5 reasons to visit Dallas in 2022

The best parks, food and culture hotspots in the trendy Texan city

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1. Park life

Green spaces unveiled in Dallas in 2021 include West End Square, with its prairie gardens and interactive fountains. Carpenter Park – downtown’s largest park – opens in early 2022, and Harwood Park, which will have mammoth‑shaped play areas and eco-friendly rain gardens, opens in 2023.

Klyde Warren Park, Dallas’s most popular green space, is currently being expanded; planned additions include The Jacobs Lawn, a multi-use venue for events such as festivals.

2. The AT&T Discovery District

A huge indoor and outdoor retail and leisure destination was unveiled in June 2021 in downtown Dallas. Its spectacular 104ft-tall media wall is used for digital art, and there’s a sculpture-filled Plaza area with a tree-lined lawn and outdoor seating.

When hunger strikes, clients can head to the two-storey Exchange food hall.

3. The Deep Ellum neighbourhood

The area has been at the heart of the music scene in Dallas since 1873. Our favourite venues include High and Tight, a speakeasystyle space behind a barbershop, and AllGood Cafe for delicious American food and live folk music.

4. Frozen Margaritas

This was invented here more than 50 years ago in 1971, when restaurateur Mariano Martinez tweaked an ice cream machine to make the perfect frozen cocktail.

The machine now resides in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, but clients can toast the tipple at Beto & Son, a Mexican restaurant famous for its liquid nitrogen margaritas, the Rattlesnake bar at the Ritz-Carlton Dallas or Mariano’s, where a replica of the machine hangs on the wall.

5. The Thompson Dallas Hotel

Sculptures fill this beautiful downtown hotel, which opened in late 2020. Added extras here include an on-site barbershop and a florist, while clients who love a good view should consider splashing out on one of the two penthouses on the 49th floor – they’re the highest hotel suites in Texas.

Dining options include the Insta-worthy Catbird, with its rooftop terrace and American-inspired cuisine. We recommend the Texas beef bao buns ($16). Rooms from $310 per night.

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Three nights at the Fairmont Dallas starts from £1,312 per person, including economy American Airlines flights from Heathrow, departing March 31.

PICTURES: Nigel Young/Foster + Partners, Ryan Robins, Abby Morgan, Shutterstock/D Guest Smith

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