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!
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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
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: Omaha Children’s Museum
Where: West of downtown
Eat: 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.
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
Shop: The Afternoon
Do: Attend a free movie screen or outdoor concert in the summer like Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing; 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)
Where: West of downtown
Eat: eCreamery, Dundee Dell, Great Harvest Bread Co. (get a free slice of bread!)
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)
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
Eat: Flagship Commons
Do: Visit Heron Haven, try standup paddleboarding at Cunningham Lake
Eat: Over Easy, 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 and Buster’s, get your ninja on at 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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