No trip to Dallas would be complete without a lunch at the Mermaid Bar in Neiman Marcus. A rite of passage for any first time visit!
- More about your oliver guide: Keira Muller
- Trip type: Adult, Group getaway, City
- Activity level: easy
- Ideal length of trip: A LONG WEEKEND
to & from
Fly any major airline to Dallas (DFW) America Airlines has a hub there. Not necessary to rent a car, you can Uber anywhere.
Where to Stay
- Crescent Court- Downtown, lux hotel, central location
- The Mansion on Turtle Creek- A Rosewood hotel in a former private residence that oozes charm and luxury.
- The Joule- Up and coming property downtown, great spa
- The Lumen (near SMU)- Mid-century modern, right in Highland Park neighborhood
Where to Eat and Drink
- Zodiac Room- No trip to Dallas would be complete without a ladies lunch in Neiman Marcus (Northpark or downtown). It is like a right of passage.
- Mi Cochina- is an institution and you must have a Mambo Taxi but not more than 2....trust me.
- Cafe Pacific- is also a mainstay in Highland Park neighborhood
- Le Bilboquet- Fancy, french
- Up on Knox- American Brasserie with California influence
- 18th & Vine - Texas BBQ favorite
- Uchi Sushi- Amazing sushi, you would think you were in Japan
- Rise- Souffles heaven... get the name?!?
- Bird Bakery- Cupcake and a cappucino; as you will need to refuel during shopping excursions.
- Jose is good for lunch and also has a fun bar and dinner crowd.
- Town Hearth, Sassetta, and FT33 to name a few in the Dallas Design District -- a fun area to go out.
- Gemma and Sachet -delicious and buzz worthy (sister restaurants in the Uptown area)
- Favorite Bars (if you are looking for a hangover)... Inwood Tavern (Lovers/Inwood), Bottled Blonde (Deep Ellum) Happiest Hour (in American Airlines Center), Mansion Bar (favorite Hotel bar)
What to Do
- Dallas is a shoppers dream. Favorite shops include: Forty Five Ten (Barney's NY of the South, grab a drink or lunch at Mirador to refuel from shopping), Neiman Marcus (Flagship), Stanley Korshak, Mi Golondrina, Ann & Sid Mashburn, Madre Dallas (children's shop), Blue Print (Home Decor), The Loveliest (Home Decor and monogrammed gifts), Grange Hall, Baldwin (Knox Henderson), DLM Supply (Bishop Arts), Veronica Beard (Highland Park Village) Canary & Cabana (Both stores owned by Merry Vose. Canary carries upscale designers. Cabana has a casual selection.)
- Walk the Katy Trail that travels from SMU to Uptown, stopping at the Ice House for the delicious brisket nachos.
- Dallas Museum of Art- Free admission, great collection
- Nasher Sculpture Garden (under construction now)
- Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden in Spring (especially) for Dallas Blooms
- Visit the iconic Eyeball, across from the Joule Hotel