October 11, 2016

Omaha Neighborhood Favorites

Whether you’re visiting or lived here for 20 years, there’s a good chance you don’t know about a few of our hidden gems. I’m sharing some of my Omaha neighborhood favorites so that you can get out there and explore the city.

Kids will definitely like anything in blue lettering!

Guide to Omaha neighborhoods - Where to shop, where to eat and what to do #Omaha #Nebraska

Downtown

Includes: Old Market, NoDo

Eat: Plank Seafood Provisions, Blatte Beer & Table (they even have a changing table in the bathroom), Wilson & Washburn, Ted & Wally’s

Drink: Upstream Brewing Co., La Buvette

Caffeinate: Culprit Cafe (one of the recommended coffee shops on the list of Omaha’s Best Coffee Shops)

Shop: City Limits, Jackson Street Booksellers, Hollywood Candy

Do: See a show at Bluebarn Theatre or The Rose Theater, walk across The Bob, get creative at Art Works inside Joslyn Art Museum (read about Art Works in this post!), see the train garden and children’s garden at Lauritzen Gardens 

Play: Try the big slides at Gene Leahy Mall, Omaha Children’s Museum

Benson

Where: West of downtown

Eat: España, Lot 2 Restaurant & Wine Bar, Ted & Wally’s

Do: See a concert at The Waiting Room

Drink: Krug Park, Benson Brewery, Infusion Brewery

Caffeinate: Hardy Coffee Co. (now going by Hardy’s Coffee, but it will always be Aromas in my mind)

Play: Benson Park for the kids; for grown ups, go to the Beercade and play some old school arcade games.

Central Omaha

Includes: Midtown Crossing, Blackstone, Aksarben Village

Eat: Mula Mexican Kitchen & Tequileria, Modern Love, The Grey Plume

Drink: Crescent Moon, try a frose (a frozen rose drink) at Herbe Sainte

CaffeinateCrane Coffee, ROAST

Shop: The Afternoon

Do: Attend a free movie screen or outdoor concert in the summer like Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing; coming soon – see a movie at Alamo Drafthouse

Play: Aksarben Village’s Stinson Park, play games at Speilbound (with or without kids, it’s a fun place)

Dundee

Where: West of downtown

Eat: Marks Bistro (grab a table on their patio), eCreamery, Dundee Dell, Dario’s Brasserie, Great Harvest Bread Co. (get a free slice of bread!)

Do: See a show at Omaha Community Playhouse

Shop: Scout Dry Goods & Trade

Play: Memorial Park (this place is great for sledding, but also don’t skip the rose garden in warmer weather)


South Omaha

Where: South of downtown

Eat: Guaca Maya Mexican Restaurant, Jacobo Grocery, Bakery & Tortilleria (you’re going to want to get the fresh chips and salsa from their deli), Lo Sole Mio

Do: Stroll Historic South 24 Street, visit El Museo Latino

Play: Kroc Center Omaha Family Recreation Pool

Northwest Omaha

Eat: Flagship Commons

Do: Visit Heron Haven, try standup paddleboarding at Cunningham Lake

West Omaha

Eat: Over Easy, Shucks Fish House and Oyster Bar, Twisted Cork Bistro

Do: Ride the ferris wheel inside Scheels, visit Boys Town 

Shop: Fat Brain Toys

Play: Lake Zorinski, Amazing Pizza Machine, Dave and Buster’s, get your ninja on at Urban Air Adventure Park

This post was inspired by a recent Kansas City trip I was planning. I’d stumbled across this post and thought I could do something similar for Omaha.

Your turn: What are your favorites around the city? Please leave a comment and let me know!

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