Most people think of Dallas a lively city that’s always buzzing with action. While this may be true to some degree, there are still plenty of refreshingly quiet areas. Take the neighborhood of Oak Lawn, for example. Amidst the growing selection of clubs, restaurants and hot spots, residents can find lots of locales with a laid back vibe perfect for hitting the books or getting caught up on some work. If you’re looking for a change of scenery, here are our top five recommendations.
When you need a chill spot where you can hear yourself think, Union Coffee on Cedar Springs Road is where it’s at. Not only do they offer a relaxing atmosphere, but they also host a number of events, from storytelling to worship services. There’s both indoor and outdoor seating – oh, and did we mention they’re also dog-friendly? Need more peace and quiet? Book a private on-site conference room. Plus, with every up of world-class coffee you purchase, Union will donate 10% to a local charitable cause.
Magnolias Sous Le Pont
This French-inspired little coffee shop located on North Hardwood Street has an artistic and calming ambiance – perfect for sparking your creativity. They offer a decent selection of snacks from the cooler and, of course, coffee, so you can sip and nibble while you catch up on emails or dive nose-deep into a book. The place is quaint and cozy, yet still offers plenty of seating options, either inside or out. Menu is a bit on the pricy side, but the quality is high so it’s well worth checking out.
Oak Lawn Park
If you don’t need WiFi (or you’ve got your own hotspot) and you prefer a more natural setting, Oak Lawn Park is sure to fit the bill. And with more than 14 acres to explore, there’s certainly no shortage of spots to claim. Bring a chair or blanket and set up shop along the tranquil banks of Turtle Creek. There are also several pet stations located throughout the park, so feel free to bring your (leashed) four-legged friend as well.
Despite its modern industrial design, the vibe at Mudsmith’s Centrum/Oak Lawn location over on Welborn St. is surprisingly relaxing. WiFi signal is great and there’s plenty of space and comfortable seating (including a covered outdoor patio). Need a nosh? There’s a full menu. And once you’ve wrapped up your studying or work for the day, you can head over to Pints & Quarts (attached), which has a full bar and a variety of beers on tap.
If getting in touch with nature is something that helps you concentrate and gets your creative juices flowing, a visit to Reverchon Park should be on your list. Its 41+ acres of beautiful, rolling hills, lush greenery with tall maples and towering oaks create a peaceful, serene setting. Lots of shaded spots, which is perfect for an outdoor retreat on those hot Dallas days. Plus, it attaches to the Katy Trail, which makes it convenient to get to on foot, if you’re up for a trek.
Oak Lawn may be known for its dynamic and eclectic atmosphere, but it also happens to be a haven for quiet, low-key places, away from all the hustle and bustle. What’s your favorite co-working or studying spot in Oak Lawn? Give it a shout out in the comments section below.