As you know, Dallas is home for me. I love this city so much I wanted to pull together a guide to spark your wanderlust to come see Dallas in 2019! 

Where to stay:

I love a good boutique hotel, and The Joule is no exception. Nestled in the heart of downtown Dallas, The Joule, has everything you could ever ask for: a luxury pool and spa, a handful of trendy restaurants and bars, and a host of niche shops. Downtown can be a bit sparse on the weekends, so if you’re visiting on the weekend, you’ll want to hit up the adjacent neighborhoods! 

Other amazing hotels options are: Hotel ZaZa and The Adolphus Autograph Collection.

Where to eat:

Breakfast/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), Fiction, Houndstooth, Halcyon, and Drip Coffee Co.

Lunch/Snacks: TavernaWheelhouse (for modern gastropub fare; Design District), El Bolero (for Mexican; Design District), Super Chix, Tribal, Common Table, Flower Child, Mudhen, Sasetta, Grayson Social. 

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). 

Where to shop:

If you’re in the mood for outdoor shopping, head to Highland Park Village. Drop by favorites like Céline, Fendi, and Hermés, and all the other luxury shops. 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).     

Where to 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. 

Where to grab drinks & enjoy happy hour:

Leelas Wine bar, Leelas Wine Bar, SixtyVines, rooftop of HG Supply Co., Statler Hotel, Jewel Hotel, Alice, Shoals Sound & Service, Hide, Tipsy Alchemist

Where to sweat it out: For a local studio experience try out Zyn22 or Beyond Studio. When it doubt it’s always a great bet to go with a classic Barry’s Bootcamp or SoulCycle.