Insider's Guide to Dallas

Insider's Guide to Dallas

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Behind the city’s old school veneer lies a bustling metropolis that boasts some of the country’s top-rated restaurants, one-of-a-kind shopping experiences, and contemporary art collections that rival the best in the world.

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    The biggest name in the Dallas Art Scene is the DC Museum—and it’s no joke.
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    Considering the flat landscape that encompasses all of Dallas, it’s hard to find traditional outdoor recreation. However, this public park features dozens of activities—from biking to hiking to skating. Or, just simply meander down the winding road that goes all the way from  SMU to the American Airlines Arena. After you’ve finished your exercise, head to the Katy Trail Ice House—because why wouldn’t there be an awesome bar on a hiking trail? This is Texas, after all.
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    The vintage store is like nothing else you’ll ever find. Browse through racks of vintage clothes, art deco prints, and cool bags, but what you should really be on the lookout for is a pair of worn-in vintage cowboy boots. Because you can’t leave the Lone Star state without at least trying a pair of kickers on.
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    A shop where gentlemen are measured while they sip Scotch. Husband-and-wife team Ed and Gable Shaikh moved their appointment only atelier from their home to a chic Highland Park address in 2009. Stocked with hand-knit cashmere ties, Cesare Attoline clothing, and Mazzarelli dress shirts, it’s luxurious without being stuffy. 
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    This boutique features designs from around the world—before they hit Barney’s across town. Owner Jackie Bolin, a former fashion journalist, has an eye for under-the-radar designers from around the world.
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    The 8,000-square-foot shop is packed with exclusive high-end furniture, home decor, and clothing. (it’s a favorite of such folks as Laura Bush and Jessica Simpson.)
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    Anchoring the up-and-coming Dallas Design District, Oak’s menu reflects the city’s global influences, with a nod to Texas mainstays. Chef Jason Maddy serves appetizers such as Moroccan octopus and Pork Jowls ($11) alongside Grilled Filet of Beef ($32) and Brussels Sprouts ($7). 
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