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. On State Street, Café Strudel is a cozy local-favorite affectionately known for their hangover hash browns, smoky bacon bloody mary, and laid-back atmosphere. We promise their signature brunch creations are well worth the wait, but to help you pass the time you can help yourself to a fresh cup of coffee while you admire the eclectic local art that covers the walls. For something more casual, pop into The Hideout for avocado toast with a twist, or Savage Craft Ale Works, where on Sundays you can enjoy the weekend's best meal with an Instagram-worthy view of downtown from their rooftop patio.
While away a few hours on Devine Street, Columbia SC's premier shopping district, but not before fueling up for the day at the family-friendly Eggs Up Grill. Or if you're looking for a cinnamon roll bigger than your face (and why not?), try one of Columbia’s favorite gems, Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli. Undoubtedly, the Deli’s assortment of uniquely flavored rolls live up to the hype.
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 Soda City Market, every Saturday rain or shine. Grab some baked goods, a smoothie bowl, 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 Market on Main.
When talking about brunch in the capital city, we'd be remiss to not give you the all delicious deets on The Gourmet Shop. Located in the heart of Five Points, this cafe that doubles as a specialty foods market is a brunch-goers dream. Treat yourself to croissant baked to perfection with bacon and melted brie, or the Breakfast Bowl with grits made locally at Congaree Milling Company. Whatever your heart (or stomach) desires, be sure to pair it with a bloody mary, or a mimosa kit for the entire crew.
Sometimes the best brunch spots are the ones you'd least expect, like Tazza Kitchen, Main Course, and Publico Kitchen & Tap, which have proven they know how to serve up more than just lunch and dinner. If you don't want to miss out on places like these, check out our roundup of the best brunch spots in Columbia SC. We'll have you brunching like a local in no time.