Oak Cliff is much more than the home of the Texas Theater, where Lee Harvey Oswald hid out and was captured. This is a neighborhood with as much local culture and pride as any neighborhood in Dallas. Some parts of this historic neighborhood show its wear, but this part of the city is in transition and has much to offer, especially in the Arts. The Oak Cliff Film Festival is a fledgling event centered on the Texas Theater, and is quickly gaining popularity. The Oak Cliff Cultural Center showcases local artists and hosts community gatherings. Finally, the Bishop Arts District features blocks of unique, independent boutiques, restaurants and bars, and, of course, a trip to the Dallas Zoo in Oak Cliff is always a trip worth taking!
- Bishop Arts District - Block after block of unique, independent boutiques, restaurants, and bars, the Bishop Arts District is a reprieve from big business chains. Whatever you need, from an ice cream cone to a tattoo, you can find it here. Catch a flick at Texas Theater or get a great bite to eat at Eno's. BAD is good!
- Indigo 1745 - Funky and cool, unique and stylish, Indigo 1745 offers urban chic men's and women's clothing. Expect great, personalized service from owners Denise and Keith, who frequently support the work of local designers.
- Bolsa - The urban spoon that sparked the Oak Cliff renaissance. Their specialty drinks are fantastic, and their fresh, organic menu changes daily. Be sure to try the bruschetta and their signature banana rum white chocolate cake. Tastes even better on their spacious patio!
- Mesa Veracruz Coastal Cuisine - Mesa is upscale Mexican cuisine thoughtfully served in a modern setting. Known for their authentic mole, the fresh ceviche is also a must have.
- Smoke Restaurant - Hip barbecue with a modern, open layout. Known for their monstrous ribs and their brunch, Smoke resides next to the Belmont Hotel, a great spot for post-dinner cocktails.
- Dude, Sweet Chocolate - Looking for your chocolate fix in the Bishop Arts District? Look no further than Dude, Sweet Chocolate. Their unique, creative dark chocolate choices will keep you on your toes. Fungus Amongus anyone? That's porcini mushroom and pumpkin seed toffee!
- Hattie's - Southern cooking with eclectic twists in a small but beautiful locale, Hattie's delivers on Southern staples, including fried green tomatoes and pecan-crusted catfish. Make reservations ahead of time as the walk-up wait is always one hour-plus!
- Texas Theatre - History buffs, want to watch a flick where Lee Harvey Oswald hid out and was arrested? The theater was renovated after years of neglect but still maintains its old charm. Beautiful architecture complements the atmosphere in this classic establishment that often screens 35mm films.
- Belmont Hotel - Need a weekend getaway? Belmont gives you an old vintage feel at affordable rates. This 64-room boutique hotel offers live music and movie screenings poolside, and has one of the best bars in the city, Bar Belmont.