Downtown Fargo is a must-see when visiting the area! It’s home to the iconic Fargo Theatre (yes, the one that has the marquee you see in all the photos) along with dozens of trendy eateries and quirky boutiques.
To make things a little more fun and convenient, Downtown Fargo now has gift cards available that can be redeemed at pretty much any downtown establishment.
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Food & Drink | Shopping | Attractions | Nightlife | Parking
FOOD & DRINK
Grab a bite to eat at one of the many locally-owned restaurants in Downtown Fargo. Oh, and if it’s lunchtime on a Thursday and you like pie, head to Sons of Norway. Thursdays are “Pie Day” at the Norwegian lodge and they serve some of the best pie around.
Three (that’s right, three!) gourmet ice cream shops now exist in Downtown Fargo. Satisfy your sweet tooth with small-batch ice cream from The Silver Lining Creamery, mix cookie dough and ice cream at Scoop N Dough Cookie Co., or try Thai rolled ice cream at Tea & Crepe Cafe.
For non-ice cream desserts, the newest kid on the block is Black Coffee & Waffle Bar, where most of the sweet or savory waffles are served without syrup. Besides that, locals adore Nichole’s Fine Pastry for its European-style pastries and desserts (and delicious lunch specials!).
Fargo runs on coffee… and not just Starbucks. In Downtown Fargo, you’ll discover a surprisingly large craft coffee scene.
Sip your way through Downtown Fargo and stop at these spots for a cup of Joe: Twenty Below Coffee Co., Young Blood Coffee Co., Atomic Coffee, Babb’s Coffee House, Black Coffee and Waffle Bar, and Red Raven Espresso Parlor.
Just blocks away, and connected to Fargo Brewing, you can also visit Stumbeano’s.
Looking for a place to have a drink and unwind? Try Twist, The Boiler Room, Dempsey’s, or Front Street Taproom. If it’s summertime, check out Sky Prairie, the rooftop bar at the Hotel Donaldson.
Downtown Fargo is also home to a couple breweries and a distillery. Sip on some local beer at Drekker Brewing Company or Fargo Brewing Company or have a handcrafted cocktail at Proof Artisan Distillers. Just down 1st Ave, you’ll find two more great craft beverage spots: Pixeled Brewing Company (the city’s first-ever arcade and brewery), and Wild Terra, the first urban cidery in the state.
Starting on Main Ave, KITTSONA sells boutique clothing, as does PrimRose Boutique right next door. Continuing west, you’ll run into Downtown Diva for vintage and modern clothes.
It’s also worth wandering up Downtown Fargo’s main drag, Broadway, and stopping in the multitude of shops along the way. For clothing boutiques, your choices include: Kindred People, Charmed Boutique, Proper, Pink + Thread Boutique, SHANNALEE, Others, and Boots & Heels.
VINTAGE & ANTIQUES
Fargo’s first vintage clothing store, Revolver, is a must-stop for vintage clothing and accessories. Make sure you also check out Violet Vintage. For furniture, art, and tons more, check out Reed & Taylor’s Antiques, Collectors World, and the Now and Then Shoppe.
Special mention goes to The Clockwerks, where you can find any antique clock to suit your heart’s desire.
MINT + BASIL specialize in modern and whimsical home items with loads of candles and cute pillows all housed in a pretty storefront on Main Avenue. Featuring an eclectic mix of decor, candles, jewelry, clothing, and even food, The Red Silo sits right on Broadway.
For cute gifts and souvenirs, head to STABO for Scandinavian-inspired goods,O’Day Cache for jewelry and great gift items, Unglued for things all made by local artists, and Zandbroz Variety for everything from books to scented soaps to coffee mugs to wrapping paper.
Other honorable mentions in the Downtown Fargo shopping scene include Vinyl Giant and Orange Records for those vinyl record lovers in your life, Game Giant for board games and Paradox Comics-N-Cards for comic fans.
SIGHTSEEING & ATTRACTIONS
You’ll see plenty of fine sights just strolling around downtown, but a couple of noteworthy things are the Plains Art Museum and, of course, the Historic Fargo Theatre. If you’re into street art, definitely check out all the murals in the downtown area.
For a fun, quick and easy way to get around downtown Fargo, try Great Rides bike share!
Here on a Sunday? Check out our one-day itinerary on spending Sunday in Downtown Fargo.
Explore and learn more about the history of downtown Fargo with these self-guided tours:
With all the Downtown Fargo bars and nightlife, it won’t be hard to find your crowd.
FOR CLASSY DRINKS
Some of the city’s best cocktails are mixed at Mezzaluna, which is also the #1 restaurant in the state. You can find tasty martinis at the HoDo, and interesting concoctions at Fargo’s only dedicated cocktail bar, Twist.
Several others, including The Toasted Frog, Rosey’s Bistro, and Level 2 Eat + Drinks also pour great cocktails in cool settings.
Want to get your dancing shoes on and hit the floor? The Spirit Room hosts swing dancing classes. The Downtown VFW has a large dance floor in front of its stage. Live bands play at the Pickled Parrot and Dempsey’s. For a dance club night, check out The OB.
FOR BEER DRINKERS
Wurst Bier Hall pours from 40+ taps, Sidestreet from 50, while Front Street Taproom serves only beers made in North Dakota, Minnesota, and South Dakota.
Beyond that, JL Beers has been voted the top craft beer stop in the state, and Rhombus Guys serves their Grand Forks-based brews (among others). If that’s not enough, finish with a local craft beer in hand at Drekker Brewing or the newly relocated Drumconrath Brewing.
FOR RELAXED HANGOUTS
Dempsey’s is an Irish-style pub with nightly live music and Guinness on tap. Sidestreet has an industrial interior, live music, and 50+ beers on tap. For a more intimate feel in an underground setting, check out The Boiler Room. The huge copper tanks and awesome cocktails at Proof Artisan Distillers make for some pretty cool vibes.
FOR DIVE BAR FANS
Stop at Bismarck Tavern for Grain Belt on tap, Blackjack tables, and some of nicest, no-nonsense type folks around. As one of the oldest bars in town, the Empire Tavern makes a notoriously stiff drink and welcomes all.
Duffy’s, Fargo’s genuine, original Irish bar has been a staple for 50+ years. Need live music? Add the VFW to your list of Fargo favorite dive bars.
FOR THE FRESHLY 21
A notorious bar crawl weaves through downtown Fargo, dominated by newly-legal drinkers. Start at The OB and Sports Zone, then cross the street to Sports Bar and NoBull. Drop into Fort Noks and knock one back before heading up Broadway to Rooters.
No crawl is complete without finishing the night with a bottle of Boones Farm and some dancing at The Pickled Parrot.
Street parking in Downtown Fargo is free. On weekdays, you can park for up to 90 minutes between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. After 5:00 p.m. and all day on Saturdays and Sundays, there are no time restrictions.
- Roberts Commons Parking Garage: Free for the first 2 hours and free after 5 p.m. After the first 2 hours, rates range from $3-8 depending on how long you park.
- Civic Center Parking Ramp: $1.50 an hour and free after 5 p.m.
- Island Park Parking Ramp: Free after 5 p.m.
- Island Park Surface Lot: Free all day!
- NP Ave Lot: $1 and hour and free after 5 p.m.
WHERE TO STAY
Several Downtown Fargo hotels will put you within walking distance of all the action.