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A Quick Guide To The Best Districts In Dallas

Top districts in Dallas for entertainment.

The third-largest city in Texas, Dallas also remains one of the fastest-growing. It’s a big area, 300-plus square miles split into a series of easy-to-remember districts. Highland Park Village for high-end shopping and a slice of the outdoors. Deep Ellum for the arts, trends, and resistance. Dallas Arts District for the tourists.

Each district in Dallas has its own niche and style and look and vibe. And the best districts in Dallas have a habit of growing and evolving. There are mainstays. But you’ll also see boutiques flit in-and-out of the landscape.

Without further ado, here are the best districts in Dallas.

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Downtown Dallas

giant eyeball by Tony Tasset in Main Street District in Dallas

Main Street District

Main Street is the plug of downtown Dallas. The district (which bears the same name) envelopes the road, which seems narrow under the gaze of tall shops, big hotels, and commercial skyscrapers.

Parking on Main Street is a mess so if you’re planning a visit to this popular Dallas district, arrive early in the morning (recommended time: 7 AM). Along the street, you’ll discover the Neiman Marcus flagship store, Dallas’ iconic blue-tiled coffee shop (The Commissary), and Tony Tasset’s giant eye that draws crowds (it’s a 30-foot tall statue modeled after the artist’s own eyes and yes, it’s even creepier up-close).

Dallas District Highlights

Stay: The Joule

See: Neiman Marcus Flagship

Eat: Sapa House

Dallas Arts District

girl in red dress standing in front of a bright colorful mural outside of the DMA, located in the Dallas Arts District

Downtown is home to some of the biggest tourist attractions in Dallas. The Dallas Museum of Arts (DMA), Crow Collection, and Nasher Sculpture Center are all situated here, in the midst of hard-angled streets. And amongst locals, this hub of museums is known as the Dallas Arts District.

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The Dallas Arts District is one of my favorite areas to simply walk around. For a full-breadth tour of the area, start at the Winspear Opera House, an architecturally modern take on classic opera structures.

From here, you’ll see a unique view of Dallas’ skyline, one that’s fractured by a gridded canopy and thick beams.

And just a few steps away is Meyerson Symphony Center. Meyerson’s interior is even more impressive than its exterior (which resembles a beige box casing a glass baseball cap). The venue lifts up sounds. Chords and notes leap above rows of seats.

After listening to a performance at Meyerson, you’ll want to continue down Flora Street, past Belo Mansion and the Asian-art-focused Crow Collection and the ever-popular DMA to Klyde Warren Park, an urban oasis hidden in plain view.

Dallas District Highlights

Stay: HALL Arts Hotel

See: Crow Collection

Eat: Nasher Cafe By Wolfgang Puck

Uptown Dallas

Visiting Uptown Dallas in the winter

West Village District

Located in Uptown, West Village, at heart, is a Dallas shopping district. But it’s also a place to eat, stroll, and relax. It’s home to unique restaurants like Mutt’s Cantina (dog-friendly bites) and The Rustic (music-driven bar).

A morning walk around West Village is a breath of fresh air. You’ll pass bold-colored street art, bubbly murals, tall trees, and floor-to-roof windowed shops that you can peek inside. My morning walking path usually starts near Kendra Scott and inches towards McKinney Avenue Trolley (which is completely free to ride).

Dallas District Highlights

Stay: Crescent Court

See: Street Art

Eat: Breadwinners

West Dallas

Kate Weiser in Dallas

Trinity Groves

One of the most underrated (and smallest) entertainment districts in Dallas, Trinity Groves still stretches a good fifteen acres.

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On-site, you’ll find a mix of restaurants and boutiques (sometimes, both-in-one), from high-end healthy eats to down-home BBQ & Blues. Take your pick from Mexican, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Middle Eastern menus. Trinity Groves offers up a melting pot of flavors.

Dallas District Highlights

See: Kate Weiser Chocolate

Eat: V-Eats Modern Vegan

Knox-Henderson

Interior Design showcase, like the rooms in Knox-Henderson, one of the lesser known districts in Dallas

Like Main Street, Knox-Henderson is a road and a district rolled into one.

