An Asian-Inspired Weekend

Explore the diversity of the city with a cultural tour of our Asian arts scene, museums and exhibitions, and a plethora of dining options. Start planning your weekend getaway now!

Where to stay


Check in at the Hilton Anatole and discover the hotel's international collection of art and antiques, the largest in an American hotel. Many of these treasures reflect Asian arts and culture.

Explore Asian Culture

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Start at the Crow Museum of Asian Art for a quiet reflection in a serene atmosphere, marveling at centuries-old artifacts or gazing at unique works of art. Located in the center of the Dallas Arts District, the museum features permanent and rotating exhibitions of arts from China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia. Look out for the wellness classes, yoga and meditation, lectures and gallery talks, frequent events and docent-led tours. The gem of the museum is the breathtaking sculpture garden, home to 15 contemporary and historical pieces peppered throughout an intricate garden of bamboo, maples, azaleas and pine trees.

Savor the Flavors

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Created by Chef Teiichi Sakurai's, Tei-An is a local favorite. Located in One Arts Plaza in the Dallas Arts District, the James Beard award nominee chef serves authentic Japanese food. Check out the rooftop for breathtaking views of Downtown Dallas.

Stroll Down Flora Street

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Stop by the Morton Meyerson Symphony's Center, designed by Chinese American super star architect, Ieoh Ming Pei. This stunning building is considered one of the top symphony centers in the world in part due to its spectacular acoustics.

Shopping Spree

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Shop for jewelry and accessories at famous retailer Sam Moon Trading Co. Founded in 1984 by David and In Sun Moon, the Northwest Dallas store quickly transformed into Dallas' destination for wholesale women's accessories and handbags.

Afternoon Self-Care

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Spend the afternoon at King Spa, a popular local Korean spa located just up the road. Enjoy soothing scrubs, massages and sauna rooms.

Dinner with a View

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Head to Sum Dang Good Chinese at Trinity Groves.  The menu includes Chinese-fusion favorites like handmade dumplings, noodles, soups and Bao buns. Save room for dessert - try the Chinese fried ice cream! After dinner, walk to the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge for great views of the Dallas skyline before calling it a night.

Rise and Shine

2 hours

Grab your morning coffee and start the day at the Dallas World Aquarium. Be sure to check out the Borneo exhibit – it features beautiful fauna from Southeast Asia.

Head to the Perot Museum

2 hours

Continue to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and witness the Mineral Beauty of China, a special exhibition featuring over 70 specimens from various regions of the country. Marvel at breathtaking specimens including a metallic masterpiece of stibnite, feet-shaped azurite and malachite, a mountainous fluorite covered in snow-like calcite. (On view until Sept. 6, 2021)

Need a Ride?

Check the schedule for Dallas’ light rail system DART 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.

Explore the Samurai Collection

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Visit the Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection, a private collection selectively amassed by the Barbier-Mueller family over the last 25 years. Centuries of artisanship are represented in the collection, with objects dating from the seventh to nineteenth centuries. Samurai masterpieces including suits of armor, helmets, masks, horse armor, and weaponry are on display in the Museum. Although the museum is currently closed, they hope to re-open soon! (Check their website and social media for updates.) 

Get some fresh air

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As you leave The Samurai Collection, walk to the Rolex Building and admire its façade. It was designed by Japanese Architect Kengo Kuma, famously known as the creator of the Olympic stadium in Tokyo.

Lunch Break

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For lunch, head to Monkey King Noodle in Deep Ellum for a taste of legitimate Northern Chinese street food, as treasured by restaurant owner Andrew Chen's experiences eating in the night markets of China and Taiwan.

Make a stop at Bobadiction while you're in the neighborhood to sample some of the popular boba teas or mochi ice cream.

Get Your Shop On

2 hours | Directions

Shop or simply admire the beautiful Indian designs at Shastra Home in the Design District, presenting handmade goods from India including housewares, linens, apparel and jewelry at this fair-trade boutique.

Dinner Time

3 hours | Directions

For dinner, head to Kalachandjis in East Dallas for tasty vegetarian Indian cuisine. The food is prepared from recipes found in the ancient Vedic literatures dating back 5,000 years and combines unique spicing and natural ingredients. Along with tasty dishes, Kalachandjis also offers vegetarian cooking, tai-chi, Ayurveda and bhakti classes on a regular basis. 

After dinner, enjoy the Japanese art of Karaoke with fun night on the town! Head to one of these great karaoke rooms and sing along! 

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