The Ultimate Dallas Guide
December 6, 2013
Chanel week in Dallas is officially in full bloom. With a makeup pop-up shop at NM Dallas-NorthPark, customers prepared for the week’s festivities with Chanel makeup and skincare appointments, while “friends of Karl” (otherwise known as FOK) arrive in town today. To fully enjoy your time in Dallas you must partake in the culture, which means food, fashion and art. Here is our NM insider’s guide to Dallas:
WHERE TO EAT
Café Pacific, a sophisticated seafood restaurant, is a favorite of Highland Park residents. Go for lunch and maybe take a stroll around lovely Highland Park Village afterward. 24 Highland Park Village, Dallas, Texas 75205
Oak is another must if you’re visiting Dallas’ up-and-coming Design District. This is the place to go for lunch if you’re looking for global cuisine in a modern, cozy setting. 1628 Oak Lawn Avenue Dallas, TX 75207
Parigi is a great intimate bistro located in Oak Lawn. We love it for its modern take on food and shifting menu based on locally grown foods. The deconstructed California roll is their signature. 3311 Oak Lawn Ave #102, Dallas, TX 75219
Nonna is a Highland Park temple of Italian food. Who doesn’t love pasta and wood oven pizza with a Texan touch? 4115 Lomo Alto Dr, Dallas, TX 75219
Tex-Mex is a staple in the Lone Star State. The best places to sample it can range from high-end to young and hip. We always take our out-of-town visitors to Javier’s, a gourmet Mexican restaurant with elegant, historic ambience. For a casual and modern setting visit Mr. Mesero in Uptown, Mi Cocina in Highland Park Village and Taco Diner in the West Village.
Javier’s 4912 Cole Ave, Dallas, TX 75205
Mr. Mesero 4444 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75205
Mi Cocina 77 Highland Park Village, Dallas, TX 75205
Taco Diner 4933 Belt Line Rd, Dallas, TX 75254
For BBQ, the other national cuisine of Texas, you have to go to the Pecan Lodge for the authentic southern comfort foods and Texan BBQ. We say get the brisket and the sausage. If you are in the hunt for homegrown local eats, Smoke is gourmet BBQ in a modern Texan setting.
Pecan Lodge Dallas Farmers Market, Shed 2. 1010 S. Pearl Expy., Dallas 75201
Smoke 901 Fort Worth Ave, Dallas, TX 75208
Common Table serves a great, laidback brunch. Order the “Farm Boy Breakfast” and if the weather permits sit on the cool and laid back wooden patio. 2917 Fairmount, Dallas, TX 75201
For a taste of Dallas’ most eclectic scenes, visit the renewed Bishop Arts District. Inside of a few blocks you will find small galleries, artsy shops and amazing food options from southern at Hattie’s – we recommend the pecan crusted red snapper – to the neighborhood French bistro Boulevardier and amazing pizza and beer selections at Eno’s. *We also recommend Lucia for Italian, but reservations have to be made a month in advance!
Hattie’s 418 N Bishop Ave, Dallas, TX 75208
Boulevardier 408 N. Bishop Ave. #108 Dallas, TX 75208
Eno’s Pizza Tavern: 407 N. Bishop Ave, Dallas, TV 75208
Lucia: 408 W Eighth St #101, Dallas, TX 75208
SHOPS OUTSIDE NM
Dolly Python is a must-visit for fashion insiders on the hunt for authentic Texan gems and all kinds of vintage paraphernalia – music records, home décor, clothing and the beloved vintage Cowboy boots. We heard Chanel already scooped up plenty of cowboy boots for the upcoming events! 1914-1916 N. Haskell Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
Wild Bill’s is another resource for all things Western. They carry a wild selection of custom boots, but here’s a chance to build a complete cowboy look with western shirts, engraved buckles, leather goods and more. Yeehaw! 311 N Market St, Dallas, TX 75202
Neiman Marcus Last Call in Grapevine Mills – We adore our NM stores across the city, obviously, but Last Call is the place to go to score deals on discounted merchandise from BG and NM stores. You never know what gems you’ll find, but it’s pretty hard to leave empty handed. 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy #233, Grapevine, TX 76051
Dallas is also famous for its amazing antique shops. Find some furniture and décor gems from the ‘50s and ‘60s in the Design District, but also visit Nick Brock Antiques at Henderson. Enter through the yellow façade to find exquisite furnishings, porcelain, lighting and accessories. 2909 North Henderson Ave. Dallas, TX 75206
If you are looking for a special gift for your host, browse the decadent flower arrangements at Grange Hall. Not only are they masters in the art of flowers, the lavish, gallery-like store also has unique curiosities with a dark, goth vibe, and an apothecary section. 4445 Travis Street, suite 101, Dallas, TX 75205
WHERE TO STAY
