Springfield, MO – Metropolis Information


Welcome to Springfield! In the event you’ve been studying A Lovely Mess for some time, it’s possible you’ll already know that Springfield, Missouri is Elsie and Emma’s hometown. And, hey, it’s mine too!

I’m Ana, and I’m so excited to inform you a bit about a few of our favourite spots to eat, store, and play.

First up, a pair enjoyable details. Springfield is the hometown of Brad Pitt, Bass Professional Outlets, and The Wall Road Journal just lately named it the most effective place to work remotely in America. Fairly cool, when you ask me. Let’s leap into what I’m actually excited to speak about (the meals, duh).

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Eating places & Bars

There are over 800 eating places in Springfield (!!!); yep, not a typo. 800. Many Springfieldians like to eat native, so we’ve some nice choices to select from. Listed below are some faves in addition to a bit lay of the land for the place yow will discover them:

Business Road, aka C-Road — Business Road is on the north aspect of city— it’s the historic downtown of what was north Springfield and likewise dwelling to some nice eating places.

Some native favorites are Cafe Cusco (Peruvian meals), Lindberg’s (nice burgers and brunch), La Habana Vieja (Cuban fare), Ms. Gilmore’s Tea Room, That Lebanese Place, and Pizza Home—which is understood for its skinny crust and sq. slices.

Downtown Springfield — Springfield’s downtown is walkable and has a big focus of each bars and eating places. Resort Vandivort is just not solely a fantastic resort, nevertheless it’s dwelling to each The Order (which operates all hours from brunch to post-dinner drinks) and Vantage, a dreamy rooftop bar with small bites and yummy drinks.

Rise, Druff’s, and Gailey’s are all nice brunch spots. For dinner and drinks, attempt Kai (sushi), Better of Luck Beer Corridor, Bruno’s (Italian), Flame Steakhouse, Bosky’s Vegan Grill or Gilardi’s for high-end Italian.

And naturally, can’t neglect Golden Woman which is understood for its well-balanced rum cocktails, enjoyable environment, and ought to be identified for its tacky tater tots (in my humble opinion).

Rountree — The Rountree neighborhood is nearly 5 minutes south of downtown and borders Missouri State College’s campus. It’s a fantastic lil’ neighborhood to stroll and revel in a few of my private favourite meals/drink spots on the town.

In Rountree, you’ll discover Tea Bar and Bites, Group Taco, The Royal (stay music and blow-your-mind cocktails), Skully’s (ramen + extra), and when you’re there within the morning, Sleepy Opossum Cafe, which operates out of The Royal’s area for breakfast.

South Aspect — There are many locations to go exterior the focus of foods and drinks spots downtown. Listed below are a few of the finest on the south aspect of city: Haruno (sushi), Avanzare (Italian), Farmer’s Gastropub (finest fish and chips exterior of London!), and Cesar’s Previous Mexico.

Progress is a go-to for wonderful eating (and has a really approachable brunch menu), and Cellar and Plate is a strong wine bar.

We are able to’t neglect to say Springfield-style cashew rooster, which you’ll really discover throughout city. Leong’s is credited with inventing the dish, and Emma’s favourite is at Shanghai Inn.

Espresso & Desserts

Onto the candy stuff! I looooove a superb espresso store dangle, and we’ve some actually nice ones to select from. The Espresso Ethic and Kingdom Espresso are my two private favorites, and every has a location downtown.

Mudhouse is a basic Springfield espresso store, and Inexperienced Home is a more moderen spot that additionally has affogato on the menu—so enjoyable. On C-Road, you’ll discover Massive Momma’s and Eurasia, which can also be a extremely pretty boutique resort. Strive Cherry Picker in Rountree for espresso, wine, or any hours in between.

You’ll discover the most effective desserts at Prairie Pie (downtown), Pineapple Whip (cutie little meals truck vibes with a number of places), Andy’s Frozen Custard (a number of places), and European Cafe (downtown bakery).

Now we have a mall that options lots of the nationwide shops you’d anticipate finding (H&M, Sephora, Lululemon, and so on.), however a few of the finest procuring in Springfield is at our native boutiques and small companies!

