Uptown/Downtown

Uptown is an upscale neighborhood in Dallas, Texas that is adjacent-to and north-of downtown Dallas. Bordered by US 75 (Central Expressway) on the east, N Haskell Avenue on the northeast, Katy Trail on the northwest, Bookhout Street and Cedar Springs Road on the west, N Akard Street on the southwest and Woodall Rodgers Freeway on the south.

Nowhere else in Dallas can prospective homebuyers find the wide variety of quality housing options found than in Uptown, with its luxury townhomes, condominiums and even historic homes for sale. Popular with a diverse group of young professionals, multi-use development is the norm and an increasingly pedestrian culture continues to thrive. Every weekend and even on many weekday evenings, hundreds of people walk the well-lit, tree-lined sidewalks from restaurant to restaurant, from home to the gym, from work and home to shops and public transit via the McKinney Avenue Trolley. Uptown is one of the most pedestrian-friendly areas in all of Texas. The district is home to a variety of office buildings, residential towers, apartment complexes, retail centers, nightlife strips and hotels. This mixed-use development practice lends to what many people identify as a very urban lifestyle, unlike the compartmentalized social structures of suburban bedroom communities and office parks.

Add to that the wide variety of shopping and dining opportunities and exceptional cultural and recreational facilities in or immediately adjacent to Uptown – from the Katy Trail to the AT&T Performing Arts Center and American Airlines Center and Uptown Dallas is one of the most popular upscale neighborhoods in Dallas.

Downtown Dallas is the Central Business District (CBD) in Dallas, Texas, located in the geographic center of the city. The area termed “Downtown” has traditionally been defined as bounded by the downtown freeway loop: bounded on the east by I-345 (although known and signed as the northern terminus of I-45 and the southern terminus of US 75 (Central Expressway), on the west by I-35E, on the south by I-30, and on the north by Spur 366 (Woodall Rodgers Freeway).

However, the strong organic growth of Downtown Dallas since the early 2000s and continuing into the present has now resulted in Downtown Dallas expansion of the term “Downtown” to include the explosive growth occurring immediately north of the Woodall Rodgers Freeway in the Victory Park and Uptown/Turtle Creek Districts as well as past Central Expressway to the east in the Deep Ellum and Bryan Place Districts, past Interstate 30 to the south with the Cedars District, and jumping over Interstate 35E to the west to include the Design District and Lower Oak Lawn. In total there are 11 districts that now form the definition of “Downtown”.

Arts

Uptown Dallas has some of the most inspiring live performance theaters and art galleries in Dallas including Kitchen Dog Theater, Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) and Theatre Three. A few blocks south is The Arts District in Downtown Dallas which is home to 13 facilities and organizations including The Annette Strauss Artist Square, the Belo Mansion/Dallas Bar Association, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Theater Center, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Nasher Sculpture Center, St. Paul United Methodist Church, Fellowship Church, Trammell Crow Center, and the Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art. In addition, multiple other organizations perform in the District on an ongoing basis. This includes everything from concerts to outdoor festivals, to lectures, youth education programs and more.

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Shopping

The Uptown retail and restaurant business is thriving and among the most vibrant in the city. This is a place where bustling cafes, restaurants and lounges spill onto the streets. Sidewalks lined with trees accommodate the strolling shoppers. West Village, located at McKinney and Lemmon Avenue, is Dallas’ hip and trendy place to be. Comprised of an eclectic mix of boutiques as well as established retailers, West Village creates an urban like feel similar to SoHo in New York or Robertson in L.A. Along with the upscale shopping options you will find one of a kind restaurants, bars and cafes. And, above all these hip spots there are apartments and lofts with over 30 different floor plans. While at West Village be sure to catch a flick at Dallas’ newest art house – The Magnolia Theatre.

To the north a few blocks, nestled tightly in between the Katy Trail and North Central Expressway, Knox Street shopping provides a wonderful variety of shopping, dining and outdoor activities in just a four by four block span. Whether you are stompin’ your stilettos, testing out your tennis shoes or chillin in you flip-flops, you’ll find plenty desirable places to spend time with friends and family.

There is no shortage of luxury shopping near Downtown Dallas. Named one of the “7 Retail Wonders of the Modern World” by Shopping Centers Today, NorthPark Center offers an unparalleled shopping experience with over 235 trendsetting retailers, unique restaurants and legendary department stores in the Southwest. In addition to world-class shopping, NorthPark Center features a magnificent backdrop of art, architecture and landscaping and features internationally-acclaimed 20th century artwork on display with works by Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Joel Shapiro, Jim Dine, Jonathan Borofsky, James Rosenquist, Antony Gormley, Barry Flanagan and Beverly Pepper, among others.

Restaurants

Eat your way through enchanting and historic 125 year old Uptown Dallas. Considered the most pedestrian friendly neighborhood in Dallas, Uptown is just one mile north of downtown Dallas, minutes from most hotels. On our Uptown Dallas tours, generous food and beverage tastings, and local and historic attractions unique to the area are all included! Check schedule & availability. What’s on the menu? With over 15 different bites and sips all of our tours are enough for lunch! Refer to our Tasting Highlights on the right for our currently featured items.

A myriad of culinary experiences await residents and visitors within the restaurants around Downtown Dallas. A huge variety of delicious cuisines can be found at Porch, Matt’s Rancho Martinez, Ali Baba Café, Hibiscus, Fireside Pies, Old Monk, The Gin Mill, The Grape, Bangkok City, Corner Market, Blue Goose Cantina, Gloria’s Restaurants, Times Ten Cellars, Victor Tango, Cafe Izmir, Tei Tei, Robata Bar, Teppo Yakitori & Sushi Bar, La Calle Doce, Cafe Brazil and more.

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