The Paseo is one of Oklahoma City’s most historic and unique areas. Originally built as OKC’s first shopping district in 1929, this two-block street is full of things to do, things to see, things to buy and most importantly -- things to eat.
Where to Eat
If you’re visiting the Paseo on two wheels, the 30th Street Market has an on-site bike mechanic, so you can get a tune up while you enjoy a breakfast of artisan baked goods and amazing coffee. Another breakfast option is Holey Rollers, which features donuts that are 100% egg- and dairy-free, and many can be made gluten-free.
You can find almost any cuisine you want nestled in the Paseo for lunch or dinner. Picasso Café offers delicious food and incredible ambiance (pro tip -- order the goat cheese appetizer). Frida brings southwest flavors to OKC with a diverse menu including several vegan options. Some of the best ramen in the city can be found at Goro, perfect if you’re walking around the Paseo on a chilly day. Paseo Grill has consistently made the list of being one of the best restaurants in OKC since it opened. They offer an upscale dining experience in the Paseo, with prime steaks, fresh seafood and an incredible duck breast.
Where to Drink
Flamingo Tiki is the brand-new, bright pink bar adding a tropical flair to the Paseo. Stop in for a Puffin Punch or a cocktail you can share with friends, while you order street tacos from Oso next door. The Other Room is the hole-in-the-wall bar you’ve been looking for and boasts an 11-page drink menu. Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails has beautiful craft cocktails and when the weather is nice, a perfect outdoor patio to enjoy them.
Where to Shop
Stroll in and out of the galleries and shops to find your next treasure, whether it is glass, pottery, jewelry or fine art. The Paseo is home to galleries and artwork from more than 80 artists, so there is a plethora to choose from. Shops like The Epic Giraffe, Su Casa and Paseo Gallery One are just a few of the places that feature local art. For clothing choices, check out Betsy King Shoe Boutique and Eden Boutique. Literati Press is a local publisher with an impressive bookstore featuring their own publications.
What to Do
On the first Friday night of the month, the Paseo hosts First Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., where you can stroll in and out of galleries, shops and businesses, many of which have specials running. The Paseo Arts Festival is held annually on Memorial Day Weekend and brings in approximately 100 artists, with live entertainment and fun for the whole family. Oklahoma Shakespeare is now only performing in the Paseo, with a mission of producing bold, re-imagined, entertaining and accessible interpretations of Shakespeare and the classics.