DFW & Downtown Dallas Travel Guide

Downtown, Dallas:

I realize this post may continue to be a work in progress/links to come. But here’s a start for you fresh Dallas dwellers.

To begin, I’d highly recommend the Dallas City Pass ($30-$44) for first-timers visit to Dallas. City Pass gets you access to 6 attractions (subject to change) for one price and has been helpful to explore entertainment and attractions in other cities I’ve visited, such as Seattle and Atlanta.

Anyways..lets begin

At the heart of Akard Station, take a brisk walk through the peaceful and serene Thanksgiving Square, leave a hope message in the Thanksgiving Chapel, beautifully designed by architect Philip Johnson, while gazing up at the stained glass spiral. Cut through to the Joule Hotel for boars-head carnitas at CBD Provisions, or have the Mexican Macaroni at a social cocktail restaurant, The Woolworth, across from the giant downtown eyeball dubbed The Eye at the Joule. Flip through giant novelty books at Taschen, enjoy epic cold brew coffee and swim in the luxurious infinity pool at the Joule. Try on a $500 T-shirt at Traffic, and walk your dog through the springs at Pegasus Plaza. Try hotel-hopping through the Fairmont, the Joule, the Adolphus, the Magnolia Hotel, and the Hilton Anatole and you’ll find nice cocktail bars, restaurants and lavish environments for meeting and socializing. Whatever your fancy, try this list of personally acquired experiences.

This Travel Guide begins with DOWNTOWN DALLAS, then expands out to areas/districts in the DALLAS Vicinity, then beyond Dallas to the DFW Metroplex.

Also, here’s a few resources:

Visit Dallas www.visitdallas.comwww.downtown.com

Downtown Dallas Restaurants/Bars.

  • The Butchers Son Gourmet Food Truck (at Klyde Warren)
  • CBD Provisions
  • Cafe Izmir
  • Campisi’s Italian
  • Chop House Burger
  • Dakotas
  • Dallas Fish Market
  • Deep Ellum Brewing Company
  • Ellen’s Southern Kitchen (in West End)
  • Frankie’s Sports Bar and Grill
  • Freshii
  • Iron Cactus
  • The Lark
  • The Mitchell (Bar)
  • The Palms (in West End)
  • Press Box Grill
  • Pyramid (at the Fairmont Hotel, Downtown Dallas)
  • Saint Anns
  • San Salvaje
  • Stampede 66
  • Sol Irlandes
  • Union Park Station
  • Wild Rose
  • Wolfgang Puck’s Five Sixty (at Reunion Tower)
  • The Woolworth
  • Zenna

Other, Dallas Restaurants/Bars:

  • Abacus
  • Amberjax (Trinity Groves)
  • Barcadia on Henderson
  • Bob’s Chop House
  • Boi Na Braza
  • Brain Dead (Deep Ellum)
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • The Capital Grille (Uptown)
  • Chicken Scratch
  • Cosmic Cafe (Oaklawn)
  • Da Lat
  • Del Frisco
  • Eatzi’s (in Oaklawn)
  • El Ranchita (OakCliff)
  • Farmers Market
  • eXcuses Cafe (3025 Main) (in Deep Ellum) – Closed
  • Ferrari’s
  • Gas Monkey Bar & Grille
  • The Ginger Man
  • Gui (Uptown)
  • HG Supply Co. (in Greenville)
  • Hypnotic Donuts (Unique Donut Shop)
  • iFratelli Artisan Pizza
  • Knife (Park Lane)
  • La Duni (NorthPark Mall)
  • Lazaranda Modern Kitchen & Tequila
  • Luck (at Trinity Groves)
  • Medina Dallas
  • Monkey King (Deep Ellum)
  • The Oceannaire
  • Pappas Bros Steakhouse
  • Pecan Lodge (Deep Ellum)
  • PF Changs
  • Ruths Chris
  • Sambuca (in Uptown)
  • Season’s 52
  • Sundown (Greenville)
  • Ten Ramen (Oak Cliff)
  • Texas De Brazil
  • Trinity Groves (Startup Restaurant District)
  • Truth & Alibi (in Deep Ellum)
  • Trulucks (Uptown)
  • Zikiki’s Mediterranean Food
  • Zini’s Pizza (Deep Ellum)

I would also like to include in this post a list of Restaurants/Bars I have not tried in DFW but hope to knock off my Foodie Bucket List.


