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.

 

Discover the Arts District

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

Crow Collection of Asian Art

The Crow Collection of Asian Art is one of only a handful of museums in the country dedicated solely to the arts and cultures of Japan, China, India and Southeast Asia. Experience a peaceful world of beauty and spirituality in the heart of the city with pieces dating from 3500 B.C. to the early 20th century. Don't miss a glimpse at precious jade ornaments from China, delicate Japanese scrolls and a rarely seen 2-by-28 foot sandstone façade of an 18th century Indian residence.

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.

 

Klyde Warren Park

Klyde Warren Park opened in 2012 and introduced a central green space in the middle of a bustling downtown scene. The 5.2-acre park delivers a comprehensive activities calendar for locals and visitors, including daily food trucks and fitness classes, a dog park, a children's center, games and live music. Connectivity was key in picking the spot above Woodall Rogers Freeway for the park; visitors can get to Klyde Warren via foot, trolley or bicycle from multiple neighborhoods.

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.

Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House

Nestled in the heart of the Dallas Arts District, the AT&T Performing Arts Center is hailed as the most significant performing arts center built since Lincoln Center in New York City. The center is home to the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, which follows a traditional horseshoe shape, engineered specifically for opera and musical theater performances. The Winspear is home to the Dallas Opera and Texas Ballet Theater.

Meyerson

The Meyerson is home to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, currently under the leadership of the world-famous Maestro Jaap Van Zweeden. Every detail of the concert hall was designed to achieve the highest acoustical quality, with special elements of the design providing the capability of tailoring the acoustical environment to the performance.

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

The Meyerson opened its doors in September 1989 to international critical acclaim. It's home to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, currently under the leadership of the world-famous Maestro Jaap Van Zweeden. Every detail of the concert hall was designed to achieve the highest acoustical quality, with special elements of the design providing the capability of tailoring the acoustical environment to the performance.

One Arts Plaza

A short walk from the AT&T Performing Arts Center is this mixed-use property, featuring a spacious outdoor patio and fountain area. This popular pre- and post-show restaurant destination includes classic Northern Italian cuisine at Fedora, TexMex at Jorge's and Japanese delights at Tei-An, known for its soba noodles and rooftop space with a great view of downtown.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, home to 11 permanent exhibit halls and various traveling exhibitions throughout the year, delivers hours of fun for children, adults and lifelong learners alike. Catch a view of Downtown Dallas from the museum's glass-encased elevator as you work your way up to the top floor and back down.

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.

Sammons Park

Sammons Park embraces and unifies all venues of the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Weaving together the Winspear Opera House, Wyly Theatre, Strauss Square, and City Performance Hall, the ten-acre park stretches from Woodall Rodgers Freeway to Ross Avenue and is the first public park in the Dallas Arts District.

Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy with documentary films, photographs and artifacts. Walk through a timeline of Kennedy's life and presidency and the moments of November 22 as the entire nation stood by. A live feed from the museum webcam features a real-time view from the sniper spot, and two areas in the museum were recreated to appear as they did in 1963.

Wyly Theatre

The compact, vertical orientation of the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, climbing 12 stories into the Dallas skyline, was designed by Joshua Prince-Ramus of REX and Rem Koolhaas of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. The theater, home to the Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Black Dance Theatre and the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folkorico, is a prime destination for music and theatre enthusiasts.

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.

Flora Street Café

Located in the Arts District, Chef Stephan Pyles is bringing an intimate, modern scene together with dazzling attention to food. Try the lobster club for lunch, or the crispy Colorado lamb belly for dinner.

Lark on the Park

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

Omni Restaurants

Most hotel restaurants are mere guest conveniences, but Texas Spice and Bob's Steak & Chop House inside the convention center hotel are delicious destinations for Lone Star cooking at its finest. The hotel recently added four more restaurants, each with their own patio space to enjoy Downtown Dallas.

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.

Savor

Lunch with a view! Located in Klyde Warren Park, this restaurant offers new American dishes, classic cocktails and desserts in sleek surrounds with floor-to-ceiling windows. It's the perfect place to sip wine on tap and watch the park buzzing with activity.

Serj Books & Local Foods

With a menu full of all-natural drinks and local foods, Serj Books & Local Food delivers a unique combination between coffee shop and local book store. Located near the St. Paul DART Station, this coffee shop is filled with personality. Get ready for a laugh as the owner will tell you the joke of the day.

Sol Irlandes

In one of the oldest standing structures in Downtown Dallas, Sol Irlandes has major history in the city. Don't get too full on their complementary chips and salsa, though – you'll want to leave room for their fresh seafood plates or brisket enchiladas.

Tortaco

Pulling from the inspiration of tattoos, motorcycles, and customized cars, this taco shop is a welcomed addition to the Dallas Arts District (it's just across the street from the Dallas Musuem of Art.) Their tacos, handmade tortas, and artisan brews come together to create a flavorful, tasty experience. Plus it was rated as one of the "Hottest Bars in Dallas" by Zagat in 2017, so you know you're in for some good bites.

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.

Shopping in Downtown

Fourty 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!

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