Downtown Dallas and Environs
Dallas Districts and Neighborhoods
As the song says, "Everything old is new again." Nowhere is that more evident than in Downtown Dallas and surrounding areas where residential lofts, retail and dining are blossoming in the heart of the city, offering a variety of new experiences.
In downtown near the flagship Neiman Marcus store, dining and retail establishments are flocking to the newly renovated Stone Street Gardens between Main and Elm streets. The Metropolitan and Campisi’s are just two of the popular new neighborhood restaurants and “Mark and Larry’s Stuff” offers a delightful eclectic mix of gifts.
Down the street is The Magnolia Hotel, a historic building that was once the Mobil Oil headquarters and was transformed into an elegant and popular boutique hotel, with a Starbuck’s, nightly “happy hour” and freshly baked cookies for guests each evening. Mobil’s emblem and Dallas’ unofficial “mascot,” the rotating, red lighted Pegasus poised for flight atop the building has been restored to its former beauty and accents the night skyline once again.
Across from The Magnolia, lunch-hour and nightlife abound at Jeroboam’s restaurant in the historic Kirby Building, with renovated residential lofts above street level. Nearby are the new and trendy gathering spots Umlaut, Euphoria and Izmir (serving Mediterranean tapas).
Dallas’ Arts District is the largest urban arts district in the U.S., with the Dallas Museum of Art, the Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center and a variety of performing and visual arts entities.
This downtown district also boasts a world-class sculpture garden and educational center, the Nasher Sculpture Center. One of the few institutions in the world devoted to the exhibition, study and preservation of modern sculpture, it offers an urban oasis of art and nature, including a 54,000-square-foot building designed by architect Renzo Piano, a two-acre sculpture garden created by landscape architect Peter Walker and a rotating selection of outdoor sculpture from the personal collection of developer and philanthropist Raymond Nasher.
From the Arts District, it’s a short, free, historic M-Line Trolley jaunt to trendy Uptown, which offers three shopping districts, 30 boutique shops, galleries and antique stores located within walking distance, 70 restaurants and a wealth of Dallas history.
Unique hotels include the new urban resort, Hotel ZaZa, with its individually themed suites, Dragonfly restaurant affiliated with renowned chef Stephan Pyles, and a renaissance ambience cozily tucked within a bustling, popular area. Others are Hotel Crescent Court, Hotel St. Germain and The Stoneleigh Hotel, all of which have their special niche and unique history.
Continue the free trolley ride through Uptown to West Village, a mixture of lofts, flats, stylish merchants, dining and a five-screen art film house on narrow European streets at McKinney and Lemmon avenues.
DART light rail connects at Cityplace Station just a block from West Village, heading north to Mockingbird Station, a lively multi-use development featuring residential lofts above shops, restaurants and the Angelika Theater. A few blocks west on Mockingbird is Southern Methodist University, home of the Meadows Museum of Art, home of the largest collection of Spanish art outside Spain.
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