With so many great neighborhoods in Dallas, it’s hard to pick which to explore.
When you hop off the bus in downtown Dallas, we want you to explore the best our city has to offer. Dallas has several neighborhoods surrounding downtown each with their own distinct characteristics that make each of them a great place to go. If it’s your first time to Big D, we definitely want you to see the JFK Memorial and Klyde Warren Park, but once you’re done pick one of these neighborhoods to head next.
Trinity Groves is the place to go for great dining and an even better patio. Stretching the length of the building the covered patio gives each restaurant ample room for guests to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful Texas weather once fall arrives. (Don’t worry – there’s plenty of indoor seating as well.) The area’s ever-growing and changing line-up of restaurants has a wide variety of choices to pick from.LUCK (Local Urban Craft Kitchen)LUCK is a craft beer inspired kitchen promoting the local craft beer industry by serving only drinks that have been brewed within a 75-mile radius. While you’re here get a delicious meal full of comfort food with a Texas twist.Address: 3011 Gulden Ln #112, Dallas, TX 75212
The menu here is a blend of Asian dishes with Latin ingredients inspired by Chinese immigrants who moved to South America.
2Bishop Arts District
After filling up at Trinity Groves, make your way to Bishop Arts to walk off your meal. Stroll into locally owned small businesses and art studios to take it all in! The district itself might be small but you can spend hours wandering around this part of the city.We are 1976
While the name pays homage to the 1970s, this shop is perfect for cool, modern gifts, art and other designed-inspired goods. Here you’ll find a variety of things from stationery and jewelry to paper goods, toys and prints for your home.Address: 313 N Bishop Ave, Dallas, TX 75208
If you’re in need of new candles, Society has you covered. Their boutique has walls and walls of soy candles in scents like laundry day, camp fire and cut grass.Address: 403 North Bishop Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75208
Dallas Grilled Cheese Co.
Allow them to change your mind on what grilled cheese is supposed to be. The menu features plenty of choices but with bi-monthly experiments leading to a new spin on an American classic, you won’t be able to predict what specialty grilled cheese sandwiches be a part of the off-menu specials.
Address: 310 West 7th Street Dallas, TX 75208
There’s always room for a top-notch, flavor-filled dinner or brunch, and celebrity Chef Blythe Beck created the perfect place to indulge in comfort food with a swanky southern flair. Their menu is full of family recipes, some posted on the wall as décor, and every dish is worth a taste…especially the Maker’s Mark banana pudding.
Address: 642 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208Click here to see a full list of stores in the Bishop Arts District.
Once Dallas’ go-to place for jazz and blues in the 1920’s, Deep Ellum has stayed true to its roots more than a century later and is one of the city’s best known neighborhoods for live music, food and grade-A art. Whenever exploring downtown, hop on DART and head east just a few stops for lunch.
You can stroll the streets taking in all the street art, and pop in and out of local shops while you pick where to go from some seriously amazing eateries.
The line is long and the wait is worth every second. Get here early because once they sell out, they’re done for the day. There’s a reason this place is constantly ranked as one of the best barbeque joints in the state.
Address: 2702 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
When you’re looking for a pizza joint with true local flare, stop at Serious Pizza. Between the graffiti on the wall, stickers everywhere and colorful posters, this place is true to Deep Ellum style. While you wait, watch them spin the dough in the window. Their huge pizzas deliver giant slices so you won’t walk away hungry.
Address: 2807 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226
Monkey King Noodle Co.
It might be a hole-in-the-wall but if you’re looking for authentic northern-Chinese street food then this is your place. From noodles to dumplings, you’ll grab your dish from the counter to go or take it upstairs to the rooftop patio to enjoy it.
Address: 3014 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
If you’re wanting a nice dinner and cocktails then the bottom level is perfect, but when a take a trip upstairs the views are immaculate and so are the vibes. The top level of Stirr can be perfect for brunch midday but follows suit of the other bars in Deep Ellum and transitions into the club atmosphere with plenty of dancing and drinks at nightfall.
Address: 2803 Main St #110, Dallas, TX 75226
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Whether you want brunch with a view, a cool place to sit and chat with friends or something to cool down with on a warm day, this is the place to go.Truck YardThis place is perfect for adults and kids during the day which is why it's become a local favorite. Get a Philly cheesesteak or ice cream then grab a seat in the back yard or on the patio. There are also rotating food trucks that make an appearance at the Truck Yard throughout the day so you just might find yourself spending the day here.
Address: 5624 Sears St, Dallas, TX 75206HG Supply Co.This is where meat-lovers and vegetarians can eat in harmony. Here you'll find delicious and modern variations of the hunter and gatherer theme. You can eat inside but when the weather is nice, don't miss the opportunity to sit outside on the rooftop patio.
Address: 2008 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206Steel City PopsNo matter the weather, sometimes you just want to cool down with a popsicle. While walking around Lower Greenville, Steel City Pops is your go-to spot. While they have traditional flavors it's the specialty pops that they're known for. From creamy pops like avocado, coffee, coconut and peanut butter to fruity pops like blackberry, raspberry-lemon and mango, there's a flavor or two for whatever you're craving.
Address: 2012 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
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With so many things to enjoy in this area, Fair Park, TX is a place for people of all ages. Catch a concert, see a play, visit a museum, or take the kids to the aquarium.
African American Museum
Founded in 1974, the African American Museum is the only one of its kind in the Southwestern Region devoted to the preservation and display of African American artistic, cultural and historical materials. It has one of the largest African American Folk Art collections in the United States.
Address: 3536 Grand Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75210
Music Hall at Fair Park
More than just a cultural center, the Music Hall provides a refined venue for corporate meetings, black tie affairs, luncheons and banquets. Combining the elegance of fine dining with the beautiful views of Fair Park, M Dining at the Music Hall Restaurant offers a gourmet buffet prior to summer musical, opera and ballet seasonal performances and is the ideal location for dinners, receptions, meetings and private parties.
Address: 909 1st Ave, Dallas, TX 75210
The Children's Aquarium at Fair Park has been designed with kids in mind. With eye-level, interactive zones, and exhibits, everyone can enjoy and learn something new about our aquatic friends from around the world.
Address: 1462 1st Avenue, Dallas, TX 75226
State Fair of Texas
Since 1886, the legendary State Fair of Texas has celebrated agriculture, education, and quality, family-friendly entertainment. The fair kicks off the last Friday in September every year and lasts for 24 consecutive days, making it the longest-running fair in the nation and one of the largest.
Address: 3921 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Dallas, TX 75210
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