Things To Do Outside (While Staying Safe)!

Looking for some fun in the sun? Downtown Dallas is packed with opportunities to get moving, get doing, and get dining along gorgeous nature trails or with a view of the Dallas skyline. Whether you’re a foodie, naturist, or fitness fanatic, there are plenty of options to get your outdoor fix and keep your social distance.

Ellie’s Yoga & Brunch

This is a great option if you’re into yoga, fitness, or eating great food! A ticket includes an hour of yoga, a chef-prepared brunch box, and bottomless mimosas. Valet service, too! No need to worry about parking.

Omni Fitness Classes

For a more traditional workout, there are some great fitness classes at the Omni: yoga, bootcamps, and for the more chivalrous, longsword and fencing classes! Another great option is Pencak Silat, an Indo-Malay martial art with a focus on empty hand, weapon, and counter-weapon self-defense.

Klyde Warren Park

If you’re into getting up and getting moving or crossing your legs and finding your center, Klyde Warren Park is the place to be. Work up a real sweat with Body Mountain Bootcamp, calm your mind with yoga or meditation, or get your groove on with the Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance Ensemble.

AT&T Performing Arts Center

How about a culture shock? Dance, theater, ballet, movies—you name it, you can grab a ticket at ATTPAC. Upcoming shows include the Hamilton Dance Combination, The Addams Family, IT, and a Disney Sing-Along! Bring the whole family to the lawn at Strauss Square and have a wonderful time Letting It Go.

Pacific Plaza

At the center of it all is Pacific Plaza, with plenty of room to walk, jog, swing, or plop down and picnic. Take a quick stroll between Kyle Warren Park, Main Street Garden, all the way to the Dallas Farmers Market. Better yet, bring along a kite and watch it soar!

AT&T Discovery District

Food, drink, and entertainment, all with a lightning-fast 5G connection to share it. Sound like it’s for you? The AT&T Discovery District has it all. With Jaxon and Rise + Thyme serving up amazing food and coffee, Jaxon’s expansive patio, a 6K display for sporting events and movies, and plenty of interactive art pieces, it’s not just one of the best experiences in Dallas—it’s one of the most Instagrammable!

Bike Trails

If you’re looking to take things off-road, DORBA has partnered with the City of Dallas to give plenty of awesome bike trails for thrill-seekers and enthusiasts alike! Check out Harry S. Moss Park, L. B. Houston Park, Katie Jackson Park, or Boulder Park for some options. For a more relaxed ride, there are plenty of looping and sightseeing trails through every major park and greenbelt Downtown. More specifically, Downtown offers easy access to Katy Trail, Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe Trestle Trail, and Skyline Trail.

Dallas Farmers Market

The best part about eating and having fun outside is that fresh produce and fresh air go hand in hand—so come down to the Dallas Farmers Market! Pick up fresh fruits and veggies at The Shed, grab a bite to eat at The Market, or check out the Harvest Lofts or Taylor Lofts retail for souvenirs, entertainment, and great food.


Keeping Downtown Dallas Safe

December 3, 2020: The City of Dallas, Dallas PD, and DART PD continue to collaborate with Downtown business partners to activate an enhanced enforcement initiative to provide increased and more visible patrols, enforce the ongoing juvenile curfew, and provide additional manpower to curtail speeding and street racing in Downtown and surrounding entertainment districts.

The enforcement initiative launched by the City of Dallas, Dallas PD, and DART PD, and with support from the Downtown business community, continues to make progress and will be in effect through the end of the year.

DPD began enforcing the juvenile curfew ordinance Labor Day weekend, which covers Deep Ellum, West End, Farmers Market, Uptown, Victory Park, and the Central Business District. The ordinance applies to juveniles under the age of 17 who are in a public place in the curfew area from 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday and from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Downtown Dallas, Inc. and DPD continue the collaborative work to maintain the efforts of this initiative through open lines of communication and constant reassessment of the Downtown area. We have seen progress made towards our shared goals of keeping Downtown a safe place for all. 

