Trip Ideas


Guide to University District

UTEP has experienced rapid growth over the last decade, and with it the University District too has burgeoned. Whether you’re an incoming freshman or graduated decades ago, there is fun to be had in this vibrant slice of central El Paso.

Quick Bite:  Little Shack
Quick Bite: Little Shack
2701 N. Mesa St.

Can’t make it to Peñasco this year? Don’t get down about it, head to Little Shack and dip into the seaside state of mind. This little restaurant—one of three locations in El Paso—offers Caribbean delicacies, top-notch fish tacos, and a wide variety of tropical cocktails to wash it all down.

Shop Till You Drop:  Paradigm Texas Gift Shop
Shop Till You Drop: Paradigm Texas Gift Shop
2719 N Stanton St.

Paradigm Texas Gift Shop, a Kern Place gem, located in an old dance studio, has something for everybody. Like the store’s design, the inventory is eclectic, ranging from fine silk scarves to shave kits. One constant, however, is quality. All of the products are carefully selected and thoughtfully curated.

FIll Your Cup:  Tippi Teas
FIll Your Cup: Tippi Teas
2501 N. Stanton

Tippi Teas’ tea selection is rivaled by none, and their coffee isn’t shabby either. Beyond great beverages, Tippi Teas has a laid back, organic atmosphere that makes it perfect for studying or even daytime dates. The only drawback is all the time you’ll spend choosing what you want.

Worth the Wait:  Kaedama
Worth the Wait: Kaedama
204 Boston Ave.

The successor to a popular local food truck, Kaedama, a Japanese ramen spot, opened up in 2018 to much fanfare. Seriously, there’s a line every day at lunchtime. Its reputation is much deserved: Kaedama noodles are arguably the best in town and the staff is highly professional. Oh, and loud slurping is totally okay!

Imbibe:  Palomino Tavern
Imbibe: Palomino Tavern
205 Cincinnati Ave.

The Palomino Tavern has no problem standing out in El Paso’s increasingly competitive bar landscape. This place has great food and drink menus, reasonable prices and a beautiful patio that is perfect on nights when the desert just won’t cool down.

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