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How to Spend a Day in Coppell

This suburb maintains a small-town atmosphere, with a booming town square and annual Kaleidoscope Festival.
By How to Spend a Day in Coppell Sarah Bahari |
Kaleidoscope Festival Dancers
City of Coppell

Coppell is a mystery. Encircled by major highways and practically next door to DFW Airport, the suburb somehow manages to feel like a small town. It has a walkable Old Town historic district, a thriving farmers market, a handful of hip mom-and-pop shops, and an impressive number of parks—17—for its size. At one of those parks, Grapevine Springs, Sam Houston negotiated a treaty in 1843 with local Native American chiefs. These days, a Kaleidoscope Festival celebrates the town’s diversity with food, dance, and art. And Coppell’s crown jewel? That would be a sleek arts center that opened in the fall.

7 Things to Do in Coppell

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Tattered Style

446 W. Bethel Rd. | 972-652-0737

Coppell’s old post office is now home to a curated collection of vintage, antique, and handmade furniture, housewares, and jewelry. Owner Dana Pugh recently expanded her shop to include the old gas station next door. If something catches your eye, don’t hesitate. High turnover means the shop will look different every time you visit.

Honey Comb

Jacaranda Gift Shop

456 W. Bethel Rd. | 214-799-4799

Next door to Tattered Style is an eclectic mix of clothing, home decor, and jewelry, among other trinkets. If it’s in stock, grab some honey that comes from the owner’s beehives.

Tamales

Tommy Tamale Market & Cafe

680 N. Denton Tap Rd. |  972-450-4940

On your way out of town, pick up some of the best tamales in North Texas. The Coppell outpost opened just three years ago, but the original Grapevine location has been around for more than a decade. If you like spicy, try the habanero pork.

Steak and Mashed Potatos

Victor’s Wood Grill

150 S. Denton Tap Rd. | 972-393-5152

Ask just about anyone in town for a dinner recommendation, and they’ll send you to Victor’s, a Coppell institution. Tucked into an unassuming strip mall, it’s much-loved for staples such as rainbow trout, wood-grilled meatloaf, steaks, and mac and cheese.

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Coppell Farmers Market

768 W. Main St.

Consider this small-town farmers market your weekend destination. The Saturday morning market draws a blend of farmers, growers, ranchers, pastry makers, bread bakers, chocolatiers, and more. It’s got a partially covered pavilion, a large lawn, a water fountain, and a splayground. It’s so dog friendly that locals joke it’s the place for the dogs of Coppell to be seen.

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Coppell Arts Center

505 Travis St. | 972-304-7047

Catch a show, attend an art class, or just stroll through the city’s gleaming arts hub, which opened in September 2021 after a major facelift and expansion. It is home to Coppell’s own community arts groups, including Theatre Coppell, but also draws nationally touring shows. Look for occasional drive-in movies, yoga classes, and kids’ craft days.

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George Coffee + Provisions

462 Houston St. | 469-464-3107

Smack dab in the middle of Old Town, this Instagram-​worthy coffee shop goes heavy on the modern farmhouse aesthetic. Think clean lines, neutral colors, lots of plants, and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. In the evening, George transforms into a casual bar with a small selection of beer, wine, and charcuterie.

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