Bishop Arts: Most Independent District in Dallas

Bishop Arts District is home to Dallas’ famous Emporium Pies and some really cool art galleries and stores. Located in the heart of North Oak Cliff, the Bishop Arts District is home to over 60 independent boutiques, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and art galleries, making it one of Dallas’ most unique neighborhoods. The Bishop Arts District is only 10 minutes south of downtown but seems worlds away. It is certainly one of Dallas’s most charming neighborhoods. Along with great coffee, shopping and nightlife, the area plays host to countless family-friendly events, wine walks and street fairs. You will find plenty of things to do in Bishop Art District!

Bishop Arts District, Dallas

Things to do in Bishop Arts, Dallas’s most Independent Neighborhood

This funky little District is a neighborhood rich in history and said to be the site of Dallas’ busiest trolly stop in the 1930s. Since the area’s revitalization, the Bishop Arts District has gotten a big facelift and has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today and The Daily Beast. With eclectic shops, cute cafes and restaurants it has a small-town feel and a hidden-gem appeal.

Dallas Strong mural in Bishop Arts

We love coming out here from the ‘burbs for breakfast at Oddfellows or dinner at Bolsa but we always make sure to take home some goodies from Emporium Pies. You can easily spend a day here browsing the galleries, shopping at the different boutique stores and sampling the eateries. You can stop at Fete-ish to snag a one-of-a-kind gift, grab an authentic Cuban sandwich at C. Señor or sit down for a farm to table meal at Bolsa… the options are endless. The Dallas Zoo is not too far away, so add that to the itinerary and you got yourself a trip worthy of a staycation!

Galleries

For contemporary art, visit the Ginger Fox Gallery located in the Bishop Arts District. You can see some of the local and regional artists. You can even stop by to watch Ginger Fox as she makes her next masterpiece.

Jen Mauldin is known for her work as an interior designer for years and her new gallery helps new and local artists show off their work of contemporary art.

Just like Deep Ellum in Dallas, Bishop Arts District has some cool murals too.

Bishop Arts District, Dallas
Bishop Arts District has some cool murals
Bishop Arts District Murals
Do you want to make waves or go with the flow?
Bishop Arts District
An alley here has a cute background for holiday photos. The theme keeps changing, this was taken during Valentines day

Performing Arts

For performing arts and music venues in Bishop Arts Dallas, head over to the Kessler Theater and The Bishop Arts Theatre Center.  Both work on creating opportunities for local and emerging artists through performances and education. A great place to check out some upbeat jazz concerts. The Texas Theatre screens indie films and classics, plus it also has a prohibition-style bar.

Shops in Bishop Arts District Dallas

The two city blocks are of Bishop Arts District offers more than 50 local shops and restaurants. Here are a few we love.

Artisan’s Collective

Over 150 Dallas-area artisans showcased in a warm, eclectic showroom. An extraordinary array of mediums are presented here. You can find some unique Texan art here.

Simply Austin

A furniture store that carries modern furniture and Texan accessories.

Bishop Arts : Dallas most independent neighborhood., Photo Outside Suburbia

DIRT Flowers

The pretty flower and plant store that carries arrangements that is modern with a Bohemian flair. With the cutest storefront displays this floral boutique is more of an art gallery. Run by Chris and Sonya Eudaley, who live on top of the shop with their dog, Blue, call it an artists’ studio. Repurposed coffee cans are used as vases, and old newspapers are used to wrap bouquets. Bring in five cans, and you’ll get a 10 percent discount on a potted purchase. You order their creations from their website too.

Bishop Arts Restaurants

Here are a few Bishop Arts Restaurants, coffee shops and Ice cream places you should try when you visit this vibrant neighborhood in Oak Cliff, Dallas

Lockhart Smokehouse BBQ

Straight from the barbeque capital of Texas, Lockhart Smokehouse brings some of the best brisket and smoked meats to Dallas. You can choose from a range of meats and order a couple sides like the blue cheese slaw or deviled eggs. A must stop if this is your first time in Dallas!

