Guidebook for Missoula

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Guidebook for Missoula

Food Scene

Walkable (~1 mile) neighborhood Italian restaurant - breakfast, coffee, lunch, or high-end dinner. Beautiful atmosphere, close by, parking mostly on street.
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Caffe Dolce
500 Brooks Street
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Walkable (~1 mile) neighborhood Italian restaurant - breakfast, coffee, lunch, or high-end dinner. Beautiful atmosphere, close by, parking mostly on street.
European-style coffee shop (largest size 12 oz, whole milk only), walkable (6 blocks), charming, awesome staff, owned by Fitz and the Tantrums drummer John Wicks and his wife.
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DRUM COFFEE
600 South Ave W
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European-style coffee shop (largest size 12 oz, whole milk only), walkable (6 blocks), charming, awesome staff, owned by Fitz and the Tantrums drummer John Wicks and his wife.
Walkable (9 blocks), local and regionally-sourced menu, open for lunch and dinner, casual, fireplace, friendly.
Iron Griz: American Bistro
515 South Ave E
Walkable (9 blocks), local and regionally-sourced menu, open for lunch and dinner, casual, fireplace, friendly.
Drive up only, local, great coffee drinks, pastries to go.
Loose Caboose
2310 Brooks St
Drive up only, local, great coffee drinks, pastries to go.
Great food or nightlife, lunch and dinner, reasonable prices, full bar, great decor, downtown scene.
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James Bar
127 West Alder Street
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Great food or nightlife, lunch and dinner, reasonable prices, full bar, great decor, downtown scene.
The only Indian food in Missoula, casual (order at counter), delicious.
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Masala
206 W Main St
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The only Indian food in Missoula, casual (order at counter), delicious.
Located at the Double Tree hotel, summer dining is a must on their deck. Stick to the bar menu - the regular menu is overpriced.
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FINN
100 Madison Street
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Located at the Double Tree hotel, summer dining is a must on their deck. Stick to the bar menu - the regular menu is overpriced.
Great pizza and menu - eat in, take out, or have them deliver.
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Bridge Pizza
600 South Higgins Avenue
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Great pizza and menu - eat in, take out, or have them deliver.
Usually a line, but it goes fast. Summer fun.
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Big Dipper Ice Cream
631 S Higgins Ave
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Usually a line, but it goes fast. Summer fun.
Walkable (6 blocks), open February 14 - Oct 31.
Dairy Queen Brazier
1735 South Higgins Avenue
Walkable (6 blocks), open February 14 - Oct 31.
Fine dining with a great view. The bar menu is best views and best value.
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The Keep Restaurant
102 Ben Hogan Dr
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Fine dining with a great view. The bar menu is best views and best value.
Italian deli, take-out, local.
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Tagliare Delicatessen
1433 South Higgins Avenue
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Italian deli, take-out, local.
The Top Hat is a music venue, but they have great food. Lunch is always open, and dinner is open depending on the event schedule.
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Top Hat
134 West Front Street
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The Top Hat is a music venue, but they have great food. Lunch is always open, and dinner is open depending on the event schedule.
Casual, local, traditional breakfast, Missoula-famous. Weekend mornings usually have a wait to be seated, but that's for good reason - worth the wait.
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Paul's Pancake Parlor
2305 Brooks Street
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Casual, local, traditional breakfast, Missoula-famous. Weekend mornings usually have a wait to be seated, but that's for good reason - worth the wait.
Old school drive-up burger place. Also do walk-up or call-in orders. Walkable (5 blocks), Missoula-famous for Hoagie Cheese Fries.
Hoagieville
2413 S Higgins Ave
Old school drive-up burger place. Also do walk-up or call-in orders. Walkable (5 blocks), Missoula-famous for Hoagie Cheese Fries.
Coffee shop (drip only) and amazing pastries. Great vibe.
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Bernice's Bakery
190 South 3rd Street West
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Coffee shop (drip only) and amazing pastries. Great vibe.
Great downtown market with food, coffee, and more.
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Market on Front
201 East Front Street
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Great downtown market with food, coffee, and more.
BBQ lovers find their happy place here.
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The Notorious P.I.G. BBQ
247 W Front St
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BBQ lovers find their happy place here.
Fine dining, nice atmosphere, reservations suggested.
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The Pearl Café
231 East Front Street
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Fine dining, nice atmosphere, reservations suggested.
Sports bar with a Montana connection - Meagher (pronounced Marr) was the first territorial Governor of Montana.
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Thomas Meagher Bar
130 W Pine St
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Sports bar with a Montana connection - Meagher (pronounced Marr) was the first territorial Governor of Montana.
Casual (order at counter) Brazillian-fusion bowls, delicious.
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Five on Black
325 North Higgins Avenue
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Casual (order at counter) Brazillian-fusion bowls, delicious.
Locally owned, locally and regionally sourced ingredients, gourmet pizza and food. Try the Flathead cherry and sausage, or the sweet potato, bacon, and maple chipotle. Likely a wait around prime dinner hours.
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Biga Pizza
241 West Main Street
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Locally owned, locally and regionally sourced ingredients, gourmet pizza and food. Try the Flathead cherry and sausage, or the sweet potato, bacon, and maple chipotle. Likely a wait around prime dinner hours.
Pan-Asian dishes in a minimalist space. I love their curry. They offer bubble tea, which is a novelty.
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IZA Restaurant
529 South Higgins Avenue
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Pan-Asian dishes in a minimalist space. I love their curry. They offer bubble tea, which is a novelty.
Cute little cafe downtown with great food. Breakfast and lunch served. Free parking the first hour in Central Park 100 W Main St.
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The Catalyst Cafe
111 North Higgins Avenue
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Cute little cafe downtown with great food. Breakfast and lunch served. Free parking the first hour in Central Park 100 W Main St.

