Downtown Eau Claire is full of trendy locally owned and operated boutiques, shops, and restaurants. If you’re looking for a nice sit-down restaurant, you may consider stopping by Mona Lisa’s. Established in 1994, in the historic water street business, Mona Lisa’s surrounds their seasonally changing menu around good health and personal well-being. Other places to eat include the Nucleus, Acoustic Café, The Livery, Mogie’s Pub and Restaurant, Pizza Plus, Smiling Moose, and Stella Blues.

Our locally owned and operated trendy shops also have a lot to offer in the downtown area. One to mention is Detail’s Direct. Here, you'll be able to find the perfect travel apparel or an outfit to wear on a night out. They discover up-and-coming jewelry and clothing designers. They will make sure to find you the right piece for your unique collection. Other places to shop include Avalon Floral, Tangled up in Hue, That’s Adorable!, and the Local Store.

Downtown Eau Claire also has quiet places for you to study and enjoy a cup of coffee. One of the popular coffee houses is The Goat Coffee House. It's a locally owned and operated coffee shop with many different hot espresso drinks, brewed coffee’s, and tea, as well as blended drinks and your basic hot chocolate and cider. They also offer bakery items, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, soup and salad. Racy D’Lene’s coffee lounge is right across the street. They also offer a full menu of handcrafted coffee and tea along with sandwiches and treats.

If you're new in town or just need a new hangout, be sure to check out one of these small businesses.