One of the best days I had on my recent trip to Texas was spent in the Bishop Arts District. On the edge of the Oak Cliff neighborhood, this is the kind of place you want to park and get lost in for hours. It seems like each nook and cranny has something delightful to explore, even if it's 100 degrees outside. It used to be the site of the busiest trolley stop in Dallas in the 1930s. Since its more recent revitalization, it's easy to see why Bishop Arts is considered Dallas' "most independent neighborhood."
The weather was absolutely sweltering, as is to be expected in Texas in late July. We didn't get the chance to eat a full meal while we were in the area, but we went in several shops and outposts. From just one whirlwind visit, I have a few recommendations should you find yourself with a few hours in Dallas.
408 N Bishop Suite 101
With several locations in the DFW and Austin areas, Strut is definitely a boutique that's worth checking out. We actually stopped in the South Congress location while in Austin where we all found great bargains. What I loved about Strut is that the clothing is definitely unique but doesn't have an outrageous price tag. It's a shop geared towards a college aged and early twenties demographic but it doesn't feel juvenile in the slightest.
411 N Bishop Ave
Neighborhood not only had some seriously impressive furniture from Gus Modern, but also a ton of cool art and goodies from local artists and small businesses. My personal favorite trinkets were the sassy calling cards from Terrapin Stationers and the He Said, She Said key tags, one of which is now holding my few keys together.
417 N Bishop Ave
If you like plants (which, who doesn't?), then you'll love Dirt. It's a shame I don't live closer because I would have purchased a few arrangements while in town; but luckily, they ship! Even if you don't fancy purchasing your own little green friend, I highly recommend taking a peek inside the store for some serious merchandising and decorating inspiration. It's so creative, they don't allow photographs inside (which I found out AFTER taking the snapshot on my phone that's in the set below).
We Are 1976
313 N Bishop Ave
This place...I have so many great things to say. Part letterpress studio and workshop space, part gift store, and totally endless inspiration. I actually visited their Greenville Avenue location about a year before coming in to the Bishop Arts locale and I was just as blown away on my second trip. If you're looking for endless varieties of unique stationary (including lots of goodies from Japan), cool trinkets and jewelry, and prints that will blow you away, you HAVE to go to We Are 1976. And of course, the staff is just the absolute friendliest!
228 West Davis Street
A discovery of my mother's, Cretia's is a perfect little restaurant to break up your day of exploring. We only stopped in to get some cookies (which are divine), but they also have beautiful cakes and food as well. It's worth stopping in for the baked goods, but the decor is also amazing. I was just as inspired by the wallpaper and color combinations as I was by the perfect lemon iced cookie.
408 Bishop Ave #105
With cool art, great coffee, and music that they play into the streets, it's definitely easy to see why Espumoso was voted the best coffee in Bishop Arts. I got a simple iced latte and easily could have ordered three more (but probably wouldn't have enjoyed being that wired). I hear the ice cream and food choices are totally on point as well.
I enjoyed meandering in and out of shops just as much as I enjoyed taking little snapshots throughout the day. Exploring new areas of cities never ceases to inspire me and I can definitely say I'll be back in Bishop Arts every time I visit Dallas!