When thousands of visitors are roaming downtown in the same four-day span, things can get chaotic. Forget bumping shoulders in coffee lines with festival snobs, first timers and children, Vox gives the insider tips so you don’t miss a second of the film festival fun.
Don’t even try: Uprise Bakery.
Instead, satisfy your sweet tooth at U Knead Sweets. Because you need them. Who doesn’t love house-made macaroons?
Don’t even try: Booches.
Instead, try Billiard’s. Megan McConaghie, marketing and communications manager at Columbia Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, suggests sticking to places that are further from venues. You can get a juicy burger at this off-the-beaten-path restaurant.
Instead, jog over to Coffee Zone. This quaint, quiet and slightly underrated joint offers a variety of food and daily blends of java.
Don’t even try: Shakespeare’s.
Instead, grab a slice at Pizza Tree. They’re fast, and their unique combination of toppings gives a new spin on a traditional pie.
Instead join the wait at Missouri Theatre. Because bigger venues like the theater allow for more seats, you’re much more likely to get in, even if you have a high Q number, according to Yazmin Valdivia, a seasoned festival-goer.
Don’t even try: Parking on Ninth Street.
Instead, park in the 9-level parking garage on Fifth street and Walnut, or in any central downtown garage. For more information look at Vox's parking guide.
Don’t even try: Addison’s.
Instead, try Coley’s. Recharge with a hibiscus Moscow Mule or some cheesy chicken nachos.
Don’t even try: Busker’s Last Stand.