Explore Downtown Edwardsville, IL

Take a stroll through Edwardsville's historic Main Street district. Get your sunshine (and steps!) while you check out historic architecture, grab a coffee or some local Breakfast Rice, hunt for the perfect running shoes and more.

• A good starting off point in Edwardsville is the 1820 Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House. This is a prime example of Federal-style architecture built by skilled local craftsman. Check for special exhibits on the house inhabitants and local history. This home links the early history of Edwardsville to Illinois’ growth from a territory to statehood.

• Get a sugar rush by stopping into A Little Taste of Heaven Bakery.

• Not a baked goods fan? Try a signature sundae or concrete at Annie's Frozen Custard. Choose from seasonal featured flavors like black raspberry or cheesecake.

• Fuel up with a good cup of coffee at Sacred Grounds Café. Choose from their delicious all-vegetarian menu, with local favorites like the eggplant panini and beet sandwich.

• Calling all oenophiles! Bin 51 is the destination for all things wine and cocktail, boasting a range of liquors and bottles from well-known and small vineyards and distilleries. You can also grab a seat at their bar to try a bourbon flight or a draft beer.

• Serious runners, as well as those who just love the look of athleisure, will want to shop at RunWell. The knowledgeable staff will not only be able to help find the shoe that fits but can also recommend more therapeutic solutions for tight muscles and typical runners' injuries.

• More interested in what to get your four-legged friends? Whisker Bones Supply Co. has everything you need for Fido. The locally owned pet bakery, boutique and groomer has all the treats and toys you could want.

• There's something for everyone at The Gingham Buffalo, which has everything from giftables like fragrant candles and beautiful soaps to home décor and paint.

• The vintage theater sign at the Wildey Theatre is an icon of Edwardsville. Snap a photo with it and check out the upcoming shows, which range from movies to music.

• Get a loaf and a latte at 222 Artisan Bakery & Cafe, which features a wide selection of homemade baked goods alongside a full range of coffee drinks.

• Eat a delicious lunch or dinner at the buzzy Cleveland-Heath restaurant, which describes their menu as "gourmet comfort" food. If you stop in for brunch, make sure to order their beloved Breakfast Rice.

• Cap your walking tour with a cold glass of beer at Recess Brewing, a local favorite that combines an on-site microbrewery with a 1,100-square-foot taproom open to the public. Taps change frequently so each visit to Recess is an opportunity to try new craft beers including Lincoln’s Lament or the Tantric Wheat.


As Illinois’ third oldest city and home to five state governors, Edwardsville has cemented its place in local history.