Downtown Dallas is the Central Business District of the city of Dallas. Traditionally defined as the area within the belt of freeways surrounding the centre, it is now deemed to have expanded to an area known as Uptown, north of the Woodall Rodgers Freeway thanks to the new walkable Klyde Warren Park, while in the east the Deep Ellum neighbourhood is another part where the centre spills over to.

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Dallas City Hall

Constructed in the early 1970s, the City Hall of Dallas is a unique architectural monument, shaped by its architect I.M. Pei as an inverted pyramid placed in the centre of a large open plot of land. While constructed of uncovered concrete, the building is not obnoxiously brutalist, as the colour of the concrete was carefully chosen to match the earth tones of the surrounding grounds. Unusual when constructed, it now provides a unique retrofuturistic vibe, which lent it to star e.g. in Robocop as a dystopian corporate headquarters.

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Klyde Warren Park

A recent enhancement to Downtown Dallas and in many ways redefining the city's character, the Klyde Warren Park is a privately-funded public space over the underground section of the Woodall Rodgers Freeway which forms the northern boundary of Downtown. With greenery and performance/event spaces, it is one of the rare places in Downtown which allow outdoor recreation and enhances walkability towards Uptown. It is named after a living person, the son of its primary benefactor, Dallas billionaire Kelcy Warren.

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The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

An unfortunate part of Dallas' history is that it is the site of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The Texas Book Depository is the site where shots were fired by Lee Harvey Oswald, and the museum is on the sixth floor of the same building, with an extra exhibition on the seventh. It is a moving experience with videos, full-wall descriptions and photographs, along with artifacts from the event. The museum's gift shop is located in a different building.

Nasher Sculpture Center

This collection of sculpture provides a fantastic outdoor oasis in the heart of the downtown arts district. The Renzo Piano designed facility pulls in the surrounding light and energy of the district but does not overwhelm. The indoor-outdoor collection of renowned Dallas collector Raymond Nasher is truly astounding. Ask about the combined admission ticket to see the Nasher and the Dallas Museum of Art, located directly across Harwood St.

SEE   —  +1 214 242-5100 —  2001 Flora St

Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture

Tells the story of the development of Dallas County from pre-historic times to the present day. This museum opened in Mayand the quality of the exhibits and explanations is unusually high. Very much worth a visit if you want to understand the historical context of Dallas. Located in the restored 1892 Courthouse Building, a few minutes' walk from the Sixth Floor museum.

Magnolia Hotel

Re-opened in 1999 and is in the oldest high-rise building in downtown Dallas. Adorning the top of the building is a red lighted Pegasus, which is a permanent fixture in the Dallas skyline. The hotel offers great features, location and amenities, such as: complimentary beer, wine, soft drinks, breakfast and cookies and milk at bedtime.

SLEEP   —  +1 214 915-6500 —  1401 Commerce St

Dallas Mavericks

Dallas' professional basketball team, plays at the American Airlines Cente. You can come to the games by your own car, by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (Dart), or by Trinity Railway Express (TRE). The ticket prices vary from $10 up to $240 for a seat very close to the action. In the 2005-06 season the team went to the NBA finals.

SEE   —  2500 Victory Ave

Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre

Unorthodox in its design, the Wyly Theatre has its functions "stacked" one upon another, creating a relatively tall twelve-storey block, covered with anodized aluminium rods on the outside, with main stage seating for up to 600 spectators. The home company is the [http://www.dallastheatercenter.com Dallas Theater Center].

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Undermain Theatre

Located under Main St in Historic Deep Ellum, the Undermain Theatre completed its 25th season in May 2010. Undermain produces exciting, original plays and acclaimed international works. Undermain stirs emotions and inspires the imagination. For Tickets and more informations call 214-747-5515 or visit Undermain.org

Pepe and Mito's

This Deep Ellum Tex-Mex restaurant truly has some of the best Tex-Mex in Dallas. Try the tacos norteños, the fried taquitos, or the shrimp enchiladas verdes. You can't go wrong; there's not a bad choice on the menu. Everything is homemade, even the chips & sauce.

EAT   —  +1 214 741-1901 —  2935 Elm St

Le Méridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh

This newly renovated luxury boutique hotel is an historic property that is a staple of the neighborhood. This unique property features a skyline penthouse, Bolla Modern Italian restaurant, a full-service spa and top-of-the-line accommodations.

SLEEP   —  +1 214 871-7111 —  2927 Maple Ave

Nick & Sam's Steak and Fish House

A great steakhouse with very good service, be sure not to miss the bone-in filet. Dark, romantic atmosphere. Dress code enforced. It also has a great bar scene for anyone over thirty that wants something a little more sophisticated.

Mi Cocina

Arguably the best Tex-Mex in Dallas. Without question the best frozen margarita. The flagship restaurant is Highland Park Village. Mi Cocina has other locations throughout Dallas, including Preston at Forest and in West Village.

EAT   —  3699 McKinney Ave

Lizard Lounge

Pass under the bridge on Good Latimer to find this spacious 2-story dance club. On Thursday and Sunday nights they have popular gothic/industrial events known as [http://www.thechurchdallas.com The Church].

DRINK   —  2424 Swiss

Urban Oasis at Hotel ZaZa

Located in Uptown Dallas, Urban Oasis is a trendy bar and lounge that attracts an eclectic mix of Hollywood celebrities and world travelers. Open year round, the lounge offers a chic, poolside retreat.

DRINK   —  +1 214-550-9500 —  2332 Leonard St

American Airlines Center

Home to both the Dallas Stars Hockey Club of the NHL and Dallas Mavericks of the NBA. The brick retro arena is located just north of Dallas/Downtown. The Mavericks won the 2011 NBA Championship.

