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The District at Columbia

The District

11 S 10th St, Columbia, Missouri, 65201
Category: Attractions
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The District in Columbia, Missouri

The District is vibrant neighborhood with an artistic bent. Here you can browse through boutiques and art galleries, choose from a huge range of restaurants, and get to know Columbia's storied history. Located in the heart of the city, the District is an exciting destination for shopping, dining and entertainment, encompassing 50 square blocks. Columbia's downtown combines a small town feel within an urban core.


Hours -

Varies by shop or restaurant.

Prices -

Varies, but since this is a college town, you can find some really great dining bargains. Parking is free weekends and evenings.


  • True/False Film Fest
  • Farmers & Artisans Market
  • Family Fun Fest
  • Ninth Street Summerfest
  • Spring Shop Hop


  • Dining
  • Shopping
  • Sports bars
  • Live music
  • Museums

Transportation Options

Several Columbia Transit line plus the 107 FastCat Express serves the city center and nearby college campuses. One bus ride is $1.50 with free transfers. For cyclists, the MKT Trail is car-free and pretty scenic coming in from the southwest. From the east, Bike Boulevard is the way to go and comes through the Stephens College campus. There are more than 150 bike racks in The District, making if very easy to lock down your vehicle. If you need to drive, there are 6 parking garages in The District. Parking is free on weekends and evenings. There are also meters that operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Some take credit cards or pay-by-phone.

Local Museums

History buffs can head to the State Historical Society at 1020 Lowry Street on the University of Missouri campus. The collection includes books, newspapers, photographs, and maps dating back as far as 1808. The University is also home to the Museum of Art & Archaeology, with collections from ancient cultures from all over the world including Byzantium. Back in The District, the John William "Blind" Boone Home at 10 N. Fourth Street is under restoration. Blind Boone was a Ragtime composer who overcame adversity to become one of Missouri’s Big Three African-American musicians (the others were Scott Joplin and James Scott) who gave black music authority.


  • What are some popular restaurants?

    With 70 bars and dining establishments, there are certainly plenty of choices for eating out. What’s your mood? If it’s something totally CoMo (that’s, Columbia, MO), try CJ’s in Tiger Country on E. Broadway, where hot wings and cold beer go hand-in-hand. New Jingo on E. Broadway takes Chinese to another level. It’s known for its crab Rangoon and orange chicken. Wise Guys Pizza is a favorite college hangout on 6th Street, and it’s good for sports teams or families, too.
  • Where can I go shopping?

    There are more than 110 individual retailers in downtown Columbia with an eclectic array of merchandise. You’ll find it all here, from gifts and specialty shops to groceries and apparel. Columbians support small, locally owned businesses, so you’ll find unique stores like the Yellow Dog Bookshop on S. Ninth, and a block away, Woody’s Gentlemen’s Clothiers. Little Owl Boutique on N. Tenth is the perfect destination for a baby shower gift, children’s toys and clothes.

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