The Mansion on Turtle Creek is one of the most iconic Hotels in Dallas. Hand-carved fireplaces and marble floors enhance the old school treatment that you receive in the hotel. The Mansion Bar is also a great place to go for drinks, listen to live music and see more than one couple dancing away. 2821 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas, TX 75219
The Warwick Melrose is another luxury hotel, famous for its classic grandeur. We love the traditionally clubby vibe of the Library Bar, where Dallas folks like to meet for drinks after work. 3015 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75219
Hotel Zaza – For a younger, hip crowd stay at Zaza. Not only is it located in the midst of Uptown’s nighlife, Zaza is worth a visit for its postmodern, dramatic interior design, where no suite is like another. Style is also on display at their Dragonfly restaurant. 2332 Leonard St, Dallas, TX 75201
Is you are looking for a sleek, contemporary place to spend your Dallas visit at, the Joule hotel might be it. Visually striking, the Joule is the most happening place to stay Downtown. While you’re there, dine at the neighboring CBD Provisions and of course, The Zodiac at the NM flagship. 1530 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201
The Dallas Museum of Art is located downtown in Dallas’ Arts District. Currently they have “Hopper Drawing: A Painter’s Process” on exhibit. Check out the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection, which houses a partial re-creation of the Villa La Pausa, originally Coco Chanel’s house in the South of France and later purchased by the Reves family. 1717 North Harwood, Dallas, Texas 75201
If you are already in the area of the DMA, stop by the Nasher Sculpture Center. Their modern and contemporary sculpture collection is amazing, with the likes of Richard Serra in an outdoor garden setting. 2001 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201
Dallas Contemporary – This warehouse space hosts some of the most exciting contemporary art exhibits in Dallas. With no space restrictions, the gallery space can host multiple artists working in different media, such as photography from Kevin Todora, George Harold sculptures and conceptual art by Kristen Cochran and Lucia Simek. 161 Glass Street Dallas Texas 75207
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a lush park overlooking White Rock Lake. The 66-acres of breathtaking gardens hold a plethora of seasonal events and concerts outdoors. Go for the Holiday Tea in December. 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218
Dallas Fair Park is the unique location chosen for the much-anticipated Chanel Metiers D’Art Paris-Dallas show. Here’s what you need to know when entering this historic landmark on Tuesday evening. The Fair Park opened in 1936 for Texas Centennial Exposition and is one of the greatest examples of Art Déco architecture in the US. The park holds several museums and iconic buildings and is also home to many festivals, sporting events in the Cotton Bowl, markets and conferences. The famous Big Tex is not only an icon of the annual Texas State Fair, but of the city. 3921 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Dallas, TX 75210
IN FORT WORTH
About 30 miles away from Dallas, Fort Worth also holds some of the most prominent art museums in the country. Make time in the morning/afternoon to visit the Modern and the Kimbell Art Museums. Located one in front of the other, not only are the buildings exceptional examples of modern architecture, but the Kimbell recently opened its new wing and currently holds an exciting Modernist exhibition.
Kimbell Art Museum: 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, Texas 76107.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth: 3200 Darnell St, Fort Worth, TX 76107
If you’re making rounds in Fort Worth check out the stockyards and have lunch at the traditional Mexican eatery Joe T. Garcia’s. Depending on the hour there are only two items on the menu, but fear not, the enchiladas and fajitas, as well as their outdoor patio, are worth the visit. 2201 N Commerce St, Fort Worth, TX 76164
BEAUTY AND SPAS
We know how important it is to find a great beauty salon, weather you are going for a blowout, a facial or maybe even a revamped cut.
Frederic Fekkai in Highland Park Village is a great space if you are in the area and need a mani/pedi while you get your hair done. 30-B Highland Park Village, Dallas, TX 75205
For all beauty treatments, going from makeup to haircuts, the Michael Flores Salon inside NM’s downtown flagship hosts the best of best in the area, including star esthetician Joanna Czech. Beware of their busy schedule – we know Anna Wintour and the Vogue clan are some of her celebrated clientele. 1618 Main Street Floor 6, Dallas, Texas 75201
If you are jet lagged and need a zen moment with ‘wow’ results, visit the Bliss Spa at the W Hotel. You already know the products, plus, the spa menu is nothing short of impressive! 2440 Victory Park Ln, Dallas, TX 75219