Your guide to Neighborhoods In Columbia, SC

From popular Five Points to the residential neighborhoods of Columbia, let us be your guide!

Colorful buildings along Saluda Ave in Columbia, SC's Five Points

If you are looking for the best places to explore and stay while visiting Columbia…

Our neighborhood guides are just for you! They give you an overview of our favorite spots in the main shopping and dining areas in Columbia.

Our highlighted neighborhoods are some of the best places to explore as a visitor to the city.

This is where you’ll find the tastiest restaurants in Asheville, the cutest local shops and .

Explore Columbia’s neighborhoods and entertainment districts, where you’ll find everything from local shops and restaurants to craft breweries, independent theaters and the state capital.

Most of the neighborhoods mentioned in this guide are commercial. Devine Street highlighted below is the one that is closest to residential neighborhoods. It borders desirable Shandon and is close to Millwood, Heathwood, Old Shandon and Melrose Heights.

About Downtown Columbia

Downtown Columbia, SC is home to the State House, popular restaurants, local shops, bars and businesses.

Downtown is typically where we recommend staying if visiting Columbia given its abundance of hotels and walkable districts.

Columbia’s downtown is comprised of a few different areas, each of which are detailed below in their own guide.

WHAT IT’S LIKE: Professional · Historic · Big City Feel

KNOWN FOR: Restaurants · State House · USC

LOCATION: City Center

About The Vista

Situated between the State House and the Congaree River, the Vista is a walkable commercial district full of restaurants, shops, bars and businesses.

Columbia’s Vista district is located just west of the South Carolina State House. It is a charming district with historic brick buildings housing restaurants, shops, businesses and attractions.

WHAT IT’S LIKE: historic · local · lively

KNOWN FOR: restaurants · galleries · museums

LOCATION: West of Main Street + The State House

About Main Street

The Main Street area of downtown Columbia is one of the city’s most popular places to stroll, dine and sightsee.

The area serves as Columbia’s Central Business District. It’s also home to the South Carolina State House and the center of South Carolina’s government and politics.

Don’t miss the weekly Soda City Market held Saturdays on Main Street.

WHAT IT’S LIKE: Professional · Local · Big City Feel

KNOWN FOR: The area serves as Columbia’s Central Business District. It’s also home to the South Carolina State House and the center of South Carolina’s government and politics.

LOCATION: City Center

About Five Points

Known for local shops and tons of bars, the eclectic Five Points is a go-to destination for residents and visitors alike.

Here you’ll find restaurants, coffee shops, record stores, vintage clothing and hangout spots. Pretty much all of it is local, too

WHAT IT’S LIKE: Hip · Local · Vibrant

KNOWN FOR: Restaurants · Bars · Shopping

LOCATION: East of downtown Columbia and USC

About Devine STreet

Go-to shopping street in Columbia with coffee shops and restaurants

Surrounded by residential areas, you’ll enjoy an inviting neighborhood feel as you stroll along perusing the local shops and eateries.

WHAT IT’S LIKE: Charming · Local · Walkable

KNOWN FOR: Boutiques · Restaurants · Local Feel

LOCATION: Just east of Five Points

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