This expansive area is home to a mix of urban and diverse neighborhoods with tree-lined streets, trendy galleries and boutiques, moving cocktail spots and savory restaurants.
Plan Your Trip To Central Dallas
Catch a game, dinner and drinks all in one place! Victory Park is the place to celebrate a Dallas Mavericks or Dallas Stars win or enjoy some fresh air after a concert.
At interstate 75 (north central expressway), Knox Street to the west becomes Henderson Avenue to the east. Regardless of which direction you choose, prepare for sensory tantalization in one of the city’s most exciting shopping, dining, and nightlife districts.
Though there are boutiques peppered throughout Uptown, the largest concentration of national and local retailers, restaurants, and bars is at this outdoor shopping destination, spanning several city blocks.
Home to Dallas' LGBT community and one of the most gay-friendly neighborhoods in the country, Oaklawn gives off a trendy vibe amongst its diverse and quaint homes.
Comfortably located between Uptown and Victory Park, Harwood is home to a handful of unique restaurant concepts and one impressive museum amongst the buzz of nearby gardens and art-filled lobbies.
Places to Eat in Uptown
Three of Dallas' best-known celebrity chefs have restaurant concepts in Uptown. Kent Rathbun's Abacus, Dean Fearling's namesake restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton and Stephan Pyles' Stampede 66 find food lovers from all over the world making pilgrimages daily.
The Backyard at Social House Uptown
More than just a patio, this is an adult playground with giant Jenga, bubble soccer and trash can pong to go with the 100 beers on tap.
Seasonally inspired cuisine with global flavors are the highlight at this intimate Henderson space. Beef tartare, fried olives and veal cheeks are among the biggest hits.
Mutt's Canine Cantina
Finally, a bar for dogs and the people who love them. Pooches are welcome on-leash at the patio or off-leash in the one-acre park with daily membership.
Wild About Harry's
Whether it's 100 degrees outside or a rare chilly day in Dallas, locals know the key to happiness is a cup of frozen custard and a hot dog from this Knox favorite.
Dee Lincoln Steak & Burger Bar
Updated steakhouse fare and imaginatively topped burgers pair with traditional and unexpected sides (try the cast iron chorizo corn or crispy brussel sprouts) with a slice of Coca Cola Fudge Cake for dessert.
This restaurant combines Lebanese and Moroccan styles inspired by street food cooking ideas to serve food that lets you escape. Located in the West Village, Baboush is a great place to go if you're craving authentic and modern Eastern Mediterranean and Moroccan style food.
Bisous Bisous Patisserie
Pastry Chef Andrea Meyer specializes in French-style pastries that are made fresh. Stop by for a macaroon in your favorite flavor and enjoy it on their quaint patio set up before your next shopping stop in West Village.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Where ingredients and craft come together is where Hopdoddy places itself in the burger making world. Located on McKinney Avenue and winner of the best French fries in town in 2015, the home-made buns make the Double Stack worth every penny.
S&D Oyster Company
This New Orleans-style seafood restaurant brings the tastes of the Gulf to Uptown. Located on the corner of McKinney Avenue and Boll Street, S&D Oyster Company has a menu full of seafood options from Fried Oysters and Shrimp to Broiled Flounder and Trout.
Authentic Spanish Tapas can be found at Si Tapas. Whether hot or cold, this restaurant has it all. Located on Allen Street near US 75, Si Tapas mixes tapas with fine wines to create an exquisite dining experience. Don't leave without checking out their patio and their fantastic view of Downtown Dallas.
Tacos and Tequila
In a place where the motto is "simple is best," Tacos and Tequila serves a variety of tequilas and a combination of tacos, burritos, and other favorites. Located in the Quadrangle in Uptown, this restaurant has garage parking and a killer brunch.
This contemporary Japanese dining and sushi restaurant is one of the best in the city. Located on Randall and Maple, Uchi is the downstairs restaurant, while Top Knot is the upstairs restaurant. Uchi offers a variety of fish that can make your head spin if not prepared for the experience.
Shopping in Uptown
In between women's boutiques and resale shops, sits an unassuming little house. Inside, shoppers delight in made-to-measure shirts, slacks and suits that can be shipped directly to customers in about four weeks.
Krimson & Klover
This Victorian home holds the latest in women's fashion trends from dresses to stunning accessories.
Froggie's 5 & 10
Toys, games and gags for kids and kids at heart bring a smile to the faces of anyone who walks into this cheery space.
Offering everything from furniture and accessories for entertaining to bath products and beautiful books, this gift shop is a one-stop wonderland of carefully curated must-haves.
Arts & Culture in Uptown
Uptown has a vibrant arts scene with multiple galleries and Asel Art, a top-notch supply store for those doing the creating. The Landmark Magnolia shows first-run blockbuster and arthouse films. And the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Kitchen Dog Theater, Theatre Three and Theatre Too produce a wide range of plays and musicals.
Join the locals and jog the Katy Trail. The 3.5-mile trail starts in Victory Park and goes north through Uptown before crossing over North Central Expressway and into Mockingbird Station. After your run, enjoy brunch on the patio at the Katy Trail Ice House as you watch the runners, walkers and bikers come and go.
There's always a party at one of the many LGBT-geared bars and clubs on Cedar Springs. Grab happy hour drinks at JR's Bar & Grill, or Woody's. Dance the night away at S4, Sue Ellen's, or TMC. Two-step with the cowboys of The Round-Up Saloon. Or take in one of the elaborate drag shows at the Rose Room inside S4.
Uptown Players put on top-notch productions, in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Kalita Humphreys Theater, just a few blocks from Oak Lawn.