Dallas Neighborhoods

Featured Neighborhoods in Dallas

1 Deep Ellum

Arts and entertainment options keep Deep Ellum busy. A former industrial neighborhood just east of downtown Dallas, it’s now home to a variety of artists and designers. The locus of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s Green Line, visitors can walk to Fair Park or stroll through local shops and galleries. Famous stops such as the Amsterdam Bar are popular with locals and tourists alike. The first cotton gin in Texas was located here (it’s now apartments) as well as a 1914-era Ford factory. Other historic buildings include the Palace Sharp and Parks Brothers Warehouse. Deep Ellum Brewing Company is located here, distributing brews across Texas. The Dallas Farmers Market is also a part of this community. [Photo courtesy of John McStravick / flickr]

2 Downtown

Downtown Dallas is the bustling center of business for this Texas city, featuring a densely urban skyline with high-rise offices and surrounding apartment and condominium complexes. History has not been ignored: the West End Historic District encompasses 19th century brick warehouses that now hold a variety of local shops, restaurants and bars. The Dallas Center for the Performing Arts offers nationally renowned entertainment and newly revitalized Main Street has restaurants, bars and residences. The Dallas World Aquarium and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park are also located here, along with the headquarters for several national and international corporations, including 7-11. Klyde Warren Park, a deck park over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway, provides green space in, along with the Trinity River Corridor, with popular paths for walking, jogging and biking.

3 Uptown

Upscale Uptown is a walkable community filled with multi-use developments that combine retail with residences. Cityplace Center features condominiums and businesses popular with young professionals. McKinney Avenue serves as this community’s main street, and locals enjoy a free ride on the historic trolley line into the downtown Dallas Arts district. Restaurants, nightclubs, bars and spas share space with the West Village shopping area filled with vintage and boutique shops and lively galleries. Stanley Korshak department store is also a staple in this community. A bustling arts scene and trendy shopping options make this a lively, growing neighborhood where residents can eschew their cars and stroll the vibrant streets. Griggs Park is a focal point of the community for outdoor recreation and neighborhood events. [Photo Courtesy of Uptown Dallas Inc.]

4 Knox-Henderson

Named for two streets that cross the North Central Expressway, Knox / Henderson is a suburban, broad-laned community that’s also home to shops, bars and restaurants. Outdoors enthusiasts enjoy the Katy Trail, which runs through this area. The Knox section of this neighborhood is home to the running trail, restaurants, design shops, spas and a variety of small-single family homes and condominiums. Henderson has a more urban feel with gastro pubs and vintage shops that speak to hipsters and fashionista sensibilities. Cochran Park and Garrett Park provide open-air recreation. [Photo courtesy of KnoxDallas.com]

5 Oak Lawn

A strong draw for the LGBT community, Oak Lawn is home to nightclubs, restaurants and bars along bustling Cedar Springs Road, less than two miles from Downtown Dallas. Several events also draw big crowds throughout the year, including the annual Halloween Street Festival, Easter in the Park, and the Dallas Gay Pride parade. Many local shops are located along Maple Avenue. One of Dallas’ older neighborhoods, Oak Lawn has a variety of architectural styles including town homes, condos and apartment buildings as well as single-family homes. The Oak Lawn Farmers Market runs weekly, and the community’s public library presents a variety of speaker programs. [Photo courtesy of Easter in Lee Park]

6 Bishop Arts District

A shopping and entertainment destination just south of downtown Dallas, The Bishop Arts District is walkable and urban, with murals, brick walkways and converted warehouses that are now home to eclectic eateries, ranging from Thai to Green, Hawaiian to vegan. Coffee shops, bars and galleries share streets with condominiums and apartments. Local boutique shops sell handmade soaps, candles, plants and pillows. Home to the Oak Cliff Film Festival, this community includes many farm to table restaurants, and locavore shopping and dining of all kinds. [Photos courtesy of BishopArtsDistrict.com]

7 Lower Greenville

Entertainment and dining options are numerous in Lower Greenville, where popular bars and a variety local shops call home. Visitors will find everything from boutique chocolatiers to record stores, cafes and live music venues that draw locals and tourists, alike. The Granada Theater hosts national and local musical acts in a beautifully preserved 1930s-era movie palace. Broad White Rock Lake, White Rock Lake Park and Tietze Park provide green space and the Dallas Arboreum and Botanical Gardens are also located here. But it’s the lively music, bar, and dining scene that puts Lower Greenville on the map. Walkable venues are perched throughout the M Street residential area, drawing clientele from hipsters to families. Vegan, gluten-free and locavore restaurant menus add to the diverse and trendy scene. [Photo courtesy of Granada Theater]

8 Swiss Avenue

Elegant, historic and residential, that’s the east Dallas neighborhood of Swiss Avenue. Tree- lined streets are chock-a-block with residential styles ranging from Spanish to Tudor and Georgian. With many homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places, chances are that most properties located here are rife with history. Home tours of many large historic homes are offered here every Mother’s Day. Lakewood Shopping Center offers a small enclave of shops, businesses and restaurants. Historic Munger Place Church and Harrell Park provide open space beyond the wide front lawns of the largest homes.

9 Highland Park

Some say Highland Park is the Beverly Hills of Texas. This historic area has high-end shopping and dining options and several boutiques located boutiques at Highland Park Village. Southern Methodist University calls this neighborhood home, along with the beautiful Meadows Museum, which houses a large collection of Spanish art. Landscaped gardens and parks and green space around Turtle Creek add to the open, elegant, suburban feel of this community, which is also home to the Dallas Country Club. Exall Lake provides waterfront views and jogging and walking paths. Craddock Park and Fairfax Park offer additional open space for picnicking and strolling.

10 Fair Park

Fair Park primarily refers to a major Dallas landmark that is home to nine museums, and the largest Ferris wheel in the U.S. Many buildings that were built for a 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition remain beautiful examples of Art Deco style. The 277-acre park space was declared a National landmark. The tranquil Leonhardt Lagoon, the Music Hall, the Margo Jones Theater, and the African American Museum of Dallas are all located here. The Museum of Science includes a planetarium and IMAX theater. The Cotton Bowl Stadium, once home to the Dallas Cowboys, hosts concerts, soccer tournaments and other events throughout the year. [Photo courtesy of FairPark.org]

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