DPD has furthered their efforts in Downtown Dallas with:

  • Officers patrolling utilizing the overhead cruise lights for visibility
  • Increased high-visibility patrols by uniformed officers
  • Deployment of plain clothes officers

Downtown Dallas, Inc. continues to observe, listen, and respond to the needs and concerns of Downtown. The below highlights are enhancements to DDI services that have already been implemented and will continue to keep Downtown safe:

  • Daily hours for DDI Security are from 6:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. DDI is providing additional security coverage at Main Street Garden, Belo Garden, and Pegasus Plaza from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at each location.
  • Dedicated off-duty DPD officer at Main Street Garden daily (four-hour shifts). As a reminder, DDI funds off-duty DPD officers seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • City of Dallas Park Department has increased their deployment of Park Rangers to provide additional patrols throughout Downtown parks.
  • DDI has added 18 new full-time security professionals this year.

We appreciate our continued partnership with DPD.  And remember, if you see something, say something! You can report non-emergency incidents through the See Say Now app, by texting a report to 972.440.1995, or by calling the dispatch number for DDI Security and Clean Team at 214.741.1151. Please dial 911 in the event of an emergency.

Finding Culture in Downtown Dallas

Have you felt cooped up for the last few months and are now busting to discover your city again? That need to connect with culture and the arts has you wondering what to do. It’s been a while and things are opening up again in Downtown Dallas. Whatever suits your cultural taste, there is something here for you.

Let’s start with the Arts…

The Arts District is a hub of culture in the heart of Downtown Dallas. Visitors can delight their senses with one or more of the many options available to them in this mecca of the arts.

The Dallas Museum of Arts, or DMA, welcomes guests back for its beautiful exhibits and features that are guaranteed to pique your artistic side, stretch your imagination, and soothe your spirit. If you have visited the DMA before, you know what we are talking about. If you haven’t made that trip yet, the time is now to see what all the fuss is about. Check for updated hours and visitor requirements.

Like the DMA, the Nasher Sculpture Center is a feast for the eyes through art and sculpture. On the grounds of the Nasher, you will find an incredible collection of contemporary and modern sculpture throughout. Five different pavilions make up the main building to house some breathtaking art, while the garden outside is home to some beauty of its own with sculptures “planted” for all to view. Pay a visit for yourself and make it a stop while exploring Downtown Dallas.

If music is your muse, then the Winspear Opera House and the Meyerson Symphony Center may call to your soul. The Winspear Opera House, as well as Strauss Square, are included in the AT&T Performing Arts Center, and features a variety of music and dance performances for the public in the coming weeks and months. Strauss Square will offer outdoor performances and Winspear Opera House has a few events planned in the coming months with limited capacity for your entertainment. Please plan ahead for your visit to remain in accordance with current requirements for admission to events.

The Meyerson Symphony Center is featuring many virtual performances during this time of altered arrangements. However, there are some programs that will be performed with no intermission, and be composed of smaller, socially-distanced orchestral ensembles. These programs will allow an audience of only 50-75 guests. Again, make your plans according to the updated guidelines of the facility.

Let’s brush up on some history, shall we…

The Crow Collection of Asian Art is a beautiful oasis of contemporary and ancient pieces spanning the vast history and locales of a rich Asian culture. Nestled in the Trammell Crow Center, visitors will find art and history at every turn that will amaze and inform each and every guest. Admission is free, but plan ahead for your visit for current guidelines for patrons.

It’s an easily recognizable structure overlooking Woodall Rodgers Freeway. That’s right, it’s the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Again ready for visitors, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is an interactive experience of sights and sounds for all who enter. Exhibits are ever changing to meet the interest of all of its guests, so as you make your plans, find out what exhibits are being featured. As always, check their website for updated information on guest requirements and hours of operation.

For the true history buff, the Sixth Floor Museum is the spot to be. One of the most visited spots in Dallas, this is the home to everything JFK in regard to that fateful November day in 1963. Tour, learn, and explore this informative museum and make your own decisions as to how things happened that day. Read the guidelines for the reopened Sixth Floor Museum before making your visit.

Another significant museum that is open to the public again is the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum in the West End. Discover each wing of the museum as it presents the history of events, from the Holocaust to Human Rights to the Pivot to America. An educational experience for both history enthusiasts and those who just want to learn more about the past through the scope of human rights, and the struggle to defend those affected and recognize the efforts to rise from a difficult past. Check the guidelines of the museum for hours of operation and other requirements before your visit.

