Dallas + Fort Worth Guide


If you’re here to visit my stomping grounds, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! I’m Fort Worth born & raised and lived in Dallas for a few years after I graduated college. While we now reside in Fort Worth, I love both equally for completely different reasons. Fort Worth is my home and it’s incredibly laid-back, while having a style of its own. If you prefer to wear jeans and booties to dinner and chat with everyone you see, I say head to Fort Worth. If you prefer dresses to denim and want to window shop in some of the chicest stores, run to Dallas. Paul and I love to head to Dallas for date nights and shopping and spend our afternoons strolling around Fort Worth. Let me know if you try any of these spots and what you think!

Fort Worth


Brunch: Brewed, Press Cafe, Winslow’s, Yolk

Lunch: The Lunch Box, McKinley’s, Neiman Marcus, Spice, Taco Diner

Dinner: Joe T. Garcia’s [cash only], PiattelloReata, Ellerbe Fine Foods, Grace ,

Sweets: Leah’s Sweet Treats, Hurley House, FunkyTown Donuts, Stir Crazy Baked Goods

Coffee: Brewed, Avoca, Craftwork


The Shops at Clearfork


University Park Village

Hale House




The Ashton


Massage/Facial at Woodhouse Spa

Spin Class at Zyn22

The Kimbell


Botanic Gardens



Brunch: Bistro 31, Mercat Bistro, Le Bilbouquet

Lunch: The T Room [Inside Forty Five Ten], True Food Kitchen, Saint Anne

Dinner: Javier’s, Hattie’s, Parigi, Mi Cocina, Rise No. 1

Sweets: Bird Bakery, Emporium Pies, Sprinkles, Village Baking Co. [best croissants!]

Coffee: Royal Blue Grocery, Houndstooth CoffeeMagnolias


Highland Park Village

Northpark Mall

Shop September [This is in Snider Plaza which has a lot of sweet boutiques and baby shops.]

Draper James


The Joule

The Crescent

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek


Klyde Warren Park

Katy Trail

Cocktails at Belmont Bar

Bishop Arts District


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  1. Katalina mulrenin wrote:

    Yay! I’m so excited to try some of these places ! My husband and I moved to Dallas just 2 months ago. So this will be so fun ! Thanks !

    Published 24 Feb 17Reply
  2. Thanks for the guide. Hopefully I get to stop by on a US tour one day.

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    Published 24 Feb 17Reply
  3. Mary-Katherine wrote:

    Love this list! Will definitely be bookmarking and saving since we are still new to town!

    We went to Brewed a few months ago and my goodness, so good! The shrimp and grits were to die for!

    Published 24 Feb 17Reply
  4. Love this! <3


    Published 24 Feb 17Reply
  5. Love this guide! <3


    Published 24 Feb 17Reply
  6. Mar wrote:

    Hey lady! Just a heads up Shop September has moved to West Village. Amazing spot with tons of cute little shops (two of my faves are L Bartlett and Nicole Kwon). Love your blog ????

    Published 24 Feb 17Reply
  7. Kaeleen wrote:

    Joe T’s is SO GOOD! Will have to try these coffee shops!

    Published 24 Feb 17Reply
  8. Great tips!! Also, I love that bag !


    Published 26 Feb 17Reply
  9. Love this! Any suggestions for a Dallas or Ft. Worth Bachelorette party? I live about two hours north and we’ll be headed down for a big bash in a few months. We’re stumped! Thanks for your help!

    Published 26 Feb 17Reply
  10. Margaret wrote:

    Heading to Dallas from Nebraska in 2 weeks for a girl’s weekend and loving the suggestions – perfect timing 🙂

    Published 28 Feb 17Reply
  11. Cassandra wrote:

    If you like Spice you definitely need to try Tie Thai. It’s the best Thai food in Fort Worth. It’s in Houston St. downtown. BYOB if you’re going to eat there.

    Published 02 Mar 17Reply
  12. Madison Hogue wrote:

    I used your guide when I was in Fort Worth last weekend and it was so helpful!! Let me just start by saying Joe T. Garcia’s is amazing! Fell in love with Fort Worth doing all the things you recommended and am now looking at moving there! So thank you!


    Published 08 Jun 17Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Madison!

      YAY! This makes me so so happy to hear! So glad you loved it! Thanks for using my guide! 🙂 xo

      Published 26 Jun 17Reply
  13. Julie wrote:

    God bless the search function on COF (and #TypeA organization) because I’m planning a trip to Dallas next month and am so glad I could find your guide so easily! 🙂

    Published 06 Apr 18Reply
  14. Mica wrote:

    My mom and I came to the area from Oklahoma for spring break and I used your guide and it didn’t disappoint! We are going to Mckinley’s tomorrow before leaving and I can’t wait! Thanks again

    Published 17 Mar 19Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Aw yay! I am so glad you both enjoyed it! 🙂 xo, Katey

      Published 17 Mar 19Reply