Sightseeing

You've likely noticed the giant "M" on the mountain named Mount Sentinel. There is a hiking trail up to it that is perfect to quickly get a great view of Missoula. The hike can be strenuous, but if you can only make it up the first section there is still a great view. To get to the trail head, follow Campus Drive around to the base of the mountain, and park in Lot U. If it's Monday - Friday between 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM plan to park in an hourly pay lot, or stop at the security office (32 Campus Drive) and purchase a visitor parking permit for $3.50.
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University of Montana
32 Campus Dr
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You've likely noticed the giant "M" on the mountain named Mount Sentinel. There is a hiking trail up to it that is perfect to quickly get a great view of Missoula. The hike can be strenuous, but if you can only make it up the first section there is still a great view. To get to the trail head, follow Campus Drive around to the base of the mountain, and park in Lot U. If it's Monday - Friday between 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM plan to park in an hourly pay lot, or stop at the security office (32 Campus Drive) and purchase a visitor parking permit for $3.50.
The Smokejumper base is the largest smokejumper base in the country. They offer free tours of the loft, ready room, and memorial. There is a gift shop, museum, and fire lookout tower. During the summer, Smokejumper aircraft are present, and visitors may even see Smokejumpers dispatched to a fire. The tour takes approximately 45 minutes Summer (June-August): Daily: 8:30am - 5:00pm Winter (September-May): Please call 2 days ahead for appointment and reservation. 406-329-4934
Smokejumper Visitor Center
5765 W Broadway St
The Smokejumper base is the largest smokejumper base in the country. They offer free tours of the loft, ready room, and memorial. There is a gift shop, museum, and fire lookout tower. During the summer, Smokejumper aircraft are present, and visitors may even see Smokejumpers dispatched to a fire. The tour takes approximately 45 minutes Summer (June-August): Daily: 8:30am - 5:00pm Winter (September-May): Please call 2 days ahead for appointment and reservation. 406-329-4934

Drinks & Nightlife

The Dram Shop has beer and wine with a nice casual vibe. You can fill Growlers there with any of the many beers they have on tap.
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The Dram Shop
229 East Front Street
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The Dram Shop has beer and wine with a nice casual vibe. You can fill Growlers there with any of the many beers they have on tap.
Bavarian-style beer, the only German microbrewery in the Rockies. Tasting room with premium crafted lagers or grab a bite to eat at the Edelweiss Bistro located upstairs. There are sodas and snacks for the kids too. 11 AM - 8 PM
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Bayern Brewing, Inc.
1507 Montana Street
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Bavarian-style beer, the only German microbrewery in the Rockies. Tasting room with premium crafted lagers or grab a bite to eat at the Edelweiss Bistro located upstairs. There are sodas and snacks for the kids too. 11 AM - 8 PM
The rooftop deck is a must in the summer. This upscale wine bar has beautiful decor and fancy food.
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Plonk Missoula
322 North Higgins Avenue
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The rooftop deck is a must in the summer. This upscale wine bar has beautiful decor and fancy food.

