Columbia Welcomes You!
Your comfort level is important to us and your safety is paramount. You can rest assured that Columbia SC has been reopening with the proper precautions underway to keep you and your loved ones safe. With mandatory mask ordinances in place across the region, and limited occupancy and temperature checks at many shops and restaurants, our local business owners are doing everything they can to remain open and stop the spread.
For more information on how Columbia has been keeping locals and visitors safe, visit https://www.experiencecolumbiasc.com/covid-19/.
EATS & DRINKS
Even amidst the tough year, the Columbia food & drink scene is buzzing with new development announcements from an upscale oyster bar on Main Street to gritty breweries in surrounding districts. And we can bet there’s plenty that have opened in the past few years you haven’t tried yet, like Peruvian inspired tapas from Chef Javier Uriarte at Ratio and reimagined local street eats from Palate. Sip cocktails full of South Carolina ingredients on The War Mouth’s dreamy patio while waiting for your order of barbeque. Make your way to the Columbia classic Motor Supply Co. Bistro where you’ll find thoughtfully crafted cocktails from award-winning mixologist Jake Smith. Find these can’t miss spots alongside upscale old favorites like Il Giogiorne, Terra, Hall’s Chophouse and Baan Sawan.
Learn more about Columbia’s restaurant scene at https://www.experiencecolumbiasc.com/restaurants/.
With our sunny days and temperate weather, you’ll find locals enjoying a meal on an inviting patio or raising a glass at a rooftop bar like Hendrix or Black Rooster almost year-round. Catch the game or watch a movie on the big screen at the Market on Main patio for brunch, play with pups at spots like River Rat Brewery for an afternoon craft brew, or grab a table outside at Hampton Street Vineyard for an evening of live music and French fine dining.
Find more outdoor dining spots at https://www.experiencecolumbiasc.com/restaurants/outdoor-dining/.
THINGS TO DO
Activities like a walk along the river, a hike in Congaree National Park, or an urban outdoor stroll to take in public art can fill your free time in a safe way. Looking for a little more? All of our major attractions are open to some capacity with a bounty of safety precautions in place. Explore South Carolina’s history at the South Carolina State Museum, meet animals from all over the world at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, stroll through the gardens at one of Historic Columbia’s many houses, or marvel at the Columbia Museum of Art’s spring feature exhibition, The Imaginative Worlds of M.C. Escher.
You’ll find more things to do than there are hours to do them at https://www.experiencecolumbiasc.com/things-to-do/ and https://www.experiencecolumbiasc.com/things-to-do/outdoor-recreation/.
And we would be remiss not to mention the shopping scene, all locally owned. From quirky spots in Five Points like Papa Jazz Record Shoppe and Revente Consignment, to the high-end boutiques along Devine Street, like Copper Penny, La Roque and Just the Thing.
Find that perfect gift for the folks at home (or yourself) at https://www.experiencecolumbiasc.com/things-to-do/shopping/.
While the past year has certainly been unexpected, Columbia is ready to welcome our tourism family from across the state with open arms. And if you don’t have time to really experience our city while you’re here, let us help you plan your next getaway for a change of scenery.