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What to Do in Uptown

Enjoy food, activities and experiences in one of Dallas's most walkable neighborhoods.

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Emma Aly
Posted on Jun 17, 2022

Dallas's many unique neighborhoods give you plenty of places to explore, including the posh, eclectic Uptown area. If you're looking for a lively, pedestrian-friendly spot with plenty of things to do, this is the spot for you. From must-try food and unparalleled retail to idyllic parks and unique attractions, our guide to Uptown will help you find new spots that will have you coming back again soon.

 

Eat

There is no shortage of delicious food in Uptown. Start your morning in the neighborhood by enjoying a fresh-baked pastry or delicious breakfast spread amid the beautiful vertical gardens inside San Martin Bakery. For lunch, indulge in classic, Southern flavors at Yardbird Table & Bar. With everything from nostalgic deviled eggs to decadent, oversized cinnamon rolls, Yardbird is sure to please.

In the evening, find a true Texas experience at The Rustic with local flavors and ingredients and live, local music. If you're more inclined to experience a global meal, enjoy authentic Japanese seafood at Nobu or delicious Thai cuisine at Ka Thai. 

Mutts Canine Cantina
Mutts Canine Cantina

Drink

Grab a drink with your friends or travel companions from one of the many bars and restaurants in Uptown. With 60 wines on tap, Sixty Vines is a wine lover's dream. Choose from a variety of reds, whites, rosés and bubbles from all over the world. Located on Allen Street, Parliament has craft cocktails for every palate with new creations introduced regularly.

For a more casual drink with man's best friend, bring your pups to Mutts Canine Cantina, a unique off-leash dog park bar and grill. If you enjoy cheering on your favorite sports team as you enjoy a draft and delicious, scratch-kitchen food, The Nodding Donkey will be your new go-to.

 

Move

In Uptown, you'll find the perfect balance of urban and greenspace. For a breath of fresh air, head over to Katy Trail, a 3.5-mile paved trail tucked within the bustling neighborhood. Perfect for walkers, runners and bikers, this trail snakes through Victory Park into Uptown, offering a refreshing escape from city life. Another oasis of open space, Griggs Park's 8 acres provides plenty of space for picnics, walking and playing with your furry friends.

 

Experience

Celebrate the arts while in the area at one of Uptown's many museums and theaters. Located on Carlisle Street, the Museum of Geometric and MADI Arts' unique exhibits and art pieces are a must-see. Stop in at the Bivins Gallery to view both international and local, modern and post-war contemporary art.

To enjoy a show while sitting in an architectural masterpiece, head over to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Kalita Humphreys Theater for a performance by the Uptown Players. Over on Laclede Street, be entertained by a pillar of the North Texas arts community, Theatre Three. T3 offers engaging performances of both classic and new works, illuminating the human experience by nurturing authors, artists and audiences.

 

Shop

Enjoy some retail therapy at the many unique boutiques and shopping areas in Uptown. West Village features over 275,000 square feet of retail space, boasting over 100 shops, boutiques, restaurants and more. While there, don't miss the curated, designer clothing at the Nicole Kwon Concept Store, the almost 350 unique fragrances at The Scent Room, and the men's clothing brand - and complementary whiskey bar - of Rye 51 Textile Distillery. While in West Village, don't miss the vibrant murals and artwork throughout the shopping district.

 

Ride

Uptown is an extremely walkable neighborhood, but if you want to take a load off as you travel from one place to another, hop on the McKinney Avenue Trolley. Also known as the M-Line, the trolley has been providing free transportation to Dallasites and visitors for over 30 years. The M-Line makes 39 stops throughout Uptown and Downtown, so hop on and off as you explore all the neighborhood has to offer.

 

Stay

Visitors to the Big D will have a great time enjoying the food, drinks and attractions of our beloved city, but the choice of lodging can make your time here even better. Enjoy a modern, sophisticated stay at Hotel Crescent Court. From high-end rooms to drinks at Beau Nash or afternoon tea in the Great Hall, Hotel Crescent Court offers a luxurious experience. Neighbors with Crescent Court, The Ritz-Carlton Dallas is a can't-miss luxury hotel which has been recognized as a favorite five-star hotel in Texas by Forbes Travel Guide. Check into one of the themed rooms at Hotel ZaZa for a stay unlike any you have had before. Experience other worlds and lifestyles in rooms like Crouching Tiger, Out of Africa and Rock Star. For a romantic weekend or a treat-yourself splurge, book your stay at the Hotel St. Germain, a renovated 1906 Victorian mansion. The opulent decor and attentive service will have you feeling like royalty.