It’s also a showcase. Design comes first at Knox-Henderson. Each boutique is carefully curated and paletted. The colors fit as does the decor.

We’re convinced each room takes an aesthetics-upon-aesthetics approach.

In Knox-Henderson, you’ll find eyewear stores and rug shops that belong inside an issue of Architectural Digest. You’ll pass a splashed-out jeans store and a puffed-pink purse shop. Away, which sells the creme-de-la-creme of chic travel luggage, even has a concept store here!

Some of the larger shops sell furniture with even larger price tags. But it’s fun to walk through regardless.

And I think that’s the point of Knox-Henderson. It’s high-end but not monotone. It’s brazenly creative and upscale. Simultaneously. No shame.

Dallas District Highlights

See: Res Ispa

Eat: Houndstooth Coffee

Oak Cliff

Sign that reads Bishop Arts District in Dallas

Bishop Arts District

It’s no secret that Bishop Arts District is one of my favorite areas of Dallas. I’ve talked about Bishop Arts District restaurants and boutiques time-after-time on Passport To Eden.

Situated in Dallas’ Oak Cliff neighborhood, Bishop Arts District is split mostly between two walking streets: W Davis Street and N Bishop Avenue. It’s a hip spot, with cute Dallas-loved cafes and even cuter bookstores.

The complex is also peppered with art – galleries, street art, murals. It’s the perfect place to sip, shop, and stroll.

Dallas District Highlights

See: Wild Detectives

Eat: Dude, Sweet Chocolate

Deep Ellum

Street art outside a bar in Deep Ellum

Deep Ellum stands at the peak of quirky. It’s Keep-Austin-Weird (well, in this case, Keep Dallas Weird) maxed out. You’ll find roads and nooks lined with street art – street art that takes on all sorts of bold and bright colors.

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The area, in some places, is a little grungy, but the artwork livens up the whole scene. If this is your first time visiting Dallas, know that Deep Ellum is a must (if you have enough time). From the bars to the boutiques, it’s one of the few Dallas districts seeped in its own culture.

Dallas District Highlights

See: Street Art Tour

Eat: Monkey King

Lower Greenville

Photo of the Truck Yard in Lower Greenville in Dallas

Lowest Greenville

Lower Greenville is Dallas’ nightlife district. And Lowest Greenville, a sub-strip south of Belmont Avenue, is a square of late-night restaurants. It’s home to the Truck Yard, a retro food truck lot, and HG Sply Co, one of the best rooftop bars in Dallas.

Lowest Greenville is commonly known for its mid-range establishments. But if you’re looking for something a little more formal, a little more intimate, or a little more upscale, head to St. Martin’s Wine Bistro or Rapscallion (one of the few Dallas eateries serving Nashville-style hot chicken).

Dallas District Highlights

See: Granada Theater

Eat: Truck Yard

Fair Park

Big Tex is located in the Fair Park district in Dallas

Fair Park District is known for one thing: The State Fair Of Texas. So in the fall, this Dallas district is pure madness. But the rest of the year? With pop-up tents and scheduled outdoor performances gone, Fair Park fits in notes of peace.

There’s still plenty to see here throughout the year, from the African American Museum to the Dallas Historical Society.

Dallas District Highlights

See: State Fair Of Texas

Eat: Fletcher’s Corn Dogs

More Districts In Dallas

Teddy Bear Park View of the lake at sunset
  • Dallas Design District: a mix of galleries and Vogue-worthy showrooms, Dallas’ Design District is chic and high-end. For an inside look, head to Dallas Contemporary, a free-to-visit multi-room modern art museum.
  • Oak Lawn: an LGBTQ-friendly neighborhood, Oak Lawn is known for its gay bars and drag shows.
  • Mockingbird Station: often perceived as a shopping complex, Mockingbird Station is one of the lesser-known entertainment districts in Dallas. You’ll want to visit for Urban Taco and Angelika Film Center. The steps near here, an abstract slash of pastel pinks and blues, make for a cute photo-op!
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2 Comments

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    Jamie
    July 12, 2020 at 11:08 AM

    This post is so useful! I didn’t know there were so many districts in Dallas.

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    Natalie Ann Redman
    August 3, 2020 at 6:38 AM

    Gorgeous spots!

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