Some photographers make it look too damn easy. It’s not too complicated or over styled, always gorgeous. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you like what you see. Dallas Texas based photographer Heather Hawkin @heatherhawkins does just that. he captures moments just how we hope to remember them, probably even a bit better. This week Heather will take With the Locals around Dallas to all her favorite local spots- and I’m sure it’s going beyond charming.
Welcome to Dallas! I’m Heather and I’m so excited to show you around this city; we will begin our tour in the neighborhood of Oak Cliff at the famous Sour Grapes mural on the side of the Belmont Hotel. This is the best place to stay when you visit, near the Bishop Arts District where I will take you tomorrow. For now, it’s sunny with a high of 100°F and we take the afternoon off to lay by the Belmont pool. xo @heatherhawkins
(at Belmont Hotel Dallas)
Be sure to order the Van Buren, an homage to TX, which is a cortado + topo chico and biscotti. - @heatherhawkins
(at Bolsa Mercado)
Continuing on our Bishop Arts food tour, is everyone’s favorite dessert, pie. @emporiumpies is the place and cute girls in aprons are who you will find inside serving up whatever magic is on their ever-changing seasonal menu. Just go. xo @heatherhawkins
(at Emporium Pies)
Possibly the best bookstore in all of Tejas, @thewilddetectives is an independent book shop in an old red house that also serves good coffee, beer, and lots of Bolaño. I can’t really sufficiently describe it in an Instagram caption, so make sure you visit while you’re in Oak Cliff. xo, @heatherhawkins
(at The Wild Detectives)
Moving through downtown Dallas, this Tony Tasset sculpture on Main Street is an enlarged replication of the artist’s own eyeball right across from @thejouledallas, as seen from the inside of one of their rooms. Oh, art.
Speaking of @thejouledallas, I highly recommend getting a little fancy and eating at @cbdprovisions, followed by coffee at @weekendcoffee and some shopping at @tenoversix. You don’t even need to walk outside in the 100° heat, because it’s all under one roof. You’re welcome. xo @heatherhawkins
(at CBD Provisions)
Moving uptown to the Knox/Henderson neighborhood, @gemmarestaurant is one of my favorite new places that happens to feel like Napa in Dallas. The service is 👌 but expect a long wait…don’t worry there are plenty of bars within walking distance (Strangeways is a favorite) xo @heatherhawkins
(at Gemma Restaurant)
Around the corner is Tom the Spiceman Spicer and his 11,000 sqft organic garden. Come here for all your mushrooms, herbs, and seasonal veggies and then walk over to Jimmy’s Food Store, (the only authentic Italian market and deli around) for the rest of your picnic ingredients. Or, if you want to fine out, This little block also has my personal favorite restaurant Urbano Cafe, which is BYOB. You’re going to be well fed on this trip, sorry. xo @heatherhawkins
(at Spiceman’s FM 1410)
Stop by @weare1976, the cutest art gallery and design shop for any gifts you need to take home with you! They are opening a @houndstoothcoffee next door in a few weeks too, so just another reason to love Henderson Ave.
(at We Are 1976)
(at Good To Go Tacos)
(at Village Baking Co.)
(at That Dallas Quarry)