A Local’s Guide to Hidden Gems of the Dallas Arts District



What is hands-down the best part about the Dallas Arts District? Probably the fact that there is no single answer to that question. The thriving scene and vibrant culture of the Arts District make it impossible to choose just one, single best feature. There are so many unique activities and cuisines, that you’re guaranteed to find something you love.

Here’s a list of some of our favorite hidden gems around the Dallas Arts District:


For the Culinary Adventurist: Tasting Menu At Flora Street Cafe

As one of the hottest spots in the Arts District, most locals are familiar with Flora Street Cafe. The hidden gem here is the tasting menu. Award-winning Chef Stephan Pyles, has created an exceptional dining experience for the bonafide foodie. This exclusive menu delivers a diverse selection of savory dishes that don’t appear on the regular menu. From appetizers to desserts, Chef Pyles has created an experience that is guaranteed to delight and satisfy your palette.




For the Brainiac: Urban Adventure Quest

If you’re the puzzle-solving type looking for a little bit of adventure, check out Urban Adventure Quest. This interactive scavenger hunt takes you all around the Arts District in an attempt to solve clues and complete challenges. Challenge yourself, explore the city, and discover the vibrant art and thriving culture of the Dallas Arts District. Happy hunting!




For the Coffee Connoisseur: MotoKofe

The MotoKofe website is minimalistic. Other than the social media page links, there is only one other sentence on the page: “espresso on 3 wheels.” (The coffee machine is attached to a sleek motorbike—talk about perking up in style!) Their simple website serves to let the coffee speak for itself, which it certainly does. All your favorite java concoctions are  served in style and with a smile; nothing but raving reviews on both the drinks and the service. Stop by any weekday morning from 7 – 10 am.




For the Food Truck Fan: Browder Street Food Truck Plaza

Most everyone who visits the Arts District knows about the food trucks at Klyde Warren Park. But have you been to the other  popular Dallas location to grab your meals on wheels? Every Monday through Friday from 11 am – 3 pm, Browder Street Plaza populates with their very own group of food trucks (and hungry office workers looking for a tasty lunch!). Fan favorites like Press Waffle Company and Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe make regular appearances, as well as some fresh faces on the scene each week. While this is just outside the Arts District, if you’re looking to escape the Klyde Warren crowds, this is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a walkable lunch nearby.




For the Music Enthusiast: Strauss Square

This fall, Strauss Square will be bringing world-renowned musicians to perform under the stars. Spend your evening listening to electrifying music that will keep you smiling all year round. Located right in front of ATT Performing Arts Center, there’s plenty of green space to stretch out and listen in leisure, or jump up and dance along to the beat. Named Dallas’ Best Outdoor Venue, Strauss Square is truly one of the jewels of the Dallas Arts District and an incredible place to catch a show.




Try one or try them all! Whether you’re a culinary adventurist or a music enthusiast, there’s a place for you in the Dallas Arts District.