How to Spend 24 Hours in Five Points
Wednesday, March 23, 2022 12:00 PM by McClelland Schilling
Looking for a quick, fun-packed weekend escape? Well, look no further. The Five Points district in the heart of SC awaits for a getaway that is sure to be memorable. From the culinary scene to ample shopping, there’s plenty to explore in one of the capital city’s most popular districts.
Kick off your trip right with brunch at The Gourmet Shop. This local favorite knows how to serve up the classics like southern grits, waffles, and mouth-watering breakfast sandwiches. Treat yourself to a Bloody Mary or indulge in a Mimosa or Bellini kit to craft your perfect ratio of juice to bubbly. The Gourmet Shop’s sunny patio makes it the ideal spot to sip and savor the moment while fueling up for the day ahead.
Spend the afternoon treating yourself to a bit of shopping. Stores line the streets of Five Points, so you’ll find no storage of options to choose from. For the fashion lover, check out Vestique and Revente, a women’s consignment store featuring boutique and designer labels. Looking for your next favorite record? Papa Jazz on Greene Street has stacks of new and used vinyl to pick through. Be sure to stop by Gibson’s to pick up something for your home and gifts for your crew.
While you’re shopping, keep an eye out for the public art that’s scattered around (though it’s pretty hard to miss). The Postcard and The View from Mount Zion murals are the perfect backdrops for a selfie or group pic.
Once you start getting hungry, make your way to Publico. Featuring “Lat-Asian” cuisine, Publico boasts inventive burgers, ramen, and fusion tacos. And of course, no meal is complete without a beer or margarita flight. Kick back on their pet-friendly patio and dig in.
Before the adventure continues, freshen up or get in a quick nap at the hotel. Your home away from home for the evening is Hilton Garden Inn Columbia Downtown, which is located just minutes away from the action in Five Points.
After settling in at the hotel, it’s time for an evening out on the town starting with dinner at Goat’s. Possibly one of the best-kept secrets in Columbia, Goat’s has an eclectic, unexpected vibe that is sure to surprise and delight. You’ll love their famous 3 Cheese Lobster Mac and the wide selection of wine and signature cocktails.
If you’re craving a sweet nightcap after dinner, make your way to Scoopy Doo for handmade gelato and sorbetto. Grab a one-of-a-kind flavor to go and take a stroll through Martin Luther King Jr. Park to wrap up your night.
Before you say goodbye to Five Points, grab a coffee and small bites at Drip, where the coffee is made a cup at a time using the pour-over method to enhance the flavors of the carefully roasted beans. After filling up on caffeine and a flavorful bagel or biscuit sandwich, you’ll be ready to hit the road.
There are more things to do than hours to do them in the heart of SC, and we’ve just scratched the surface of everything there is to explore and discover in Five Points. Check out our trip itineraries and blogs to start planning your next getaway.