Ah, Summer: who doesn’t long for the lazy days filled with sunshine and dips in the lake? Omaha knows how to do summer--and that includes having ample local spots for sweet treats that beat the heat. Check out a few of our favorite hot spots to cool off!
You are going to love this “Farm-to-Cone” gem in the Blackstone District. Coneflower Creamery locally sources their ingredients and makes almost everything--including the sprinkles--from scratch! Our favorite is the Tart Cherry Crumble: what you get when you cross a cherry pie and an ice cream cone. In addition to the delicious ice cream, the shop is full of charm. Be ready to be treated to some vintage tunes from a record player and have your ice cream prepared by a dapper handlebar mustache sporting ice cream scooper.
Since 1950, Petrows has been dishing out that 50’s diner charm for Omaha natives and visitors alike. Greeting you from your first steps in the door are cases filled with the most made-from-scratch desserts. We could spend time telling you more about their diner classics (don’t get me started on the open-roast beef sandwich!), but this is our list of sweet treats, so we’ll save that for another time! The ice cream is homemade, richly delicious, and creates the base for one of our favorite chocolate shakes around. But their brownie fudge sundaes and meringue pies will make your decision a difficult one. Take our advice and order a few for the table so you can try them all!
The Tea Smith
Yes, as The Tea Smith’s name implies, you will have ample teas to choose from at this delightful shop. However, it’s the Bubble Tea that needs to be mentioned if you are looking for the perfect way to cool off. Bubble Tea is a tasty little drink that originally comes from Taiwan. It typically includes fruit gels or tapioca boba. Either choice is a good one, and with every sip of the wide straw, you’ll enjoy a tasty little treat along with your ice-cold flavored tea.
Owned and operated by Omaha natives Colin and Jessica Duggan, Kitchen Table prides itself in providing an ever-changing menu that showcases whatever local farmers have in season. And as one of Omaha’s first farm-to-table restaurants, Kitchen Table has put itself on the map as one of the must-try culinary experiences in Omaha. You should come here for a variety of reasons, including their delicious sandwiches; but to beat the heat, you ought to try one of their house-made sodas. Flavors change weekly, but the house ginger soda is a consistent, delicious staple that is sure to cool you off! Check them out at their original location at the Old Market, or at their new location around 49th and Dodge.
The Durham Museum’s Soda Fountain
Inside Omaha’s historic Union Station (now home of the Durham Museum) is a true time hop: the original Soda Fountain! Here, you can cool off with a variety of sweet treats. For those looking for a throwback, an old fashioned phosphate--the OG of soda fountain drinks that enjoyed popularity from the late 1800s to the mid 1900s--is right up your alley. The Soda Fountain also has hand-scooped ice cream, malts, milkshakes, and sundaes. Its location inside the heart of Union Station makes it all the better; the Durham Museum Staff has preserved the beautiful architecture and added a range of travelling exhibits that leaves visitors with much to explore.
While these are the perfect spots to grab a sweet treat to beat the heat this summer, Omaha has no shortage of places to satisfy your sweet tooth year round! As the longest running food and drink tour operator in Nebraska, Omaha Culinary Tours has built a relationship with more than 50 of the city’s entrepreneurs, chefs, and mixologists in an effort to showcase Omaha’s culinary scene to residents and visitors alike.
Join us on an indulgent trip across the city on our Sweet Treats Tour, as we introduce you to some of Omaha's most delicious and delightful locally-owned pastry shops, bakeries and chocolatiers.
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