Just south of the Truckee River is the hip Midtown area, the “it” place to enjoy the city. Shops, restaurants and bars inhabit early 20th century bungalows and give it an eclectic feel. This neighborhood arose from entrepreneurs finding their way during the recession and because of that there is a feeling of authenticity found there. Business owners will recommend their competition with a smile and a sense of community is in the air. The people here have one thing in common – they’ve all come together to create something special from what was once considered seedy.
There is no shortage of events in Midtown either. The walkable area is frequently turned into a jubilee and you can spend the entire day and evening sampling organic fare, craft cocktails and specialty microbrews. From diamonds to vintage clothes, a variety of independently owned shops dot the quaint streets. Along your stroll, you’ll see trees that are hundreds of years old, beautiful little cottages, modern structure and a multitude of murals from classic graffiti-style art to tributes to historical figures.
What are the geographical boundaries of Midtown? Well, it depends on who you ask. In general, you can safely find the area smack dab in the middle of Reno from California Avenue to Mount Rose Street from north to south, and east to west from Arlington to Holcomb. It’s entirely explorable by foot or bike (have you seen the new LimeBikes?). You won’t cease to be entertained!
Start off your day with a breakfast full of locally sourced ingredients at Two Chicks, owned by two Reno chicks. Over across the street at Crème Café are delectable crepes both sweet and savory, complemented by coffee drinks and yummy baked goods.
After fueling up, get your shop on at adorable boutiques like Hello Yoga, full of organic fabrics and handmade jewelry, or Dragonfly Bath and Body where you can find lotions, bath bombs and make-your-own workshops. You’ll find shops like you’ve never seen before, like Natural Selection which carries succulents and carnivorous plants opposite taxidermy and other curiosities. Micano Home and Garden offers handmade and up-cycled home and garden décor and what they dub as Steampunk Specials.
For lunch and dinner, there is no shortage of eateries. Reno Food Tours’ Midtown and Murals excursion lets you sample several places on their tour that explores art and food. Healthy eaters love Midtwon. Sup is a longtime staple, serving up fresh salads, sandwiches and soups where everything is organic and homemade. The new Homegrown Gastropub is a short stroll away, with a striking copper-laden interior and organic vegan/vegetarian fare.
Midtown has everything you need from art galleries to yummy food and everything in between. Grown-ups can sip beer while playing classic video games, or they can scope out fine art galleries and museums.
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