Lower Greenville is a quaint and cozy Dallas gem near and dear to my heart. It’s the neighborhood that most resembles the main street of a small New England town, packed with ice cream shops and cute yet casual cuisine. Some might find it hard to imagine that these very streets are swallowed by masses celebrating the St. Patrick’s Day Parade each year, but don’t be fooled—if this neighborhood was personified it would be one of those hip couples that also happen to be parents.
Not too far: Let the small-town feel continue as it seeps into the lovely Lakewood. Hop on a scooter and ride over to White Rock Lake for some seriously, sweet sunset views.
Ready to turn things up a bit? This neighborhood’s name speaks for itself. Uptown was the first spot I landed in Dallas after graduation, and it was the perfect place to end up during my post-college transition period. Everything is hyper-walkable, and for the few things that aren’t? Hop on the free trolley. When you find yourself saying “I just wanna dance”, it’s time to Uber your way to Uptown. Experience one of the more traveled weekend routes by starting your night at Standard Pour, moving to British Beverage Co. for the rocking’ bands and ending at Renfield’s Corner or Clutch for a club vibe.
Not too far: Victory Park is home to Dallas sports. Start your evening as a spectator at the AAC and then head to Uptown for a night out.
Oh, my hood, my hood. Impartial? Partially. After living in Uptown for my first year in Dallas, my gravitation to Deep Ellum grew stronger and stronger. Now, I’m happy to call it home! Known for its street murals and diverse music scene, you’ll find no shortage of quirky curiosities in this part of town. Put into human form, Deep Ellum is like a tattooed, punk rocker with a sensitive side. Want to get the entire taste? Head to the Deep Ellum Wine Walk on the third Thursday of every month where you buy a glass and get wine samples at the participating small businesses.
Not too Far: Hit up the Farmer’s Market Shed on a Saturday for fresh food by local vendors. Bonus points if the Boho Market is set up for browsing!
Bishop Arts is a hotspot centered in Oak Cliff on the other side of the Trinity River. This neighborhood is like Deep Ellum’s less temperamental, older sibling. It’s home to a bunch of sweet little shops, quite literally. I’m looking at you Dude, Sweet Chocolate and Emporium Pies! I go to Bishops Arts for the best brunch ambiance, because I can throw my name on the list and then drift around the storefronts while I wait. Spend a sunny Saturday roaming the scene, and be sure to bring your camera—you’ll want to snap Insta-worthy photos with all the murals.
Not Too Far: Venture to Trinity Groves for the ultimate Friday dinner that will start your weekend off right. There’s tons of restaurants to choose from, and afterwards, you can stroll over to the Margaret Hunt Bridge for a skyline view of the Big D.