Oddfellows

Start the day with some mimosa or bloody mary with some fried chicken waffle and red velvet pancake in their cherry yellow patio. Don’t you love that yellow awning! Breakfast, lunch and dinner all showcase farm-fresh ingredients in casual-chic atmosphere. Their coffee and Beignets are pretty sweet too!

Oddfellows, Bishop Arts District, Photo Outside Suburbia
Oddfellows, Bishop Arts District, Photo Outside Suburbia

Dude Sweet Chocolate

A great boutique chocolate shop with concoctions like Madras curry toffee, When Pigs Fly Fudge, Hippie crack… the names are half the fun. We enjoy learning about the different types of chocolate and how they were created and engineered, these artisanal chocolate are created with locally sourced and seasonal ingredients.

(There is a new location in Plano downtown)

Paradiso

Paradiso has coastal, southern European vibes. The menu features light appetizers as well as seasonal salads, house-made pastas, wood-fired pizzas, grilled branzino, and more. What we love is the open-air atmosphere, it almost feels like you are somewhere in Southern France, Spain or Italy!

Paradiso, Bishop Arts, Dallas

Bolsa and Bolsa Mercado

We love the patio at Bolsa where innovative farm to table American fare is served in a hip vibe. It was the first farm to table we visited in Dallas and love their Stubborn mule and Bolsa Sangria. Locally sourced and seasonally inspired, the menu changes with the season. Part of the Bolsa groups, the Mercado is a spot where you can pickup daily to go heat-n-serve meals, gourmet specialties, desserts, smoothies, fresh juices, artisan beer and wine.

Bolsa, Bishop Arts District, Photo by Bolsa

Eno’s Pizza Tavern

Eno’s is a thin crust pizza tavern with a hip atmosphere (their Spinach & Black garlic with truffle oil alone is worth the drive from the ‘burbs)

Enos, Bishop Arts District, Photo Outside Suburbia

Dallas Grilled Cheese Co.

If you love grilled cheese you need to try one of the foodie-inspired and hipster-approved grilled cheese sandwiches from Dallas Grilled Cheese Co. The menu features 10 different options from classics to the more adventurous.

Victor Hugos

A little outside Bishop Arts district but still in Oak cliff is Victor Hugos. It is a lovely family-run spot with great food and warm and friendly atmosphere. Ask for the Tofu Ratatouille if you need something vegan, they can also make vegetarian pastas. VH will have a new location in Richardson soon.

MELT Ice creams

Melt Ice creams are there in a few locations like Magnolia and Sundance Square in Fort Worth but this one is my favorite. I can’t pass by one of these stores and not stop by for a scoop! Just the yellow door and sign make me happy and then there are always the ice creams that are made from scratch. Try MELT Ice cream‘s banana foster ice cream and you will understand my addiction!

Melt Ice cream, Bishop Arts, Dallas

Emporium Pies

A specialty pie shop in the heart of the Bishop Arts District. All their pies are handmade and change with the seasons. Pies contain no artificial preservatives, hydrogenated oils, dyes, or corn syrup. Lines get pretty long but do stop by for a slice or take some home, but don’t go home without tasting a slice of pie here!.

Emporium Pies, Bishop Arts, Dallas

Don’t you love the address 314 Pi 🙂
They have a location in McKinney at 107 S Tennessee St, McKinney, TX 75069

If you are from Dallas or the suburbs and haven’t visited the Bishop Arts District yet, put it on the calendar soon.  If you are visiting Dallas, make sure to stop by for at least a meal and spent a couple of hours in this unique part of town for an authentic Dallas experience.

Emporium Pies, Bishop Arts District, Photo Outside Suburbia

Coffee Shops in Bishop Arts District

I love a good coffee shop, especially if they can make a nice cappuccino and Bishop Arts District, Dallas has a few good ones. Good Companions is a dreamy little coffee shop in a restored little house The coffee is good! They have pastries that are freshly baked every morning and not too expensive. The decor and vibes are good at this little coffee shop in Bishop Arts District.

There are a few more coffee shops in Bishop Art District you might want to try – Espumoso Caffe, Cultivar Coffee Bar & Roaster, Brewed to name a few.

Good Companions Coffee shop in Bishop Arts District

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