Welcome to The District , Columbia, Missouri's bustling and vibrant central city.
Nestled between three colleges, The District is a hip, active, and artistic community. Whether it´s coffee in the morning or martinis at midnight, The District's friendly and energetic vibe is up early and stays out late. The District's lively mix of historic architecture, sidewalk cafes and retail shops provide the perfect setting for a business meeting, lunch with a friend or a night on the town.
With 110 unique shops, 70 bars and restaurants, 45 live performances a week, and 5900 parking spots, you´ll find plenty of things to do. We´re 43 not-so-square blocks in the center of Columbia that you´ll love to discover.
We have over 110 unique shops, so you'll need no excuse to spend a Saturday afternoon browsing through trendy boutiques and galleries. All your favorite brands including Elizabeth W, L'Occitane, Ugly Doll, Groovy Girl, Robeez, BCBG, Betsy Johnson, Sigrid Oldsen, Ellie Tahani, Hayden Harnett, Prana, Patagonia, Chaco, and Water Girl. Whether you prefer hiking boots and mountain bikes or handcrafted jewelry and silk ties, you´ll have no trouble finding exactly what you need.
A quick stroll through The District and you´ll see why we´re known throughout Columbia for our restaurants. Whether it´s cocktails after work, a romantic dinner for two, or a casual meal for the entire family, The District has over 70 restaurants and bars to choose from featuring local cheeses, organic salad greens, grass-fed beef, unbelievable microbrews, regional wines, fresh roasted coffee and more. So if you´re in the mood for a slice of Americana or internationally inspired cuisine, come to The District and find something sure to please.
Independent films. Comedy shows. Poetry jams. The True/False Film Festival. The Blue Note. And one of the best club scenes in Missouri featuring live music nightly. The District boasts over 45 live performances every week in an eclectic mix of venues, from renovated theaters to bluesy bars, aromatic coffee houses to state-of-the-art clubs. It's no wonder we´re the entertainment center of Columbia. So check out The District and bring dinner and a show to the next level.
FastCat is up and running! Buses are now running on a 15 minute loop around The District and into campus.
What's happening in The District? Check out our blog for updates on films, gallery openings, live music, festivals and more.
How about a nice home cooked meal tomight? Browse our grocery and fresh food options.
Starting your own business in The District is easier than you think. Learn about new vacancies, business seminars, our Downtown Incubator and more.
We're saving a spot for you. Find a place to park in The District.