On a chilly winter's day, there are few reasons one would get out from under the comfort of the covers and brave the cold. Heading to one's favorite coffee shop and grabbing their favorite brew is one of those reasons. All coffee aficionados have their go-to cafes. Some people choose their spot based on coffee alone, others need a quality brew and vibe that fits them. For us, as you can imagine, the design of a coffee shop greatly impacts our experience. So, for this warming post, we'll share with you our favorite local, Dallas coffee shops where the brew and design make for a wonderful experience.
Popping out of the monotonous color-palette of Downtown Dallas is the vibrant blue-and-white-tiled coffee bar and market, Commissary. Trying to capture the beautiful Texas sky in an otherwise grey-toned city, artist Jorge Pardo designed the five-story building to incorporate over 27,000 blue-toned tiles, sourced from Guadalajara, that change in appearance based on the time of day. The meticulously thought-out design creates an energetic space, making it a great place for friends to grab a quick caffeine fix or for creatives to work and feel inspired!
DRINK OF CHOICE: Mocha Latte. Chocolate and coffee in one cup, mmmm.
There's nothing that doesn't impress about Brewed+Pressed (see what we did there?). Everything from their milks to their chocolate is house-made, which means the quality of their coffee and treats is unmatched. Using natural materials and colors, the space's modern, minimalistic design mirrors the coffee shop's organic purpose — which we absolutely love.
DRINK OF CHOICE: Honey Cinnamon Latte. Sweet, spice, and everything nice.
If you're looking for a classic French cafe, with an artistic, mid-century twist to it, Magnolia Sous Le Pont is the place to go. This is a coffee house that invites you to stay and leisurely enjoy your brew — honestly, you'll probably never want to leave. If you're a fan of artisanal coffee and unique creations, you'll love trying the various drink options Magnolia has to offer. Carve out some time and treat yourself to a chill afternoon at this one-of-a-kind cafe.
DRINK OF CHOICE: Lavender Latte or Matcha Latte — we couldn't choose one!
Based in San Antonio, Merit Coffee's popularity has grown exponentially in the past two years, allowing the Texas roaster to begin serving Dallas and Austin. Architect Michael Hsu (responsible for the design of Austin's Uchi, La Condesa, and Sway) designed the Deep Ellum location, turning the warehouse space into a modern, wood-toned cafe.
DRINK OF CHOICE: Batch brew. Keep it simple and fully enjoy.
In the heart of the Bishops Arts District lies SERVE, a healthy coffee house and eatery. In addition to serving unique and delicious brews, this go-to place for the southwest Dallas community offers acai bowls and scrumptious sandwiches and toast. The quaint, repurposed Dallas house has a white, curated interior with natural wood and black accents, two design features we absolutely love.
DRINK OF CHOICE: Honey lavender matcha latte. It's like our two favorite drinks from Sous Le Pont in one!
Now, after writing this post, we're going to have to excuse ourselves and take a latte break. We recommend you do the same!
Furniture and decor stores like West Elm, Crate and Barrel, and IKEA dominate their market for a reason — they create attractive showrooms and catalogs that allow consumers to easily purchase their curated designs. All one simply needs to do is find a room they like through one of the store's "inspiration" sources, and they can purchase everything pictured, from the sofa and coffee table to the wall art and floor planter. These stores make it extremely convenient for people wanting a DIY interior makeover.
When it comes to designs for the individual, however, these brand-name stores fall short. They appeal to the masses, that's simply their nature. And that's ok because every piece in one's home doesn't have to be custom-made. In fact, incorporating a few unique, eye-catching pieces is all it takes to personalize a space.
Where do you find such items? Local shops.
Located in Dallas's Preston Hollow neighborhood, the curated modern art and decor store, Kasart, offers a variety of pieces sure to transform one's room. When customers shop here, they know they're receiving something special, as owner and interior designer Mariana Tagle only sources "items that are different and not easily accessible or too commercial."
The Peruvian designer moved to Dallas seven years ago, quickly making the modern aesthetic her market niche. Her professional background and travels around the world helped shape her cosmopolitan taste, and she wanted to share this with the Texas city. "In the past, Dallas had been built and decorated in a more traditional style," Mariana said. But she found clients to be extremely excited about "bringing contemporary life into their homes," and the success of her client consultations drove her to want more. So after six years of balancing a design business, her three children’s busy schedules, and waiting for the perfect location, Mariana opened her dream store, Kasart, in May 2019.
The inspiration behind Kasart was Mariana's desire to offer clients an opportunity to add a modern twist to any space. "I believe your home should be a place that brings you joy and nothing brings more joy than being surrounded by beauty. This doesn’t mean everything has to be modern but adding a few pieces can really elevate one's decor."
She carefully curates her collection, selecting pieces that are unique and full of personality. The art she brings in comes from "artists who are growing their presence so it’s a quality investment for the clients."
It's hard to find personality and uniqueness in your staple home and decor stores, which is why it's so important to branch out and visit your local shops like Kasart. We hope this Shop Talk has inspired you to do just that!