Dallas is a growing, diverse city with lots to eat, see, do, and hear. Attractive for people of all tastes and ages, Dallas neighborhoods have unique personalities that let individual interests shine. In this city, anyone can choose where to explore their favorite things in new ways.
We've picked the best neighborhoods in Dallas and included all the things you have to try in these potential new stomping grounds. We highly recommend you don't limit yourself to just one though—there's a ton to explore here.
Who: Millennials/young professionals
Why: Uptown is a highly walkable area, full of green spaces at the heart of the Katy Trail, which runs from Knox Street to Reverchon Park. Easy to work, live, and play within its borders, Uptown is a place for people who are just as likely to enjoy happy hour as they are to Netflix and chill. Sunday Funday starts at Bread Winners. While they don't serve mortgage-draining avocado toast, millennials will find plenty of tempting dishes to squander their down payments. Perfect afternoons include bringing your canine kids to Mutts Cantina or grabbing a picnic table at Katy Trail Ice House. Appease your quarter-life crisis at the Quarter Bar, one of the best Uptown Dallas bars. The West Village houses everything from gyms to art to super fun events like outdoor movies, and, for an added bonus, copious shopping opportunities.
Who: Small business owners/artists
Why: There's buzz about up-and-coming Cedars, and revitalization usually means one thing: the artists have arrived (or have been here forever and people are finally catching on). The best time to build and grow a business or creative space is before an area gets too trendy, so if you're looking to set up shop, consider this fine old Dallas neighborhood. Art and music are already booming here, and places like The Cedars Art Gallery, The Cedars Union art incubator, and Cedars Open Spaces have set the neighborhood standard. Speaking of path forgers, crazy good restaurants and bars have made a cozy home here. Opening Bell Coffee, both music venue and café, is the perfect setting for work and play. The Cedars Social is modern, beautiful, and a must must must for food and cocktails. You'll also be charmed by the divinely divey Lee Harvey's, which has survived in one form or another for over 50 years—now that's what we call an early adopter.
Where: Old Lake Highlands/Lakewood
Who: Young families
Why: If your current definition of start-up refers more to your family than a small business, consider the neighborhoods bordering White Rock Lake. Old Lake Highlands sees lower median house prices, yet district schools are highly rated and it's easily accessible to downtown. With lake views and residential vibes, this area is perfect for young families to plant some roots and grow. Walking trails and on-water activities are always close at hand to work off youthful energy. The highly explorable Dallas Arboretum, with its botanical garden, learning spaces, and events, is a constant source of family-friendly fun. Adults can let loose at Topgolf, but life's a party for all in their Kidzone. Take the kids for treats at Lake Highlands Creamery, then bookmark Cedar & Vine for date nights.
Where: Deep Ellum
Who: Free spirits
Why: Whether you consider yourself nonconformist or love a good trend, you can find your niche in Deep Ellum. All you need to thrive here is an open mind, an eclectic sensibility, and an interest in going with the flow. This neighborhood is close to a range of others, so you have your pick when venturing out, but it's also home to various types of activities and events at any given moment. It's a historically musical neighborhood, and there are still places to catch a good show. Or, make your own music at spots like Expo Bar for karaoke. Outfit yourself and your house at vintage greats like Lula B's Antique Mall—you never know if you'll want to dress to impress while grooving at Deep Ellum Arts Festival or slurping noodles at Oni Ramen. Test out your best material or enjoy chuckling from the audience at Dallas Comedy House. Anything goes in Deep Ellum, and we're here for it.
Where: Trinity Groves
Why: Less a full-fledged neighborhood and more a West Dallas homing signal for food lovers, Trinity Groves has set itself up for growth, and by the looks of it will soon be as well-defined as other popular Dallas neighborhoods. Trinity Skyline Trail connects this space to northern and southern areas along the Trinity River, but you may want to pull up a seat and stay awhile. The food options are concentrated enough to move you effortlessly through stand-outs like Sushi Bayashi, Babb Bros BBQ, and Luck. Steam Theory Brewing and V-Eats Modern Brewing will quench the meanest thirst, and Cake Bar has that sweet tooth covered with unbeatable strawberry, Neapolitan, and hummingbird cakes (to name just a few). You can run it off on the trail or roll out of this 'hood full of some of the best food in Dallas, but you may want to consider sticking close if you're serious about good eats. Ready for round two?
Why: The suburbs also have their own flair, and whether you think of Irving as one of the northwest Dallas neighborhoods or its own city, it's the perfect place to slow down and enjoy pursuits of leisure. The Mandalay Canals, reminiscent of Italy, are charming conduits to shops and restaurants, and the annual Canal Fest celebrates cultures from around the world through dance, music, art, and food. The Irving Arts Center has a packed events calendar, as well as adult classes and workshops. Steep yourself in history in Irving Heritage District, where you can nibble on burgers at the Big State Fountain Grill, then wander to Centennial Park to stroll paved trails lined with trees circling the lake. If golf is your game, area courses include Hackberry Creek Country Club and Cottonwood Valley Course. All this and the median home prices still range around $200,000. Perfect.
Where: Bishop Arts District/Oak Cliff
Why: Bishop Arts District and Oak Cliff are ready to mingle, and you will be too. Shopping, eating, live music, bars—this area is rife with places to see, be seen, and meet up. Get your house looking entertainment-ready with goods from Neighborhood, where you'll find art, housewares, and modern furniture design. Spruce up your personal look at the glam Studio 410 salon, where they just may be giving the best cuts in town. True to their name, Anytime Fitness will keep you toned and on your toes any time, 24/7. And now that you're looking right, you can't leave your pets in the lurch. Green Pet is a neighborhood store where you can bring the gang for adorable clothes and accessories, but also treats, foods, and toys. Paint the town any color you like at Bishops Arts restaurants like Ten Bells Tavern or venues like The Kessler. Cheers to meeting new people in awesome spaces!
Where: Highland Park
Who: Luxury seekers
Why: If only the finest things in life will do, get thee to Highland Park to rub elbows with the elite. Shopping is of course in order, so enjoy the designer storefronts of Highland Park Village, where you can also find dining (Café Pacific is a must), a local artisans market, and events. Lounge 31 is a prime spot to enjoy a cocktail, then mosey south a bit for dinner at staple palate-pleaser Al Biernat's. Manicured bliss and serene beauty are earmarks of Lakeside Park, where the Teddy Bear sculpture welcomes little ones with friendly smiles, and Turtle Creek sparkles gem-like through sun-dappled trees. Life is beautiful in Highland Park.
If you're new to town and looking for the best neighborhoods in Dallas, or you just need a refresh from your current spot, consider any of these for a change of pace or a sparkly new place. And when you need storage and a friendly face during your move, our Dallas storage units have you covered.
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