If you’re only in Dallas for a day or maybe even a weekend and need something to do…you’re in luck! I have outlined a few fun things that you’re bound to enjoy!
There are so many great places to eat in Dallas, and if you’re like me, picking just one is a struggle. After multiple trips over to Yelp, I decided to go with Jonathon’s Oak Cliff. I arrived around 10 ish and it was already packed. Parking is a nightmare – there is limited parking in the front and back of the building and getting in and out of the small parking lot is challenging. I would recommend finding parking on the street. Luckily, there was no wait and we were immediately seated on the patio. I ordered the biscuits and gravy, and Norma ordered the chicken and waffles. Sadly, I was not impressed with my order. However, the mimosa ($5) was legit! Norma’s waffle was really good, but in my opinion the chicken was mediocre. See more of Jonathon’s here.
I’m obsessed with murals and pretty street art, and Dallas has some of the best that I have ever seen. They are full of color and life which means that you’re bound to get tons of Insta likes with these amazing backdrops. See a few of my favorites below:
- The Color Symmetry Wall by @imthornton13 – 1804 McMillan (next to High Fives)
- The Colorful Pentagon Wall by @therealartgod – 3699 McKinney Ave. (parking garage behind Loft)
- The Striped Flower Wall by @mrkiji – 1901 North Henderson Ave. (on the side of Bonodos) *this one is a little hard to photograph – cars were parking right in front of it. *
- Started With A Screenshot by Ali K – 2900 McKinney Avenue (Standard Pour parking lot)
- The Wall of America by unknown artist – 2730 Commerce Street (on the side of St. Pete’s Dancing Marlin)
- Fine Pies For Fine Folk by @dana_tanamachi – 2708 Main St. #110 (mural is at Emporium Pies in Deep Ellum) Be sure to grab a slice of pie while you are there.
- The Colorful Squares by @huy_see – 2810 Elm Street (Deep Ellum) *depending on time of day, this one is hard to photograph due to cars being parked in front of it*
Thanksgiving Square Foundation:
I loved this little gem! Located in downtown, Thanksgiving Square is the perfect place to stop and take a moment to remind yourself of what you’re thankful for. The ceiling is beautiful!! Admission is free, but donations are welcome!
Dallas Farmer’s Market:
Also located in downtown, this farmer’s market is packed with restaurants, shops, sweet treats, and the cutest garden nursery. Also, the view of downtown is pretty sweet too. Parking is plenty and free!
Dallas Museum of Art:
I am not big on art at all, but this museum had some really nice pieces. I loved how designated areas featured art from different countries and cultures. It was impressive. My most favorite part of DMA is the Coco Chanel Chambers. It features her home and all of the furniture, personal belongings, living room, right down to the bed she slept in. I highly recommend working this into your day if you’re in Dallas. Admission is free – donations are welcome! Parking in $12, but you can find metered street parking.
Bishop Arts District:
Bishop Arts is known for it’s colorful street art, diverse culture, and local shopping boutiques. Bars, restaurants, and bakeries surround this area, making it feel like a small town in itself. I loved everything about Bishop Arts District. We stayed in an Airbnb right down the road, and could not have asked for a better experience. The well-known Lockhart Smokehouse is right in the heart of BAD. I did get a chance to visit, and the food was pretty good. I recommend getting the ribs and the mac n’ cheese. Those were both delicious. Also, be sure to check out the Bishop Arts District Murals – they were super cute!
Deep Ellum is full of bars, restaurants, shops, and much more! The art in this area is exceptional making it the perfect place to explore by foot during the day. However, at night Deep Ellum is also a super cool area to venture to. Many of the bars are laid back and offer live music, the patios are perfect for people watching, and the vibe is chill. You can’t go wrong hanging out in this part of town.
I hope you get to check out a few of these spots during your next trip to Dallas! Leave a comment, and let me know of some other places to explore in the Dallas area.