On the Lighter Side of Downtown Dallas…

Now that you’ve discovered art and history, it may be time for a little fun when it comes to culture in Downtown Dallas. They say the city can be a jungle and they may be right. In the heart of Downtown lies the Dallas World Aquarium awaiting your exploration and adventure into an amazing world filled with creatures from the animal kingdom and more. Fun for the entire family, the Dallas World Aquarium offers education and amazement as you are surrounded by creatures from across the globe. It’s so much more than just an aquarium; it’s a treasure of animals from amphibians, reptiles, and mammals from places like Borneo to South Africa, and beyond. Get all the info you need as you plan your journey, to make the most of this extraordinary expedition.

Don’t forget to get a bird’s eye view of this amazing city by making your way to historic Reunion Tower and visiting the GeO-Deck. From high above the Emerald City, 470 feet to be exact, you can experience a breathtaking view of Dallas and its surrounding areas from any spot on the 360-degree observation deck. Visit day or night for a different vibe of your skyline. Ask about a romantic evening experienced at new heights with the Love is in the Air package. From field trips to family adventures, or special occasions, or just to be a tourist in your own town, discover Dallas from a new perspective. Plan your visit in advance and learn the guidelines and updated hours of operation.

Visit Dallas’ park like no other as you explore Downtown. Klyde Warren Park at the northern edge of Downtown is an oasis of fun and relaxation with a view of Downtown all its own. With something for every member of the family, including the furry ones, Klyde Warren Park is 5.2 acres of adventure and solace. Kids will love the Children’s Park and your canine fur babies can frolic in the My Best Friend’s Park. There is always something to do in the park, from yoga classes to movie nights to exercise, it’s all here. You can make a day of it too, as food trucks are lined up to offer some of the best tastes Dallas has to offer within footsteps. Plan your visit for details on safety updates, programs, parking, and other info you may need before you arrive, and then enjoy!

Now, mark your calendars and go!

As more and more places begin to reopen and allow visitors to enjoy and explore Downtown Dallas, always remember to prepare for your visit by checking the website of the facility or location you plan to attend. A quick rule of thumb is that almost every place is under some version of the current guidelines of Timed Reservations Only – Masks Required – Limited Hours of Operation. Keep those in mind, then get out there and have some fun rediscovering your city. Be a tourist again and enjoy Downtown Dallas!

For more information on arts and culture events and places to visit, check out the Dallas Arts District website.

Holiday Lights – Downtown Style!

It’s that time of year again, and the sights and sounds of the holidays aren’t forgotten in Downtown Dallas. Dallas is known for its cityscape, skyline, and beautiful lights anyway, and the holidays crank it up a notch. There may be a giant eyeball Downtown, but your eyes may feel that big with the lights you will experience during the holidays.

Things are getting started soon as Deck the Plaza, a Dallas holiday tradition, will return for 2020 with a bit of a twist. Visitors and holiday light connoisseurs are invited to join in a contactless, holiday drive-thru experience with a celebration of lights at City Hall Plaza. The Deck the Plaza light extravaganza goes from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21st.

The parade of vehicles will begin at City Hall Plaza on Marilla Street. Drivers will make their way through City Hall Plaza to experience holiday entertainment and a festival of lights, leading up to the 35-foot holiday tree. This will surely be a sight to behold. To add to the experience, Classical 101.1 WRR-FM will again participate in the celebration for 2020. Drivers can tune in to the radio station during the drive-thru to enjoy some festive holiday music and messages of good tidings from a few Dallas dignitaries. Plan ahead for your visit for all details and requirements for the event, so you can enjoy it safely.

While Downtown, you may notice a tree made out of car parts. That’s right, car body parts! The Neiman Marcus Car Tree was commissioned in 2003 and was displayed in the Neiman Marcus Flagship store. Since then, it moved in 2012 to its current home in Pegasus Plaza. It’s a sight to be seen with its construction from car trunks, tail fins, taillights, and more taken from thirteen classic cars. The parts were taken from cars made between 1949 and 1962. Some of the lights are also from a vintage school bus. This display is a photo op must for car enthusiasts and holiday light fans alike.

Another favorite from the Neiman Marcus Legacy Holiday Collection is the collection of Butterflies at Belo Garden. The beautiful metal sculpture of eight LED-lit butterflies is on display at Belo Garden through December 31st.  The highest butterfly’s pinnacle ranges about 18′-20′ above the ground.  The flagship Downtown Neiman Marcus store was the former home of these picturesque butterflies from 2005 – 2010.

