Dallas Design District
What was in the mid-20th-century just an inexpensive area to build warehouses and showrooms along the Trinity River has evolved into a vibrant live/work community that’s home to noted restaurants, trendy hangouts, upscale apartment buildings, and—true to its name—a wide array of design-focused businesses. Whether you’re in the market for a French impressionist painting or an edgy installation, the galleries along Dragon Street have got you covered, while Slocum Street is the place for antiques, decorative pieces, and midcentury furnishings, and Howell Street is a treasure trove of vintage and thrift shops. Enjoy an upscale meal at Oak, a beer at the Meddlesome Moth or Texas Ale Project, a cold treat at Pop Star Handcrafted Popsicles, or a cooking class–meets–dinner party at The Cookery. Keep an eye out for Eagles co-founder Don Henley, who built a private recording studio in the area.
By Sandra Ramani, AFAR Contributor
Hi Line Drive and Slocum Streets are at the heart of the Dallas Design District—Today you'll find shops like Ceylon et Cie and the first U.S. men’s apparel shop from Swiss designer, Edo Popken. Several galleries from Uptown have moved here, while restaurants include FT33, serving award-winning chef Matt McCallister's modern take on farm-to-table, and the Meddlesome Moth, which puts a contemporary Texas spin on the gastropub. Unexpected finds include Bowlounge, a very popular, retro-style bowling alley with 12 lanes.
Dallas Art Break
The Design District is attracting movers, shakers, and plenty of gallery-goers. The Goss-Michael Foundation, co-owned by singer George Michael, has over 500 pieces by 75 British artists such as Damien Hirst. The Conduit Gallery has monthly rotations of contemporary sculptures and paintings, and the Samuel Lynne Galleries (seen here) has four exhibition spaces and one 40-seat theater for video productions.
1519 Hi Line Dr, Dallas, TX 75207, USA
Mon - Fri 8am - 5pm