Uprise Bakery 

Location: 10 Hitt St, Columbia, MO 65201

Uprise Bakery, located on Hitt Street, is an excellent study spot for Mizzou students, regardless of the season. While there might be a bar available at this cafe, it’s actually a very peaceful spot to get some work done. Students that want to have a productive day working on assignments or studying for upcoming exams can do so in a quaint environment with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. The menu has a wide variety of food options to satisfy your study-snack cravings. Whether you want a sandwich, soup, salad, bread plates with hummus or flatbread pizzas, you won’t have a shortage of lunch options at Uprise. For those with an unwavering sweet-tooth, there are also many pastries and other tasty treats available. As for caffeinated beverages, which you may be needing for one of those longer study sessions, Uprise Bakery has an espresso bar that features beans exclusively from Broadway Roasting Company, in Westport Kansas City. During your study break, you could head next-door to Hitt Records and explore their extensive collection of vinyl (if you’re a music fan, of course). You might even want to reward yourself for your productivity by viewing a film at Ragtag Cinema, the movie theater inside Uprise Bakery. 


Location: 304 S 9th St, Columbia, MO 65201

While it’s a very popular and common spot to turn to for your coffee and breakfast sandwich needs, the Starbucks on 9th Street also provides a reliable, cozy space for students to study. Aside from the dependable Starbucks wifi, the large windows at the front of this Starbucks let in a ton of natural light, and the music playlist is almost always exactly the kind of calming, laid back music you would want to listen to while getting some work done. However, because this location is so central, it is often pretty busy. As much as it is comfortable, it’s not the most spacious place to set up all your work. If you get there at a busier time of day, you may struggle to find a spot to sit. However, if you’re lucky enough to snag the perfect spot, the familiar, comforting atmosphere of the Starbucks on 9th Street is a very nice place to spend a productive afternoon of studying. 

Shortwave Coffee


915 Alley A, Columbia, MO 65201

29 S Ninth St Columbia, MO 65201

Shortwave has a couple different locations in Downtown Columbia, both of which are great places to study and do homework. The Shortwave in Alley A has a darker environment, as the light from windows is minimal, and the cafe goes back further than it may initially appear (which means plenty of space). The layout of this location is very unique, offering various seating options ranging from tables and chairs to stools and couches! For a more open, brighter study spot, you may want to visit the Shortwave Coffee on South Ninth Street. This is a very spacious location with plenty of seating options, including individual tables lining the walls, stools lining the front window, and a very long table in the middle of the cafe that offers several stools to work at (with outlets near every seat). This Shortwave offers tons of natural light coming from the large windows on the front wall. Both locations offer excellent coffee options, as well as some tasty pastry options if you’re craving something sweet. And, again, if music is a big factor for you, the Shortwave playlists never seem to miss. 

Lakota Cafe 

Location: 24 S 9th St, Columbia, MO 65201

Lakota Cafe is a classic for those looking for a cozy, yet productive, place to study. The wood based furniture and large windows creates a comforting atmosphere, perfect for hunkering down and knocking out some homework. This cozy cafe has a large selection of seating options, from cozy chairs to small tables, often in reach of a reliable outlet. While Lakota can get busy during peak hours, you can always rely on finding a spot somewhere in the store. If you want some coffee to fuel your study session, Lakota has a great selection. Lakota has a large variety of coffee beans, from classic black, to sweet mocha. Their expert baristas brew and roast their coffee in house, which allows for rich flavor and even temperature. They even sell their own coffee beans that are available for purchase in store and on their website!  If you get peckish during your stay, Lakota has an amazing array of savory sandwiches and sweet pastries. Lakota’s bustling, yet homey atmosphere, as well as its extensive coffee and food menu, make it a great place to churn out your next paper. 

Main Squeeze Market 

Location: 28 S 9th St, Columbia, MO 65201


Main Squeeze is a quirky, yet comforting, juice bar located in downtown Columbia. Hailed as the only juice bar and purely vegetarian eatery in Mid-Missouri. Main Squeeze’s wide open and clean spacious creates a calming atmosphere. It’s large front windows allow for a lot of natural light, perfect for a mid-afternoon study session. Main Squeeze Market has a large selection of freshly squeezed juices, smoothies, and vegetarian meals. Main Squeeze is the best place in Columbia to grab a cold, refreshing green juice to start your morning. Main Squeeze’s selection of vegetarian meals will not disappoint. They have numerous options of soups and salads for vegetarian and veggie lovers alike. If you just can’t get enough of Main Squeeze Market’s delicious meals, they have pre-frozen dinners and lunches available to purchase. If you’re in the mood to learn more about sustainable living, Main Squeeze Market has a sustainable shop, with products created to make the switch to sustainability just a little easier. So, if you’re looking for a fun, and veggie filled place to study, check out Main Squeeze Market between Wednesday and Sunday!