The Old Market was once Omaha’s downtown during the city’s railroad boom days at the turn of the century.
The Old Market was once Omaha’s downtown during the city’s railroad boom days at the turn of the century. Today this neighborhood is filled with shops, restaurants and entertainment. With so many excellent restaurants and some of the best attractions Omaha has to offer, there’s plenty to enjoy in Old Market. Delta Sky editors highlight a great evening in Old Market.
Afternoon: The Durham Museum
Stunning art deco architecture meets regional museum at this Omaha gem. The Durham Museum features seven permanent exhibits and visiting exhibitions from the Smithsonian throughout the year. Perhaps the most popular, the Trish and Dick Davidson Gallery at Durham displays the history of the Transcontinental Railroad. Visitors can walk through real train cars and learn about how Omaha became a railroad town. Take a peak at the one of the top three rare coin, document and book collections in the world at Byron Reed Gallery. Browse coins dating from the Roman Empire to early American, civil war eras. The Durham Museum brings Nebraska’s past to the Old Market and presents Omaha’s unique history. Editor’s Note: The Durham Museum offers group tours for groups of 10 or more arranged at least a week in advance. 801 S. 10th St., 402-444-5071 Hours: Su 1-5 p.m., Tu. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., W-Sa. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Dinner: The Flatiron Cafe
For the best fresh fish and steaks in Omaha, dine at this fine restaurant near the Old Market. Nominated for a James Beard award, The Flatiron Café boasts old culinary traditions with new American cuisine. The elegant yet unpretentious atmosphere is a sure crowd pleasure. Regulars swear by the fresh crabmeat with mushrooms and garlic butter or the Asian sea bass. 1722 Howard St., 402-344-3040, M-Th. 5-9 p.m., F-Sa. 5-10 p.m.
Dessert: Bliss Bakery
Indulge in a sweet treat from Bliss Bakery. Bliss is known for its cupcakes in key lime, pink champagne and red velvet just to name a few, but they are also home to hosts of other deliciousness. Savor a pineapple bar, like a lemon bar but with a pineapple and cream cheese filling—a truly Midwestern treat or else a cinnamon roll complete with drizzled icing. All of Bliss Bakery’s goods are baked in house and the menu features items that are gluten free as well. Bliss shares a space with Aromas Coffeehouse so enjoy rich coffee and Bliss cupcakes at even later hours. 1031 Jones St., 402-934-7450, Hours: Tu.-F 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Sa. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Show: The Blue Barn Theatre
For an off-the-beaten-path entertainment experience see a show at Blue Barn Theatre. Blue Barn performs plays that can usually only be seen in prominent costal theaters. An intimate venue with 86 seats, Blue Barn is a great way to experience local, cosmopolitan theatre in an urban setting, ideal for a date. After the Sunday evening shows, join in with directors, actors and community members in lively discussion about the production. 614 S. 11th St., 402-345-1576. Showtimes: Th.-Sa. 7:30 p.m., Su. 6 p.m. Tickets: $20-25