5 of Our Favorite Dallas Neighborhoods

December 11, 2021

As the country’s 9th largest city, Dallas has something to offer everyone. Love sports? Dallas is home to 20 professional sports teams. Love music? Dallas is home to countless venues to catch a live show. Love food? Wear your comfy pants because there’s no shortage of local and ethnic restaurants to enjoy.

Living in Dallas is a lot of fun and making a list of the city’s best neighborhoods is hard. Every single one offers something unique. Here’s a list of a few of our favorite Dallas neighborhoods.

5 of the Best Dallas Neighborhoods

Deep Ellum

Deep Ellum is considered the heart of the city’s creative center. It’s an historic district that offers unique architecture with a friendly, eclectic vibe. It’s near the Main Street District in Downtown Dallas as well as Baylor University Medical Center which means there are plenty of jobs nearby. In addition to job opportunities, Deep Ellum also has a ton of stuff to do — everything from live music and theater to stand up and arts festivals.  

Oak Lawn

Oak Lawn is home to Dallas’ LGBTQ+ community and is considered one of the most gay-friendly neighborhoods in the country. In fact, the neighborhood even hosts the annual Dallas Pride Parade. It offers a trendy vibe and architecture that’s as diverse as its residents. It’s also home to many local restaurants and quirky shops as well as gay and lesbian bars.

Bishop Arts District

Bishop Arts District, the city’s “Most Independent Neighborhood,” is located south of Downtown Dallas. It’s a small, vibrant neighborhood whose streets are lined with bungalows. It’s also one of the most affordable in Dallas and home to over 60 local shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Like Deep Ellum, there’s always something to do in Bishop Arts District. Browse the local bookshop, take an art class, enjoy some local cuisine, or catch a live show.

Old East Dallas

Okay, so Old East Dallas is technically considered a community of 14 neighborhoods, including Deep Ellum, but it’s too amazing not to mention on this list. It’s a place where history and diversity come together to form a uniquely urban and eclectic vibe. Old East Dallas is home to dozens of murals, craft breweries, and museums. It’s the perfect place for anyone who wants to live in a modern, creative area.


Richardson offers diversity with a hometown feel. It’s home to the University of Texas at Dallas and many ethnic restaurants and local shops. It’s also home to many public parks, including Cottonwood Park, and the North Texas Automotive Museum. Richardson offers a suburban feel with easy access to the bustle of the city. It’s a great place for those who want a quieter neighborhood with plenty to do.

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