One of the main things for which Dallas is known is its access to arts and culture. Several famous neighborhoods in the area are known as art and cultural hotspots. While the many suburbs of Dallas have their own specialties, such as Richardson, with its award winning Cottonwood Arts and Wildflower Festivals, or the City of Rockwall, which is a hidden gem of restaurants for those with great culinary taste, here are a few areas worth checking out within Dallas proper.
Dallas’s Best Kept Secret
The Bishop Arts District, a two-block former warehouse area in Oak Cliff, was once referred to as Dallas’s best kept secret. Today, however, the secret of this artistic and eclectic neighborhood is out of the bag. The arts and culture of this small district are easy to see as you walk around the streets. The walls of buildings are painted with murals and the streets are lined with many funky boutique stores and some of Dallas most renowned restaurants. With the theme of “shop local, live local,” this is a great community in which to live. Surrounded by a growing number of artists living in old converted warehouses, you are sure to be inspired in this neighborhood.
The Dallas Arts District
You can’t write about arts and culture in Dallas without talking about the Dallas Arts District, which has helped turn the city into an art mecca. This 19-block area is largely made up of museums, such as the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Crow Collection of Asian Art. It also includes concert halls, such as the Winspear Opera House, the AT&T Performing Arts Center, and the Meyerson Symphony Center. Residents here also enjoy great restaurants and infamous food trucks, accessible transportation, and spectacular outdoor space at the new Klyde Warren Park.
Finally, you can’t talk about arts and culture without discussing the music scene. Nowhere is the music scene more alive than in the area known as Deep Ellum, just east of downtown Dallas. Established in the 1920s and known for the Jazz movement, this 177-acre neighborhood is filled with art galleries and live music venues. It is also home to many emerging artists. People come from all over the Metroplex to discover new music and art here. Because of its background, Deep Ellum is an eclectic neighborhood in which to reside. It is a very walkable neighborhood and gives small town vibe. Home to many mom and pop shops and close to the Dallas Farmer’s Market, you can buy local produce and goods here as well.
Citizens of these Dallas neighborhoods are lucky to have such diverse exposure to arts and culture right at their own back door. These are neighborhoods that are not just great to visit, they are also a unique place to call home.