If you’ve followed me for a while, you know I travel every year near Christmas time to Dallas, TX to visit my boyfriend, Taylor’s, family. Well, this year one of my close friends moved to Dallas, and it was the perfect excuse for me to visit even sooner than usual. This time around I was so excited to explore Austin as well. I’ve never been there before, so I got to check out a ton of new places.
In this post, I rounded up what we did, where we ate, and under each photo, my outfits are linked!
Here’s a recap of our trip:
The Best Things to Do in Dallas
In Dallas, we only had a few days to do things, so we spent them relaxing and exploring the city.
The first day we went to the Dallas Farmer’s Market and Deep Ellum Brewing Co. Unfortunately, the Dallas Farmer’s Market’s outdoor area was closed because it was a weekday, so we didn’t get to check it out as much as we wanted. The indoor area had some super cute shops and restaurants, though! There’s one restaurant inside that has $3.75 margaritas, so honestly, nothing can beat that.
After that, we went to Deep Ellum Brewing Co in Downtown Dallas. I’ve been here a few times, and they have a great atmosphere and some great beer as well! You can get a flight, and hang out in the air conditioning on a hot day.
On day two, I had to make a stop at the North Park Mall Lilly Pulitzer store. We don’t have Lilly stores that big in So Cal, so it’s always a must for me when I travel! We also checked out a place called Top Golf. We don’t have these in San Diego, so we were super excited to see what it was all about. Essentially, it’s a driving range but you’re competing against the other people you’re playing with to hit balls into certain targets. You get points for each target you hit. Each group gets their own table and a server to bring food and drinks. It’s kind of the same idea as a bowling alley except with golfing.
The Best Things to Do in Dallas – Places to Eat:
HG Supply – This restaurant is in the lower Greenville area, and it’s so cute and hipster! A lot of that area has super fun and trendy restaurants. The food was great and there were a ton of gluten-free and vegan options if you needed them. My friend and I split a burger and a jalapeno bratwurst and both were super good!
Whataburger (Obviously) – if you’ve ever been to Texas you know this is a staple. Get yourself a Whataburger with some spicy ketchup and a sweet tea. Then go back for the second round for breakfast and get the Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit. Trust me.
Pok – This restaurant was in Uptown Dallas, and was my first experience ever having Poke! It was so good! I loved that you could choose what you wanted in your bowl. Much like a Subway.
Mi Cocina – We didn’t actually eat here, but I’ve heard the food is awesome and I had a great margarita! If you follow any of the Real Housewives of Dallas you know they talk about drinking margs here, and how strong they are haha. Order the Mambo! So good!
Nola – I went here with Taylor’s parents! It’s in Downtown Dallas and has great New Orleans Cajun food. I got a BBQ pork sandwich and some crawfish Mac N Cheese, and it was sooo good.
The Best Things to Do in Dallas – On The Way To Austin
So as we traveled south down to Austin, we had to make a few pit stops at some of my favorite places! Waco is right on the way down there so we made a stop at Magnolia, and even got lucky enough that the Magnolia Warehouse was open! This is their discount store for any discontinued items or things that have dings and dents. It’s only open a few days a month so we got lucky! They have really good deals in there if you want Magnolia items without the crazy price tag.
We also had to make the obligatory stop at the Czech Stop. If you haven’t been here it’s a small Czech store on the way down to Austin on the side of the freeway that has the best Kalaches! These are small pastries with cream and fruit in the middle. I’ve been there a few times now, and it’s always so good!
Our last stop was Buc-ee’s. If you haven’t been to a Buc-ee’s while in Texas you are missing out on a staple! It’s the Costco of gas stations. You can buy home decor, get a BBQ sandwich, and get all of your gas station snacks all in one place.
Things to Do in Austin
Day One in Austin we didn’t do as much because we were driving most of the day, but after getting into our Air Bnb we went off to wine taste at Duchman Wineries. It’s a beautiful Italian oasis up in the Texas Hill Country that has some awesome wines!
After dinner, we explored 6th Street. This is where most of the college kids go bar hopping on the weekends. Honestly, as cool as this was to see, it was way too insane for me lol.
On day two, we ventured up the Mt. Bonnell to see the view of the river from the highest point in Austin! It was a super easy hike up some stairs to the top, and the view was amazing!
After that, we spent the rest of the day at Barton Springs Pool. This is a natural spring that they turned into a pool and hangout area. It’s only $3 to get in, and it’s the perfect place to hangout on a hot, humid Texas day.
After we got done we also explored more of Austin, did some shopping, and checked out the famous I Love You So Much wall.
Places We Ate In Austin:
Salt Lick BBQ – This BBQ was so good I bought the dry rub and the spicy BBQ sauce to bring home. We got the all you can eat platter, and I left full, fat, and happy! Be prepared here, though – a lot of times you can wait up to 3 hours for a table. It’s that good!
Rudy’s BBQ – this is more of a chain BBQ place in Austin, but we wanted to squeeze in at least one more BBQ joint before leaving. We got some moist brisket and breakfast tacos! I definitely recommend The Salt Lick for BBQ if you’re looking for the best BBQ in Austin, but if you don’t have as much time and still want some great food I highly recommend Rudy’s as well.
ATX Cocina – If you’re looking for a more upscale Austin restaurant experience I would definitely go with ATX Cocina. It was all amazing and fresh Mexican food that wasn’t quite traditional. We got the Carne Asada which was super good, and their margaritas were awesome too. Be advised, you have to put in a reservation in advance to get a table here.
I had such a great time with my friends, and I can’t wait to go back again in December!