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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Things to Do
Dallas Glass Art
Learn the art of glassmaking through classes, workshops and private lessons at the Dallas Glass Art. Choose from a variety of classes that teach the basics of glass making to kiln forming and more!