  • 20 Feet
  • Absinthe Lounge
  • Art Institute of Dallas Culinary School
  • The Blind Butcher (Arts District)
  • Cane Corso (Deep Ellum)
  • Casa Rubia
  • Chili Gordos
  • Cafe Modern
  • Cocina Caliente Seafood Bar & Grill
  • Cool River Dallas
  • Craft
  • CrushCraft Thai Street Eats
  • Dallas Chop House
  • Don’t Tell Supper Club
  • The French Room
  • Gemma
  • Hibiscus
  • Jorge’s Tex Mex Cafe
  • Kenichi
  • Komali restaurant
  • Lanny’s Alta Cocina Mexicana
  • Luschers
  • Masque
  • Maggianos
  • Marquee Grill and Bar
  • Medina Oven & Bar
  • Mercury Chophouse
  • Mi Dia
  • Mot Hai Ba
  • Nana
  • Ocean Prime
  • Off Site Kitchen
  • Old Hickory Steakhouse
  • The Old Warsaw
  • Oldwest Cafe
  • Ovation
  • Pakpao
  • Proof + Pantry
  • Sangria Tapas y Bar
  • Sapristil Bistro & Wine Bar
  • Silver Fox
  • The Slow Bone
  • South Side
  • Stephan Pyles
  • Stock and Barrel
  • Tanoshii Ramen
  • Tei-An
  • Tei Tei Robata Bar
  • Toulouse Cafe And bar
  • Trece
  • Treppo
  • Uchi
  • Urban Bistro
  • Veritas Wine Bar
  • Winewood
  • Yolk
  • The Zodiac (Dallas)

Other, Dallas:

Downtown Destinations & Hotels:

  • The Adolphus Hotel
  • The Ashton http://www.ashtonuptown.com/
  • Arts District
  • Bank of America Building (Tallest skyscraper in Dallas)
  • Crow Collection of Asian Art (in the Arts District)
  • Dallas Library
  • Dallas World Aquarium
  • Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) (in the Arts District)
  • Dallas Zoo
  • Design District
  • Dallas Underground
  • The Fairmont (Hotel)
  • Fountain Place (Water Fountains)
  • Geodeck at Reunion Tower
  • Hilton Anatole (Hotel)
  • The Joule (Hotel)
  • Klyde Warren (Park & Recreation)
  • LTV Tower (Hotel)
  • Magnolia Hotel (Historical Hotel)
  • Main Street Garden (Park & Recreation)
  • Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center/DSO
  • Nasher Sculpture Center (in the Arts District)
  • NYLO Hotel
  • Omni Hotel
  • Pegasus Plaza
  • Perot Museum
  • Renaissance Tower (Food Court & Center)
  • The Sheraton Hotel
  • Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza (Museum)
  • Thanksgiving Square
  • West End Historic District
  • Hotel Zaza https://www.facebook.com/HotelZaZaDallas

Here is a list of some other great Dallas destinations.

  • Alamo Drafthouse (Movie Theatre)
  • Anjelika Theater (Independent Movies)
  • Bishop Arts District – (Shopping) Shop vintage, local, kitsch, and novelty.
  • The Bomb Factory (in Deep Ellum) (concerts, events, music)
  • The Curtain Club (in Deep Ellum) (concerts, events, music)
  • Deep Ellum
  • Dirt Flowers (at Bishop Arts District)
  • The Galleria (Mall)
  • Gas Monkey Live (concerts, events, music)
  • Granada Theater (concerts, events, music)
  • The Green Elephant (Nightlife)
  • Greenville
  • Good Records
  • Highland Park
  • House of Blues (concerts, events, music)
  • Interfaith Peace Chapel
  • Katy Trail (Park & Recreation) – Canoeing
  • Lakewood Theater – Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Lizard Lounge (Nightlife)
  • LOOK Theatre (Movie Theatre)
  • Lower Greenville
  • The Magnolia Theatre Dallas http://www.landmarktheatres.com/LocationFinder
  • Mockingbird Station
  • Neiman Marcus (Historical, Shopping)
  • NorthPark (Mall, Shopping)
  • Palladium Ballroom
  • Pocket Sandwich Theater (at Mockingbird Station)
  • Rosewood Crescent
  • The Shops at Legacy (Shopping)
  • Sons of Hermann Hall (concerts, events, music)
  • Three Links (in Deep Ellum) (Nightlife, Bar)
  • Tree’s (in Deep Ellum)
  • Turtle Creek (Park & Recreation)
  • Uptown
  • Victory Park
  • Voodoo Chile Slight Return (Lower Greenville)
  • White Rock Lake (Park, Lake, & Recreation)
  • World Trade Center Dallas (Shopping)

