Food, Fun, and More at the Dallas Farmers Market

02.04.2016 by: Jo Firth
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When it comes to relaxing weekend excursions, few activities top the fun to be had at the Dallas Farmers Market. With a variety of shops, restaurants, and snack spots, the Market is the perfect place for social shopping, drinking, and dining. Even better, the concept is constantly expanding to add new local businesses, meaning no two trips are likely to be the same.

The Shed
The first thing that will catch your eye at the Market is The Shed, an outdoor collection of stands featuring produce, goods, and crafts produced by primarily local merchants. If you like to support local businesses, it’s the perfect place to plan your next grocery excursion. It’s also an ideal stop if you’re in the mood for a snack, as plenty of the sellers serve inventive—and delicious—creations made from some of the locally-grown ingredients you’ll find for sale.

Taqueria La Ventana
If you’re hungry, step inside the Market's indoor pavillion and look no further than Taqueria La Ventana. This taco shop is one of the busiest spots inside the Market, and for good reason—their tacos are delicious. Whether you’re stopping for a full meal, or just in the mood for some chips, queso, or salsa, it’s a perfect place to grab a quick bite when you’re out shopping.

Scardello, already a beloved Dallas fixture, has a stand inside the indoor pavilion that sells artisan cheeses, meats, and foodstuffs similar to what you’ll find in their other brick and mortar location. However, there’s also a small bar attached to its Market location, which means that you can savor your cheese purchase the right way: with a nice glass of wine.

Cajun Tailgators
One of the best things about the Market is the way it features a variety of foods, meaning you can almost always find something to suit your mood. If you’re looking for lunch or dinner with a kick, visit Cajun Tailgators and pick up some classic Cajun food. Then take your meal to the communal seating area in the middle of the marketplace to dine with your friends, or to make some new ones.

Bullzerk’s Greenville Avenue location has thrived since its opening last year, and that’s no surprise. Their shirts, koozies, and décor are witty and appealing, with just the right hint of well-placed sarcasm. Even better, they pay homage to Dallas neighborhoods and attractions, which means that you can find the perfect gift for almost anybody, including yourself. So make a point to stop by their Market shop—which is housed inside a vintage trailer—and pick up your new favorite shirt.

La Popular Tamale House
Tamales are one of those foods that almost everybody loves, but you can’t find just anywhere. Luckily, the Farmers Market has its own stand alone tamale shop, meaning you can enjoy hot, fresh tamales any time. Pair them with a margarita for the ideal combination, and eat to your heart’s content.

Chelles Macarons
When it comes to dessert, Chelles Macarons has the macaron market cornered, literally; their Market shop is located right on the corner of the indoor pavilion’s main walkway. The bright, colorful displays of the sweet treats alone will stop you in your tracks, and you’ll be missing out if you don’t try at least one. They come in a variety of flavors, including inventive new combinations like Fruity Pebbles, so don’t be surprised if you’re tempted to try a few.

Doc Popcorn
Popcorn is the perfect treat when it comes to a quick, delicious snack, and Doc Popcorn serves up some inventive popcorn flavors that will leave even skeptics craving more. Their popcorn comes served in handy containers that make it easy to snack while shopping, but still save the rest for later. It definitely beats anything you’ll find at a movie theatre, and you may just discover that popcorn’s your new favorite snack.

Pop-Up 214
The Farmers Market is unique, because you can find almost anything there. Pop-Up 214, for example, features a variety of beautiful items—from housewares, to décor, to printed stationery—that will make you want to buy everything from local vendors. Their carefully curated selection of goods is ever-changing, and great for browsing when you’re in the mood to shop with friends.

S.M. Exporta
S.M. Exporta sells a variety of specialty imported goods, including colorful décor and gifts that are perfect to satisfy anyone’s wanderlust. The shop features a vast collection of beautifully displayed items, and it’s worth visiting to browse; you might just find that one thing you never knew you needed.

Rex’s Fresh Seafood
Rex’s Fresh Seafood is a popular spot in Dallas already, so the success of its Market location is no surprise. Whether you’re looking to buy fresh seafood to cook with, or just in the mood for a delicious meal, they’ve got you covered. They also serve alcohol, which makes their Market location the ideal place to grab a boozy lunch and lobster roll on the weekends when you’re already out shopping.

The Farmers Market is open Monday through Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. It’s busiest on weekends, and naturally gets the most traffic when the weather is nice. During peak hours, parking can get tight, so plan ahead and carpool. There’s no shame in going alone, but it’s also the perfect place for planning your next weekend outing with friends. Either way, you’re in for a great time.  

TAGS : Downtown/Arts District , The Market