A Visitor’s Guide to Dallas Neighborhoods

Downtown – in addition to being home of the central business district, luxury shopping and many hotels, downtown has the Arts District. It is centered along North Pearl Street and Flora Street and includes the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Meyerson Symphony Center and the AT&T Performing Arts Center. A few blocks southwest is the The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in the Texas Book Depository building. Dealey Plaza and the blocks just north comprise the West End Historical District, which includes the Dallas World Aquarium and the Dallas Holocaust Museum.

Deep Ellum – head to East Dallas for the epicenter of all things hip. Deep Ellum runs along Elm Street and a few blocks south just east of the Central Expressway. Head the area for live music, bars, art galleries, tattoo parlors, and original restaurants.

Lower Greenville – north of Deep Ellum in East Dallas (along Greenville Avenue south of Mockingbird Lane) lies the burgeoning Lower Greenville neighborhood. There’s a bohemian vibe here, with an eclectic mix of ethnic and new American restaurants, a plethora of bars, and a party every night.

Oak Cliff – just southwest of downtown on the other side of the Trinity River, Oak Cliff is and up-and-coming neighborhood full of beautiful old bungalows that are being restored to their former glory. The Bishops Arts District is a trendy area full of boutiques and cafes and a rich nightlife.

Uptown – Uptown can be reached by taking the McKinney Avenue Trolley north from the Arts District. This former “streetcar suburb” is now upwardly mobile with a formidable gay population. The dining and shopping options have skewed more upscale as property values have risen.

Highland Park and University Park – the “Park Cities” are some of the wealthiest residential communities in the country. University Park is home to Southern Methodist University and the George W. Bush Presidential Library. The shopping is world-class and very upscale.

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