Columbia Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Columbia Trip Guide

A walkable downtown and solid restaurant scene make the home of the University of Missouri a cool stop. Things to do in Columbia, Missouri include visiting the District and strolling among the historic buildings on the Mizzou's campus.
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    University of Missouri. Photo courtesy of Columbia CVB
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    Heritage Festival. Photo courtesy of Columbia CVB

What to do

Bluestem Missouri Crafts This bright gallery puts the spotlight on regional artists. (573) 442-0211;

The District The university’s youthful energy feeds this area, with over 110 shops, restaurants and galleries.

True/False Film Festival This annual event in March screens documentaries but brings out the fun side of town. Parades, parties, musical acts, art installations and walking tours round out days spent hearing filmmakers discuss their movies. (573) 442-8783;

University of Missouri Hit all the highlights of Mizzou’s historical campus on a self-guided walking tour (download the map off the university’s website). Add an hour or two to the tour to see exhibits at the State Historical Society of Missouri, the Museum of Anthropology, the Historic Costume Gallery, and the Museum of Art and Archaeology. And you’ll definitely want to time your visit for when Buck’s Ice Cream is open to taste the university’s famous Tiger Stripe flavor. (573) 882-6333;

Where to eat

Cafe Berlin Join the line of families and college students who come for some over-the-top combos (the Compost Pile is a biscuit topped with grilled veggies, potatoes, cheddar, a burger, an egg and gravy). (573) 441-0400;

Lucy’s Corner Cafe Try the pancakes that drape over the edge of your plate or the biscuits with sausage gravy. (573) 875-1700

Shakespeare’s Pizza Near the Mizzou campus, this popular pizzeria piles on the toppings: The Masterpiece weighs 5 pounds. Watch it being made in the open kitchen. (573) 449-2454;

Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream Homemade flavors and alcohol-spiked milk shakes draw a never-ending procession. (573) 443-7400

Where to stay

Yates House Bed and Breakfast The brick inn fits in among the antebellum homes in Rocheport (14 miles west); you’d never know it was built in 1991. From $199. (573) 698-2129;

For information: Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau (800) 652-0987;

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