Oak Cliff is chock full of so many amazing places to eat, drink, and hang out, that it’s nearly impossible to condense it. You can drop into any of the restaurants or shops in The Bishop Arts District and walk away resolved to return. This neighborhood is already a gem, with most of its establishments facilitating togetherness and adventure beyond the norm, and it is continuously getting better and better. You’ll never be short of delicious eats and drinks, stunning shops to equip every need, and homey hangouts to make the hours outside of (or within) your 8-5 world a little more magical. You could Google search for days exploring all of the amazing businesses in this up-and-coming area of Dallas, but we’ll save you some time by highlighting a few fan favorites when it comes to local businesses to support in the Oak Cliff neighborhood:
If you have ever spent any time at Common Desk’s Oak Cliff location, you know our love for Bolsa Mercado. From gourmet coffee to breakfast tacos and big ole salads to-go, Bolsa is the answer to every question.
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I could write sonnets of undying love for the Old School Bop, but you just have to experience it for yourself. Now open on Davis Street, bbbop is bringing Seoul to Oak Cliff. Their fried chicken has been voted Best in Dallas, so grab a friend and let your taste buds do the deciding!
This is not only a neighborhood shoutout but also a member shoutout! Common Desk’s very own Kessler Pies is preparing to open an amazing storefront in Oak Cliff on Tyler St. The date is still TBD, but be on the lookout for an announcement from us! But in the meantime, you can still order their adorable pies in jars or whole pies through their website!
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Summer might be coming to a close here pretty soon, but popsicles will always be on the menu. A new addition to Davis Street, Encanto Pops is serving up uniquely delicious pops to satisfy our every sweet tooth!
Pretty sure it’s scientifically proven that tacos taste significantly better from a stand. El si Hay is absolutely no exception. Their no frills and all flavor approach to street tacos will keep you coming back forever.
Holy good smells, Batman. Society is BAD’s one stop candle shop. What it lacks in square footage it packs a punch in its superior products.
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Another new addition to Oak Cliff, DLM Supply exists to take the headache out of shopping for fashion forward men’s clothing. In an eye-poppingly awesome storefront, DLM Supply is your new go-to for shopping for yourself or any man in your life.
Basically every corner of this store could be the subject of the perfect Instagram. Chosen by D Magazine as Big D’s Best Kitchen Accessories Store, you’re one shop away from a Pinterest worthy home.
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I think Neighborhood is maybe one of my favorite places in the world. With a clean and minimalist interior that showcases unique prints, textiles, and home decor, it’s like they took my dream living room and brought it to life.
Succulents are all the rage with the kids these days, and I have DIRT to thank for reinvigorating my green thumb. Their arrangements are simply works of art. Whether you’re looking to spruce up your home or hire a florist for your wedding, they are your go to floral artists.
SPINSTER RECORDS For all of those out there who will take analog over digital for life, Spinster is the place to be. Whether you can’t get enough of those scratches and pops or just like the way it mixes up your musical norms, your collection is sure to thank you.
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Davis Street Espresso was my first Dallas coffee shop love. It’s a no-wifi coffee shop, so if you’re looking to spend a day working from your computer it might not be the place (though I know of a really great workspace not too far away). However, if you’re looking to read, write, call your mom, catch up with an old friend, or do a little relaxing soul searching over a delicious cup of coffee, it will be there for you. Not to mention, they roast their own beans in house!
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Dallas is a hub for some of the best (in my very humble and unbiased opinion) coffee shops in the country. Wild Detectives is absolutely no exception. Set in a patioed home on the outskirts of the Bishop Arts District, they serve up lattes, local beers, and an eclectic selection of books. It’s a dream come true for every book lover, coffee drinker, and beer connoisseur. Their decision to shut down wifi on weekends to encourage conversation and non-technological activities is the cherry on top of an already amazing hangout.
Quick fun fact, BCC is the DFW area’s first cidery. After quickly outgrowing their location in the Bishop Arts District, Bishop Cider Co moved the cidery to the Design District and maintained its storefront as a tasting room. Whether you’re a beer drinker, a wine drinker, or neither, you’re sure to find a cinder that invigorates your taste buds again and again.
This one is a bit of a stretch geographically because it’s not technically in Oak Cliff, but it’s close enough and too amazing not to mention. Houndstooth’s newest location in the Sylvan 30 development is one of the most delicious and aesthetically pleasing coffee shops you’ll ever lay eyes on. With an awesome staff, USB hookups in the wall, and an (essentially) all white interior, you’ll feel like you were transported to a spa that lets you drink caffeine.
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