Fall for the charms of this easy-going city with a college town vibe, attractive parks, and a vibrant cultural scene
Enjoy the sociable vibes of this student-friendly city which has a touch of cosmopolitan flair. Blending world-class colleges and universities with a laid-back neighborhood feel, you can enjoy the best of city and country living in Columbia. Hop on your bike to cycle along the MKT Trail or stroll along the waterfront boardwalk of Stephens Lake Park. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can climb the bluffs at Capen Park for scenic views.
Meet up with friends at Cafe Berlin for a weekend brunch over bottomless cups of coffee and plates of biscuits and gravy. Then, spend an afternoon browsing the independent shops of Downtown Columbia. Hunt for fashion treasures at consignment and thrift stores like Maude Vintage. Sample the foodie scene with Korean-Mexican fusion fare at Seoul Taco and top it off with an artisanal treat from Harold’s Doughnuts.
When the sun goes down, the cultural energy heats up. See what interesting films are screening at Ragtag Cinema, catch a live show at the historic Missouri Theater, or see your favorite band at Rose Music Hall. There’s always something exciting going on here.
From Downtown Columbia you can easily plug into the city’s thriving student life. In just minutes, stroll over to the University of Missouri, Stephens College, and Columbia College. Don’t miss the chance to hang out in Francis Quadrangle, the heart of the MU campus, to experience the true college ambience of Columbia.