Other DFW & Theatres:

  • 1919 Hemphill (shows, events, music) (Fort Worth)
  • Air Hogs Stadium
  • American Airlines Center (Victory Park, Dallas)
  • Billy Bobs Texas (Nightlife, Concerts, Music) (Fort Worth)
  • Dr. Pepper Arena (concerts, events, music)
  • The Flying Saucer (in Sundance Square, Fort Worth)
  • Fort Worth Aquarium (in Fort Worth)
  • Fort Worth Botanical Gardens (in Fort Worth)
  • Fort Worth Museum of Natural Science and History (Fort Worth)
  • Fort Worth Water Gardens (in Fort Worth) (Logan’s Run movie filmed here.)
  • Fort Worth Stockyards (Fort Worth)
  • Fort Woof (Dog Park) (Fort Worth)
  • Fort Worth Zoo (in Fort Worth)
  • Gexa Energy Pavilion
  • Grapevine Mills Mall (Gravevine)
  • Hulen Mall (Shopping) (Hulen)
  • IKEA (Massive Swedish Furniture Store) (Frisco)
  • Irving Arts Center
  • Joe Pool Lake
  • Library Bar (Fort Worth)
  • Louie Louies Piano Bar (Bar, Nightlife) (Fort Worth)
  • Omni Theater
  • Magic Time Machine (Restaurant)
  • Magic Etc (Costume Shopping)
  • Montgomery Plaza (in Fort Worth)
  • Northeast Mall (Hurst)
  • Palladium Ballroom (Dallas)
  • QuickTrip Park/ Air Hogs Stadium (concerts, events, music)
  • Rainforest Cafe (Grapevine)
  • Ripley’s Palace of Wax (Grand Prairie)
  • Scat Jazz Lounge (Fort Worth)
  • SpeedZone (Entertainment)
  • Stonebriar Center (Frisco) (Shopping, Mall)
  • Sundance Square (Fort Worth)
  • TCU Campus & Shops (University and Social)
  • Texas Motor Speedway
  • Verizon Theater (Concerts & Events) (Grand Prairie)
  • Zoe’s Kitchen (Mediterranean Food) (Fort Worth)

Movie Theatres:

  • Alamo Draft House
  • Look Theatres



  • AlleyCats (Bowling, Laser Tag, Entertainment)
  • AT&T Football Stadium (Cowboys)
  • The Ballpark at Arlington (Rangers)
  • BeadsRocksKnots (Closed)
  • Birra Porettis (Italian Restaurant)
  • Blue Mesa (Restaurant)
  • Cacharel (Restaurant)
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill (Italian Restaurant)
  • Downtown Arlington – Babe’s Chicken, Mellow Mushroom, Levitt Pavillion.
  • Decorator’s Warehouse (Arlington) (Christmas Store)
  • Dreamworld (concerts, events, music) – Closed
  • Epic Cones (in Arlington)
  • Freebirds (Downtown Arlington)
  • The Highlands (in Arlington)
  • Levitt Pavilion (in Arlington)
  • Lincoln Square (Shopping, Mall)
  • The Melting Pot (Fondue Food) (in Arlington)
  • The Parks at Arlington (Mall) (in Arlington)
  • Power of the Rainbow (Shop) (in Arlington)
  • Six Flags Over Texas (Entertainment, Amusement Park)
  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor (Entertainment, Amusement Park)


  • UNT Theatre
  • Winstar World Casino

DFW Bars/Clubs/Events Bucket List:

DFW Bucket List:


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