A friend and I were traveling through Dallas and had a couple of extra hours on our hands; like the millennials we are, we searched ‘Things to do in Dallas’ on our phones, and decided that a stroll through boutiques, art galleries, and cute eateries was exactly what we wanted. We rerouted to the Bishop Arts District, and I think this may have been my happiest diversion to date.
Our first stop was along the idyllic rows of storefronts was Dirt–a flower shop specializing in unique and rustic arrangements. The shop itself was set up like something out of a fairy tale, with everything in natural colors, and the flowers displayed even before they made their way into arrangements. Completely enchanting. Unfortunately, pictures weren’t allowed inside the shop, which I took as a sign, and bought a dozen blush roses that I could photograph to my heart’s content outside.
Next, we stopped for lunch at Eno’s Pizza Tavern, which was a decision I (mistakenly!) made with some reluctance. I like pizza as much as the next girl, but usually after a football game or with a movie; it’s not my ‘fine dining’ of choice. This place proved to be the exception to the rule. Artisan pizzas, reasonable prices, and good company made it the right choice for lunch. I also happen to be a sucker for natural light and dark wood furnishings, both of which were in abundance.
After browsing through a few artist’s shops (picking up some pastel bath salts and admiring Italian pottery), our last stop before heading to the airport was Oddfellow’s. The coffeehouse/diner/cocktail bar closes at 3 everyday, so we made it just in time to grab a latte before heading North. I feel like I’m someone that perpetually has coffee in her hand, so the fact that this place is remarkable says something. The ambiance of the place was really lovely too: inviting, if a bit hipster, and quaint without being antiquated.
Conclusion: if you have an open afternoon in the Oak Cliff/Dallas area, spend it perusing shops, enjoying fine coffee, and feeling like you’re living off someone’s Pinterest board.