Central Dallas


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This neighborhood has a good amount of places to work outside the house.

Downtown Dallas was once a concrete desert encircling Neiman Marcus’ glittering flagship store, but it’s now finally blooming again. The crumbling office blocks are disappearing and a lively, colorful new neighborhood rises from the ruins like the city’s mascot, a red neon Pegasus.

For remote workers, downtown and neighboring uptown (just across the pretty Klyde Warren Park) both boast a good selection of coworking spaces, many of which are situated high up in the skyscrapers, which will add breathtaking views to your daily hustle. In particular, Common Desk in the Trammell Crow Center at the heart of downtown, as well as Industrious in the adjacent Arts District (a sprawling 19 blocks crammed with museums, restaurants, and theaters) are solid, reliable choices. But WeWork’s Dallas flagship on McKinney Avenue—where uptown and downtown bisect—is probably the most fun choice, with a spectacular balcony overlooking the city to work or drink from as you wish, and an active events scene. 

If café culture is more your vibe when it comes to crushing to-do lists, there are a multitude of options in central Dallas too, with freelancer favorites including the breezy White Rhino Coffee on Elm Street and the hip Weekend Coffee on Commerce Street, situated within Dallas’ finest boutique hotel, The Joule. The high-end hotel scene here remains a central component of both work and social life, with major players like The Joule, as well as The Statler, The Adolphus, The Thompson and the Hotel Zaza all supplying comfy nooks and coffee shops for remote workers, as well as excellent restaurants and cocktail bars to enjoy at the end of the working day. Not to mention, in the summer, the hotel pools are a great place to cool off.

Jonathan Thompson
February 27, 2023
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Based in Dallas, he is an award-winning writer and a regular contributor to publications on both side of the Atlantic like the Wall Street Journal, GQ, and The Sunday Times.

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