Dallas full of surprise …
Dallas is full of surprise, apparently not the city you would like to spend vacation but if you look deeper in the city you might find many interesting and nice place to enjoy your days and evenings.
Dallas it’s Downtown ; Updtown ; Deep Ellum ; Lower Greenville ; Bishop Art.
Downtown, epicentre of Dallas, lots of building and museum. The best way to visit downtown Dallas it’s to park somewhere on the Trolley line (http://www.mata.org/schedulesroutemap.html ) and take the trolley until Downtown area (free ride). Then just walk by the building and status. You might enjoy a nice drink at the small but not nice klyde warren park (http://www.klydewarrenpark.org/ ).
Uptown, nightlife of Dallas and especially McKinney Avenue with plenty of bars and night clubs. High select part of Dallas, and rich people are living there. Here is a list of clubs and bars that are good but not only! The Den, Blackfriar, The avenue (very select), So&So, the Concrete Cowboy…
During a sunny day, go and have a walk at Katy Trail. Nice path for bikes; runners or just walkers. If you’re getting tired you can always have a drink on the patio at the Ice House (very nice area, nice beer and average price).
Bishop Art, area in rehabilitation and transformation. Nice bars and expos there.
Deep ellum, I love that place. Great streets with street arts and hipster bars/clubs. If you want to enjoy brewery go to Braindead Brewing (http://braindeadbrewing.com/ ), Pecan Lodge or BuzzBrews Deep Ellum.
Walk in the street of Main Street or Elm Street you will see nice street paintings. Enter in the strange handicraft shops and vintage shops.
Lower Greenville/Knox Henderson, nice area similar to deep ellum but more hip. Nice rooftop with a view on downtown skyline.
You can find a really good French bakery: Boulangerie (http://villagebakingco.com/ ).
Great coffee shop: Houndstooth Coffee (http://www.houndstoothcoffee.com/ ) with real espresso from different countries.
If you’re at lower Greenville, you must also stop at Truckyard (http://www.texastruckyard.com/ ), great way to have a beer with friends outside.
Finally, if you feel more fency, you can enjoy a good meal/dinner at the French restaurant: St Martins (http://www.stmartinswinebistro.com/ ), but a meal will cost you around (50$/pers including 2 plates starters and meal plus a glace of wine. For a good affordable brunch you can go to the Old Monk (http://www.oldmonkdallas.com/ ).
If you take your car a drive a little bit outside of Dallas, you can also find really nice things.
Parks and lakes
Close from Dallas: White Rock Lake, you can enjoy a picnic and a nice view of the lake. Path and parking are available for walks, rides…
North West Dallas: River Legacy Park: http://www.riverlegacy.org/ , huge park so great if you want to go out from the city life.
South West Dallas: Cedar ridge preserve: Audubon nature preserve offering 9 miles of hiking trails through 600 acres of hill country habitat. http://cedarhilltx.com/1700/Cedar-Ridge-Nature-Preserve
- Country nights:
Red River Irving: http://www.cowboysdancehall.com/dallas/ Outpost of a honky-tonk/dance hall chain with live country music, dance lessons & a mechanical bull. Free classes Thursday nights at 7pm.
- Karaoke nights:
Family Karaoke: http://www.familykaraokedfw.com/ Karaoke outfit features a sizable song selection, a spacious bar & well-equipped private rooms.
- Fency/clubbing nights :
Uptown dallas and Deepellum