Top things to do in Helena

Top Choice Coffee in Helena

General Mercantile

You'll have to weave through all sorts of Montana eclectica for sale – hummingbird feeders, postcards and homemade jam – to get what is widely regarded as the best coffee in the universe. Take your espresso to a pri…
Cafe in Helena


From spanakopita to souffle, this little cafe on the south end of downtown offers something a little different from the regular breakfast fare. Things really go off the hook during their Saturday and Sunday brunch w…
Microbrewery in Helena

Blackfoot River Brewing

Try the excellent beer at this local brewery which serves as the de facto gathering place for locals to share post-hike or ride kudos and gossip. There's no food, just popcorn and a small but breezy upper deck overl…
Historic Site in Helena

Reeder's Alley

Step back into old-old Helena on this short stretch of brick road lined with historic buildings and log cabins. It was named after Louis Reeder – the man who figured out that constructing cabins out of brick and mor…
Area in Helena

Historic Downtown Pedestrian Mall

Helena was born with the discovery of gold in 1864 along the creek that is now Last Chance Gulch road. The mall (open to pedestrians only) weaves between the boundaries of historic mining claims gobbled up by the pr…
Church in Helena

Cathedral of St Helena

Rising like an apparition from old Europe over the town is this neo-Gothic cathedral completed in 1924, some 16 years after construction began. Highlights include the baptistry, organ and intricate stained-glass win…
Cafe in Helena

Fire Tower Coffee House

This eclectic space toward the lower end of Last Chance Gulch is a hub for coffee, light meals and live music on Friday evenings. The menu features pastries, granola, breakfast burritos and a wholesome sandwich sele…
Landmark in Helena

State Capitol

This grand neoclassical building was completed in 1902 and is known for its beacon-like dome, richly decorated with gold-rimmed paintings inside.
Museum in Helena

Holter Museum of Art

This museum in downtown Helena exhibits contemporary art by Montana artists in a variety of mediums.