What’s in the cards for your weekend getaway? Whether it’s a shopping splurge or an afternoon spa indulgence, the sky is the limit for your next 48 hours in Dallas.
BREAKFAST AT LA DUNI
Start the day with Latin fare with breakfast at La Duni. The contemporary restaurant’s NorthPark Center location opens onto a beautiful garden. Pastries are a specialty, especially the guava-filled “Gloria” sweet rolls.
SHOP LIKE NEVER BEFORE
Shopping at NorthPark Center, called one of the “7 Retail Wonders of the Modern World” by Shopping Centers Today, is a treat thanks to more than 235 stores and luxury boutiques. There’s something for every price point, whether you favor Versace or H&M, and several upscale retailers, including Sundance and Lou & Grey, have made NorthPark their only Texas location.
A TOP-NOTCH LUNCH
Head to Downtown’s Main Street for lunch at the flagship Neiman Marcus’ famed Zodiac Room, which has been serving diners for more than 50 years. Delicately sip a cup of chicken consomme and lavish the warm popovers that arrive at your table with accompanying strawberry butter.
TAKE THE AFTERNOON TO RELAX
Meander around the luxury retailer before walking to The Spa at the Joule. Comprising two floors in the chic boutique hotel, the spa offers transformative therapies. Indulge in a Blissful Ritual, a 110-minute treatment including a revitalizing sugar scrub, a detoxifying algae wrap and a full-body massage.
Head across acclaimed architect-engineer Santiago Calatrava’s soaring Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge to Trinity Groves in West Dallas. Enjoy rooftop views and dining at Saint Rocco’s, an authentic Italian restaurant serving handmade pastas.
Afterward, indulge in exquisite temptations like hand-painted chocolates and housemade ice cream from Kate Weiser Chocolate. The luxurious confections almost look too good to eat, though you’ll certainly find a way. Handpick some for your bestie back home –perhaps lavender ganache with apricot — or save them for yourself.
START WITH AL FRESCO WORKOUT
Start your day with series of asanas with Downtown Dallas as your backdrop with a drop-in yoga class at Klyde Warren Park. Then explore what else the park has to offer while catching a perfect view of Downtown and the Dallas Arts District.
BRUNCH AT MIRIAM’S COCINA
Cross the street to take a seat at Miriam’s Cocina, a fairly newcomer to the area and a wonderful addition to the neighborhood. Indulge in a flight of prosecco mimosas before digging into brisket enchiladas.
MAKE IT AN ART-FILLED MORNING
Make your way to the Nasher Sculpture Center, home to one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary sculptures in the world. Step into the outdoor garden, filled with iconic pieces by internationally acclaimed artists including Alexander Calder, Picasso and Henry Moore. Don’t miss the gift shop and its collection of modern, art-inspired gifts, home accessories and jewelry.
EXPLORE IN SOUTH DALLAS
Explore more than 60 galleries, boutiques, vintages stores and trendy restaurants in the Bishop Arts District that pride themselves on supporting local artisans. Wander into Fete-ish to browse its original art, quirky gifts and incredible fragrances. Artisan’s Collective offers both whimsy and serious fine art in its eclectic showroom featuring more than 150 Dallas-area artisans.
MIX IT UP WITH MEXICAN CUISINE
Feast on some authentic Mexican cuisine at Jalisco Norte. Floor-to-ceiling windows show off a beautiful green space outside, or catch a glimpse of the restaurant’s mezcal and tequila offerings with a seat at the bar. The Oak Lawn favorite is a stop along the Margarita Mile, so your app check in – and a taste of the restaurant’s Rita Champ margarita – get you one step closer to some free swag.
ENJOY A DALLAS NIGHT
Head to the Cedar Springs Strip and enjoy a wine tasting at Orno. Enjoy the parade of Dallasites making their way up and down The Strip and browse through local boutiques before making your way into The Round Up Saloon, widely known as one of the country’s best gay western dance halls.