Headed to Columbia SC for the 30th Annual Chili Cook-Off? Five Points will be chock full of fun, and we don’t want you to miss a moment of it. Here’s an itinerary to fill your time from the first bite of chili to the last walk through Columbia’s original village neighborhood.
You’ve arrived in town for the can’t-miss event: the 30th Annual Chili Cook-Off. Over 30 teams will compete, while food trucks, live music, craft beers, and cornhole add even more to the mix. Try all things chili and enjoy the fall day!
While the Chili Cook-Off festivities continue until 6pm, it’s time for shopping. Grab your chili stain sticker to redeem some major discounts! Nab a Halloween costume at Hip-Wa-Zee’s sale where funky and one-of-a-kind costumes abound. Get a head start on your holiday shopping with sales at Loose Lucy’s, Natural Vibrations, Papa Jazz Records, and Sunrise Artisan Bath & Body. The ladies in the group can pick up something new at Petal, Twig, Vestique and Wildflower Boutique (more sales for the win!).
After all of that chili, it might be time for some veggies. Try one of the amazing (and spicy) vegetarian options at Blue Cactus Cafe, which serves both Korean and Mexican food. The husband-and-wife team that runs the place will serve up your Bee Bim Bob with a little sass and on their own time. It’s all a part of a beloved Columbia experience so just sit back and enjoy.
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Need some dessert? Head straight to Cellar on Greene for their seared pound cake (no sharing -- trust us, you’ll want your own). If you’re ready for some bar hopping, walk down Saluda Street to Speakeasy’s, a jazz bar with an impressive selection of Scotch. Next, you’ll take Devine Street to Goat’s, a cozy craft cocktail bar. End the night out at Jake’s on Devine where you can enjoy games and one of the best decks in Columbia.
Follow the locals to Drip and don’t miss some of the finest pour-over coffee in the U.S. at this low-key hangout. Or kick things up a notch with their honey habanero latte, which true to its name has some serious heat. It’s the perfect way to warm up on a chilly fall morning.
Most days Publico is serving up fusion tacos and amazing guac, but on Sundays the menu shifts to your favorite brunch options with a twist. Try the Sweet & Sunny featuring Columbia’s Adluh grits mixed with poblano peppers and topped with chorizo hash, sunny side eggs and salsa verde.
So you’re done with a weekend in Five Points! Take the long way back to your car with a walk around the Five Points Fountain and through the rest of this sweet little district. It’s hard to say goodbye, but stay tuned to our blog for more itineraries featuring Five Points and other Columbia SC districts.