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
Food & Drink
Pie Tap Pizza Workshop + Bar
The pizzas at Pie Tap is just one highlight you'll find on the menu here. They also serve hand-made pastas, salads, sandwiches, and a brunch menu of breakfast pizzas that are to die for. And try one of their 35 taps of wines and cocktails.
District Food & Wine
This sophisticated restaurant serves contemporary comfort foods in a casual space that will make you feel right at home. Local favorites include the truffle mac and cheese, gumbo and chicken parmesan.
Bold art, delectable food and great city views are just a few words to describe this new-age gastropub. The menu offers a combination of eclectic and comfort food options, as well as great drinks and savory desserts you can't pass up.
One of the best taco joints in town, Taco Stop has your breakfast and lunch needs covered. Get your choice of chorizo or bacon in the morning, and veggie or pork carnitas during the lunch hour.
Get authentic Mexican eats at El Bolero, from the chile relleno to the enchiladas de mole . They also have a vibrant cocktail menu, a rotating raw bar and live musicians on weekends.
Take on the Nanny Goat, a classic burger with a goat cheese twist, before a friendly game of ring toss or a beer on the spacious patio at Rodeo Goat. And don't let the endless options and unique burgers scare you – everything on the menu is delicious.
Specializing in coffees from around the world, this hip space elevates the coffee experience to an art form. Ascension also serves wine by the glass and a vibrant food menu, including tapas to share with the table.
This no-frills American restaurant serves classic burgers and chicken sandwiches. The service and food are quick, and the large portions make it one of the best burgers in the Design District.
This upscale restaurant offers a seasonally-inspired menu, made with locally sourced ingredients to create multi-course meals that will leave your taste buds happy. Pair them with your favorite wine to sip on throughout the night.
Expand your palate with the innovative creations at Oak. Go for the chilled melon soup or stick with the classic burger, and be sure to order the coconut crème brulee for dessert.
Thai food as artfully presented as it is delicious. The intimate restaurant serves up unique and flavorful dishes, plus a robust cocktail menu that's too good to pass up.
The Slow Bone
No shortage of BBQ in Dallas! Get your fix of sausage, brisket and ribs in the cafeteria-style line that often extends out the door.
Mama's Daughter's Diner
A classic diner with classic food. The restaurant has been in Dallas since 1958 and bakes their own pies, corn bread and rolls daily.
From the chic ambiance to the delectable food to the handcrafted cocktails, you'll want to make a trip to Quill as part of your weekend plans. Grab a drink and a seat on their plush couches.
Shopping & Activities
F is for Frank
The designers at F is for Frank come from a sculptural background and specialize in creating hand-crafted jewelry and other wearable art pieces. Shop for men and women's jewelry and even get personalized pieces that will make for the perfect gift.
Put your cooking skills to the test as you learn three and four-course meals in guided cooking lessons. Classes last about three hours with different themes and specialties every week.
Engage in some friendly competition at this vintage-themed bowling alley. Bowl Lounge features a full restaurant and bar, retro video games and pool tables for all the entertainment you need for a night out.
LMB Art Glass
Shop for high-quality glass art in the beautiful gallery at LMB Art Glass. Here you'll find a range of diverse pieces from jewelry to small gift items and free-form focal pieces to buy in the store or on the online collection.
White Elephant Antiques
Check out this large antique warehouse for all your vintage finds. There's a large collection of items here from great collectables to classic antiques to home and furniture goods.
Dallas is full of great boutique shopping options. Shop at Chantilly for a mix of couture and cotemporary women's clothing, as well as custom jewelry and accessories.
This funky spot sells a large collection of antique furniture, vintage clothing, art pieces, records and so much more. You'll find something new and funky with every visit, making it an ideal Saturday afternoon activity.
Arts & Culture
Photographers Do Not Bend Gallery
Dedicated to photo-based art, the Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery shows images from the early 20th century to present day. Artists range from regional, national and internationally recognized photographers.
This contemporary art space pairs new art from America and abroad with new works of art by Texas artists. The gallery highlights mostly young talents and complements Dallas' art community through its encyclopedia art museum and artists residency programs.
