5 Hours in Dallas

My job requires me to travel. A lot. The beauty of it is that I get to explore different cities across the country. This week I had the opportunity to go to Dallas, Texas, and while I spent most of the time going from meeting to meeting, I was able to squeeze in a few hours to explore this beautiful city.



I started off the trip by checking into a hotel in Downtown Dallas. I stayed at the industrial-chic Canvas hotel, a boutique hotel with loft-style rooms, high ceilings, exposed brick, concrete floors, eclectic furnishings and local artwork. The lobby itself is a photo-op waiting to happen. If you visit, make sure to check out the rooftop which has an infinity pool and the best views of the city.


Deep Ellum

With a few hours to spare, I decided to visit Deep Ellum. Most locals raved about the neighborhood’s vibrant street murals, bars, and restaurants. They had me at street art, so despite the 104 degree weather, I ventured to this gem of a neighborhood.

Deep Ellum


Deep Ellum has a number of bars and restaurants, but after doing some research I knew my heart was set on Stirr. The bar is beautiful with great food, drinks and excellent service. They have these stairs in the front entrance with some inspirational quotes. The stairs lead to a lively rooftop.

Stirr Dallas

Reunion Tower

After exploring Deep Ellum, I decided to check out one of the city’s key landmarks- Reunion Tower. I went right before sunset and got to see some amazing views of the city. You have to get a ticket to go up, which is only $17 dollars. I have to say I was only there for 10 minutes, but I heard there is a restaurant there, so definitely check it out.


Canvas Hotel

After sightseeing, I rushed back to the Canvas Hotel because 1) I desperately needed to charge my phone and 2) I wanted to enjoy the sunset in comfort. I didn’t get any shots of the pool because there were some people there that had had one too many. I wasn’t hating, just jealous since I forgot to bring my bathing suit.

South Side on Lamar

There were so many other local spots I wanted to try, but I just didn’t have the time. If you do have the time, check out some of the stops on my custom google map below.