Pagination Bookshop is a highly-curated bookstore in a historic dwelling in-built 1905. It’s a beautiful place to roam round and take a look at their completely different sections in several rooms of the home. It’s value noting that additionally they have a fantastic choice of youngsters’s books.

For garments, Staxx is a neighborhood favourite that carries some nice manufacturers, and Springy Denims are finest at school classic resellers—they’ve bought their very own line in addition to curated classic.

Tradition Flock has actually enjoyable, inclusive attire; lots of it designed in-house. For items (for a pal or your self), you possibly can’t go incorrect at The Market, and The Native Bevy is a brilliant cute little store with all locally-made items and items.

Flea Markets

As you could have heard when you’ve listened to the ABM podcast, we’ve some superior flea markets round city. Relics might be probably the most well-known, and it’s really the most important flea market in Missouri.

One other favourite is the Classic Peddler—they’re identified for having some nice curation. A number of different locations to hunt for classic embody Freakin’ Antiquin’, Mike’s Distinctive, and S.T.D. (sure, it’s actually known as that).


Spring by means of fall are a few of the finest occasions of 12 months to go to SGF, so you possibly can reap the benefits of a few of the warmer-weather leisure choices.

We’re dwelling to the Springfield Cardinals, which is a minor league baseball crew and, IMO, a enjoyable place to eat a sizzling canine. BigShots and Getaway Golf are each enjoyable actions when the climate is sweet, too.

Some indoor kid-friendly actions embody Wonders of Wildlife (the aquarium is amazingly bigger than life), the Discovery Middle, the Springfield Artwork Museum, and ice skating at Jordan Valley.

For a night out, attempt the Blue Room Comedy Membership, see what’s occurring on the Gillioz, or catch a film at both Alamo Drafthouse or the Moxie.

Climbing, Biking & Parks

Springfield is dwelling to some enjoyable trails and out of doors actions, as nicely. On the town, you possibly can go to the Springfield Nature Middle or take a look at a few of our stunning greenway trails: South Creek, Wilson’s Creek, and Galloway Creek are a number of favorites.

The Galloway path borders Sequiota Park, which is a pleasant cease off. Nathanael Greene Park has a botanical backyard, the Sac River Path affords 14 miles of single-track mountain biking, and Fellows Lake is one other great place for mountain biking, picnics, and small boat leases (although it’s not a lake you possibly can swim in, simply FYI).


Steadily Requested Questions

How large is Springfield, Missouri?

Your definition of how “large” Springfield is will very probably rely in your private historical past. In the event you’re coming from a real small city, Springfield will provide lots of the stuff you’d count on from a much bigger metropolis.

On the identical time, it could be unfair to check it to someplace like Nashville or Dallas. The inhabitants is about 170,000, which is akin to Cary, North Carolina or Salem, Oregon. Geographically, Springfield is unfold out over 82 miles—about the identical land space as Boise, Idaho or Toledo, Ohio.

Is Springfield an affordable place to stay?

The price of residing in Springfield is sweet in comparison with different cities of its dimension. Taking a fast scroll of Springfield, Zillow provides you with an thought of housing prices within the space, and usually talking, individuals have a tendency to purchase “starter homes” right here as there aren’t many condos or townhouses.

Whereas Springfield does have some public transportation, you actually need to have a automotive to stay right here, so that might be a value to think about when you don’t have your personal automobile.

Is Springfield a superb place to stay?

Factoring in Springfield’s dimension, facilities, price of residing and extra, we’d take into account Springfield a superb place to stay. Typically, Springfield is an effective place to lift youngsters, and there are lots of decisions for colleges, together with some specialised packages relying on a baby’s wants.

The placement affords the chance for straightforward journeys to St. Louis, Kansas Metropolis, northern Arkansas and extra inside a 2-3 hour drive, or you may drive to bigger cities like Nashville or Chicago inside 7-8 hours. Springfield’s airport can also be very straightforward to fly out of, whereas a bit costlier than another airports.

Because of Elsie and Emma for inviting me to share a bit bit about good ‘ole SGF! Whereas it’s a bit tacky, I’ve gotta say the individuals make the place, and we’ve some actually nice individuals who make Springfield dwelling.

As a few of my good pals would say, this place is pretty much as good as any. xx, Ana


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