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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 the places on the list that are bold.

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Includes: Old Market, NoDo

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

Drink: Upstream Brewing Co., La Buvette

Shop: City Limits, Jackson Street Booksellers, Hollywood Candy

Do: See a show at Bluebarn Theatre or The Rose Theater, walk across The Bob, see the train garden and children’s garden at Lauritzen Gardens

Play: Omaha Children’s Museum


Where: West of downtown

Eat: 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 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

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


Do: Attend a free movie screen or outdoor concert in the summer like Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing

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


Where: West of downtown

Eat: Dundee Dell, eCreamery

Do: See a show at Omaha Community Playhouse

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)

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

Play: Kroc Center Omaha Family Recreation Pool

Northwest Omaha

Eat: Flagship Commons

Do: Heron Haven

West Omaha

Eat: Shucks Fish House and Oyster Bar

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

Shop: Fat Brain Toys

Play: Lake Zorinski, Amazing Pizza Machine, Dave & Buster’s, Urban Air Adventure Park

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

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