Many other fantastic sights await you during the holidays in festive Downtown. Visit Main Street Garden to witness their gorgeous holiday tree, featuring 3,000 bulbs, 10,000 mini lights, and 450 ornaments…quite a display! Can you count them all? Sip on a hot cocoa and give it a try!

Don’t forget the many hotels and plazas who also have amazing trees and lights on their premises, such as The National shown in the photo above! The Adolphus Hotel displays a giant holiday in their lobby and the Statler Hotel is home to a beautiful tree as well.

As you explore Downtown, make sure you cruise by AT&T Discovery District to see their tree and lights. Klyde Warren Park always gets into the holiday spirit with their own towering tree to make Dallas proud. Not to mention, the Omni Dallas Hotel and Reunion Tower are both always lit for every occasion and the holidays are no exception.

Whether you’re walking around or just taking a drive through the Downtown streets, enjoy every visual treat Dallas has to offer. Wind your way all over the Downtown area and make your own yuletide discoveries and find your favorites. Dallas is such a beautiful city lit up at night most of the year anyway, but the holidays become a wonderland during this sparkly season. And be sure to share and tag your photos of these beautiful lights with #MYDTD. Happy Holidays!

Downtown Dallas, Inc. Appoints Scott Goldstein as its Chief of Communications & Policy

Goldstein to Lead All Internal and External Communications and Government Relations

DALLAS (Nov. 10, 2020) – Today, Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) named Scott Goldstein its Chief of Communications & Policy, effective Nov. 30, 2020. He will report directly to DDI’s President & CEO, Kourtny Garrett.

In this newly created executive position, Goldstein will be responsible for advancing the voice and position of the organization, with a particular focus on corporate, business-to-business, economic development, and government relations. He will lead all external and internal communications efforts, as well as manage all local, state, and national policy matters that relate to Downtown Dallas.

“As the advocate, champion, and steward for Downtown, it is more important than ever before that DDI maintains its strength and fundamental support of the city’s core – it is imperative to the social and economic health of all of Dallas,” said Garrett. “Scott has been ingrained in our community for the last 15 years, and his working knowledge and understanding of the city are unmatched – he will be a tremendous champion for the city as we continue to position Downtown for future success.”

Goldstein brings more than a decade of high-level civic and communications experience to DDI. Most recently, he was senior vice president of communications, marketing, and events for the Dallas Regional Chamber. Prior to that, he was a top aide to former Mayor Mike Rawlings and served as Chief of Policy and Communications on his staff. Goldstein was also the digital content editor for Baylor Scott & White Health. He began his career in 2006 as a reporter for The Dallas Morning News, where he wrote about southern Dallas, criminal justice and Dallas City Hall over eight years.

“Scott is a great salesman for Dallas,” Rawlings said. “DDI is fortunate to have him on the team because he will paint a great picture for everyone, citizens and investors, about the opportunity in Downtown Dallas. He also knows how to face complex challenges and bring people together to solve them for the good of our city.”

Goldstein is a Maryland native and 2005 graduate of the University of Maryland. He resides in the Lake Highlands area of Dallas with his wife and two daughters. 

For more information on DDI, please visit

About Downtown Dallas, Inc.

Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization that serves as the primary advocate, champion, and steward for Downtown. Since our founding in 1958, DDI has been the only organization solely dedicated to the center of our city, with a mission of stimulating a vibrant and sustainable environment, improving infrastructure, enhancing economic competitiveness, creating a culturally inclusive urban center, and fostering innovation in every aspect of the urban experience. DDI is funded through two primary resources.  One is the Downtown Improvement District (DID), an assessment on properties within “the freeway loop*” through a property owner and City of Dallas approved public improvement district. The second is membership, which supplements core improvement district funds and enables the organization to engage more deeply in advocacy, economic development, and marketing initiatives. Members represent the commercial and multi-family property owners, major corporations, and many small and emerging businesses that are passionately driving the exponential growth within the city center of Dallas. DDI is also affiliated with the Downtown Dallas, Inc. Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that engages in charitable projects which further the DDI mission, with particular focus on “kids and parks.”

Live like a Local Wildcat Management Guest Blog: The Best of the West End

By Wildcat Management

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At Ellen’s, brunch is all we do. We know that brunch is no longer just for the weekend. It’s everyone’s favorite meal, so why not celebrate it every day? In fact, any time of day is a good time for brunch, so we serve it day and night.

