Oklahoma City is known for its rich cultural history. But as one of the fastest growing (and most affordable) cities in the U.S., the area is experiencing a boom of incoming jobs as the skyline continues to expand.
Whether you’re moving to Oklahoma City from out of state, visiting for fun or simply wanting to move deeper into the metro, you’ll find yourself in good company with plenty new exciting things to explore.
Oklahoma City can’t simply be visited – it has to be experienced. In today’s blog, we’ll be highlighting the unique food and sights each district has to offer. (And if you’re an incoming resident, we can even help you get settled in.)
1. Adventure District
This area of Oklahoma City is perfect for family-friendly attractions. Dive into the state’s history at the National Cowboy and Heritage Museum or spend a day experimenting and exploring the Science Museum of Oklahoma. And for all those animal lovers out there, the Oklahoma Zoo and Botanical Gardens is our wildest experience yet.
2. Asian District
In the 1970s, an influx of Vietnamese immigrants transformed the area near Northwest 23rd street and Classen into a hub of Asian culture. Today, the district is most revered for its food – including local favorites, Pho Cuong and Pho Lien Hoa.
3. Automobile Alley
Automobile Alley, running along Broadway, just north of downtown is a revitalized district full of vintage dealerships, neon signage, industrial lofts and eclectic storefronts. Some of the most popular places here include Plenty Mercantile, Schlegel’s Bicycles and Cultivar “farm to fire” Kitchen.
4. Belle Isle
If you’re in the mood for some retail therapy, head on over to the Penn Square Mall in Belle Isle and wrap up the day at the eclectic Whiskey Cake. If you’re looking for a place to settle down, check out La Villa while you’re in the area. With quick access to the highway and Northwest Expressway, you’ll get where you need to go – fast.
5. Boathouse District
Have some energy to burn? The Boathouse district is one of Oklahoma City’s most up-and-coming areas with Olympic training facilities, kayaking, paddle boarding and sailing for every skill type. If you love the great outdoors, this is the best place to visit!
Bricktown is one of the most thriving areas of entertainment and late-night dining. Watch for fly balls at an OKC Dodgers game or grab a ticket to the renowned DeadCenter Film Festival. As far as food goes, you’ll find everything from sushi to tacos and creole.
7. Classen Curve
The Classen Curve in northwest OKC has tripled in size over the last couple years and is full of shopping possibilities. Here you’ll spot national retailers including West Elm, Anthropologie and Lululemon Whole Foods Market.
8. Deep Deuce
Deep Deuce just north of Bricktown was the heart of African-American and jazz culture in the 1920’s. You’ll spot these wonderful cultural influences in its many dining spots and retailers. If you’re a foodie, be sure and check out the Deep Deuce Grill, Stag Lounge and Urban Jonnie’s.
9. Film Row
Film Row, once home to the film distribution offices for Hollywood’s major studios, is now the creative hub located west of downtown Oklahoma City. If you have a sweet tooth, we recommend visiting Caeli’s Sweets, Eats & Bar for desserts made from scratch. And if you’re in the mood for some vintage arcade games, swing by Flashback Retropub for 80’s themed karaoke and games.
10. Lake Hefner
Looking for a place to unwind and escape the city life? Lake Hefner features beautiful scenic trails, parks and not to mention – the iconic lighthouse. If you’re working in north side Oklahoma City, Stonebrook is a great apartment complex to check out. It provides quick access to Hefner Parkway and the Kilpatrick Turnpike.
Just west of Automobile Alley, Midtown features a good mix of vintage restaurants and hip, new retail shopping. Irma’s Burgers and Kaiser’s Ice Cream are some iconic favorites while Dust Bowl and Bleu Garden are new additions to the area’s urban renaissance.
12. Paseo Arts District
For the friendly, freethinking and wild at heart, the Paseo district is known for its art galleries, studies, cuisine and nightlife. It’s perhaps one of the most unique areas in Oklahoma City because of its Spanish revival architecture and vibrant colors. If you can, the best time to visit is on the first Friday of each month.
13. Plaza District
While the Paseo is known for its studio art, the Plaza is more geared towards local goods and services. The area is quirky, fun and full of exciting events. You can a show a the Lyric Theatre or drop in on Saint’s sessions, featuring Oklahoma City’s finest jazz and blues. This area is also home to the state favorite, Empire Pizza.
14. Quail Springs
Quail Springs is another one of Oklahoma City’s up-and-coming areas with plenty of retail and dining options. Shop the sales at Quail Springs Mall or take a swing at TopGolf. Main Event and iFly are some other additions to the district that are drawing crowds. And with quick access to Kilpatrick Turnpike and i-235, it’s a great area to live in. Quail Run and Quail Ridge are both great options that place you in the middle of the action without breaking the bank.
15. Western Avenue
The Western Avenue district has steadily grown over the last few years and is home to many restaurants and local retailers. The Drumroom, Sushi Neko and The Sandwich Shop are sure to please. And as far as shops go, Guestroom Records and Antique Avenue are must-sees.
16. Uptown 23rd
Uptown is one of Oklahoma City’s most recent revitalizations. It’s easily assessable and also home to the Buckminster Fuller-inspired gold dome building. The Drake, Guyutes and the Pump are great options for food. As far as entertainment goes, The Tower is home to many events and live shows.
We hope this has given you a small glimpse into the vibrant life of Oklahoma City’s residents. If you’re planning a move into the metro, we’d love to answer any of your questions and help you find a place to stay. Call us at any of our OKC locations and we’ll be happy to schedule a private tour!
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