48 Hours In Dallas

How to spend a weekend in this vibrant city 


The Bishop Arts District, photo courtesy of DCVB 

Dallas is a city big on food, shopping and the arts. With so much to see and do, we’ve come up with an itinerary to help you make the most of a two-day visit. 

Day One

Morning Start the weekend with a walk or run on the Katy Trail. Almost 6 km long, the landscaped pedestrian trail is lined with benches, art and drinking fountains. Runners will be delighted to use the softer, recycled rubber trail adjacent to the concrete walking path. Follow that with breakfast on the patio at Company Café where the focus is on local and healthy comfort food.

Afternoon Dallas has one of the best arts scenes in the U.S. Within the 19 blocks of the city’s Arts District you will find museums, fine art, concert halls, sculptures, gardens and stunning architecture. Wander on your own or do the self-guided 5 km art walk. Only a few blocks away is Klyde Warren Park, where food trucks line the 5.2 acre park built over the freeway. Enjoy lunch on the lawn while you watch the daily free public activities, or, for something a little fancier, try Savor Gastropub, the glass-walled restaurant in the park. 

Evening Trinity Groves is Dallas’ newest dining and entertainment hot spot. It’s here where you’ll find the innovative Restaurant Concept Incubator program that gives hopeful restaurateurs a space to try out their concepts. Try standout Casa Rubia, which serves up a modern take on tapas.

Day Two

Morning Start your day at The Bishop Arts District, another popular area for dining and shopping that’s packed with independently owned businesses. If you consider yourself a coffee connoisseur, step into Oddfellows where the barista will create your caffeine fix using a rare La Marzocco Strada espresso machine—one of only a few in the world. Afterward, make the most of your coffee buzz by blasting through the eclectic mix of neighbourhood stores, which include art galleries and antique shops.  

Afternoon If you still haven’t gotten your shopping fix, head to NorthPark Center, home to 235 retailers and restaurants. As you test the limits on your credit card in high-end stores like Cartier, Tiffany & Co. and Versace, take time to admire the art. The walls of the mall are adorned with 20th and 21st century artwork from the likes of Andy Warhol and Jonathan Borofsky, among others.

Evening If you’re in the mood for a lively night out, head to the Deep Ellum neighbourhood where you’ll find everything from legendary jazz and blues bars to a honky-tonk. Almost every door in the two-block district leads to fantastic music or food. Before you start the toes tapping on Friday or Saturday nights, go to Pecan Lodge for the best slow-cooked ribs and fried chicken you’ve ever had. Then find a door to Dada or Adair’s Saloon and enjoy a long night of great music.