Omaha, a city that holds a special place in our hearts, is more than just a location for our real estate endeavors. We’re excited to share the vibrancy and uniqueness of our community. Whether you’re new to the area or a seasoned local, here are 16 fun facts about Omaha you may not have known.

  1. Omaha is a hub for coffee lovers. Archetype Coffee’s owner even scored the National Barista Championship at the 2023 US Coffee Championship – cheers to that! Some local favorite coffee shops we love include Amateur, Hardey Coffee, Lola’s, Myrtle & Cypress, Rally, Roast, Stories Coffee.
  2. Although we are the Cornhuskers, beef is Nebraska’s single largest industry. Omaha is famous for its steaks. Some awesome steakhouses to visit when in Omaha include Gorat’s (a frequent stop for Warren Buffett), 801 Chophouse, Brother Sebastion’s,  The Drover, and Mahogany Prime.
  3. The Reuben sandwich was invented at The Blackstone Hotel (Now The Cottonwood Hotel). You can get excellent Reuben and Reuben egg rolls across the street from the hotel at Crescent Moon.  
  4. The Flatiron Building located on the intersection of St. Mary’s Avenue and Howard Street was inspired by the Flatiron Building in New York City. It is rooted in history. Over the course of a century, it has been a hotel, apartment, space for businesses and a great spot for local restaurants. Most recently it is home to 30 luxury apartments and Dirty Bird’s. (Another Omaha fun fact, Dirty Birds is featured on Diner’s, Drive-ins and Dives this month.)
  5. Omaha Fashion Week is the fourth-largest fashion event in the nation.
  6. Scooters Coffee started in Bellevue in 1998. Now there are over 600 locations across the US.
  7. You can stand in two places at once. If this is a bucket list item for you, step on over to the Bob Kerry Bridge, and find the state line between Iowa and Nebraska.
  8. The song “You and I” by Lady Gaga was filmed in Springfield, Nebraska.
  9. Omaha is among the first to get a Pro Sports Volleyball team. Get ready for some volleyball action! Jason Derulo and team co-owners Danny White and Chris Erickson are introducing the Omaha Supernovas, our city’s first women’s pro sports team.
  10. Not one, but FOUR Omaha chefs were nominated for the 2023 Prestigious James Beards Awards.  David Utterback of Yoshitomo, Kane Adkisson of Kano, and Paul and Jessica Urban of Block 16.
  11. You may already know that The Henry Doorly Zoo is one of the best in the US, but did you know that the Lied Jungle is the largest indoor rainforest?
  12. Ice cream is also our thing.  E-Creamery got a nod from Shark Tank, while Coneflower Creamery snagged Yelp’s “2023 Best Ice Cream in the US” award. Who can resist a scoop?
  13. Museum of Shadows, located across from The Gene Leahy Mall, was voted the most haunted museum in the world and holds the largest collection of haunted artifacts. The Museum has even been featured on Amazon Prime and Discovery Plus.
  14. You can find the world’s largest ball of stamps right here in Omaha. Located in Boystown!
  15. Omaha has one of the nation’s leading containment centers – Located at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, this high-level containment center has taken in most of the nation’s Ebola patients.
  16. Aksarben (Nebraska spelled backward) used to be a horse track and coliseum.  Ak-Sar-Ben Coliseum was an ice rink and concert arena in Omaha for over 70 years. Sold-out concerts featured Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and Nirvana.

Do you have your own fun facts about Omaha? Drop them below. Do you have questions about the current real estate market? Chat with one of our expert agents today!

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