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Probably the best and most well known El Salvadoran/Tex-Mex in Dallas with locations in UpTown, Addison, & Bishop Arts District. Great food & Margaritas. Definitely try a Meltdown. Very cheap.

EAT   —  3223 Lemmon Ave.

La Quinta Inn & Suites Dallas Downtown

An historic boutique hotel in the West End, which was recently renovated. Across from the George Allen Courthouse and the closest hotel to Dealey Plaza and the Kennedy Sixth Floor Museum.

SLEEP   —  302 South Houston St

Dallas World Aquarium

More than just an aquarium, this unique zoo tour starts at the canopy level of a rain forest. Visitors wind their way down past many types of animals to find the aquarium at the bottom.

Dick's Last Resort

The Dallas outlet of the USA-wide restaurant chain known for obnoxious staff and sloppy service, the entertainment value of which is an intentional feature the brand was built around.

The Ginger Man

American Pub with 75+ beers on tap and another 100 selections by the bottle. Wines, Ales, and Ciders also available. Two story house with beer garden and upstairs lounge/library.

DRINK   —  +1 214 754-8771 —  2718 Boll St

The Mansion on Turtle Creek

This five star luxury hotel offers guest room and suite accommodations, fine private dining, meeting space and wedding facilities, and complimentary Lexus luxury sedan service.

Spaghetti Warehouse

The original Spaghetti Warehouse and flagship location of the chain. Was the first restaurant in the area, opening in 1972, and basically started what the West End is today.

Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House

Home of the Dallas Opera company and Texas Ballet Theater, both with wide repertoires, and also welcoming guest performances by acclaimed artists from all over the globe.

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Reunion Tower

One of the defining landmarks of the Dallas skyline, was recently renovated. There is an observation deck and restaurant at the top of the distinctive ball shaped tower.

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Perot Museum of Nature and Science

The Dallas Natural History Museum relocated to this spectacular new building funded by Ross Perot, a former Presidential candidate and local billionaire.

SEE   —  2201 N. Field St

Blind Lemon

Despite apparently being named for blues legend "Blind Lemon" Jefferson, this place plays mostly 70's and 80's music. Part of the Club Clearview complex.

DRINK   —  2805 Main St

Hotel ZaZa Dallas

This boutique hotel features a variety of concept suites, meeting and wedding facilities, luxury day spa, and dining and nightlife spaces.

SLEEP   —  +1 214 468-8399 —  2332 Leonard St

Sheraton Dallas Hotel

Spacious rooms, quality furnishing. Reasonably sound proofed and quiet air conditioning (for USA). Connected to Convention Center.

SLEEP   —  400 North Olive St

Hotel Crescent Court

Offers European-style rooms, a day spa, business center, meeting space and wedding facilities, and a private club.

SLEEP   —  +1 214 871-3272 —  400 Crescent Ct

State & Allen

A place for a quick cocktail, or impeccably prepared food accompanied by a selection from an impressive wine list.


Another of the best tex-mex spots in Dallas, off McKinney. Delicious and good for people-watching on the patio.

Sons of Hermann Hall

On the far east edge of Deep Ellum. This venue hosts live music of all types from both local and national acts.

DRINK   —  3414 Elm

Concrete Cowboy

Dallas's newest party bar. Unbelievably crowded on the weekends and extremely popular. Typical 20s-30s crowd.

DRINK   —  2512 Cedar Springs Rd

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

Home of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Choir, features a busy schedule of classical music performances

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Club Dada

Shows W-Su. One of the oldest live music venues in Deep Ellum. They have a nice patio in back.

DRINK   —  2720 Elm St

Old Warsaw

5-star French dining with a distinctly old-fashioned feel. A Dallas institution since 1948.

Dallas Farmers Market

An actually functioning, if not bustling, farmers' market in a convenient downtown location

BUY   —  920 South Harwood

The W Hotel

Recently opened, very nice and has a modern feel. Check out Ghost Bar if you stay there.

The Nodding Donkey

A casual place to drink beer and eat some good southern style food with your friends.

DRINK   —  +1 214 922-8898 —  2900 Thomas Ave

Art Prostitute

Very popular art gallery recently relocated from their original location in Denton.

Dallas Stars

Dallas' professional hockey team, also plays at the American Airlines Center.

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Dallas Museum of Art

Great works of art from eastern and western cultures, from all ages.

Dallas Holocaust Museum

The core exhibit covers the Jewish Holocaust during World War 2.

SEE   —  211 North Record St

Bread Winner's

Amazing Cinnamon Bread, to die for. Great customer service.

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RJ Mexican Cuisine

Kind of classy Mexican food in the West End. Try the quail.

Curtain Club

Live music venue which hosts both local and national acts.

DRINK   —  2800 Main St

Café Brazil

The Deep Ellum location of the Dallas favorite.

EAT   —  2815 Elm St

West Village

Trendy shopping mall for the 20/30-somethings.

Cane Rosso

Excellent Pizzas for main course and desert.

Dallas Chop House

Excellent aged steaks.

EAT   —  1717 Main St


Excellent sushi.

Deep Ellum Arts Festival

In early April.

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About Dallas/Downtown

'''Deep Ellum''' consists of a 5 to 10-block-long stretch along Elm, Main, and Commerce streets east of Central Expressway. It can be reached easily via Commerce or Main Streets, northern parts of Dallas via Central Expressway to Good-Latimer, or eastern parts of Dallas via I-30 to First Ave/Exposition Ave. Deep Ellum may also be reached by DART's Deep Ellum and Baylor light rail stations. Street parking is free during weekday business hours, but the meters are active nights and weekends. There are several pay lots in the area.

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