In recent years, food halls have been popping up, and although the excitement associated with their novelty has worn off, The Exchange gets right what a lot of these food halls get wrong.
Many of North Texas’ food halls opened in suburban cities, like Legacy Hall in Plano and the now-closed Urban8 in The Colony. As food stalls have come and gone in these halls, the glitz of them has dwindled. The Exchange’s central downtown location, along with its ample walking space throughout, plus an even mix of new restaurants and Dallas favorites make it a fun, agreeable place to hang out.
Each floor has its own bar; Double Tap on the first and Hard Shake on the second. At Hard Shake, you can try a variety of cocktails, including the sangria roja, made with hibiscus, ginger, strawberry, orange and apple and red wine ($12). Another cute choice is the Just Like Audrey Hepburn cocktail, made with Grey Goose Essence Strawberry, lemongrass, citrus, honey and sparkling rose ($14).
Downstairs at Double Tap, the frozen margarita with a sangria swirl ($13) is sure to hit you like a truck.
The overall aesthetic is composed of simple, dark colors, creating a more formal, loungy environment. While places like Legacy Hall appeal to families, offering different types of food that even the pickiest of eaters are bound to agree on, it’s clear that The Exchange is geared more toward the grown-ups.
The Exchange. 211 South Akard St. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., hours vary by vendor.