Circuit 12 Contemporary
Check out one of Texas' most innovative and unique galleries. Art work on display ranges from contemporary to 2D and 3D digital works.
Known for showing a unique vision from both established artists and those emerging in the scene, CINQ gallery showcases local, regional and national talent that create an exciting experience with two and three-dimensional works of art. Come check out the numerous solo and group shows throughout the year.
Craighead Green Gallery
This gallery represents some of the finest contemporary art from over 40 nationally and internationally recognized artists. The focus is on paintings, prints and sculpture in a number of styles.
The Crawshay Gallery displays international landscape photography by Phil Crawshay. He uses a gigapixel imaging process that is a computer controlled system to make large images like the Dallas skyline, city landmarks and beautiful architecture, just to name a few.
Cris Worley Fine Arts
Cris Worley Fine Arts is dedicated to promoting artists' innovative works through exhibitions, collaborations with public institutions and organizations and collectors, both locally and internationally.
Dragon Street Glass Gallery
Glass art are the main centerpieces on display at this gallery, with one of the most diverse collections of its kind in Dallas. There are nearly a dozen artists' represented, creating pieces like chandeliers, wall plates and glass bowls.
Gallerie Frank Elbaz
This gallery first opened its doors in Paris, France and opened its second location in Dallas in 2016. French artists are primarily represented at Gallerie Frank Elbaz, as well as notable American and historical artists. The gallery also participates in many international art fairs throughout the year.
Liliana Bloch Gallery
The Liliana Bloch Gallery takes a unique approach, emphasizing artwork that addresses contemporary issues with strong historical ties. The gallery represents regional, national and international artists in all media.
Sun to Moon Gallery
Find the finest photographic prints from a wide variety of styles. Over 50 prints are on display, including color landscapes, seascapes, abstracts and more.
Mary Tomas Gallery
The selection of art work at the Mary Tomas Gallery is strategically selected by artists who encompass unique artistic styles and exhibit diverse backgrounds. Check out the many rotating exhibits that showcase paintings, printmaking and sculpture.
Samuel Lynne Galleries
This premier gallery showcases 21st century art, with its primary focus on oil painting, mixed media artwork and sculpture. The beautiful space has 11,000 square feet of space, including a 40-seat multimedia theater.
Joel Cooner Gallery
Focusing on Asian, Oceanic and Tribal artworks, the Joel Cooner Gallery is a unique space that showcases a diverse collection of sculptures and artifacts.
Christopher Martin Gallery
Directed by Natalie Crosby, the Christopher Martin Gallery currently resides on Dragon Street in the Design District. It was founded more than 20 years ago and showcases Martin's work on both acrylic and canvas, offering an atmosphere of both calmness and imagination.
Laura Rathe Fine Art
Laura Rathe Fine Art represents many different contemporary artists work throughout the gallery, and is also displayed inside large corporations like Wells Fargo and UT Southwestern.
The Goss-Michael Foundation
Marvel at one of the largest collections of contemporary British art in the country at the Goss-Michael Foundation. The collection includes 500 works of art by more than 100 of the most prominent British artists.
It's a classic arcade combined with a cider tap room, so you can play a round of Pac Man with a pint of the tasty Crackberry in hand. There's more than 80 vintage games to check out, plus a recently opened expansion with room for skee ball and hoops.
Community Beer Company
Check out this award-winning brewing for the finest brews in town from the year-round Mosaic IPA to the seasonal Snickerdoodle Ale. They offer a brewery tour and open house every Saturday, complete with tastings of their latest beers and live music.
Peticolas Brewing Company
Voted the best brewery in Texas, Peticolas is a must on any trip to Dallas. Visit the Taproom to try one of their 16 beers on tap, play some foosball and check out the latest sports game on one of their many flat screens.
Texas Ale Project
Texas Ale Project came on the Dallas brewery scene in 2014, and they've been brewing home-grown ales ever since. Try one of the local favorites like the Fire Ant Funeral or Good to Go.
Noble Rey Brewing Company
Fairly new to the Design District, Noble Rey opened its doors in 2012 serving up unique flavors of beers year-round. Check out the events calendar that's always buzzing with activity like the weekly brewery tour and open mic night.