Omaha preserves its historic place in time in this historic section of town where visitors can stroll along the cobbled streets and explore the many preserved buildings.
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We were there on a Saturday night and it was vey busy. We are not from a city and the meters and paid parking was a learning curve. Most restaurants were very busy and we ended up waiting 30 minutes for a table. The area was clean and felt safe. I would love to go back and explore it again. There are tons of restaurants and shops to explore.
Written August 10, 2022
If you're in Omaha for a short visit, plan an afternoon stroll in the Old Market area. Lots of creative shops focused on local artists. Plenty of restaurants to choose. If that's your thing, then Old Market is for you. LGBTQ and pet friendly.
Written March 27, 2021
Cute cobblestone streets with restaurants & shops. Near hotels and entertainment venues as well. Even bustling during the pandemic! Most places ask you wear a mask when entering but outside seems optional.
Written September 16, 2020
What is going on in Omaha? The old market is where many homeless people are"living". It is not a safe area at all. I'm mad and sad at the same time. Is the city just ignoring this population of people? This was in the winter (February) and it was so cold. We had an incident in our Old Market hotel where a homeless person had gotten into the hotel stairway via the parking garage and started a fire. He was so cold. Having young kids there playing volleyball at the CHI Event Center, the kiddos wanted to explore Old Market, but it was not safe. I personally was confronted by a mentally ill man who got agitated because he thought I was ignoring him but I could not understand him. People leave leftover food on top of the trash containers for the homeless.
Written February 21, 2021
If we learned nothing else about Omaha, we found out that this is a foodies' town! We had some amazing meals in the Old Market area. Trinins Mexican, Nicholi's Italian, JAMS for brunch, La Buvette for wine and cheese and The Brownie Bar for dessert! All delicious!!!! Shops are limited and this area is still coming into itself. Omaha is doing a nice job of making this a destination.
Written July 18, 2021
As a person who lives hours away, I’ve been coming to the Old Market since the late 90’s. It never gets old. The food, the restaurants, everything is still beautiful in the old market. I love the smallness of the lil area. Hotels are within walking distance should you choose to spend the night.
They lit up the trees for the holidays. It feels magical. No picture can do it justice.
They lit up the trees for the holidays. It feels magical. No picture can do it justice.
Written November 22, 2020
We came into town on a Sunday so not everything was open (and it is COVID) but we still had a great time walking around, drinking and eating. This place would be a blast next summer when COVID is over and on a Friday or Saturday when everything is open. There are so many shops, galleries, antique stores, etc. so much to do, see, eat, and drink.
Written August 24, 2020
We spent an evening walking thru here and enjoyed it. A few stores were faves. One has a blast from past that my family ages 14-67 enjoyed. There was reminders from all of our childhoods. Very fun and worth a walk. Can’t remember the name but Donald Duck statue held door open. We didn’t get to see all stores but it was fun to explore some. Streets and store fronts are made or restored as originals from 1920s. Was really cool place to take a break from the long drive.
Written June 8, 2021
Our hotel was situated on the edge of the Old Market area. The area has numerous drinking and eating establishments as well as numerous specialty stores. I was in a wheelchair that was difficult to push due to uneven sidewalks. The store items were rather expensive, but unique! It is worth visiting but plan on only a few hours needed to explore.
Written September 28, 2020
New to Omaha. Upon our arrival we made a list of things to do & see. I can assure you. Visiting Old Market was very disappointing. I found it tasteless, dirty & to be honest. We found to be an utter waste of our time. O reason to ever go bk.
Written August 17, 2022
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Is this a safe area? I saw a site that mentioned Old Market is 1 of the top 10 worst neighborhoods in Omaha.
We went during the day and early evening. We felt safe. There is obviously some homeless people but nothing that made us feel threatened.
My husband and I are coming for a wedding in September and our 1 year anniversary is the next day, we want romantic sites and restaurants to do while we are in town. Can you forward a list with locations/prices/events that are happening the third week in September to me. Thanks
I agree with everyone else's comments. You should check out the Old Market area downtown. There are several good restaurants down there including a few great chop houses with some of the best steaks in town! Then have a night cap (and your husband can have a cigar) at the Havana Garage cigar bar. They have live jazz on the weekend. Enjoy!
Is there an antique store in the old market
There are some stores that carry vintage product but not as a stand alone store - at least to the best of my knowledge. We could have missed some of the stores. Still well worth the browse
hi all-- looking for a horse drawn carriage place that will take us thru the town. stop and let us look around and then continue on?
The horse drawn carriage only goes through the Old Market area. I'm not sure of their policies. I think you pay for a specific time.
is your location have hotels within walking distance?
Yes there is. I would recommend staying a little outside of the market area. It was extremely loud & *bar* seen in many spots. Although it was an awesome place to visit & maybe we went during college gradutation!
what hotels are close to the Old Market? and how far away from the old market to the zoo
There are lots of hotels in that area. The best is to go on google maps and you will see a listing of everything right in the market area. The market is really just a bunch of restaurants. Not like a conventional market with food stalls produce stalls and the like. Kinda wish it was. The zoo is about 15 to 20 min away. Great zoo and parking was free. We rented a car at the airport and did a zoo day and had lunch in the market area another. Even drove around some farms in Iowa. Very easy to drive there. I hope this helps you out and have a good time!
What days are better to go.. Is Saturday the best or will there be stuff to look at on sundays too, and other days as well..
The Old Market offers something no matter what day you visit. I do agree with others that weekends are the most crowded and parking and wait times longer but there is more activity during the weekend. So if activity is your thing go on a week end but if a pleasant stroll through the area sounds better go during the week.
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- Hotels near Old Market:
- (0.09 mi) Hyatt Place Omaha Downtown Old Market
- (0.11 mi) Embassy Suites by Hilton Omaha Downtown Old Market
- (0.16 mi) The Farnam, Autograph Collection
- (0.38 mi) Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District
- (0.27 mi) Hilton Garden Inn Omaha Downtown / Old Market Area