7. Check Out The Unique Shops
Downtown Jefferson City is also home to several unique shops and boutiques. Here are some of the highlights.
You can find bath and gift sets, as well as clothing and stationery, at Southbank Gift Company.
You can create your own pottery design at Unique Creations. Choose a home decor piece — like a butter dish, plate, or cup — and set about painting your own gift.
Classic and vintage home decor and accessories can be found at Dogwood Vintiques. Featuring sewing machines, radios, glassware, and more, the 15-year-old mall is home to about 28,000 square feet and two floors of treasures.
Where To Eat In Jefferson City
Ask any local where to get a bite to eat, and they’ll likely mention ECCO Lounge. Once a saloon, ECCO Lounge is now known for its pub-style menu, including its breaded onion rings, handmade burgers, and beer-battered chicken sandwiches. The restaurant also offers steaks and seafood.
Located about three blocks from the Missouri State Penitentiary is Prison Brews, which brews its own beer on-site. Prison Brews offers a casual environment and items such as burgers, pizzas, and sandwiches. The decor has a prison theme, and the brewery encourages visitors to enjoy their time in the big house — or restaurant — and even offers souvenirs, including themed T-shirts.
For dessert, head to Central Dairy. Established in 1920, Central Dairy was Jefferson City’s best-known milk producer. In 1934, the dairy added an ice cream counter, and it’s been a popular treat shop ever since. People line up outside, willing to wait for a fresh hand-scooped ice cream cone, dish, sundae, or shake at the old-fashioned parlor. Be prepared to have your ice cream to go, because the booths and tables fill up fast. You can even order a pint or gallon to go.
Where To Stay In Jefferson City
The centrally located Capitol Plaza Hotel is only a few minutes’ walk from the Missouri State Capitol and other downtown attractions. With comfortable, pet-friendly rooms with plenty of space, an indoor pool, and a restaurant, the hotel is a great place to relax.
Bed-and-breakfast enthusiasts will want to check out the Dauphine Hotel. Opened in 1875 as a hotel, the Dauphine transitioned to a bed and breakfast in recent years. A stay in one of the seven well-appointed rooms is guaranteed to be an intimate and cozy experience. The bed and breakfast, located about 30 minutes from Jefferson City in Bonnots Mill, Missouri, offers rooms at affordable rates.
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