Dallas is one of the largest cities in the USA with a vibrant metro area that extends from swanky Uptown and the ultra-modern Victory Park development, to the elegance and old-money attitude of Turtle Creek, through to the gritty authentic suburbs.
Whether you are staying there or not, you’ll end up Downtown at some point - it’s the location of the Sixth Floor Museum, the vibrant West End and Dallas Arts districts and the Plaza of the Americas or Neiman Marcus shopping centres.
You’ll find excellent restaurants in the former warehouse district of Dallas’s West End - revitalised with hotels, restaurants, conversions and featuring a busy nightlife and shopping scene.
On the north side, Dallas Arts District is the creative hub of Downtown Dallas with a large number of venues for the fine and performing arts, including the Dallas Museum of Art, AT&T Performance Center, Nasher Sculpture Center, Meyerson Symphony Center, and the Crow Collection of Asian Art.
Greenville Avenue & East Dallas
It’s here that you’ll find Dallas’ classic ‘streetcar suburbs’ with their classic early 20th century bungalow architecture. Northeast of Downtown, Upper Greenville has a sophisticated scene that attracts urbanites while Lower Greenville is more boho chic with an eclectic mix of nightclubs, bars, restaurants, vintage clothing places and retro furniture stores.
In East Dallas, the former industrial district of Deep Ellum is now a fully-fledged nightlife area with a musical bent along with great restaurants, galleries and antique markets. You’ll also find Art Deco Fair Park, the iconic Cotton Bowl, eight museums, Dallas Aquarium and the planetarium. Further south, in Lakewood, visit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in the leafy residential neighbourhood Lakewood.
North Dallas and Preston Hollow
You’ll find plenty of swanky hotels and restaurants in the fancy neighbourhoods on the northern edge of Dallas. Addison has the Galleria, Valley View and Prestonwood malls.
North Oak Cliff, or Kessler Park, is another desirable streetcar suburb with 1930s bungalows, mid-century moderns and new contemporary homes. The hip Bishop Arts District around Bishop and Davis streets draws creative types to its bars, galleries, restaurants, cafes and eclectic boutiques.
Uptown and Oak Lawn
One of the major attractions of Uptown is the $3 billion Victory Park (the area around the American Airlines Center) with galleries and design stores, antique shops, modern restaurants, destination shopping strips and malls, luxury hotels and modern condos. West Village is one of the hottest spots for nightlife and shopping. Uptown also includes the artsy suburbs of Oak Lawn, Cedar Springs and Turtle Creek with their fabulous hotels, restaurants and shopping along with Lloyd Wright’s Dallas Theater Center.
Locals often refer to this area as Highland Park because it’s most commonly associated with the fancy shopping in the designer boutiques of Highland Park Village. There’s also the wonderful Meadows Museum and the excellent George W Bush Center (with over 70 million pages relating to history and political science, interactive displays, the infamous Florida voting chads and a replica of Bush’s Oval office).
The main attraction of West Dallas is Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge across Trinity River, designed by Spanish architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava. The Belmont Hotel has fantastic views of Downtown, and a brilliant mural.