A Guide to Commercial Street

A Guide to Commercial Street

Sitting between Washington and Main Avenue, the Commercial Street, or C-Street, Historic District has become one of the hottest spots to visit in Springfield. Travelers and locals alike visit the top-notch local businesses, restaurants and bars for a good time in one of the most storied parts of town. What makes C-Street great? The unique and diverse experiences you can’t get anywhere else in town.

If you are thinking about taking a visit but don’t know where to start, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few of the popular places to go, eat, shop and experience on C-Street.

Dining

There is no shortage of excellent restaurants on C-Street. The only concern you should have is how to choose just one place!

  • Van Gogh’s Eeterie: This restaurant takes inspiration from the Netherlands and serves a variety of Dutch cuisine. They are known for their Dutch pancakes called pannenkoeken. These plate-sized breakfast pastries come in sweet and savory variations and are served all day.
  • Linberg’s Tavern: This storied building has been a part of Springfield since the construction of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad tracks in the late 1800s. In addition to their bar, they have a wide selection of brunch items, appetizers, sandwiches, salads and a variety of new specials. If you want to hear some live music, Lindberg’s hosts musical artists throughout the year.
  • That Lebanese Place: As the name implies, That Lebanese Place serves all kinds of Lebanese food. When the craving for falafel or a shish kebab sets in, look no further to satisfy your appetite.
  • Eurasia Coffee and Tea: Coffee shops are a staple of every urban area and Eurasia Coffee and Tea does more than serve high-quality coffee or tea. They donate a portion of their profits towards social justice causes and non-profits that work within the Eurasian region. If you enjoyed your brew and want to take some home with you, Eurasia sells coffee in bulk, as well.

Shopping

After you get a taste of C-Street, take some time to browse through the excellent shops down the road.

  • Askinosie Chocolate: Askinosie has become synonymous with local Springfield business and has set a standard on ethically sourced products. They offer a variety of chocolate products that are made right on C-Street in their factory. You can take a tour to see the chocolate-making process first-hand, learn about where their cocoa beans come from and taste some delicious chocolate.
  • Springfield Mercantile Co.: Sometimes less is more, and this is the case with Springfield Mercantile as they focus on minimalism through high-quality products that will last. From naperies to sustainably made cleaning supplies, they have a selection that covers a wide variety of needs.
  • Hakaar’s Bazaar: Want something vintage or a little outside the box? Hakaar’s Bazaar is an antique store that offers a variety of goods from several eras. If you are a collector or want to give your home some retro flair, check out Hakaar’s and see if they have something for you.
  • Ensley & Swann Boutique & Marketplace: This boutique is one of the newest shops on C-Street. They offer clothes for women, children and babies, plus a variety of home goods, art and decorations. If you are looking for a gift or a little something for yourself, check out Ensley & Swann.

Events

When you are looking for something to do, think C-Street! There is a growing list of activities going on every week as shops, bars and restaurants hold events regularly, giving you plenty of options.

  • Quizzical Trivia at Q’Enoteca: Want to test your knowledge? Check out the Quizzical Trivia Night at Q Enoteca Wine Bar Wednesday evenings at 7. Grab a drink and enjoy five rounds of trivia hosted by Joe Terry. If you don’t leave more knowledgeable, you will at least leave entertained.
  • C-Street Market: The C-Street Market is open every Saturday during the spring, summer and fall season. Located next to the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge, the C-Street Market offers fresh produce and meats from local farmers. When you aren’t looking for groceries, you can shop for other locally sourced products like soaps, baked goods and handmade items.
  • Open Swing Dancing at the Savoy Ballroom: Sometimes, you need to get up off of the couch and get your groove on. At the Swing Springfield Weekly Dance, you can do just that. For only $5, you can dance the night away. Whether you are a pro or have two left feet, take the floor and have a good time.

Check out everything the north side of Springfield has to offer and visit Commercial Street. Want more options for restaurants, bars or shopping? Check out the link here. Want to live in the fully revitalized C-Street District? Contact Springfield Lofts and let them find the perfect space for you.