Nestled in Mid-Missouri lies a college town with a ton to offer in terms of food, entertainment and culture in addition to the University of Missouri campus. This list includes some Columbia classics and a few underrated gems of Como. Get ready to eat, see and experience all that CoMo has to offer!
No Columbia, MO must-see list would be complete without mentioning Shakespeare’s Pizza. Founded in Columbia in 1973, this eccentric pizza chain offers up 3 locations in the area and is the quintessential pizza spot for students and citizens alike. With a newly renovated downtown location, now is the perfect time to grab your first or hundredth slice.
225 S 9th St, Columbia, MO 65201 | website
Little known fact: Columbia is a film lover’s paradise. Not only is it home to the prestigious True/False and Citizen Jane film festivals, but houses a unique theater experience downtown. Ragtag brings everything from under-the-radar indies to screenings of classics. Inside there’s also a bar and cafe, Uprise Bakery, that provides delicious eats and alcohol for your viewing pleasure.
10 Hitt St, Columbia, MO 65201| website
Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field
This is your ultimate game day destination. Once you experience football at the affectionately named, “Zou” you’ll never be satisfied watching a college game home again. Immerse yourself in the epic tailgating experience beforehand and get ready for a lot of “Miz”…”Zou” chants. Go Tigers!
University of Missouri | website
Paint the Town
Have you ever wanted to unwind after a long day with a paint and some Pinot? Paint the Town offers you art, drinks and fun monthly events at local wineries. Even the most novice of artists can feel confident with a paintbrush in one hand and glass in the other.
2703 E Broadway #127, Columbia, MO 65201 | website
Whether you’re a hiker, cave dweller or simply an admirer of nature–this park has an adventure for everyone. One of several parks in the city, this one is popular for its scenic views and exploring options.
5901 South Highway 163, Columbia, MO 65203 | website
Glenn’s Cafe offers a small town dining experience with food inspired that ranges from Cajun Creole to American. You won’t want to miss their delectable breakfast menu or the chance to plan a weekend stay at the adjoining Tiger Hotel.
29 S 8th St, Columbia, MO 65201 | website
Harpo’s is the premiere eating/drinking/sports watching spot for anyone in Columbia from the seasoned citizen to the traveling newcomer. A Columbia institution since 1971, Harpo’s also offers 10 Below Night Club. No matter your mood, Harpo’s ensures a celebration.
29 S 10th St, Columbia, MO 65201 | website
This handmade art and gift shop got its start in 1981 and prides itself on offering artisan-inspired products. Poppy also holds workshops in subjects like flower arranging so you can become a creater yourself.
920 E Broadway #1, Columbia, MO 65201| website
George Caleb Bingham Gallery
This gallery serves up art with a purpose. George Caleb Bingham frequently has exhibits that deal with current events and showcase some of the most talented local and national artists.
Fine Arts Building, University of Missouri | website
Les Bourgeois Winery
Wine lovers, I hope you’re sitting down. Les Bourgeois Vineyards is a one-stop shop for all things vino. If you’re in the mood for a tasting room, bistro or A-frame with a blufftop view– you’ve come to the right place. The wine is delicious, atmosphere picturesque and only a short drive from Columbia.
14020 W Hwy Bb, Rocheport, MO 65279| website
The Blue Note
When the top musicians and bands come to Columbia, they often hit The Blue Note stage. This cool venue houses musical talent of all genres in addition to retro movie screenings and comedians.
17 N 9th St, Columbia, MO 65201| website
Cosmo is the largest park in Columbia and ideal for a family outing. The sky’s the limit at Cosmo. Between football fields, bike trails, skating parks and a playground–you could come to this park every day with a new area to explore.
1615 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO 65202 | website
Experience what Columbia’s vibrant theater scene has to offer. CoMo has a variety of theater venues to choose from including Maplewood Barn and Lyceum. However, Talking Horse is a personal favorite. Each season this theater company delivers intimate and exciting productions of classic material while introducing audiences to new local playwrights you’ll feel lucky to have discovered.
210 St James St, Columbia, MO 65201| website
Mizzou Botanic Garden
Behold the fruits of MU students’ labor–literally. The Mizzou Botanic garden showcases the talent of those on campus and is sure to brighten up even the gloomiest of days.
University of Missouri| website
Cool off with a frozen drink sure to get you buzzing. Visit either of the Trops locations in Columbia and be ready to experience delicious alcoholic beverages on one of their quaint patios.
515 E Broadway, Columbia, MO, 65201| website
Another establishment with deep roots in Columbia, The Heidelberg has been around since 1963. Their known for their can’t-beat-em’ happy hour deals and Game Day Tailgate brunches. Warning: once you’ve been to The Berg once, you’re guaranteed to be a fan for life.
410 S 9th St, Columbia, MO 65201 | website
Devil’s Icebox Trail
Located within the Rock Bridge Memorial Park (see above) this trail offers idyllic views and a first-rate look at the Columbia nature scene.
Rock Bridge Memorial Park| website
Don’t have time to hit up every spot on this list? Check a few off the agenda by visiting The Roof and taking in all of downtown Columbia. With a view to die for and signature cocktails to boot, this upscale locale is the perfect date night or girl’s night out getaway.
1111 E Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201 | website
When I want to treat myself to a delicious and classy dining experience, Addison’s is my go-to. I’ve never had a bad meal there and for a truly singular experience, indulge in their late-night happy hour. The nachos are $5 and worth every bite.
709 Cherry St, Columbia, MO 65201 | website
You know em’, you love em’, the Columns are so closely tied with MU and Columbia in general for a reason. Take a picnic to the grass, toss a frisbee around or just search for the perfect selfie lighting. The columns are legendary because of what they represent to the people of Columbia. Prepare to be wowed.
University of Missouri | website
Who else is ready for a CoMocation? Plan your itinerary and prepare to fall in love with the city!