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A guide for getting down in Dallas

After getting our fill of bagels in New York City, we’re off to Dallas for the second U.S. stop in Zendesk’s The Future of Customer Experience world tour.

I’d never visited Dallas before our initial site visit to The Lorenzo and, being the aspiring food blogger that I am (kidding, kind of), I was excited to uncover the must-see spots. Sure, Yelp is great for finding the best Sushi restaurant within a two-mile radius, but I try to avoid the apps when it comes to getting a holistic view of a new place. Instead, I turn to the locals. With that in mind, I put the heavy-lifting into the hands of my teammate, Victoria, who’s based in the Lone Star State. Here are some of her favorite spots in the Dallas-Fort Worth area:

Dallas Farmers Market. If you’re a fan of public markets like San Francisco’s Ferry Building or New York City’s Chelsea Market, then the Dallas Farmers Market is a must for you. This market offers 26,000 square feet of pure deliciousness that includes four restaurants, a handful of boots selling Texas specialties, and ample seating (because eating dinner while standing is no easy feat).

Waterproof Dallas. During the hot spring and summer months in Texas, sitting poolside can make for the perfect afternoon. Put that pool on a 19th story rooftop and throw in a cocktail and you’ve got Waterproof Dallas. Located atop The Statler hotel, Waterproof Dallas is a relaxing spot to unwind and enjoy the sunset after a long day.

Pecan Lodge. You can’t really visit Texas without eating barbeque. Victoria tells us that Pecan Lodge is the best spot in town… and with online hours that read “11am-10pm or until we sell out”, we can’t help but believe her.

Best neighborhoods. If you’re in town for the first time, Deep Ellum and the Bishop Arts District are must-sees. Deep Ellum’s streets are lined with restaurants and bars—Deep Ellum Brewing Company is a great spot to hit if you make it to this part of town. The Bishop Arts District may not have the lively nightlife that Deep Ellum is known for, but has its own collection of bars, eateries, and excellent art galleries.

Cruising around town. Something that I learned on my most recent trip to Dallas is that most people drive—public transportation isn’t very popular. If you’re driving in to Dallas from out of town, Victoria shares that Parkmobile is your secret weapon when it comes to finding convenient parking.

Did we miss your favorite spot? Let us know @JoinRelate.

Sara Lighthall is a content marketer at Zendesk and a student of life. When she’s not demystifying the Millennial generation on Relate, you can find her with her toes in the sand and a latte in her hand. See what she’s up to on Twitter: @saralighthall.