Congratulations on choosing Denton, Texas for the weekend! Whether it be on purpose, by accident, or forced… have no fear, I have an itinerary you can stick to or pick and choose from. Denton is in the northern part of the state about an hour from the Oklahoma border and is the home to two universities, the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University. The downtown square is definitely the highlight of the town full of charm and local shops. While in Denton, take in the artsy feel by drinking lots of coffee while thrift shopping.
8 a.m. – Get your caffeine fix with a quick drink from Jupiter House. Jupiter House is a coffee shop on the square. The shop burned down back in 2017 and has now been rebuilt and reopened. It looks completely different (and better if you ask me). Not only do they offer good coffee, but great sandwiches as well. You can grab your coffee and relax inside or snag a seat outside and enjoy the morning air.
10 a.m. – Climb the rock wall at the Pohl Rec Center on the University of North Texas campus. You can get a day pass for $5 and climb as many times as you want throughout the day.
12 a.m. – Stop by J&J’s and indulge in some absolutely delicious pizza! J&J’s is my all-time favorite eatery in Denton and I recommend it to everyone. With a very laid back vibe, it is a place anyone can feel comfortable. Just a tip – bring cash unless you want to pay a little extra to process your card.
2 p.m. – Spend the afternoon shopping and relaxing on the downtown Denton square. The square has so many quirky shops to explore including a comic book store, a candy shop, a record store, and a secondhand book shop in an old opera house . Don’t miss out on browsing through the two mini malls (flea markets) – with a little searching, you can find some great stuff for even better prices! Explore the Denton County Courthouse, which has been renovated into a museum, and then lay back and relax on the courthouse lawn.
[Edit: The mini malls are currently closed due to a fire.]
6 p.m. – Enjoy a rooftop dinner at LSA. LSA Burger Co. has indoor seating, but you’ll want to experience the roof with the live music, a view of the Denton square, and – if you’re lucky – a peek at the sunset. LSA boasts a long wait, but a fun, relaxed environment and it is well worth it! Be sure to check out the Texas Last Supper mural right inside the front door.
8 p.m. – After letting your dinner settle, stop into Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream for a sweet cone. Beth Marie’s is a Denton staple with over 50 flavors to choose from – the peppermint is my go-to! Be prepared for the intense smell of waffle cone that hits you as soon as you walk in.
10 p.m. – For evening drinks, you must check out Paschall Bar. It can be easy to miss, but once you travel up the hidden staircase, it feels like you have been transported back in time. The drinks are beautiful and the ambiance is perfect! Also, if you’ve ever wanted to know what it is like to hang out in a Hogwarts Common Room then look no further.
9 a.m. – Settle into the day with a cup of coffee from West Oak Coffee Bar. Founded in 2014, it is one of Denton’s newer coffee shops, but it quickly rose to being a local favorite. West Oak offers different types of indoor seating as well as a quaint patio with a great view of the square. Grabbing a spot outside is a fantastic way to meet a friendly face or just people watch.
11 a.m. – Eat brunch at Loco Cafe. It’s a haven for breakfast lovers and has “the best biscuits ever!” Loco Cafe also boasts a vegan friendly and gluten-free menu. The space is open with lots of windows and is the perfect spot to sip coffee, eat pancakes, and catch up with friends.
1 p.m. – Go mural and sculpture hunting throughout the city. Denton is known for being very hipster and artsy, so there is local art everywhere! You can find a list of the murals here. Pick out a few you like and search them down for a good Instagram photo or just drive around see how many you can find.
2 p.m. – Finish your local art hunt at Oak St. Drafthouse and Cocktail Parlor by being the “I” in the Lil d sculpture and snapping a photo with the iconic Denton mural. Oak St. has over 70 beers on tap and endorses drinking craft beer. There is limited inside seating, but the real party is outside on the picnic tables under the twinkling lights. They have board games available as well as some yard games to keep everyone entertained.
4 p.m. – Head to Backyard on Bell to grab an early dinner from a local food truck and enjoy some live music. The available food trucks and live music changes from week to week, so find out what is available here.
6 p.m. – Catch a show at the Campus Theatre on the square. You can see shows, showtimes, and purchase tickets here.
9 p.m. – Finish off the night with a drink at East Side. East Side is another local hot spot with late night food trucks and picnic table seating. Bring a few friends or make new friends while drinking and chatting under the stars.
I hope you enjoy all the charm and personality that Denton offers! Be sure to use the infamous Denton hashtags when posting your photos: #dentoning #onlyindenton