10+ Hidden Gems in Dallas You Can’t Miss Out On

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Do you love exploring as much as we do? We all know that there as so many amazing and fun things to do in Dallas.  Today, we want you to get out of your comfort zone and explore some of the best hidden gems Dallas has to offer.

From hidden parks, and murals, to must-try restaurants and desserts, there is so much to explore! Let’s not waste any more time and jump right into it! Check out our list for the best hidden gems in Dallas!

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Bryan Street Tavern

Are you looking for a fun time with your friends? Make sure to stop by Bryan Street Tavern in East Dallas. They have an indoor area with pool tables, TVs, and an outdoor area featuring a covered patio, beach volleyball, connect four, boji ball, and so much more! It’s the perfect spot to catch a sports game with your friends, listen to some live music, or just hang out on the weekends. Also, don’t forget to try their pizza while you’re there. It’s so delicious!! They even offer takeout. 

Monday | 11:00am–2:00am
Tuesday |11:00am–2:00am
Wednesday | 11:00am–2:00am
Thursday | 11:00am–2:00am
Friday | 11:00am–2:00am
Saturday | 11:00am–2:00am
Sunday | 11:00am–2:00am

📍 Bryan Street Tavern 

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Jimmy's Food Store

If you’re loving Italian food as much as we do and have never been to Jimmy’s Food Store, then you’re really missing out! We love coming to this hidden gem in Dallas. They have a huge selection of imported Italian goods, as well as great wine, fresh local produce, fresh meats and cheese, and an amazing selection of homemade pizzas, sauces, pasta, pastries, and more. They also offer freshly made-to-order sandwiches. Some of our favorites are their homemade frozen lasagna and their Prosciutto Panino. They’re serving their freshly made sandwiches daily from 10:00am to 6:30pm.

Monday | 9:00am–7:00pm
Tuesday | 9:00am–7:00pm
Wednesday | 9:00am–7:00pm
Thursday | 9:00am–7:00pm
Friday | 9:00am–7:00pm
Saturday | 9:00am–7:00pm
Sunday | Closed

📍 Jimmy’s Food Store

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Sylvan Avenue Tavern

If you’re looking for a great place to hang out with your friends while watching sports games, playing pool, arcade games, and enjoying local beers on tap, Sylvan Ave Tavern is the perfect place to go! The little sister of Bryan Street Tavern spreads out over multiple levels with a beautiful covered patio and a rooftop terrace with amazing skyline views. Enjoy delicious pizzas, salads, wings, burgers, and more! Some of our favorites are the Toasted Ravioli, Carolyn’s Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos, the Tavern Favorite pizza, and the Bone-In Wings with their signature sauces. 

Monday | 11:00am–2:00am
Tuesday | 11:00am–2:00am
Wednesday | 11:00am–2:00am
Thursday | 11:00am–2:00am
Friday | 11:00am–2:00am
Saturday | 10:00am–2:00am
Sunday | 10:00am–2:00am

📍 Sylvan Avenue Tavern 

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Angel Wings Mural

What better way to add some color to your Instagram feed, than with a fun mural picture?! You can find this hidden mural by Sheri Johnson Lopez in the parking lot behind Darkoo’s Chicken Shack. What are you waiting for, grab your bestie and let’s take a cute angel wing picture! 

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Tacos La Banqueta

Calling all taco lovers! You need to try this hidden gem in East Dallas! Tacos La Banqueta might not have the prettiest outside appearance but their food is 10/10! We love getting their breakfast tacos, the quesadillas, or pastor tacos. You gotta try them!

Monday | 9:00pm–11:00pm
Tuesday | 9:00pm–11:00pm
Wednesday | 9:00pm–11:00pm
Thursday | 9:00pm–11:00pm
Friday | 9:00pm–11:00pm
Saturday | 9:00pm–11:00pm
Sunday | Closed

📍 Tacos La Banqueta 

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📷 MILK•CREAM | @themilkncream


If there’s anything we love more than ice cream, it’s donuts. At this hidden gem on the edge of Lower Greenville you can get donuts stuffed with ice cream! It’s amazing! MILK•CREAM is one of our favorite ice cream shops in Dallas. We recommend trying the glazed bun with Cookie Monster.

