Tulsa: Where to Eat in the Paris of Oklahoma

I never thought I’d rave about “the Paris of Oklahoma,” but my trip to Tulsa blew me away. The food scene in Tulsa is rapidly growing – they have a handful of incredible coffee shops, a wine bar so beautiful I literally wanted to move in, and one of the best chocolate shops I’ve ever been to. Tulsa also has a brand new public park that’s so cool it’s practically a free amusement park. Keep reading to see my favorite spots in Tulsa:

Restaurants

1. Glacier Confections - Offering incredible handcrafted chocolates, gelato, and coffee, the local chocolatier Glacier Confections should be your first stop in Tulsa. I loved sampling all of their artisanal chocolates, but I think the lavender truffle was my favorite.

2. Amelia’s - Cute restaurant in the Arts District, featuring wood-fired fare. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting a lot from the food, but the fish entrees were surprisingly delicious (the trout and salmon were my favorite). We also enjoyed some delicious starters (pita & hummus, chickpea fritters, meat skewers), and wine and cocktails.

3. Duet - A few blocks away from Amelia’s, also in the Arts District is Duet - a music-themed restaurant with an underground jazz club. We tried the espresso-crusted steak, the Yucatan roast chicken, and the Korean BBQ short rib tacos. Food was good, atmosphere was awesome!

4. Albert G’s BBQ - My first time trying Oklahoma-style barbecue! Albert G’s has two locations in Tulsa (one downtown and one a bit outside of town). My favorite was the chopped brisket (smoked for over 12 hours) and the pork ribs!

Coffee

5. Topeca Coffee - A Tulsa-based coffee roaster with three outposts in the city (including one conveniently located in our hotel, the Hyatt Regency Tulsa). It was there I got a pumpkin spice latte (my weakness!) and my sister had a delicious coconut chai.

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6. Cirque Coffee Roasters - I found my favorite coffee in Tulsa at Cirque, a craft coffee roaster in the Pearl District with wonderful Ethiopian pour overs and lattes on draft. I had a delicious Lemon Lavender Latte, fondly nicknamed the Myers Lemons Briggs.

7. Press Cafe + Yoga - I celebrated National Coffee Day with a Mexican mocha (fondly named the Pablo Escolatte) at this gorgeous, minimalist cafe with a hot yoga studio in the back. Bakeshop Tulsa supplies their pastries (which looked delicious, but I didn’t try any on this visit).

Bars

8. Vintage Wine Bar - One of the best wine bars I visited this year. This newly opened Tulsa spot has an award-winning wine list (a full food menu too - but we didn’t try any food) and an absolutely gorgeous interior design. The cherry on top? On weekdays they serve fresh cookies at 10pm - for free!

9. Soundpony - Fun dive bar, with a cool back patio. They frequently host events throughout the week, including trivia nights, DJs, and live bands.

10. Club Majestic - Super fun gay club with great music, DJs, and drag shows.

11. Whiskey 918 - Get your cowboy boots on and go line dancing! We were -footloose- and fancy free on a Friday night spent at this dance hall.

12. Unicorn Club - Skip the cotton candy drinks (unless you’re just taking a picture for the ‘gram), but go here for fun late night dancing in a hot pink-painted room that looks like it was designed by Lisa Frank.

Activities

1. Gathering Place - The coolest public park I’ve ever been to! The Gathering Place is more like Disneyland than a normal park - but it’s completely free. There are so many incredible play structures (a castle, a pirate ship, a slide in the shape of a banana), interactive art installations, free concerts and performances, a lake you can take free boat rides on and sports courts and skateparks for every activity you could imagine, bike paths and so much more.

2. Keystone Lake - We spent an afternoon boating on the beautiful Keystone Lake (I didn’t even know Oklahoma had lakes!). It’s just a short drive outside of Tulsa, but you feel transported to a whole other world.

3. Architecture Tour - Are we in Oklahoma or Italy?! At times it was hard to tell on the beautiful architecture tour of Tulsa. It was really fun to explore the city from underground, via tunnels connecting the historic buildings.

4. This Machine bikes - One of my favorite ways to explore a city is by bike. Tulsa uses This Machine, a bike-share program that allows you to unlock and ride a bike via their app. Super fun, and really easy to get around downtown Tulsa - the city is a great size for biking!

Following along on Instagram? See more from the trip at #CarnivorrTulsa.