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Of all the places in the world, Dallas is the place I call home and know best. Check out my picks for the best places to eat, shop and explore in Dallas.
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4524 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75205, USA
Each time someone asks for a recommendation for where to find a friend a one of a kind gift, they are immediately sent to Nest. This home décor and accessory store located in the Knox-Henderson neighborhood is loaded with the most fabulous...
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3699 McKinney Ave Suite 312, Dallas, TX 75204, USA
Stop by this edgy shop in West Village to see unique designer collections you may not see anywhere else. Nicole Kwon carries a mix of menswear, women’s fashion and accessories. The accessories table in the entry of the store is always loaded with...
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1906 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206, USA
Being one of the few apparel shops on the north end of Henderson Avenue, Milk & Honey draws a good deal of attention. Its rustic-chic vibe and adorable fashions for women keep that attention, and makes fans out of gals searching for...
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408 W Eighth St #102, Dallas, TX 75208, USA
Born of an idea hatched in a Dallas dive bar, this brand has grown from a one-woman artisan chocolate outfit (with sweets made for private clients and peddled at farmers' markets) into a small kitchen/storefront in the Bishop Arts District to,...
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2928 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206, USA
The Gypsy Wagon is equal parts clothing store, gift shop and home accessories store. The Gypsy Wagon has one of the best greeting card selections in Dallas, with lots of cards boasting witty and snarky sayings to give your friends and family come...
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4620 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75205, USA
Located on the far north side of Dallas’ Knox-Henderson area, La Duni is known for its long list of Latin cocktails, including ultra fresh mojitos. If you are in the mood for a non-alcoholic beverage, they also have an extensive coffee menu and...
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2701 Custer Pkwy #917, Richardson, TX 75080, USA
If you are in desperate need of a top-quality caffeine high, stop by The Pearl Cup to get your morning fix before a hard day of hitting up some of the best Dallas boutiques. Written up year after year as one of the best cups of coffee in Dallas,...
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1010 S Pearl Expy, Dallas, TX 75201, USA
The lines are long (expect to wait at least an hour) at this young barbecue joint tucked inside the Dallas Farmers' Market—but the tender, perfectly smoked meats are worth the wait says Daniel Vaugh, barbecue editor of Texas Monthly. "They have...
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2121 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201, USA
When the Ritz-Carlton Dallas opened in 2007, it didn’t have to go far to find a star chef for its gourmet restaurant. Dubbed the father of Southwestern cuisine, and the author of notable cookbooks like The Texas Food Bible, Dean Fearing...
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2929 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206, USA
We have entered the age of the craft cocktail, and Sissy’s Southern Kitchen and Bar delivers in this category big time. Beautiful containers of Belvedere punch sit behind the bar while southern attire clad bartenders chisel away at ice for their...
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1617 Hi Line Dr, Dallas, TX 75207, USA
In its modern, warm wood-accented digs with retro design touches, FT33 serves up the most talked-about dishes in Dallas. Executive chef Matt McCallister's profile has grown immensely on the strength of his hugely creative farm-to-table menu,...
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5360 W Lovers Ln #220, Dallas, TX 75209, USA
Rise Nº 1 is a neighborhood restaurant that serves up an impressive list of both sweet and savory soufflés. This would be my top pick for a romantic date night or for a girls’ night out. The interior of the restaurant makes you feel like you are...
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1717 McKinney Ave #100, Dallas, TX 75201, USA
Dallas celebrity chef Stephen Pyles’ new Texas-themed restaurant is full of personality. From the wall full of hysterical names of tiny Texas towns to the giant metal rattlesnake rolling through the dining room, the atmosphere boldly announces...
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8411 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75225, USA
Although Dallas may seem like an unlikely place for topnotch Italian food, Mi Piaci serves up some of the city’s best. Located in North Dallas, Mi Piaci is housed in a lovely space on a lake and has a private wine cellar you can rent for special...
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8300 Preston Center Plaza, Dallas, TX 75225, USA
Visit R+D Kitchen after a long day of pursuing some of Dallas’ best boutique shops, which are located in the same shopping center as the eatery. The light, airy space serves up a diverse menu that has everything from a killer pulled-pork sandwich...
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2104 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206, USA
Brunch is a weekly event taken very seriously by Dallas locals, and Company Café is one of the best places to experience it. Their location on the Katy Trail is a fantastic people-watching spot and their food matches the atmosphere. Company Café’s...
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3511 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219, USA
Before your trip to Dallas, browse the selection of upcoming cheese classes held at Scardello Cheese Shop, located in Dallas’ Oak Lawn neighborhood. For an authentically Texan experience, opt for one of the Texas beer and cheese classes to learn...
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5560 W Lovers Ln #250, Dallas, TX 75209, USA
It's no secret that Dallasites love to be pampered. The Hiatus Spa + Retreat has been voted time and time again as the place to do just that. Their spa packages are very reasonably priced compared to other spas considered to be the same caliber,...
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920 S Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75201, USA
As proof that Dallasites aren’t all about the carnivore life, this downtown market has been peddling farm-fresh veggies, dairy, and more since 1941. What started as a small horse-and-wagon wholesale market is now a 26,000-square-foot hall...
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1717 N Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75201, USA
Since its founding in 1903, the DMA (as locals call it) has grown to become one of the top 10 largest museums in the country, with a permanent collection of over 24,000 works culled from around the globe and spanning over 5,000 years of history....
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13350 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75240, USA
If you’re ready to open up your wallet and do some serious shopping in Dallas, look no further than the Galleria Dallas. The Galleria is full of designer and name-brand stores. Make sure to grab lunch at Mi Cocina, a Dallas chain of Tex-Mex...
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2403 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201, USA
For a real night out on the town step inside the Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center and watch the grace and poise of the Texas Ballet Theater as they twirl across the stage. The Winspear Opera House is a traditional...
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1530 Inspiration Dr #200, Dallas, TX 75207, USA
The Community Beer Company is located in Dallas’ ultra-hip design district and creates high-quality, local craft beer. Every Saturday, the brewing company hosts brewery tours and tastings, where you can sample the beer, listen to live music, and...
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2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy, Dallas, TX 75201, USA
In the mood for an outdoor yoga session, concert, or movie, a scenic run, or just some time with nature in the midst of the urban sprawl? Head to this 5.2-acre green space, which hangs like a deck over the recessed Woodall Rodgers Freeway, between...
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2201 N Field St, Dallas, TX 75201, USA
Named for Dallas-based billionaire entrepreneur (and sometime politician) Ross Perot and his wife, Marjorie, this engaging center is actually split into two campuses: one on the grounds of Fair Park in East Dallas, and the other in Victory Park,...
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3200 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75201, USA
Centuries ago, the railroad helped contribute to the birth of Dallas—and now it’s playing a part in keeping the city green. Built over abandoned Missouri-Kansas-Texas line railroad tracks that once bordered the downtown core, the Katy...
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8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218, USA
Set on the banks of White Rock Lake, this 66-acre sanctuary offers scenic trails, blooming gardens, and peaceful green spaces for when you want some quiet time with nature—plus kids’ areas, holiday events, and a packed calendar of...
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White Rock Creek Trail, Dallas, TX, USA
Located just around the corner from the Westin Park Central hotel is the White Rock Creek Trail, one of Dallas’ original hiking and biking trails. The trail connects North Dallas to the entry point of White Rock Lake and winds seven and a half...