It’s very easy to stick with what you know when it comes to exploring Dallas. With Uptown, Knox/Henderson and Deep Ellum all a quick Uber ride away, it makes life easy when making plans. Dallas is home to a multitude of districts, and all of them are unique in their own way. However, there is one that can fly under the radar, and that’s Bishop Arts. Known as “Dallas’ Best Kept Secret” and “Dallas’ Most Independent Neighborhood,” it doesn’t take long for anyone to fall in love with the eclectic district.
With a population of over 6,500 residents and located south of downtown in North Oak Cliff, Bishop Arts is the perfect place to travel to if you want to take a break from busy city living and experience a small town feel. The walkability of Bishop Arts and the array of business and restaurants contribute to the district’s charm.
Here are the three reasons why you should travel to Bishop Arts this weekend:
1. Food and Restaurant Selections
Bishop Arts is located 15 minutes away from SMU’s campus. According to the Bishop Arts website, the district is home to over 60 independent boutiques, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and art galleries. Dallas is a foodie paradise and Bishop Arts delivers in that department. Some popular restaurants include: the original Emporium Pies, famous Lockhart Smokehouse BBQ and brunch spot Oddfellows.
2. Instagram-worthy Murals
The district is also home to a plethora of murals created by local artists that add character to the neighborhood. The pieces vary from a rainbow house with “Dallas Strong” displayed on one side, the iconic Love Equation wall, a Lee Harvey Oswald mural and more.
3. Unique Coffee Shops
Eclectic and independently owned coffee shops are like hidden gems in Dallas. Each shop is unique with their own aesthetic and vibe. Some of the most unique coffee shops are located in Bishop Arts. Davis Street Espresso is like very few shops in the metroplex. They grow some of the coffee beans they serve in-house, and they have demonstration widows so guests can watch the employees work. Some other examples of unique coffee shop destinations include: The Wild Detectives and Espumoso Caffe.