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The downtown area has experienced a surge and revitalization in the past several years. The downtown area is known for shopping, popular dining options, museums, historic landmarks and more. Parking is nearly all by meter or parking garage, so if you are headed downtown, don’t forget your coins!
There are two main districts in the downtown area, The Vista and Five Points. Main Street is also a very popular area that’s worth visiting also.
The Vista encompasses Gervais (pronounced Ger-Vay) and parts of Lady Street between Assembly Street and Huger (pronounced You-Gee). The dining here is mostly a bit upscale and trendy, including a sushi restaurants like SakiTumi, Tsunami, and M Vista, bars with great food, like Liberty Tap Room, Carolina Ale House, and Wild Wings, and local favorites such as Motor Supply Company and Blue Marlin. Daytime hangouts like Jason’s Deli, Starbucks, and Cupcake can also be found on this busy stretch.
Further down Gervais, almost at the bridge into West Columbia, are EdVenture (the Children’s Museum) and the South Carolina State Museum. They share a parking lot and both are wonderful places to spend time indoors with the kids when the weather outside is too hot, too cold, or too rainy.
Five Points is located more centrally downtown and close to the USC campus. You will find it at the intersection of Harden Street, Devine, and Santee. Due to its proximity to the university, the crowd here skews a bit younger, and there are a lot of unique things here, like Loose Lucy’s (a great hippie-ish clothing shop), the Gourmet Shop (it’s like a local version of an upscale kitchen store that also serves brunch!) mixed in with the ubiquitous Starbucks.
When you’re going downtown you can’t leave out Main Street, it’s home to the Columbia Museum of Art, Drake’s Duck In, and on Saturdays year-round, Soda City – our local farmer’s market that is full of produce, hot food vendors, small businesses and crafters. It’s a great place to hang out, meet friends, and get a delicious bite to eat. If you’re looking for a great upscale dinner, lunch or brunch option, try The Oak Table. And be sure to stop into Bourbon for one of their delicious hand-crafted cocktails made the old-fashioned way.
Other Notable Downtown Streets
Bull Street – this becomes 277, which will take you to the Northeast
Elmwood – this becomes 126 which takes you out towards Irmo and Harbison
Main Street, Assembly, Gervais, and Huger – these are the most popular streets people will mention, especially when giving directions
Huger (which also will take you out to 126)
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*Info courtesy of columbiasc.citymomsblog.com