​We started Ellen’s in 2012 with one simple idea: build a restaurant that we would want to go to. That means traditional, made-from-scratch Southern recipes, using only the freshest meats and vegetables, and giving service with true Southern hospitality. That also means serving brunch all the time.

Because remember, no matter what time it is where you are, IT’S BRUNCH O’CLOCK SOMEWHERE!

Y.O Ranch Steakhouse   

Whether dining or simply relaxing over a cocktail with friends, the Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse offers a warm, inviting atmosphere. With its 100-year old brick arches, iron accents and candlelit tables, the main dining room delivers an authentic steakhouse dining experience that is relaxing with a touch of elegance. The Y.O. bar is the perfect spot for enjoying a drink before or after dinner or grabbing a quick bite. The rich, deep wood and historic black and white photos create a comfortable ambiance to enjoy the fully-stocked bar.

Dining on their beautiful patio under Texas Live Oaks and amidst overflowing flower baskets is an excellent option for a casual lunch or dinner at a Dallas steakhouse, all the while taking in the energetic atmosphere of Market street.

3 Eleven Kitchen and Cocktails

3Eleven Kitchen & Cocktails is a modern American eatery that embodies the revival of the West End Historic District located on the corner of Market and Ross. Inspired by local restaurateur Jay Khan, the restaurant is guided by one simple philosophy, “Every ingredient has a purpose.” Serving farm-to-table fare and scratch cocktails with a vintage twist, 3Eleven is open daily for lunch and dinner. The space is also complete with private dining capabilities for special occasions and events.

Dallas World Aquarium  

At the Dallas World Aquarium you’ll discover the hidden worlds of the sea and all the beauty they have to offer.  There’s even more to see when you visit any one of our exhibits from the Cloud Forest Trek all the way to South Africa and Borneo. You’ll always find wonderful things at the Dallas World Aquarium! Located close to the DART station and within walking distance of multiple hotels and restaurants in the heart of the West End, it’s easy to make a day of your exotic adventure.

The Dallas World Aquarium has been accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 1997 and a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) since 2000.           

RJ’s Mexican Cuisine

RJ Mexican Cuisine’s imaginative traditional dishes, blending Mexico-Texas flavors with Mexican technique, is at the forefront of a new wave of the Mexican cuisine that’s now become entrenched in Dallas’ culinary scene. Each dish has a touch of unexpected flavor, which is typical of this culinary Master of Mexican Cuisine who believes that “each bite should involve all of our senses and tastes.”

Though RJ Mexican Cuisine may be the father of Dallas’ Eatery scene, there are plenty following in their footsteps. RJ Mexican Cuisine has been listed as one of the city’s best new restaurants several times over. This cozy and unpretentious eatery is known for serving up dishes with a twist – a Mexican twist in this case. Tapas of spiced meat, cheeses, and seafood are served up alongside a legendary late-night Chef’s platter. The cocktails are also among the best in Dallas.

Dallas Holocaust & Human Rights Museum  

The Dallas Holocaust & Human Rights Museum tells a uniquely human story.

Discover the history of the Holocaust in a deeply personal way. Listen to forgotten voices share their harrowing experiences and imagine a day in their shoes. Follow the emergence of human rights after the war and beyond into the development of civil rights in America. The Dallas Holocaust & Human Rights Museum is committed to shedding light into our darkest corners and uplifting those who stand up for others.

The building boasts the newest renovation in The West End. Located on Houston street, it’s the perfect place to begin your day before making your way through the neighborhood to discover local restaurants and additional museums and entertainment.

To plan your next visit to the Dallas West End visit today. Don’t see your favorite West End destination here? Email us at and check out all Downtown Dallas has to offer here

Staycation Nation: The Girls Take Downtown Dallas

Birthday extravaganzas and Wednesday wine gossips haven’t felt the same since Covid-19 moved all of our lives online. But now, with more Dallas restaurants, spas, and shopping centers opening their doors, getting back to boozy brunches with the girls is becoming a little bit easier. This one’s for the ladies! Grab your masks and your crossbody clutches as you head to Downtown Dallas for a safe, memorable, and fun girls’ staycation.

Keep Fit

If bonding through working out is more your style try heading to Cowboy’s Fit for pilates, biking, and even cardio dance parties.

If yoga is more your style, you can head to V12 and practice regaining your center.

Both centers have adopted new guidelines to cater to COVID-19 restrictions so that you and your friends can enjoy a safe experience.

