Hot Spots throughout Columbia South Carolina

Columbia SC is more than just one big city – throughout this charming city are a number of districts that offer a unique edge.  On a recent trip to check out relocating to Columbia SC, we visited some of the hot spots in each district and found some hidden gems.

Congaree Vista

This was a warehouse district that has been updated to a lively arts community with some fun dining options.  For beer lovers, you must check out Microbrews at Liberty Tap Room – there are 5 locations in South Carolina and this spot is in one of the hippest locations.

Five Points

This area emerged more than 75 years ago with a laid-back vibe that exists today.   Just east of the area is Devine Street which offers a more upscale vibe.  If you are looking for live music, check out Five Points Pub – another beer haven.

Main Street | Downtown Columbia

Main Street is quickly becoming the hip part of town as this is the hub of Columbic SC Real Estate.  Condos, new restaurants and nightlife hot spots are catering to a youthful set of residents.  A hot weekly event is the local Soda City Market on the 1500 block.

West Vista

Looking for some awesome antiques?  This is the ideal location with a bunch of old shops including the local favorite – the Old Mill Antique Mall.

Decker International Corridor

The word International speaks volumes.  Looking for a quiet not-too-hip scene, this might be the best neighborhood for you.  We loved the Vietnamese noodles at Pho Viet Restaurant and kimchi at O Bok Korean Restaurant.

Main Street | Lexington

Main Street is full of historic charm, and its cobblestone lanes are lined with antique shops, delis and boutiques. The open-air mall, Shoppes at Flight Deck is a modern mecca for dining, bars and shopping.


Irmo is one of the nicest towns in the Columbia SC area and Harbison is a part of that scene. This area has endless dining, hotel and shopping options.  Be careful or a full day of shopping at the Columbiana Mall might do you in.

Village at Sandhill

Sandhill is a great live/work community that instills the ‘live local’ vibe.   There are a variety of locally owned shops and restaurants – all within a comfortable walking distance.  Take the time to breath in this area while bird watching in Sesquicentennial State Park.


Everyone loves Lake Murray and Chapin is the gateway to this relaxed lakeside lifestyle.  Why do we love it?  There is not a mega-big-box store in sight.  Take in the local scenery while sitting in the courtyard at the Tipsy Toad Tavern.

Forest Acres

Looking for a slow, laid back, grassroots community?  This community lives true to good old fashioned values.  To top off the wholesome lifestyle?  You must try the infamous mac n’ cheese from Tombo Grille…Yum.