There’s no shame in the Instagram game. We all want aesthetically pleasing posts that get us likes and comments, right? From coffee shops to even a giant eyeball sculpture, Dallas is full of trendy spots for your photo, if you know where to look.
Do it for the ‘gram, folks: Here’s your guide to Dallas’ most Instagram-worthy destinations.
Open since late 2016, Bird Bakery at Highland Park Village is an Instagram dream for girly-girls: white marble tables, pastel paper decorations, a wall of cakes and a giant neon pink "Let them eat cake" sign. If the bakery isn't too busy, snag a seat under the sign and take a selfie munching on baked treats such as pastel blue cupcakes or lemon bars. While your first Instagram pit stop should be the neon sign, Bird Bakery's outside seating -- with bistro-style chairs and more marble tables -- makes for another great photo-op.
- Bird Bakery, 7 Highland Park Village, Dallas. 214-780-0322. birdbakery.com.
With the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and the downtown Dallas skyline in the background, Trinity Groves adds an urban touch to your Instagram feed. For a soft glow, catch golden hour at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Then, after dinner at one of Trinity Groves' gamut of restaurants, visit Cake Bar not only for a slice of hummingbird or key lime cake but also a picture in front of the store. The periwinkle blue storefront, French-style lettering and cakes behind you will just about fool your followers into thinking you've taken a quick trip to Europe. Before you're done, catch a photo with the lights in the Trinity Groves trees.
- Trinity Groves, 3011 Gulden Lane, Dallas. 214-744-0100. trinitygroves.com.
Picture this: You and your best friends, cocktails in hand, smile on the stairs. Behind you are the phrases "Life is the best party I've even been invited to" and "Live simply, dream big, be grateful, give love, laugh lots." Now that's Instagram worthy. Upstairs, Stirr's rooftop and bar patio gives guests a quality view of the Dallas skyline and sunset. Don't miss the "I miss you, I want you, I love you" neon sign. At brunch, grab the snapportunity to photograph Stirr's massive cinnamon roll ($15). It's huge.
- Stirr, 2803 Main St., Dallas. 214-983-1222. stirrdallas.com.
Whether you take a solo snap window shopping or a posed photo in front of a mural, Bishop Arts District is ready for you and your camera. The [ ] + [ ] = <3 wall is a great option, especially with your significant other or one of your best buds. Hungry for pie? Emporium Pies' rustic interior or its wall with musical notes outside offers a backdrop for an impromptu photo shoot. (Our recommendations? Either a warm slice of Lord of the Pies, a deep dish apple pie, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or The Drunken Nut, a bourbon pecan pie.) Other Bishop Arts murals worth checking out are the Dallas Strong mural across from The Laughing Willow and the ice cream wall outside of La Paleteria Michoacana.
- Emporium Pies, 314 N. Bishop Ave., Dallas. 469-206-6126. emporiumpies.com.
Now, this one's a good one. Snap an overhead shot of a table filled with Local Press + Brew's trendy food and drink options like avocado toast, almond croissants, matcha latte and organic pressed juices. An especially Instagrammable corner of the coffee and juice shop features white marble tables, a sleek black couch and minimalist decor. On one wall of Local Press + Brew's exterior, rows of succulents create a clean backdrop for more food shots or a candid picture with friends. It's also the perfect opportunity to bring out the punny captions. How about "su(cute)lent" or "you're suc with me?" There are also Instagram opportunities in front of the shop's walk up window or by the skeleton mural by local D-FW artist Wheron.
- Local Press + Brew, 1605 N. Beckley Ave., Dallas. 214-484-1929. localpressbrew.com.
Looking for a Dallas staycation? Check out NYLO Dallas South Side. Enjoy a panoramic view of downtown Dallas from the rooftop bar and pool area. While relaxing in the hotel's infinity pool and munching on bar bites, snap some pictures against the Dallas skyline. Both the day and night view from the SODA Bar will be worth the stay. Note, the SODA Bar is 21 and over after 9 p.m.
- SODA Bar at NYLO Dallas South Side, 1325 S. Lamar St., Dallas. 214-421-1080. nylohotels.com.
They say Austin is weird, but does Austin have a 30-foot-tall eyeball sculpture? Well, Dallas does. The Joule Hotel in downtown Dallas installed a colossal eyeball by Chicago-based artist and sculptor Tony Tasset. From the electric blue iris to the creepy red veins, you won't be to able to miss this sculpture while driving down Main Street: It practically stares you down. Add a little funk to your Instagram feed with a shot in front of this eyeball. Maybe caption it "I've got my eyes on you" or "This eye pun could not be any cornea"? I heard a laugh somewhere.
- The Eye, 1601 Main St., Dallas. 214-307-5400. thejouledallas.com.
Order a vanilla latte, then grab a seat in front of "the pattern of coffee and people" wall for a quick shot. The turquoise blue chairs against the simple wall will give a minimalist look with a pop of color. Houndstooth's baristas have also mastered latte artmaking, so you're right to consider another food shot. Then, take a short walk to the Colorful Diamonds Mural by Thornton Jeff at 1806 McMillan Ave. If you want to go the extra mile, pick out a colorful outfit or accessories to match the colors of the wall.
- Houndstooth Coffee, 1900 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas. 972-863-9080. houndstoothcoffee.com.
This shop will make you feel like a trendy New York food blogger. Sweet Daze offers incredibly photogenic dessert and drink options such as matcha lattes, galaxy donuts and soft serve ice cream, with flavors including black velvet and Fruity Pebbles. From its marble countertops and floor to a neon pink "sweet daze ahead" sign made by local lettering artist Vivian Nguyen, the shop itself is also Instagram-worthy. Our recommendation to get the perfect Instagram shot? Hold up a cone of your choice of soft serve to the neon sign and snap a pic. Sweet Daze in Richardson is open now, 3 p.m. to midnight.
- Sweet Daze, 581 W. Campbell Rd., Richardson. 972-707-7295. sweetdaze.com.