Dallas/Downtown

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Downtown Dallas includes both the skyscraper district and the historic West End.

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See[edit][add listing]

Downtown Dallas
  • The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza 411 Elm Street, Suite #120, Tel. +1 214 747-6660 or toll-free: 888 485-4854, fax +1 214 747-6662, [1]. Open daily from 9AM - 6PM. Adults $16.00. An unfortunate part of Dallas' history is that it is the site of the assassination of President 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. It is an incredibly moving experience with videos, full-wall descriptions and photographs, along with artifacts from the event. Even with repeat visits, there is always something new and interesting to see.
  • Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture, 100 South Houston Street, Tel. +1 214 745-1100, fax +1 469 227-8417, [2]. Open Mo-Sa 9AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM. Adults $8. Tells the story of the development of Dallas County from pre-historic times to the present day. This museum opened in May 2007 and 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.
Dallas Museum of Art
  • Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood St, Tel. +1 214 922-1200, [3]. Open Tu-Su, 11AM-5PM, Th 11AM-9PM, Closed Mondays, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Great works of art from eastern and western cultures, from all ages. Admission is FREE everyday.
  • Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St., Tel. +1 214 242-5100, [4]. 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.
  • Dallas World Aquarium, 1801 N. Griffin St., Tel. +1 214 720-2224, [5]. 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. Admission $15.95 Adults and $8.95 Children.
  • Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd, [6]. One of the defining landmarks of the Dallas skyline  edit


Perot Museum of Nature and Science
  • Perot Museum of Nature and Science, 2201 N Field St,, 214-428-5555, [7]. A science museum that features tons of interactive exhibits that range from light shows that visitors can manipulate to learn about the "emissions spectrum", to massive plates one can stand on to experience earthquakes of different magnitudes. Along with changing exhibits, permanent ones explore such topics as the "Expanding Universe" (astronomy), "Life Then and Now" (evolution), and how energy is created—a nod to the Lone Star State's star industry. While many of the exhibits are geared towards children, they're so smartly done that adults will enjoy them too, and come away feeling like they're learned a lot as well.  edit
  • Dallas Walking Tour: Heart of Downtown, [8]. Follow this National Geographic walking guide for a good tour of downtown.  edit

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  • Dallas Segway Tours, 800 880-2336 or +1 972 821-9054, [9]. Provides the most unique and fun guided sightseeing tours of downtown Dallas imaginable. Several daily tours to choose from. Tours depart from the Historic Dallas West End.
  • Steinway Hall - Dallas, 5301 N. Central Expressway, +1 214 526-1853, [10]. 9AM-6PM. More than a piano store, view historic and one-of-a-kind Steinway pianos. With the largest collection of Steinway pianos you can see, hear and play the Steinway used during the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.  edit
  • Segway tours in Dallas, 972-821-9054. Segway tours are fun, informative, and a great way to tour Dallas. Glide through downtown or take a trip up the Katy Trail and into Reverchon Park. As your Segway hums down streets and sidewalks, you'll feel as though you're riding a magic carpet.  edit
  • The Dallas Mavericks, Dallas' professional basketball team, play at the American Airlines Center, located at 2500 Victory Ave in Dallas. You can come to the games by your own car (cash parking available), by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), or by Trinity Railway Express (TRE). Trains drop and pick up fans about a block away from the arena at Victory station. The game ticket prices vary from $10 up to $240 for a seat very close to the action. In the 2010-11 season, the team won their first NBA championship.
  • Dallas Stars, Dallas' professional hockey team, also plays at the American Airlines Center.
  • American Airlines Center, the home of the Mavericks and Stars is also home to many major concerts and events. [11]

Buy[edit][add listing]

Neiman Marcus
  • Neiman Marcus, 1618 Main, 214-741-6911, [12]. Neiman Marcus, established in 1907, is a local institution; its annual holiday catalog has become part of pop culture (a once-a-year opportunity to order "His & Her Mummies" or perhaps your own personal $20-million submarine). Beyond those attention-grabbing stunts, Neiman Marcus remains one of the classiest high-end retail stores around, and its downtown flagship store has a chic retro look that is suddenly very hip today.  edit
  • First Saturday, 1100 McKinney Ave., [13]. An electronics flea market that is a must for geeks. Begins at midnight on the first Saturday of every month and is held near the West End. Be prepared to find more flea-market-style garbage than actual computer equipment.

