Dallas Neighborhood Guide

By: Jo Montgomery

Dallas may be big, like everything else in Texas, but it’s a city like no other. There is more to this impressive city than skyscrapers and highways. It’s time to let go of any misconceptions you have because we’re going to show you a side of Dallas that may surprise you. It’s actually a vibrant patchwork of distinct neighborhoods, each with its own character, beauty, and vibe. 

Here’s how it works. Dallas is divided into several geographic areas, commonly referred to as neighborhoods. At last count, Dallas has over 47 distinct neighborhoods. We’re going to introduce you to some of our favorites. And do not take our word for it. These neighborhoods are so incredible, you’ll want to experience them for yourself. 

Dallas Neighborhood Guide 

Oak Lawn

One of Dallas’ older neighborhoods, Oak Lawn, is home to nightclubs, restaurants, and bars along bustling Cedar Springs Road, and quaint local shops along Maple Avenue. Several annual events draw big crowds, including the annual Halloween Street Festival, Easter in the Park, and the Dallas Gay Pride parade. Oak Lawn also has a large and established LGBT community. 

The popular Oak Lawn Farmers Market runs weekly, and the community’s public library presents a nice variety of speaker programs. The neighborhood has a mixture of appealing architectural styles, including townhomes, condos, and apartment buildings, as well as single-family homes. 

Dallas, Texas Downtown Drone Skyline Aerial Panorama.

Swiss Avenue

This east Dallas neighborhood has been described, accurately, as elegant, historic, and residential. Swiss Avenue has tree-lined streets decorated with notable Spanish Tudor and Georgian-style residential housing. Rich with history, many homes here are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As a matter of fact, historic home tours of many larger homes are a favorite event every Mother’s Day.

Nearby, the Lakewood Shopping Center is a small but charming enclave of shops, businesses, and restaurants. And if a Sunday afternoon on a sprawling green lawn is your idea of relaxation, historic Munger Place Church and Harrell Park offer open space and community.

Uptown

Its bustling arts scene and trendy shopping options make this lively, growing neighborhood a place where residents can forget their cars and stroll the high-energy streets. It’s also home to Griggs Park, one of Dallas’ most loved green spaces. It’s a very popular place for outdoor recreation and neighborhood events.

Although Uptown is definitely upscale, it has a welcoming and dynamic feel.  A walkable community, it’s filled with multi-use developments that combine retail with residences. Its skyline is graced with striking apartments and businesses popular with young professionals.

The neighborhood’s main street, McKinney Avenue, has something for everyone. You can even enjoy a free ride on the historic trolley line right into the downtown Dallas Arts District. There you’ll find restaurants, nightclubs, bars, and spas, along with the West Village shopping area. If you go there, you must visit a store that is a staple of the community, The Stanley Korshak department store.

Knox-Henderson

A suburban, broad-laned community, Knox-Henderson was named for the two streets that cross the North Central Expressway. It’s also home to shops, bars, and restaurants. But those who enjoy the great outdoors come for the Katy Trail, which runs right through the neighborhood. The section called The Knox is also home to a popular running trail, as well as restaurants, design shops, spas, and a variety of small-single family homes and condominiums. The Henderson section has a more urban feel, and you can find gastro pubs and vintage shops buzzing with hipsters and fashionistas. Knox-Henderson also prides itself in its share of beautiful Dallas parks like Cochran Park and Garrett Park.  

Dallas, Texas, USA Downtown Plaza and Skyline

Lower Greenville

Entertainment and dining are what Lower Greenville is famous for. Popular bars and trendy local shops line the streets. They are filled with treasures like boutique chocolates and vintage vinyl records. You’ll also find local cafes and live music venues that delight locals and draw tourists. 

The beautifully preserved 1930s-era movie palace, The Granada Theater, attracts local and national musical acts. It is truly a neighborhood treasure. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens are also located here, as well as green spaces like Broad White Rock Lake, White Rock Lake Park, and Tietze Park.

Highland Park

The Beverly Hills of Texas is what many call the historic area of Highland Park, with its high-end shopping and dining. Plus, the beautiful Meadows Museum, which houses a large collection of Spanish art, calls this neighborhood home.  

Exall Lake, in Exall Park, delivers the most beautiful waterfront views and is surrounded by shaded jogging and walking paths. Highland Park is also home to Craddock Park and Fairfax Park, perfect for picnicking and strolling. And around Turtle Creek, you’ll enjoy the beauty of the landscaped gardens, parks, and green space. All of this just adds to the open and elegant, suburban feel of this community.

Downtown

The bustling center of business for Dallas is Downtown.  It features a densely urban skyline with high-rise offices and surrounding apartments and condominiums. A big draw is the newly revitalized Main Street with hip restaurants and bars. 

It’s also home to fabulous attractions like the Dallas World Aquarium and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park.  And if it’s green space you crave, there’s plenty. Trinity River Corridor offers paths for walking, jogging, and biking, and Klyde Warren Park is a cool deck park perched over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway. 

Deep Ellum

A former industrial neighborhood just east of downtown Dallas, Deep Ellum is home to a fabulous array of artists and designers. You could say that arts and entertainment are what make this neighborhood hum. A favorite pastime of locals and visitors is to stroll through the many shops and galleries. Craft beer enthusiasts come for the Deep Ellum Brewing Company, and aficionados of all things fresh and local enjoy its Dallas Farmers Market.

This is far from a full list of all the amazing, unique, and extraordinary neighborhoods that make up the city of Dallas. But it’s a great place to start. Take a day, or several, to explore these welcoming and fascinating places. Get to know the real Dallas, Y’all!