How to Feel Like a Local in Bishop Arts
December 18, 2018
BY DIANA OATES
To really thrive during your time in Oak Cliff’s coziest culture and cuisine-rich corner, you’ve got to play your cards right and know where to go! It’s one of our favorite neighborhoods, but we are constantly finding people who still haven’t explored this adorable (and historical) area. (It was actually a city before even Dallas was back in the day!) So here are your five ways to feel like a local in Bishop Arts.
Find your cup of tea (or coffee)
Finding a place that suites your personality for that ever important first cup of morning caffeine is essential in this neighborhood. Wanting a solid quality cup of joe to-go with no bells or whistles? Espumoso Caffè. Prefer a little latte art and all the cool coffee shop vibes with your morning boost? Davis Street Espresso.
Shopping small and local
If there is one thing about Bishop Arts, it’s that it supports its residents, many of whom own local businesses that sell amazing good and creative finds. Stop in for a letter-pressed greeting card for a friend at All Good Things. Pop into Neighborhood Cellar to pick up an impressive bottle of wine before going over to meet your boyfriend’s parents. And our favorite shop has got to be Oasis Plant Shop. Because whose mood doesn’t instantly amplify with a fiddle-leaf fig and fresh herbs to cook with?
know where to go in this foodie neighborhood
The list of absolutely epic restaurants in this neighborhood is a mile long. One of our hands-own favorites in Dallas? The historically-hardest-to-score-a-seat-at-restaurant, Lucia, a Texas trattoria serving Italian dishes using local ingredients. However, thanks to a recently added online reservation app, it’s much easier to snag a spot. Or you can also just walk up and grab one of the four counter seats or three outdoor tables, banking that they aren’t already taken!
Or you can consider popping into Macellaio. It’s owned by the same team behind Lucia and has a bigger bar perfect for sharing charcuterie and small plates.
Another restaurant favorite? The modern American Stock and Barrel, a consistently good spot you can always count on!
And last but certainly not least, brunchers from all over Dallas know about the mid-morning institution otherwise known as Oddfellows. This darling restaurant is best known for brunch, and they don’t take reservations so just plan on showing up and enjoying the wait outside on the patio with a mimosa.
The best bar of the moment goes to Tiny Victories. And with cocktails named “The Go To” and “My Neck, My Daq”, do you really have to ask why?
Live entertainment is basically a must
Those that love a little life music are in for a total treat when checking out this neighborhood. The Kessler Theater is one of the best places to catch an intimate concert without totally breaking the bank. Spring for the reserved tables for a VIP experience that is totally true to the neighborhood.
Another gem is the Texas Theatre which offers a variety of movies, music, and comedy events. Not wanting to pay for a full blown production? You’ll often catch a guy with a guitar playing a mean guitar outside of Whitehall Exchange.
Stay for a while
Regardless of if you are from Dallas or in for the weekend from New York City, the Bishop Arts District is a fabulous place for a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the work week. Check out HOTELette which was founded by Allison Crawford. Basically it’s a dreamy, fabulously decorated property that feels like home as soon as you walk inside. Those porch swings? Swoon. It is essentially an Airbnb that has been decorated to make all of your interior design dreams come true. No staging furniture allowed. A night here will set you back about $250, however, a week spent in Bishop Arts is priceless.