A Newcomer’s Guide to Omaha

September 29, 2017Add a CommentPosted By

You finally decided to move to Omaha — congratulations! You made the right choice. Omaha locals will tell you there is no better place to call home, and after just a few weeks, we are sure you will agree. There are so many reasons we are lucky to live here, from our incredible culinary scene and friendly citizens, to our fun activities and picturesque neighborhoods.

Moving to a new city can be quite a life adjustment, so we rounded up a complete guide to the Omaha area to help you get started. Here, you will learn the best places to eat, the best places to grab a drink, the best neighborhoods to live in, and so much more! Enjoy, and welcome to Omaha.

 

Skip ahead:

Where to Get Coffee | Where to Grab Groceries | Where to Eat| Where to Brunch | What to Do in Your Free Time | Where to Take Out-of-Town Guests | Where to Go On Date Night | Where to Get a Drink | Where to Work on Your Fitness | Where to Travel | How to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth | Where to Live

Where to Get Coffee

Aromas Coffee

Photo courtesy of Hope Jewell via Aromas Bliss

If you are like us, you won’t be able to start your day properly without a strong cup of coffee. Luckily, our town is brimming with wonderful, welcoming shops to get your fix. Stop in and grab a latte to go, or settle in the cozy seats and enjoy an afternoon catching up with loved ones.

During the colder months, warm your soul with a satisfying cup of hot chocolate from one of these local favorites.

 

Where to Grab Groceries

Lincoln Farmers' Market

Upon moving to a new town, one of the first things you need to do is find the nearest grocery store to stock your fridge! Omaha’s local favorites include Fareway, Hy-Vee and Patrick’s Market. These businesses offer everything you need to create delicious and nutritious meals at home, but if you’re looking to go above and beyond, consider checking out a local farmers’ market. During the summer months, your neighborhood market is the absolute best place to stock up on the freshest local produce and baked goods available.

 

Where to Eat

Dante Pizza

Photo courtesy of Dante Ristorante

Deciding where to eat can be the most important — or at least the most exciting — decision of your day. Omaha boasts a variety of incredible, local eateries to satisfy every craving, and our artistic chefs are experts at creating food that looks as good as it tastes. To save you some research time, we rounded up the best places to grab burgers, steak, tacos, barbecue and pizza, as well as the most mouthwatering lunch destinations. All you have to do is pick a cuisine and a location near you! If you’re looking to save money, many of these locales serve meals under $10.

Dietary restrictions? Have no fear — our restaurants are incredibly accommodating. Here are some of the most popular vegan and vegetarian options in Omaha.

 

Where to Brunch

Brunch

Brunch is arguably the most anticipated meal of the week, so we separated it into a category of its own. Whether you’re looking for a hearty omelette, a refreshing mimosa or both — there are so many incredible options for brunching in the Omaha area. Maybe you already know that eggs Benedict needs to be on the menu. In that case, here are the best places to find this breakfast classic.

 

What to Do in Your Free Time

Omaha

You will never have to worry about getting bored as there are so many things to do in the Omaha area. On the weekends, book a tee time at one of the best golf courses in town, or take the family for a dive at a local swimming hole. Of course, you don’t have to dole out the cash to have a great time. There are also plenty of free things to do! Regardless, as a new resident, you will have to make it a priority to visit Omaha’s Old Market, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, and one of its hottest shopping districts.

 

Where to Take Out-of-Town Guests

Joslyn Art Museum

Photo courtesy of the Joslyn Art Museum

When your friends and family inevitably decide to come investigate your new home, you need to know exactly where to take them to showcase the best of Omaha. Showing guests around can be intimidating, which is why we created an easy-to-follow guide on the best places to take out-of-town guests.

 

Where to Go on Date Night

Date Night

When Friday night rolls around, the pressure is on to find a date night destination that is both fun and romantic. You can’t go wrong with the classic dinner and a movie, and fortunately there is no shortage of romantic restaurants in Omaha. But if you are looking to switch it up a bit, check out these unique date night ideas for both summer and winter.

 

Where to Get a Drink

Date Night

Whether it’s for a night out with friends or a happy hour with coworkers, knowing the best local watering holes is a valuable piece of insight. Omaha boasts some incredible places to grab a margarita as well as a large collection of craft breweries. If you would rather make a day of it, grab a few friends and travel to a nearby vineyard, where you will be able to learn about your favorite varietals and purchase a few bottles for special occasions.

 

Where to Work on Your Fitness

Best Yoga in Omaha

Moving to a new town can be a bit stressful! Joining a local gym is one of the best ways to work off that stress, meet new people and reach your fitness goals. From crossfit to barre, here are 19 of the best gyms in Omaha to get you started. If yoga is more your speed, make sure to explore these 10 incredible studios — each offering a different style and personality.

 

Where to Travel

Road Trip Omaha

Omaha is very near to the geographical center of the United States, which means we sit in the prime spot to take road trips in every direction! Of course, there are plenty of fun things to do around town, but when you’re looking for a new adventure, start by exploring these six road trip destinations within easy reach of Omaha, or perhaps book a stay at one of these romantic getaways!

 

How to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Ice Cream

We all scream for ice cream every now and then, and fortunately there are a number of top-notch places around town to satisfy your sweet tooth. Next time that craving hits, make sure to stop by one of the best ice cream shops in the Omaha area.

 

Where to Live

This property is for sale at 124 S 92 Street, Omaha | Listed by The Rensch Group

Omaha is filled to the brim with beautiful properties. Regardless of your style and budget, your dream home is out there somewhere! Browse our current listings so we can help you find it today. If you aren’t sure where to start, check out the hottest neighborhoods in the Omaha area.

 

We Hope You Enjoy Exploring Your New City!

If you need more convincing that this is the best place in the world, check out this list of local Instagrammers who will make you fall in love with Omaha — and make sure to follow us as well! We will keep you updated on local events, community happenings, real estate listings and lifestyle tips.


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