One thing I didn’t know before moving to Dallas? It is home to tons – and I mean tons! – of mural walls. Everything from inspiring words to abstract paintings to my personal favorite: graphic designs.
Now I can hardly go a day without scrolling through my Instagram feed and seeing a fun wall in the area. The problem? Most are geotagged with a blanket “Dallas, Texas”. Not super helpful – I’m not trying to drive all over the city to try to find this elusive wall!
That’s why I’ve rounded up my 10 absolute favorites and provided their exact locations and tips you need to know for the best shot. That way, if you find yourself in Dallas, you can scout out these mural walls and get your perfect shot in no time!
PS: So sorry for the radio silence these past two months. My blog was hacked and it took so long to resolve – but we’re back!!!! I have so many post ideas in the works that I can’t wait to share but let me know if there is anything specific you want to see!
Location: 1924 N Henderson Ave. on the side of Beauty Bar (Knox/Henderson)
Tips: To get a good photo, your photographer will need to stand in the street or zoom in from across the street so you’ll want to pick a time with less car traffic. I recommend during the workday or on a weekend morning (anytime before 10 should be fine).
Note for Dallas locals: If you haven’t already heard, Cherry is a new service that allows you to order a manicure or pedicure from the comfort of your own home. Simply download the app, make an account (there is usually a waitlist, but if you use the code “mkminnis” you can skip that and get immediate access!), and then select your desired services. You schedule the time and date and a nail technician comes directly to you. They are all super professional, quick, and do a fantastic job. The services are waterless, the selection of colors is well-curated, they take all their trash with them, and best of all you can watch TV or work on your computer while they do their thing! I generally paint my own nails, but every once in a while, I order a Cherry and it’s the best treat!
COLORFUL DIAMOND WALL
Location: 1806 McMillan Ave. on the side of Whippersnapper (Knox/Henderson)
Tips: Located in a parking lot with no spaces directly in front of the wall, this one is pretty easy to get a great shot in front of at any time. That said, I personally still prefer mornings because I don’t like a lot of people around watching me #camerashy.
BLACK AND WHITE STRIPE WALL
Location: 2810 N Henderson Ave on the southwest side of Bar Stellar (Knox/Henderson)
Tips: Located in a parking lot, this spot was specifically designed for photos so you are able to get a good shot at any time. There are parking spaces right in front of it, but because of the striped ground platform, they won’t be in your shot. If you want your photo to be brightly lit (like mine), go the first half of the day; if you prefer more even lighting with less shadows, wait until early evening when the sun has dipped behind the building.
PATTERN PLAY WALL
Location: 1901 N Henderson Ave on the southeast side of Bonobos (Knox/Henderson)
Tips: Sometimes cars park on that gravel area, so arrive early if you want to guarantee a car-less shot. Also important to note, just on the other side of that sidewalk shown in the bottom right hand corner of my photo are a line of trees, making it a little hard (though certainly not impossible) to get a straight-on shot, hence mine being shot at an angle.
SUPER DELUXE OPTICAL ILLUSION WALL
Location: 3699 McKinney Ave, in the parking garage between Malai Kitchen and Taco Diner (West Village/Uptown)
Tips: Since this one is located *within* the parking garage, you’ll want to arrive in the morning or early afternoon for the best light and most saturated photo. Waiting until evening will result in a dimmer photo (like mine). Also good to note, my shot is pretty narrow but this wall is actually quite wide. Here is a good picture showing the full mural.
FOOD AND GROCERIES WALL
Location: 4023 Lemmon Ave, in the drive through at Start Real Fast Food (Oak Lawn)
Tips: Located literally *in* the drive-through lane, you will need to arrive early or during non-meal times to get a car-less shot.
Location: Intersection of Elm St. and Crowdus St. (Deep Ellum)
Tips: Located in a parking lot with spaces right in front of the wall, you’ll need to arrive early to get a car-less shot.
OMBRE SUNBURST WALL
Location: Intersection of Swiss Ave. and N Good Latimer Exwy. (Deep Ellum)
Tips: Located in an abandoned parking lot, you should be good any time of day. While I shot my picture fairly narrow, this wall is actually very wide. Here is a good picture showing the full mural.
Location: 2708 Main St. #110 at Emporium Pies (Deep Ellum)
Tips: This wall is one of my absolute favorites (how pretty are those flowers?!), but one of the hardest to shoot in front of for two reasons. 1. Just out of frame in my shot is a neon sign that reads “Fine Pie for Fine Folks” (because it’s a pie shop, get it?!). Cute, but that means that if you want just the floral background, the shot must be pretty narrow. 2. The mural is located out front of the shop on the patio. This means that if people are sitting outside enjoying their slice o’ pie, you’ll be hard-pressed to get your picture. Therefore, arrive early in the morning before opening and don’t plan on a wide shot.
PRIMARY COLOR PLANT WALL
Location: 2810 Main St. East side of the building, in the parking lot (Deep Ellum)
Tips: Located in a parking lot with spaces right in front of the wall, you’ll need to get here early to get a car-less shot.