Midtown is on the northern edge of Oklahoma City’s downtown core, and because it’s one of the oldest areas of the metro historic buildings abound. It was once home to the original Mercy Hospital, and while that hospital has moved north, St. Anthony Hospital still dominates the visual landscape.
Since the 1990’s Midtown has undergone a remarkable transformation, such that the area once abandoned to blight has now become one of the city’s most accessible shopping and dining districts. With the arrival of the Ambassador Hotel, a boutique concept in the historic Ostler Building, Midtown became a place to shop, eat, play and stay.
In fact, O Bar at the Ambassador, the hotel’s rooftop bar, has one of the finest views of Oklahoma City’s skyline as well as some of the city’s best bartenders. Enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine after settling into the hotel. You will want to return to cap off the night and see the cityscape all lit up. The Ambassador is located just north of the center of Midown, so the whole district is easily accessible.
Dining options run the spectrum from casual breakfast and lunch at Elemental Coffee to fine dining at Stella Modern Italian and Ludivine, the metro’s most talked-about “farm to fork” restaurant. Elemental roasts their own coffee in-house, and the food options appeal to vegans, vegetarians and carnivores alike.
After coffee, grab a bike from the conveniently located Spokies rack—a bike rental service available all over downtown—and head for the Oklahoma City National Memorial, only three blocks away. Or make the six-block trek to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art where you can find national and international traveling installations, as well as a beautiful sampling of the MOA’s own collection.
Shopping in Midtown is located within an easy walk of The Ambassador. Most of the shops and boutiques are less than two blocks from the hotel’s front door. Black Scintilla is one of the most popular boutiques in the metro. Owner Rachael Gruntmeir stocks a quirky, stylish, affordable line of clothing for men and women, and a fun collection of gifts and novelties. Black Scintilla is only one option among many in Midtown’s shopping district.
For lunch, Tamashii Ramen is a local favorite. It’s authentic ramen, and depending on the time, you might have to wait in line. Prairie Thunder bakes their bread and pastries fresh daily, so if you’re in a sandwich mood, they are an excellent choice. For beer lovers, McNellie’s Public House has hundreds of options, or, depending on the weather, head for Bleu Garden, an outdoor food truck park with a full bar, including local beers.
Midtown is less than one square mile, so the whole area is very walkable, but the Spokies bikes will give you a unique view of the city and the racks are located in several locations. Ride just north of Midtown and see the beautiful homes and tree-lined streets of Heritage Hills, the metro’s first swanky neighborhood, home to mayors, governors and oil barons. Whatever itinerary you choose, you are always less than a mile from The Ambassador, making Midtown one of the most convenient districts in Oklahoma City in which to eat, play and shop!