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 Main Street for lunch, as the ladies do, 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. Grab a drink in the patio and relax before dining at Chino Chinatown -- Chinese and Latin-influenced cuisine.
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.
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Brunch at Proof + Pantry
Indulge in brunch at Proof + Pantry, an American-fare spot that uses simple ingredients to create delicious dishes. Sip on a mimosa or another one of their specialty drinks as you enjoy your meal on their outdoor patio.
Need A Ride?
Check the schedule for Dallas’ light rail system DART, D-Link (DART’s free bus service) and the free M-Line Trolley for convenient rides through the Downtown Dallas and surrounding areas. After 6 pm, call or text Efrogs, a free golf-cart rideshare program that gets you going without the hassle of a car.
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.
A southern lunch
Stop for a modern Southern lunch at Hattie's, whose light-filled dining room begs you to linger over low-country specialties and sweet tea. Their signature tomato bisque and pecan crusted catfish are highly recommended.
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 Tex-Mex
Feast on some authentic Tex-Mex cuisine at Taco Diner, with handmade tacos and enchiladas with your choice of brisket, chicken, shrimp and more. Relax and enjoy the patio scene, and be sure to try the Jalapeño-Agave margarita.
Enjoy a Dallas night
Head to West Village and enjoy a wine tasting at Cru Food & Wine Bar, featuring more than 300 wine selections. Enjoy the parade of fashionable Dallasites and browse around West Village's boutiques before hopping on the free McKinney Avenue Trolley to explore the Uptown neighborhood that features many patio bars like Quarter Bar and Parliament, as well as great restaurants like The Rustic, that has an extensive drink menu and live music.
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