Monday | 12:00pm–10:00pm
Tuesday | 12:00pm–10:00pm
Wednesday | 12:00pm–10:00pm
Thursday | 12:00pm–10:00pm
Friday | 12:00pm–12:00am
Saturday | 12:00pm–12:00am
Sunday | 12:00pm–10:00pm

📍 Milk • Cream

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Urbano Cafe

Whether you’re looking for a romantic date night or a nice dinner with your friends, Urbano Cafe will not disappoint. It’s super cute and cozy American/Italian  neighborhood restaurant with live jazz music every Tuesday night from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

It’s always hard to choose what to eat here because everything is so delicious but we recommend trying the Caprese S’mores or their Braised Boneless Short Ribs as an appetizer, followed by their Parmesan Chicken, the Pistachio Crusted Texas Redfish, the Beef Tenderloin, or their Pesto Chicken. Bonus: You can bring your own favorite bottle of wine. 

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 5:00pm–10:00pm
Wednesday | 5:00pm–10:00pm
Thursday | 5:00pm–10:00pm
Friday | 5:00pm–10:00pm
Saturday | 5:00pm–10:00pm
Sunday | 5:00pm–10:00pm

📍 Urbano Cafe 

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Thanks-Giving Square

Thanks-Giving Square is a little hidden oasis tucked away in the center of Dallas. There’s water flowing throughout the whole park which makes it very relaxing. If you’re looking for a place to relax after work to read a book, meet some friends, or somewhere to spend your lunch break in peace, this is the perfect park for you! 

Make sure to visit The Chapel of Thanksgiving, located at the back of the park. The stained glass windows on the inside create such a magical place. 

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Calling all Chick-fil-A lovers, this one is for you! If you live anywhere close to downtown Dallas you know the struggle. The closest Chick-fil-A is pretty far away. But guess what, we found a hidden Chick-fil-A right in downtown Dallas at the Renaissance Tower. If you enter the building you go down the escalator, turn left to the food court, and tadaa there it is. We know where we’ll be getting lunch today. 

Monday | 7:00am–4:00am
Tuesday | 7:00am–4:00am
Wednesday | 7:00am–4:00am
Thursday | 7:00am–4:00am
Friday | 7:00am–4:00am
Saturday | Closed
Sunday | Closed

📍 Renaissance Tower 

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The Berni Bean Coffee Co.

We’ve found our new favorite coffee shop. Berni Bean located in downtown is such a fun and cute spot. If you’re looking for a coffee shop that offers a great atmosphere to work from, is 100% IG-worthy, and has a delicious coffee and food menu, you don’t want to miss out on Berni Bean. We got their Blue Beach Matcha. 

Monday | 7:30am–4:00pm
Tuesday | 7:30am–4:00pm
Wednesday | 7:30am–4:00pm
Thursday | 7:30am–4:00pm
Friday | 7:30am–4:00pm
Saturday | 9:00am–3:00pm
Sunday | 10:00am–3:00pm

📍 The Berni Bean Coffee Co.

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Have you been to this hidden gem in Bishop Arts yet? Hunky’s in an old-fashioned diner serving classic American diner favorites, including hamburgers, patty melts,  sandwiches, hot dogs, shakes, and more.  If you’re looking for an authentic diner experience with retro vibes this 1984s favorite is the perfect place to go. 

Monday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Friday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–9:00pm

📍 Hunky’s

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Did you know that Musume has a hidden speakeasy in the back? Akai is an intimate Japanese-inspired lounge located behind the kitchen of Musume. The whole space is decked out in red, from the tiles behind the bar, to the velvet banquets and décor pieces. Akai’s cocktails menu features ten Asian-inspired cocktails.

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday | 8:00pm–2:00am
Thursday | 8:00pm–2:00am
Friday | 8:00pm–2:00am
Saturday | 8:00pm–2:00am
Sunday | 8:00pm–2:00am

📍 Akai

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AllGood Cafe

We recently discovered AllGood Cafe in Deep Ellum and had to share it with you. This hidden gem in Dallas features American diner classics with a touch of Tex-Mex including huevos rancheros, burgers, fried-chicken steak, meatloaf, and so much more. Come at night to enjoy some live music. 

Monday | 8:00am–3:00pm
Tuesday | 8:00am–3:00pm
Wednesday | 8:00am–3:00pm
Thursday | 8:00am–9:00pm
Friday | 8:00am–9:00pm
Saturday | 8:00am–9:00pm
Sunday | 8:00am–3:00pm

📍 AllGood Cafe

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Vanessa Umbrage

Vanessa Umbrage

Vanessa is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Dallas City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Dallas area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinDallas on Instagram and Facebook.