Oklahoma City residents have access to some of the most famous memorials and museums in the world, including the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the Museum of Osteology and the Oklahoma History Center. As you tour these local hot spots, be sure to take a detour every once in awhile and check out some of the hidden gems that Oklahoma City has to offer.
For a hearty American breakfast or brunch, visit Kitchen No. 324, located in central downtown Oklahoma City. Everything that the restaurant serves is handcrafted using sustainable, local ingredients. You can enjoy organic breakfast scrambles and potato hash dishes, or satisfy your sweet tooth with a morning pastry. Guests can also order one of several specially blended coffees or choose from a variety of teas and hot chocolate.
There’s nothing tastier than Southern-style comfort food, and Cheever’s Cafe knows how to get it just right. The restaurant adds an elegant, contemporary twist to traditional comfort foods, serving up favorites such as bleu cheese potato chips, shrimp and grits with sriracha-honey butter, and chicken fried steak with jalapeno cream gravy.
When it’s time for dessert, many Oklahoma City locals choose to head down to Cuppies and Joe to treat themselves to some homemade baked good and gourmet coffee. Each day you can find a different selection of delicious cupcakes, pies and other dishes made with ingredients such as Madagascar bourbon vanilla and Ghirardelli chocolate.
The Automobile Alley historic district was developed as a commercial center in the 1920s and now serves as a hub for Oklahoma City residents. The alley is home to over a dozen unique, locally owned shops and boutiques that sell everything from home furnishings to bike gear. You can also find fitness centers, I.T. solutions, design services and more.
Stockyards City is one of the premier independent and locally-owned western stores in America. The store is a one-stop shop for ranchers and farmers, selling quality boots, saddles and more. Even if you aren’t a rancher, you can find chic western clothing fit for any occasion. Once you’ve worked up an appetite from shopping, sit back and enjoy some home cooking or watch the weekly Rodeo Opry Talent Show.
The Plaza District is an area that has been revitalized over the past 19 years by a creative and passionate community, and currently marries both past and present in a single vibrant culture. Visitors can find goods that are locally made by Oklahoma artisans, including handmade art, clothing and more. City residents can also enroll in classes at Plaza dance, theatre or painting studios and enjoy the local talent of the Lyric Theatre Company.
When you’re in the mood for some pampering, head down to the Eden Salon & Spa for a little bit of rest and relaxation. You can book a massage lasting anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes and let a skilled therapist ease the tension in your muscles, or enjoy a skin treatment to leave you feeling refreshed and glowing. You can also sharpen up your image with a haircut, a coloring, or a mani-pedi.
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