You won’t regret exploring Reno’s Downtown and Midtown rad art, culture, and food scenes

By Ana Hurt

Looking for dining, adventure or culture? Look no further than downtown and midtown Reno.

There’s something for everyone in the area, from thrill-seekers to thrifters and foodies to art folk.

Spend a day exploring Reno’s Downtown and Midtown, wandering Virginia Street and, if you’re like me, you’ll end the day eager to see more.

There’s something for everyone in the area, from thrill-seekers to thrifters and foodies to art folk. I myself am a little interested in everything, so it’s the perfect spot to explore with friends or on my own.

Near the Truckee River, you’ll find the gorgeous West Elm inside of an equally spectacular historic Reno building.

Exploring Reno's Downtown and Midtown
West Elm: Modern Furniture, Home Decor, Lighting and More

Just across the street, be sure to pop in and admire the Sierra Arts Foundation gallery. You will surely find inspiration as you wander through these spots.

Stop into the many wonderful shops of midtown, further south on Virginia Street, to find potted plants, handmade soaps, unique clothing, and more.

Some of my favorites are all within walking distance. Whenever I have a free day, I love to grab a refreshing iced coffee at Bibo Coffee Co. and head to the many shops of midtown.

For stylish, Nevada-chic finds check out Sierra Belle Boutique in The Sticks. If you’re a yogi, you might enjoy shopping at Hello Yoga next door.

exploring Reno's Downtown and Midtown
Sierra Belle Boutique

Around the corner from The Sticks is a new shop that I am particularly excited about — Freestyle Clothing Exchange is a thrift and consignment shop with amazing new and used finds for every aesthetic.

Across the street from these shops is Natural Selection, where a friendly and knowledgeable associate can help you find the perfect plant. You might even get to see the shop’s mascot, an adorable, friendly bull terrier.

Delightful Downtown Dining

The most relaxing, beautiful area for a bite to eat downtown is the Riverwalk District. You can enjoy delightful dining on the beautiful Truckee River at many restaurants.

One of my favorites is the Wild River Grille. Grab your friends, your dog, or a date to enjoy inventive appetizers, creative cocktails, and mouth-watering dishes on the patio by the river. On chillier nights, head into their dining room (but leave the pooch at home).

Across the river, you’ll find two exciting culinary establishments, Campo and Liberty Food & Wine Exchange. These restaurants each have unique, decadent menu options from small plates to pasta. Dine at either and you’ll get a real taste of Reno.

Wild River Grille

To cap off your night, check out Reno’s vibrant nightlife. Reno has a bar for every vibe … laid back, dance, craft, game and more.

Some local favorites include Chapel, Rum Sugar Lime, Death and Taxes, The Z Bar and The Glass Die. At each one, bartenders will make you a fantastic drink and you will have a unique, memorable experience. Wherever you choose to indulge in a nightcap, you’re guaranteed to get a delicious drink and make great memories.

Whether you have a free day or just a free couple of hours, exploring Reno’s downtown and midtown are definitely worth checking out. If you’re into food, thrifting, skincare, art, or adventure, a journey along Virginia Street is sure to be rad.