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are tons of restaurants, or a couple dozen anyway, including TGI Friday's, Dick's Last Resort, The Palm, Hooter's, and the original Spaghetti Warehouse. There are several popular local establishments as well. This area does not make the list of must-see places in Dallas but is a convenient place for dinner or a drink if you are already in the area.

  • Fuel City Tacos, 801 S. Riverfront, +1 214 744-1420, [14]. Located inside a gas station on the edge of Downtown, this Mexican take-out joint has received numerous accolades from Texas Monthly and D Magazine for serving what some say the best tacos in Texas. They are also open 24 hours. Cash Only.
  • Jimmy's Food Store,4901 Bryan St, +1 214 823-6180. A little bit of Brooklyn right in the middle of Big D. Jimmy's is a great neighborhood grocery store with an Italian deli. They make great sandwiches and what many say is the best sandwich in Dallas, the Cuban pork sandwich. Ham, roast pork, pickles, and swiss cheese grilled panini-style. You can get it with or without hot sauce. They have a great selection of imported foods from Italy, cheeses and deli meats, homemade sausage and meatballs, and a sizable wine selection.
  • RJ Mexican Cuisine, 1701 N. Market St. Suite 102, +1 214 744-1420, [15]. Kind of classy Mexican food in the West End. Try the quail.
  • San Salvaje, 2100 Ross Ave Ste 100, 214-922-9922. Stephen Pyle's latest creation specializing in South American fare with a twist.  edit
  • Spaghetti Warehouse, 1815 N. Market St., +1 214 651-8475, [16]. 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.
  • Bread Winner's. The best restaurant ever! Went for breakfast came back for lunch and dinner. Amazing Cinnamon Bread, to die for. Great customer service.  edit
  • Zenna Thai & Japanese Restaurant, 300 N Akard St., +1 214 720-9998, [17]. Restaurant specializing in Thai, Chinese, and Japanese dishes. They are also open until 3am.  edit
  • Pecan Lodge, 1010 S. Pearl Expressway (at the Dallas Farmer's Market), [18]. A barbeque stand located at the Dallas Farmer's Market that is known for serving some of the best barbeque in the city.  edit
  • Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck, 300 Reunion Blvd., 214-741-5560, [19]. An Asian fusion restaurant operated by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck that is located on top of the Reunion Tower. Reservations are required.  edit
  • Tei An, 1722 Routh St., 214-220-2828, [20]. The best Japanese restaurant in Dallas known for their sushi and soba noodles. The sushi is super-fresh, much of it flown in from ports of call around the world (including Japan).  edit
  • Stephen Pyles, 1807 Ross Ave., 214-580-7000. The flagship restaurant of celebrity chef Steven Pyles who was considered to be one of the founders of modern Southwest cuisine.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Please note that the West End Marketplace recently closed and the crowds are going elsewhere, especially in the evening.

  • Dick's Last Resort, Tel.+1 214 747-0001, [21].
  • Draft Media Sports Bar and Lounge, Tel. +1 214 777-6524, [22].
  • Froggy Bottoms, tel. +1 214 969-0300.
  • Gator's, Tel. +1 214 748-0243, [23].
  • Honky Tonk Heaven.
  • West End Pub, Tel. +1 214 748-5711.
  • Hard rock cafe.  edit


Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Dallas Irving Backpackers, 214 West 6th St. in Irving, Tel. +1 214 682 9636. This $21/night hostel is a TRE train ride away from Union Station. It feels more like a student flat than a hotel, but the staff are friendly and the price is right.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Aloft Dallas Downtown, 1033 Young Street,, 214-761-0000, [24]. New hotel that is located across from Dallas City Hall and is located close to the Convention Center  edit
  • Sheraton Dallas Hotel, 400 North Olive St, Tel: 866-716-8134,[25][26]. Ideally located in the heart of the Arts and Financial district and minutes from the Convention Center, the Sheraton Dallas Hotel provides everything you need for business or leisure.
  • Amerisuites - West End, 1907 North Lamar Street, Tel: +1 214 999-0500, [27].
  • Hilton Garden Inn Dallas Market Center, 2325 North Stemmons Freeway, Tel: +1 214 634-8200,[28]. Offering a free shuttle within a 5-mile radius. Two miles from the Dallas Arts District and American Airlines Arena, and 3 miles from Love Field Airport.
  • Dallas Marriott Suites Medical/Market Center, 2493 North Stemmons Freeway, Tel: +1-214-905-0050,[29]. Check-in: 3:00 PM Check-out: 12:00 PM. Conveniently located to Southwestern Medical Center and other Medical District hospitals. Complimentary shuttle service to Downtown Dallas, AA Center, and Love Field Airport available from 6:30AM-11:00PM.
  • Belmont Hotel, 302 Fort Worth Avenue, Tel: 877 870-8010,[30]. An historic boutique hotel designed by architect Charles Stevens Dilbeck, which was built in 1946 and recently restored. Offering views of the Dallas skyline and the Trinity River Corridor. Two miles from the Bishop Arts District and American Airlines Arena.
  • Hotel Lawrence, 302 South Houston Street, Tel: 877-396-0334,[31]. An historic boutique hotel in the West End, which was built in 1925 and recently renovated. Across from the George Allen Courthouse and the closest hotel to Dealey Plaza and the Kennedy Sixth Floor Museum.
  • Dallas Marriott City Center, 650 North Pearl Street, Tel: 214-979-9000, [32]. The Dallas Marriott City Center Hotel offers luxurious accommodations and is ideally located in the vibrant Arts District of Downtown.
  • Residence Inn Dallas Market Center, 6950 N Stemmons Freeway, 1-214-631-2472, [33]. Provides easy access to downtown. Start your day with a free hot breakfast buffet and end it with a free, light dinner at the social hour Monday - Thursday, 5:30 - 7 p.m. Melt tensions away at the outdoor pool and Sport Court. Each guest suite is appointed with fully equipped kitchens and separate living and sleeping areas for your convenience. Guests are also invited to take advantage of the outdoor area with BBQ and picnic area. Enjoy the comforts and conveniences of home with first class customer service at the Residence Inn Dallas Market Center hotel.  edit
  • SpringHill Suites Dallas Downtown/West End, 1907 N. Lamar St., 1-214-999-0500, [34]. This hotel is a newly renovated all-suite downtown hotel near the American Airlines Center and provides easy access to the historic West End, Convention Center, Market Center, the Dallas World Aquarium, the Financial and Arts districts, as well as Ernst & Young, and federal agency offices.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Omni Dallas Hotel, 555 S Lamar, (214) 744-6664, [35]. (32.7755111111,-96.8039638889) edit
  • Renaissance Dallas Hotel, 2222 North Stemmons Freeway, (214) 631-2222 (fax: (214) 905-3814), [36]. (32.802899,-96.831544) edit
  • Hotel Crescent Court, 400 Crescent Court, Tel +1 214 871-3272, [37]. This downtown Dallas luxury hotel offers Euorpean-style rooms, a day spa, business center, meeting space and wedding facilities, and a private club.
  • Magnolia Hotel, 1401 Commerce Street, Tel. 1 888 915-1110, +1 214 915-6500, Fax +1 214 253-0053, [38]. The 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.
  • The W Hotel, 2440 Victory Park Lane, Tel: +1 214 397-4100, [39]. Fax: +1 214 397-4105. Just opened, very nice and has a modern feel. Checkout Ghost Bar if you stay there.
  • Hotel ZaZa Dallas, 2332 Leonard Street, Tel: +1 214 -468-8399 , [40]. Located in Uptown Dallas, Texas, Hotel ZaZa is a boutique hotel that features concept suites, day spa, meeting facility, vacation packages, and fine dining.

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