Shopping

Over 100 stores, including national department and specialty stores, local boutique stores, regional sporting goods stores, Missoula restaurants and national chains, and kids’ clothing stores
Southgate Mall
2901 Brooks St
Over 100 stores, including national department and specialty stores, local boutique stores, regional sporting goods stores, Missoula restaurants and national chains, and kids’ clothing stores
Originally primarily a music store, Rockin' Rudy's has become Missoula's go-to experience for everything unique. Cards, jewelry, toys, Montana-inspired shirts and clothing, bumper stickers, novelty items. It's fun to be there, even if you don't buy anything. Be sure to look for the store cat, Saul.
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Rockin Rudy's
237 Blaine Street
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Originally primarily a music store, Rockin' Rudy's has become Missoula's go-to experience for everything unique. Cards, jewelry, toys, Montana-inspired shirts and clothing, bumper stickers, novelty items. It's fun to be there, even if you don't buy anything. Be sure to look for the store cat, Saul.
Outdoor Farmer's Market - May to October, 8 am - 1 pm
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Clark Fork Market
South Pattee Street
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Outdoor Farmer's Market - May to October, 8 am - 1 pm
Local and regional crafts sold in an outdoor street market, Saturdays May - September 9 am - 1 pm.
Missoula People's Market
Local and regional crafts sold in an outdoor street market, Saturdays May - September 9 am - 1 pm.
Outdoor Farmer's Market with local and regional products, Saturdays May - October, 8 AM - 12:30 PM
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Missoula Farmers' Market
534 North Higgins Avenue
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Outdoor Farmer's Market with local and regional products, Saturdays May - October, 8 AM - 12:30 PM

Essentials

Large full service grocery store
Albertsons
2205 Oxford St
Large full service grocery store
Beer, wine, gas, candy, pop.
Zootown Super Stop
2105 S Higgins Ave
Beer, wine, gas, candy, pop.
Laundromat
Green Hanger
146 Woodford Street
Laundromat

Getting Around

Bus service is free, and stops are located two blocks away at South Ave and Higgins St. for Route 6 and Route 12. http://www.mountainline.com/
Mountain Line
1221 Shakespeare St
Bus service is free, and stops are located two blocks away at South Ave and Higgins St. for Route 6 and Route 12. http://www.mountainline.com/
Use the Uber app
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Uber HQ
1455 Market Street
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Use the Uber app
Use the lyft app
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Lyft HQ
185 Berry Street
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Use the lyft app
(406) 728-8294
Missoula Green Taxi
1048 Toole Ave
(406) 728-8294
Yellow Cab Inc of Missoula
1900 W Broadway St
(406) 543-6644

Arts & Culture

A museum with exhibits showcasing Missoula's history, a former Fort, with a variety of buildings and grounds to explore. Admission ranges from $2.00 - Max. Family - $10.00. Missoula County Residents, members of the Friends of the Historical Museum and children under 6 are free. Call 406.728.3476 for tour price information.
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The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
3400 Captain Rawn Way
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A museum with exhibits showcasing Missoula's history, a former Fort, with a variety of buildings and grounds to explore. Admission ranges from $2.00 - Max. Family - $10.00. Missoula County Residents, members of the Friends of the Historical Museum and children under 6 are free. Call 406.728.3476 for tour price information.
Free admission. Art exhibits featuring contemporary art relevant to the community, state and region. Tuesday - Saturday 10am- 5pm. First Friday of each month open until 8 pm.
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Missoula Art Museum
335 North Pattee Street
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Free admission. Art exhibits featuring contemporary art relevant to the community, state and region. Tuesday - Saturday 10am- 5pm. First Friday of each month open until 8 pm.
For a week in February, at various locations around town, wonderful documentary film festival. http://www.bigskyfilmfest.org/
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
113 W Front St
For a week in February, at various locations around town, wonderful documentary film festival. http://www.bigskyfilmfest.org/
Located on Native American land, the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas was designed in the shape of a Dharma wheel. The purpose of the Garden is to bring about positive transformation within those who visit, in response to the negativity that abounds in the world today. One thousand hand-cast Buddha statues are arrayed around the central figure of Yum Chenmo, and one thousand stupas line the outer circle. Open year round from dawn till dusk to all visitors. There are no signs on the highway, use map or GPS.
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Ewam and Garden of One Thousand Buddhas
34574 White Coyote Road
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Located on Native American land, the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas was designed in the shape of a Dharma wheel. The purpose of the Garden is to bring about positive transformation within those who visit, in response to the negativity that abounds in the world today. One thousand hand-cast Buddha statues are arrayed around the central figure of Yum Chenmo, and one thousand stupas line the outer circle. Open year round from dawn till dusk to all visitors. There are no signs on the highway, use map or GPS.