Central Dallas

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

Downtown

Downtown Dallas is a continuously growing area with a beautiful arts scene, urban green spaces, fine dining and luxurious shopping. See the hustle and bustle of professionals by day, and experience nightlife and entertainment after dark.

 

West End

Experience Dallas history in the West End District. Here you’ll find the Old Red Museum where the visitor’s center is housed, along with the JFK Memorial Plaza. There’s also tons of shops and restaurants located on a walking strip of Market and Record Streets. Stroll former warehouses and railroad stations that have been beautifully preserved and converted into restaurants with shaded sidewalk patios and only-in-Dallas retail shops. The district is home to some of Dallas' most iconic moments, including the grassy knoll in memoriam to JFK, and a perfect spot for a walking tour of Dallas history.

Arts District

The Dallas Arts District is largest urban arts district in the US. Spread over 20 square blocks and encompassing 68 acres, the walkable downtown hub of creativity features art for all the senses with award-winning museums, performing arts venues, restaurants and bars, while an arts magnet high school, Booker T. Washington, inspires tomorrow’s brilliant artists.

Farmer's Market

The Dallas Farmers Market was established in 1941 as the a municipal farmers market. Historically, it was the central hub for farmers to bring their produce, meats, and dairy to the city. Today, with the development in downtown Dallas, the Dallas Farmers Market has been transformed to be the farmers market for the future. The addition of food entrepreneurs along with farmers and ranchers, makes this a place to taste the diverse flavors and cultures of Texas. The Market is open daily with a variety of eateries and shops. The Shed is open over the weekends as the an open-air farmers market.

Downtown Arts & Culture

Dallas World Aquarium

The adventure at the Dallas World Aquarium begins at the top of the rainforest exhibit, where exotic birds and lounging sloths can be seen along with a wide array of animals that are part of the many conservation projects. Experience the outdoor South Africa exhibit and catch a glimpse of black-footed penguins, Shoebill storks and Madagascar giant day geckos.

Holocaust Museum

The Holocaust Museum – Center for Education and Tolerance is designed to teach the history of the Holocaust and advance human rights to combat prejudice, hatred and indifference. Walk through thoughtful exhibits, a museum archive and library, and the Garden of Remembrance.

 

Main Street Garden

Escape to the Main Street Garden park offering a great lawn, toddler play area, dog run, fountains, City Park Cafe and public art installations. During summer months, bring a blanket and catch an al fresco movie on the lawn.

Pioneer Plaza

Walk among 49 bronze longhorn cattle sculptures, herded by three bronze trail riders, in one of the most photographed locations in the city.

Reunion Tower GeO-Deck

See our city from over 500 feet in the air at one of Dallas' most recognized structures. Enjoy the view and interact with Halo, the deck's digital information system, to learn about Dallas, its landmarks, Reunion Tower's light shows, milestone events in the city and more.

Places to Eat in Downtown

Americano

This vibrant, casual Italian restaurant at The Joule Hotel has an atmosphere inspired by 1960s Italian cinema. The menu is comprised of contemporary takes on nostalgic comfort classics such as Neapolitan pizzas, inventive and savory pastas and a bountiful wine list.

Bread Zeppelin

How many different salads can you make with 40+ ingredients and 20+ dressings? Find out at Bread Zeppelin, an inventive salad spot in the heart of Downtown. There's usually a line, but it moves fast, so you'll be digging into your salad or sandwich in no time.

Café Izmir

Feast on Mediterranean favorites like pita bread and hummus and cabbage rolls, as well as classics like sandwiches and beef, shrimp or chicken bowls. If you're looking for a happy hour deal, Café Izmir offers discounted tapas and sangria on weekdays from 4-7 pm.

Café Momentum

This new American spot is a Dallas-based restaurant, a culinary training facility, and most importantly, employs at-risk youth to not only help out in the kitchen but also learn culinary skills that will help them integrate into the local workforce. Try the smoked fried chicken or the sweet potato ricotta ravioli.

Campisis

Need a pizza fix? Stop by Campisi's, one of the oldest restaurants in the area and one with a deep history to the city. The menu features all types of pizzas, pastas and salads, so take your pick!

Chop House Burger

Fresh, all-natural ingredients come together to create some amazing gourmet burgers at Chop House Burger. Located off Main Street, this burger joint promises to impress with mouthwatering burgers and decadent shakes. Don't leave without tasting the truffle fries!

Crafty Irishman

This cozy spot on Main Street is the place to go when you're craving an Irish specialty. Take your pick from Bangers and Mash and Shepherd's Pie, as well as burgers and sandwiches. Need a beer? Check their list of rotating selections.

Ellen's Southern Kitchen

Located in the West End, Ellen's Southern Kitchen is the place to go for brunch when in the area. The menu features originals that you won't find anywhere else like the Grit's Benedict. If you need an oldie but goodie, go with the Chicken Fried Steak – you'll leave with a full stomach and happy heart.

Lark on the Park

Seasonal cuisine is a perfect niche for this bright and airy spot just across from Klyde Warren Park.

Salsa Limon

Bright colors, fresh ingredients and a thirst quenching horchata makes Salsa Limon a must-taste lunch spot. Choose your favorites among their street tacos, quesadillas and burritos, and leave room for to taste all their homemade salsas. Need a late night bite? They're open until 3 am on the weekend, so ask your Uber driver for a taco stop on the way back home.

The Woolworth

Sip a delightfully crafted cocktail before dinner in this former five-and-dime space. Start with the nitrogen jalapeno margarita before digging into caprese lollipops and truffle fries.

CBD Provisions

This restaurant at The Joule Hotel showcases bold flavors and exotic presentations. The pig's head carnitas and BBQ pig tails are among the most memorable. Make sure to take a gander at the 30-foot Eye sculpture by Tony Tasset across the street.

Shopping in Downtown

Forty Five Ten

This luxury department store, located across from the Joule Hotel, offers the latest fashion trends and top designers' clothing for women and men. This lavish spot carries both men and women's apparel, as well as home, beauty and jewelry items.

TenOverSix

Located in the Joule Hotel, this sleek, high-end boutique has everything you need from clothing to jewelry to home décor. They've also got great knick-knacks and accessories that make for the perfect gift.

Traffic LA

Traffic LA is a contemporary designer boutique that sits inside the Joule Hotel. They sell top designer clothing from Alexander McQueen, BALMAIN and Rick Owens just to name a few, selling both men and women's clothing.

Wild Bill's Western Store

Located in the historic West End of Downtown Dallas in a 100-year-old red brick building is Wild Bill's, the western wear destination in Dallas. Look around and check out the tin ceilings, hardwood floors and a massive turn-of-the-century bar complete with saddles as barstools. Get the latest boots, hats, apparel, and maybe even a story or two from Bill himself!