The Dallasites101 Neighborhood Guide: Uptown Dallas

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Dallasites 101
Apr 15, 2022

Hey, hey! It’s Dallasites101 here to welcome you to spring by highlighting one of the most fun & popular neighborhoods in Dallas, Uptown! Whether you’re looking to sip a cocktail on a patio, walk with your furry friend, or relax at a park, Uptown and its neighbor, West Village, make up the epicenter of Dallas and have so much to offer whether you’re new to the Big D or just looking to explore a neighborhood!

Patios and Hot Spots

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Patio bars and casual hangs are scattered across Uptown giving the area its lively energy! If you’re looking for a patio, check out our faves The Standard Pour, Bowen House, The Quarter Bar rooftop, or The Nodding Donkey, which is a particularly great spot to catch a game with tons of TVs, an arcade, and backyard games!

Restaurants are always on the move around Uptown, which means that while we’re sad to see some of them leave, we’re also pretty excited to welcome new ones. A trendy new addition to Uptown is Fiatto, an Italian restaurant with an expansive indoor/outdoor space and Instagrammable cocktails! And beloved Mi Cocina fans stay tuned for Uptown’s very own Monkey Bar!

Healthy Eateries

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Healthier eating is always an option because Uptown is booming with new healthy spots! Honest Taco recently opened in West Village serving health-centric tacos with GF & V options from their aesthetic test kitchen with a fabulous patio! Plus, the East coast cult-favorite for salads & bowls, Sweetgreen, opened on Mckinney Ave alongside the fast-casual sandwich & salad concept, Mendocino Farms, which is set to open its new location later this year!

The Outdoors

The katy running/walking trail in Dallas Texas

One of our favorite things about Uptown is when the weather calls us outside, where you can always find people enjoying a walk or lounging at a park soaking up the rays. For an inner-city neighborhood, there are plenty of green spaces to check out! Griggs Park is the perfect spot to relax with your pup, enjoy picnics, suntan, read, and catch up with friends while you soak in the views of downtown. Looking for an outdoor activity? Head to Cole Park and snag a tennis court with the crew!

One of the most iconic and famous landmarks in Dallas runs right through Uptown, the 3.5-mile-long Katy Trail! The walk & bike trail winds from the AAC all through Uptown and welcomes furry friends, conversations, walkers, runners, cyclists, or whatever your outdoor fancy might be! And the best part is you can get your exercise, then post up at Katy Trail Ice House, a right of passage for Dallas-goers with an oversized patio, string lights, goblet beers, more than 100 TVs, and insanely good cheese fries!


Views of the Downtown skyline from an apartment balcony in Dallas Texas

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There’s so much to love about Uptown. It’s not just a fun place to spend the day, but also a great area to live! There are hundreds of residences to choose from, but we’re highlighting a few of our faves from the experts at Smart City Apartments! Cortland M-Line, Carlisle and Vine, and One Oak Grove all sit in the heart of Uptown and offer prime locations. Residences at The Grove is a new luxury build with stunning views, Gables McKinney Ave sits right above the neighborhood Whole Foods, and Brady is nestled on the Katy Trail. No matter where you decide to call home in Uptown, you’re bound to be surrounded by excellent company, delicious food, and plenty of space to enjoy some fresh air!

If you’re looking to move and interested in getting more info about any of the apartments in Uptown, connect with a Smart City agent for free help finding your next place.

Uptown is constantly evolving and welcoming Texas transplants & small businesses. Be sure to continue to explore the areas virtually through our West Village and Uptown guides that you can find on our Dallasites101 website, and you’ll always be in the know!


Written by Abby Schikevitz of Dallasites101

Dallasites101 is a hyperlocal media company in Dallas, about Dallas. They are your 101 to Dallas, encouraging new and native residents to continuously discover and engage in the city, through content and experiences. They want Dallasites to call the city home, to find and build their sense of place here by trying “the new.” And that doesn’t just mean what’s new to Dallas, but also what’s new to them!

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