St., Dallas
    Tel.: +1 214 748 8900
    Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Tuesday to Thursday), 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Friday and Saturday), 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Sundays)
    Visit the Pecan Lodge website
  • Truth & Alibi

    2618 Elm St., Dallas
    Tel.: +1 469 417 9660
    Hours: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Thursday to Saturday)
    Visit the Truth & Alibi website