Coppell is a mystery. Ringed by major freeways and practically next door to DFW airport, the suburb somehow manages to feel like a small town. It has a walkable historic Old Town district, a thriving farmer’s market, a handful of hip boutiques, and an impressive number of parks (17) for its size. In one such park, Grapevine Springs, Sam Houston negotiated a treaty in 1843 with local Native American chiefs. These days, a Kaleidoscope festival celebrates the city’s diversity with food, dance and art. And the jewel in Coppell’s crown? It would be a stylish arts center that opened in the fall.
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446 W. Bethel Rd | 972-652-0737
Coppell’s former post office now houses a curated collection of vintage, antique, and handmade furniture, household items, and jewelry. Owner Dana Pugh recently expanded her store to include the old gas station next door. If something catches your eye, don’t hesitate. High turnover means the store will look different each time you visit.
Jacaranda Gift Shop
456 W. Bethel Rd | 214-799-4799
Alongside Tattered Style is an eclectic mix of clothing, home decor, and jewelry, among other trinkets. If it is in stock, take honey from the owner’s hives.
Tommy Tamale Market and Cafe
680 N. Denton Tap Rd. | 972-450-4940
As you head out of town, pick up some of the best tamales in North Texas. The Coppell outpost opened just three years ago, but the original location of the Grapevine has been around for more than a decade. If you like it spicy, try the habanero pork.
Victor’s wooden grill
150 S. Denton Tap Road. | 972-393-5152
Ask anyone in town for a dinner recommendation, and they’ll send you to Victor’s, a Coppell institution. Tucked away in an unassuming strip mall, it’s popular for staples like rainbow trout, wood-grilled meatloaf, steaks, and mac and cheese.
Coppell Farmer’s Market
768 Main Street West
Consider this small-town farmers’ market your weekend destination. The Saturday morning market attracts a mix of farmers, growers, ranchers, pastry chefs, bakers, chocolatiers, and more. It has a partially covered pavilion, a large lawn, a water fountain and a playground. It’s so dog-friendly that locals joke that it’s where Coppell’s dogs can be seen.
Coppell Art Center
505 Travis Street | 972-304-7047
Catch a show, take an art class, or simply stroll through the city’s sparkling arts hub, which opened in September 2021 after a major renovation and expansion. It is home to Coppell’s own community arts groups, including the Coppell Theater, but also attracts nationally touring performances. Look for occasional drive-ins, yoga classes, and kids’ craft days.
George Coffee + Provisions
462 Houston Street | 469-464-3107
Right in the middle of the Old Town, this Instagram-worthy cafe emphasizes 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 relaxed bar with a small selection of beers, wines and charcuterie.