Brunch

After a busy week, college students, families, and legislators alike rely on brunch to relax and recharge. Whether you’re looking for culinary creativity or savory breakfast staples done right, you’ll find it in Columbia.

Some of the biggest names in the Columbia SC brunch scene are just across the Gervais Street Bridge in West Columbia. Envied for their shout-out in Southern Living, Café Strudel is affectionately known for their hangover hash browns, smoky bacon bloody mary, and laid-back atmosphere. Looking to score an outdoor table? Head down the street to another brunch hot spot, 116 Espresso and Wine Bar. Come early, or expect to wait. There, we’ve warned you. Both locals and savvy travelers flock to this budding brunch row every weekend.

Looking for a cinnamon roll bigger than your face? Why not? Try one of Columbia’s newest gems, Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli. Recently featured on the Food Network, the Deli’s assortment of uniquely flavored rolls lives up to the hype. The whole family will dig their casual, beachy vibe, near the popular Five Points neighborhood. The Original Pancake House is another family-friendly staple, located in Forest Acres. Pack in the booths and enjoy a classic breakfast menu everyone can agree on.   

You can never go wrong with a trip to the Vista. Motor Supply is a top brunch pick. The chef keeps diners guessing with a new menu every meal. Support local agriculture and experience a fresh, farm-to-table style brunch in a renovated 1800s engine supply building.   

Looking to pair a leisurely stroll with your morning meal? Follow the locals to Main Street and take in the Soda City market, every Saturday rain or shine. Grab some baked goods, avocado toast, or homegrown produce to nibble on as you peruse the many downtown vendors against the backdrop of the State House. Satisfying a bigger appetite? Try one of the local food trucks at a high-top table, make a pit stop for breakfast and an iced coffee at Drip, or enjoy live music and mimosas at Michael’s Café.