Restaurants and Shopping in Downtown Nampa
Today we are exploring living in Nampa, Idaho. We all know that exploring new places to eat and shop is fun, which is why I first decided to stop at the Flying M and grab a cup of coffee on Second Street. They really do have great coffee and great service!
I then decided to pass by Honker’s Cafe. I think you’ve seen me in there a couple of times. Got some great food. It’s a good place to go for breakfast for sure. My buddy, Vivian, works there. You go in there and she happens to be your waitress, tip her extra good, okay? And tell her that you’re a friend of Treasure Valley Dave.
A Bit of Italy. I’ve been there. That’s some pretty good food. Nice to see they got a little outdoor seating for those romantic evenings.
And lastly, there’s Village Square, which is like a little antique mall.
The Downtown Vibe
Nampa’s downtown is quiet and peaceful. I was out on a Sunday afternoon (it was Mother’s Day) and there weren’t a whole lot of people out and about.
Right here on the streets of Nampa there’s a big double-decker bus that shows up and you can get your coffee and treats there. And they got the vendors that set up around here. There’s another part of the old lumberyard over there and they open up those doors and you have vendors in there. This is just a big community area.
Do you know what I’m not seeing? I’m not seeing trash. I’m not seeing bums. I’m not seeing, I don’t know, anything that would worry me to have me come down or have my family walk around downtown here. If you’d like to see some more video footage of Nampa you can check it out right here.
Restaurants and Shopping
We’ve got a lot of great places out here at the Treasure Valley Marketplace. There’s a few restaurants:
- The Habit
- TGI Fridays
- Dutch Brothers (in case you need that little extra boost for your shopping experience).
There are also a few great shopping locations as well:
- Old Navy
- Best Buy
- Famous Footwear
- Lane Bryant (I have no idea what that is).
- Bath and Body Works
I gotta tell you, I don’t know what half of this stuff is, but if this kind of shopping is important to you, well, this would certainly be the place to be. And you know, I guess the whole point about this is that when you live in Nampa, we’ve got about everything you’d need.
This week it was a high of 90 degrees and a low of about 60 degrees thanks to some rain here and there. Nampa really does have some mild summers and mild winters. Occasionally, you get a pretty toasty day, and you might get some good snow, but it really is pretty mild. If you’d like to see a great overview of the weather in Nampa click here.
Starting with the Train Depot where Nampa holds the annual Christmas Lighting, they let you come over here and you can climb around on these rail cars and that little caboose hiding behind the tree. You can go all the way up to the top, and there’s not a lot in that car, it’s like a little bench and a table and you can open up that window and stick your head out and imagine yourself going across the prairie. And, I don’t know what you’d see across the prairie, rabbits and buffalo maybe? If you’re curious about all of the events going on year round, you can check out the city of Nampa’s website.
Northwest Nazarene University
Northwest Nazarene University, is a very top-notch school, as I understand it. And I’ve got some good friends that, well, a great friend that went there and they give it two thumbs up. You can learn more about it by visiting their website.
Nampa is a great place to live if you want a mix of a rural and suburban community. It touts plenty of farmland but has a ton of shopping and restaurants as well! If you ever have any particular questions or want me to check anything in particular out for you, just let me know. You can find our contact info right here. I’d be glad to take the camera crew over there and do some little recon for ya. You can also check out our resources page and download any of the guides that you might find helpful. And if you found this episode helpful or entertaining, or if you think there’s somebody else that might get something out of this, please go ahead and share it. As always, this is Treasure Valley Dave, looking forward to helping you get home!