Sunday Funday

Everyone loves a good Sunday brunch and shop. Check out the Dallas Farmers Market where you can enjoy an open indoor and outdoor layout. The Dallas Farmers market not only has plenty of good eats and tons of outdoor space for dining but amazing small and local businesses to support. We actually did a whole blog on it! Head here to find out all there is to enjoy at the Dallas Farmers Market.

Museum Musings

If you and your gals are an intellectual bunch, or simply appreciate artistic endeavors, Downtown Dallas is filled with endless museum options for you to peruse. Fill your Saturdays with a showing of the beautiful new Sandra Cinto DMA exhibit, or head to the Nasher Sculpture Center for breathtaking views.

Need something more tactile? Spend your Saturday at the Museum of Illusions. Totally trip out at seemingly slanted rooms or snap an iconic girl squad pic in the Infinity Room.

All museums mentioned are open but in order to stay safe they will require a reservation in advance online. Easy to navigate and safe to access.

Shop ‘Til You Drop

During your girl’s staycation, there is plenty of shopping to partake in. Downtown Dallas is home to the flagship Neiman Marcus store, a luxury department store featuring high fashion brands like Alice + Olivia, CELINE, and David Yurman.

Another great luxury shopping experience can be found at Forty Five Ten. The Downtown location is open with limited hours to ensure social distancing measures.

You can also try shopping at Commerce Goods + Supply, the boutique at The Adolphus Hotel and The Taschen Library at The Joule are both  unique gift shops within a 1-2 minute walk of each other.

Girls Gab over Bubbly

There are plenty of spots Downtown to grab a quick bite and chat with friends during your girls’ weekend. Transport yourself to English high tea at Mirador across from  The Joule Hotel. Mirador boasts expansive views of downtown through floor-to-ceiling windows and a wraparound terrace overlooking Tony Tasset’s outdoor sculpture Eye. However, if you’re planning a winter staycation, the French Room at The Adolphus Hotel is currently booking for Holiday Tea Sessions starting in November.

Champagne more your game? Head to La Tarte Tropezienne for a bottle of bubbly and a savory slice of quiche. La Tarte began in Saint-Tropez and the Dallas location is the only US location available.

Spa Sessions

Take a group trip to Downtown Dallas for some much-needed girl talk and relaxation. Escape the everyday routine at The Spa at The Joule. Choose from a variety of services like the codage Paris facial, the triple body scrub, or the face and ice stone massage. Head to The Studio portion of The Spa to receive eyebrow threading, waxing, and even microblading.

Downtown Dining

Finish off each adventure with some of the best dining and drinking options Downtown Dallas has to offer. Take the gals to The Woolworth for daytime happy hour where wine is just $5 a glass and craft cocktails are just $8.

For those of us with a love for TexMex, head to Queso Beso to see the cutest interior decorating and also enjoy $10 nachos on an open and airy patio.

Want dinner with a view? The newly opened Sky Blossom Bistro is a rooftop Vietnamese fusion restaurant and bar with some of the best views of Downtown.

Head to The Statler for some adult gaming and drinking at Scout or take in some more Dallas views at the rooftop pool and bar called Waterproof.

Whatever you and the girls decide to do this weekend, Downtown Dallas is jam packed with fun and exciting activities to boost bonding, creativity, and conversation. It’s easy to make memories of a lifetime with all of the options Dallas has to offer. Let us know what you decide to do with your girlfriend’s in Dallas this weekend!

And for a complete list of open businesses, visit us here.

This article was written by Ashni Pabley. As a Dallas native, Ashni loves browsing new exhibits at the DMA or shopping small businesses at the Dallas Farmers Market. You can contact her at

Live Like a Local: A Complete Guide to New Restaurants in Downtown Dallas

By Downtown Dallas, Inc. 

Downtown Dallas has almost 200 restaurants and bars, and has recently added its fair share of yummy new places to eat and drink. We figured we’d put together a list of new restaurants to keep you in the loop! We invite you to Live Like a Local and explore some of our favorite new restaurants in Downtown. 

Chimalma Taco Bar Co.

Chimalma Taco Bar Co. is named for the “mother of tacos.” The family-owned restaurant is bringing Jalisco style cuisine straight to its Commerce St. location. Be sure to swing by and find out what the goddess tacos are all about!

