How to Explore the Dallas Design District: Can’t-Miss Furniture Showrooms, Galleries, and Restaurants

Dallas is a great place to live: There’s a lot to do, and there’s a lot that’s new. One of the jewels of new Dallas is our Design District, located right next to the heart of the city. Once an old floodway, then a warehouse district that thrived on easy access to Interstate 35E, the reimagined Design District has emerged as a vibrant center for art, design, and cuisine.

A short walk from downtown, the Design District is now home to a wide array of restaurants, art galleries, and interior design showrooms. Once intended strictly for professionals and closed to the public, many of these showrooms now welcome all Texans inside to browse their stylish wares. Whether you’re looking for a fun afternoon or a new living room, you’ll find it in the Dallas Design District.

Tasty Restaurants in the Dallas Design District

Spending a day looking at art, furniture, and home decor can be hungry work, so it’s a smart idea to make sure there’s something delicious and satisfying to eat nearby. In the Design District, finding great food is never a problem. Casual and upscale restaurants line the streets—just take a few steps outside, look around, and you’ll find one. To help you with your decision, here are a few of our favorites:

If you’re looking for a hearty sandwich for lunch or a big plate of seafood or ribs to share for dinner, the Meddlesome Moth might be your place. They’ve got palate-expanding choices like duck confit as well as comforting staples like rabbit pot pie. If you’ve worked up a thirst from walking around in the Texas sun, you’ll be pleased to learn they also have forty different beers on tap.

For those hungry for homestyle Mexican food, El Bolero may be the place. Using only the freshest ingredients in their innovative takes on traditional Mexican cuisine, El Bolero surprises and satisfies in the same bite. Snag a seat on their outdoor patio, which boasts a spectacular view of the city skyline.

As you’re walking around, you might wonder about the fifty-foot Ferris wheel you see peeking above the rooftops. That’s Ferris Wheelers, your destination for old-fashioned backyard BBQ. They’ll serve you all the Texas classics you’ve been craving, like pulled pork and smoked brisket, along with comfort foods like waffle fries and banana pudding. You can even get in a round of Jenga or cornhole after dinner in their giant outdoor seating area. And yes, the Ferris wheel is operational.

Now that you know your appetite is in good hands, let’s take a look at what else is going on in the district.

The Dallas Design District: The Heart of the Art Gallery Scene

Maybe you’re looking to acquire some fine art for your home, or maybe you’re just browsing for design inspiration. Whatever your intentions, the Dallas Design District is home to some of the best art galleries in Texas—or anywhere else, for that matter.

For striking contemporary art, your first stop should be the Samuel Lynne Galleries on Dragon Street, which features works by internationally-known artists and photographers like Hans Van de Bovenkamp and Tyler Shields. Photography aficionados also won’t want to miss the Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery on Glass Street near the Dallas Contemporary Museum.

To the north on Wycliff, the Goss-Michael Foundation, launched in 2005 by Kenny Goss and the late pop superstar George Michael, features a rotating collection of works from some of Britain’s most exciting contemporary artists. If you’d like to support some of the finest local artists around, we’ll point you in the direction of Cole Street, where the Barry Whistler Gallery showcases artists based right here in the Lone Star state. Whatever kind of artwork strikes your fancy, the Design District has a gallery for you.

Find the Dallas Design District Showroom That’s Right for You

The Dallas Design District features dozens of showrooms covering all aspects of home design, including furniture, decorations, lighting, carpets, flooring, and kitchen and bath fixtures. If you want to explore all your options, just go for a walk down Slocum Street. While you’re in the neighborhood, check out all the antique shops and thrift stores for one-of-a-kind vintage finds.

If you’re looking for beautiful and unique floor coverings, the Farzin Rugs showroom on Slocum should be at the top of your list for their hand-curated selection of Persian and Turkish rugs. Their vast collection also features one-of-a-kind rugs from all around the world: Russia, Spain, Morocco, China, and more. If you want to give your kitchen or bathroom a top-to-bottom makeover, head next door to talk to the experts in plumbing, lighting, and fixtures at the Ferguson Showroom, also on Slocum. If you love the rustic, history-drenched look of reclaimed wood flooring and antique beams, just turn the corner at Oak Lawn Avenue, and you’ll find yourself at the Reclaimed DesignWorks showroom. Whatever your home decor needs, there’s a good chance you’ll find it in the Dallas Design District.
Visit the Unruh Furniture showroom in Deep Ellum, not far from the Dallas Design District

For the Best Furniture in Dallas, Visit the Unruh Showroom

While several showrooms in the Dallas Design District specialize in furniture, it’d be an oversight not to mention our own custom furniture showroom in the nearby neighborhood of Deep Ellum, right on the other side of downtown. We build high-quality hardwood tables, desks, beds, dressers, and other furniture pieces to order. Our furniture is handmade to fit your home and your style for life.

We invite you to book an appointment with us to see our handcrafted wood furniture up close. At the Unruh showroom, you’ll be able to see what our custom-made furniture looks like in rooms of all shapes and sizes—and you’ll have a chance to view all of our gorgeous wood options: alder, white oak, maple, walnut, cherry, and hickory.

There’s a lot to see and do in Dallas, and the Design District is near the top of the list. If you want to go out and eat a satisfying meal, you can do it in the Design District. If you want to spend an afternoon viewing world-class art or picking out the perfect rug, flooring, or fixtures? You can do it in the Design District. Your possibilities are endless, so have fun exploring!

Whether you’re moving into your new Dallas home or just looking to refresh your existing decor, let Unruh Furniture be your top destination for high-end custom-built hardwood furniture at reasonable prices. Schedule a visit to our Dallas showroom to see all our high-quality home furniture offerings.

Featured Image: Make sure your Dallas Design District visit includes a stop at Unruh’s showroom of high-quality handmade custom furniture in nearby Deep Ellum.

Image #1: The Unruh Furniture showroom in Deep Ellum, not far from the Dallas Design District, is an unbeatable destination for top-quality custom furniture

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