From off-the-menu epicurean delights to private swimming holes to historical finds, it’s a safe bet that you have yet to discover these 89 city secrets. Have fun exploring.

  1. How To
    Blow Your Child’s Mind
  2. Nightlife
    Bowl All Night
  3. Vestiges
    Check out Dallas’ New Deal
  4. Nightlife
    Create a Cocktail Menu
  5. Food & Drink
    Detoxify Your Life
  6. Structures
    Hang Out at Ray Charles’ House
  7. Food & Drink
    Dine on the Down Low
  8. Nightlife
    Drink Bambi
  9. Nightlife
    Drink in a Bag
  10. Food & Dining
    Eat at the Toughest Reservation in Town (Without a Reservation)
  11. Shopping
    Exploit the Exchange Rate
  12. Vestiges
    Get Close to a Close Encounter
  13. How To
    Get Free Advice
  14. How To
    Get Hairless, for Less
  15. Structures
    Get High
  16. Food & Drink
    Get Spiritual With Your Soup
  17. How To
    Get Your Hair Did for Free
  18. Vestiges
    Give Yourself a Hand
  19. Outdoors
    Go Gnome Hunting in Oak Cliff
  20. Food & Dining
    Go in Jimmy’s Back Door
  21. Vestiges
    Go Straight to Jail
  22. Vestiges
    Hang Out on Clyde Barrow’s Porch
  23. Food & Drink
    Have a Private Dinner
  24. Vestiges
    Have Yourself a Merry Old Christmas
  25. Shopping
    Head Games
  26. Vestiges
    Hunt for Buried Treasure
  27. How To
    Keep Your Fancy Car Clean
  28. How To
    Live in Dallas (But Don’t Use Its Schools)
  29. Structures
    Live Like The Jetsons
  30. Structures
    Look Up!
  31. How To
    Never Pay for a Cab
  32. Outdoors
    Ogle Some Weird Birds
  33. Vestiges
    Pay Your Respects
  34. Shopping
    Plant Local
  35. Outdoors
    Play Handball
  36. Shopping
    Practice Your Stack
  37. Structures
    Prepare for Nuclear War
  38. Structures
    Relive Your Childhood
  39. Structures
    Ride the Ghost Train
  40. Shopping
    Rob Billy Reid
  41. Food & Dining
    Savory Secrets
  42. Shopping
    Sew It Yourself
  43. How To
    Shoot Up for Cheap
  44. Shopping
    Shop Like an Interior Designer
  45. Food & Dining
    Skip the Line at Cane Rosso
  46. Food & Dining
    Spice Up Your Life at Sevy’s
  47. Vestiges
    Stare into the Face of Lincoln
  48. Outdoors
    Surf the Blue Waters of McKinney
  49. Outdoors
    Swinging After the Rain
  50. How To
    Take a Break from the Concrete Jungle
  51. Shopping
    Take Neiman Marcus for a Ride
  52. Nightlife
    Treat Yo Self
  53. Vestiges
    Unearth Dallas’ Lost Subway
  54. Structures
    What Lies Beneath
00 Structures Photo by James F. Wilson

Look Up!

Some of Dallas’ best art is hidden in plain sight.

Adolphus Hotel
The best place to take in this Beaux Arts behemoth is from Jackson Street, one block away. From there it’s easier to see the building’s Gilded Age touches: a mansard roof, two-story windows, and spires. Then step onto Commerce Street and peer up to the second and third floors, where you’ll be greeted by Mercury, Ceres, Apollo, and Terpsichore. 1321 Commerce St.

Jos. A. Bank
It’s not the Jos. A. Bank we’re interested in. It’s the stained glass above the front door, depicting Thor raining electricity down on humanity. That seems like an odd choice, until you remember that the building used to house the Dallas Power and Light Company. The window is best viewed from the inside so sunlight can illuminate the beautiful colors. 1508 Commerce St.

Old Federal Reserve Bank Building
Tucked away off downtown’s main drags, this Neoclassical building, which became a data center in 1999, features some of the city’s first attempts to incorporate Southwestern themes into design. Above the entry (facing Akard Street), you’ll be greeted by carved limestone eagles, cornucopias, and berobed Greeks. 400 S. Akard St.

  • Paula Dunn

    I love the Adolphus Hotel. I was there one a month for a year prior to moving to Dallas. The French Room is awesome. The lobby is awesome. The Bistro is awesome. The staff is awesome. And then there is the Rodeo Bar & Grill!