Hurdy Gurdy

Think of this place as your second home! A welcoming place to bring friends and meet new ones. With a huge patio perfect for socially distancing and food and drink carefully thought out to encourage sharing and conversation, you’ll feel right at home.

Jaxon Texas Kitchen + Beer Garden

New to the AT&T Discovery District, Jaxon offers a menu focused on Texas fare and elevated classic Southern dishes. Chill on the patio with a cold beer from their curated selection of 34 local and regional craft beers or specially crafted cocktails and spirits.

La Tarte Tropezienne

The new local already has a cult following for their authentic, fresh French pastries, tartes, and other delicious bites and desserts. The tiny sidewalk patio is also a hot spot for people watching while enjoying a glass (or bottle) of bubbly. Making its only U.S. debut right in the heart of Downtown Dallas, it’s a must-do to stop by and try out these yummy treats!

Mendocino Farms

Located on Ross Ave., the California-based chain is your go-to place for Peruvian steak sandwiches and Napa vineyard salads. This sandwich spot is a popular choice for quick lunches and dinners, be sure to check them out! 

Primo’s MX Kitchen

Newly located inside The Statler, Primo’s brings a fresh take on an old favorite with inspirations ranging from the border of Texas to Southern Mexico. From its instagram famous “Soup of the day…Tequila” photo wall, to their delicious margs, their food is definitely not to be missed. 

Rise + Thyme 

Chef and Chopped judge Amanda Freitag has opened her first restaurant located in the AT&T Discovery District. Noted as a chance to escape, relax, and enjoy a fluffy croissant or sip a perfectly foamy latte. Either way, its possibilities are open and endless.


Located in the Statler Hotel, this tasty Italian restaurant is a must try! Walk-in or make a reservation to enjoy some great pizza.  For those going low carb or gluten free, you can substitute a cauliflower crust.  Delivery and pickup options are available as well.

True Kitchen + Kocktails

Looking for the best food, cocktails, and vibes? Look no further. Bringing southern-style comfort food to the central business district in the heart of Downtown, their chicken and waffles is a must try!

Empanada Cookhouse 

Bringing a Latin American taste to West End, Empanada Cookhouse is an innovative empanada shop where they blend Latin inspiration with local flavors. From breakfast empanadas (yup, breakfast empanadas!), to dessert empanadas, we promise you won’t regret visiting!

Pegasus City Brewery 

The ground floor of the Dallas Power and Light Building in the heart of the Main Street District is now home to Downtown’s first brewery, a natural extension of a brand that is rooted in Dallas history and tradition. Featuring a huge outdoor patio, beautiful art deco architecture, taproom & outdoor beer garden, this place is a must see!


Enjoy dinner and drinks at one of the newest and trendiest restaurants in Dallas! Located in the newly renovated, The National, Catbird offers a breathtaking view of downtown with an expansive rooftop terrace. Catbird’s design and menu options offer the perfect setting for a happy hour, dinner, or late-night food and drinks.

Nine at The National

With a bright ambience and overlooking the 9th floor deck, Nine is only open for breakfast and lunch. It’s in room and patio dining offer the perfect luxe setting to help start your day!

Don’t see your new favorite new restaurant?  Let us know (

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For a full list of Downtown restaurants, visit our website.

Updated 11/2/20: Public Safety Plans for the Days Ahead

As an update to our message from October 28th about this week’s public safety plans and preparations, we have provided additional information below to ensure you have the most up-to-date information.

The Dallas Fusion Center, Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the Dallas Police Department Intelligence Unit, in partnership with the Texas Department of Public Safety and federal partners, are in contact with each other around the clock as they monitor all intelligence streams for possible threats to our region. Significant operational planning has been conducted to account for potential unrest, as well as to ensure DPD is positioned to support a safe environment for those wishing to express their First Amendment Rights.

At this time, the intelligence community is unaware of any threats to the region, including the central business district.

Many of you are understandably concerned about protecting your property, businesses, and employees. We encourage you to remain attuned to accurate information and have resources ready for activation. We do not want to create a perception of an “unsafe Downtown” by prematurely boarding or barricading property.  We have worked so hard to reopen Downtown, maintain confidence in the market, ensure safety for our community, and allow the heart of our city to be the epicenter of peaceful public discourse for all. We can all continue to cultivate a positive environment.

We will reach out IMMEDIATELY if we become aware of any threats or changes to known events.

For more information about DPD and DDI preparation, please see the full message by clicking here.