A 24-Hour Guide to Benson, Omaha’s Hippest Neighborhood

September 15, 2017Add a CommentPosted By

Benson is one of our favorite neighborhoods in Omaha. The area surrounding Maple Street boasts a vibrant culture that is tough to come by — which makes it an attractive place for foodies, musicians, artists and more. Most of the businesses here have made their homes in old theaters and dealerships, revamping the neighborhood, mixing the old with the new, and creating a vibe that is unparalleled to nearby communities. In fact, this historical community is the most “hipster” neighborhood in the state, according to BuzzFeed.

Benson is an incredible place to spend an entire day (and to call home!), so we created a schedule to help guide you through the best entertainment and dining options, from coffee to cocktails. Enjoy!


8 am: Morning Coffee at Aromas Coffeehouse

6051 Maple Street

Aromas Coffee

Photo courtesy of Hope Jewell via Aromas Coffeehouse

We don’t know about you, but we can’t do anything without having our morning coffee first. Luckily, Benson has the perfect spot to fuel up. Aromas Coffeehouse pours coffee worth savoring, which is why we’ve knocked out an hour just to spend here. The husband-and-wife team behind this neighborhood hangout poured their love and passion into the shop, and it shows. Each beverage is carefully crafted for maximum flavor and enjoyment (and made from their own roasted beans), and the accompanying pastries from Bliss Bakery are a little slice of heaven.


9:30 am: Find Your Zen at Yoga Now

6105 Maple Street

Yoga Now Benson

Yoga Now (formerly the Omaha Yoga & Bodywork Center), was founded by Omaha local Susan Gillespie Amendola back in 1983, making it the first established yoga studio in town. The teachers here are friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable, so whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned yogi, you’re sure to find a class that fits into your stride. After class is done, you will leave feeling invigorated, refreshed and ready to explore the rest of the neighborhood.


11 am: Lunch at Star Deli

6114 Military Avenue

Star Deli

Photo courtesy of Star Deli

You must be hungry after working up a sweat! Go ahead and grab an early lunch at Star Deli. This casual sandwich shop doubles as a gallery space, so you can explore your artsy side while you dig into your lunch. The sandwiches, crafted in house with freshly carved meats, fresh produce and artisanal cheeses, never fail to please.


12 pm: Stop into A Cute Shop (Or Two)

The Benson neighborhood is dotted with boutiques and other charming shops, each boasting a different style. If one catches your fancy while you’re meandering on Maple Street, go ahead and stop in! While you’re at it, check out the rest of our favorite boutiques in Omaha.


2 pm: Visit the Omaha Bicycle Company

6015 Maple Street

Omaha Bicycle Co

Photo courtesy of the Omaha Bicycle Company 

The knowledgeable staff at the Omaha Bicycle Company know everything there is to know about bikes, and will happily repair yours if need be. But you can also buy supplies here, including frames, components and accessories. The friendly hotspot is a favorite among cyclists — as well as coffee aficionados. That’s right, the shop doubles as a specialty coffee and espresso bar, so it’s a great place to hang out in the afternoon.


4 pm: Pre-Dinner Libations at the Benson Brewery

6059 Maple Street

Housed in an old 1910 movie theater, Benson Brewery is one of our favorite places to grab a brew in the Omaha area — and for a good reason. This cozy neighborhood spot specializes in good food and good company, but above all, good beer. Grab your beverage of choice to enjoy on the patio or under the hanging lights inside. Just don’t fill up too much on the artisanal bar bites — dinner is next on our list!


6 pm: Dinner at Lot 2

6207 Maple Street

Lot 2

Photo courtesy of Lot 2

We can’t decide what we love best about this farm-to-table restaurant. On one hand, the decor, complete with wood floors and rustic finishes, makes us swoon the minute we step inside — but then we taste the food. Expect locally sourced, seasonal and hearty fare that will warm the soul.


8 pm: Catch a Show at the Waiting Room

6212 Maple Street

The Waiting Room began its life as a car dealership back in the 20s, but this building in the heart of Benson has since transformed into a legendary music venue, hosting local and national acts almost every night of the week. Regardless of your taste in music, a night at the Waiting Room is bound to be a night to remember.


10 pm: Sip a Nightcap at Krug Park

6205 Maple Street

Krug Park

Photo courtesy of Krug Park 

This swanky hotspot is a favorite among locals and visitors alike, and has made Draft Magazine’s list of the “100 Best Beer Bars in America” four years running. We highly recommend the Krug Park Old Fashioned or one of the dozen Bloody Mary variations. However, if cocktails aren’t your style, try a sample from more than 50 craft beers on tap.


11 pm: Grab Late Night Bites at 1912 Benson

6201 Maple Street

This historic locale in the heart of downtown Benson is the perfect place to finish off the night — not just for the incredibly satisfying late-night bites (don’t miss the poutine), but also for the entertaining people watching from the rooftop.


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