History abounds in Columbia's neighborhoods. Devine Street, residentially referred to as Shandon by locals, is the historic neighborhood you’ll wish you lived in. Dotted with restaurants, retail, and boutiques, more than 95% of the establishments here are locally owned. With a mix of young professionals, long established families, and a distinct collegiate influence (just check out how many USC alums own businesses here), Devine is a vibrant destination for locals and visitors alike. Here, parents push strollers down the sidewalks as young professionals grab a growler or browse through locally designed cocktail dresses.
Cinnamon Roll Deli: Using a Hawaiian sweet bread recipe, mother-son duo Jody and Richard Kreush serve up cinnamon rolls for breakfast and lunch. Flavors include the likes of banana foster and black pepper bacon maple glaze - yeah, we know. But that’s not all. The Kreushes also serve hearty breakfast and lunch sandwiches. Try The Gamecock, featuring grilled sourdough, baked ham, and black pepper thick bacon and turkey. Make sure to check the hours before you go!
Cantina 76: Devine Street’s own taqueria, Cantina 76, provides a casual spot for visitors to enjoy tacos and margaritas with a laid-back attitude. Try the Peruvian Shrimp tacos or the enchiladas and pair them with a jalapeño or strawberry basil margarita. Founded in 2009 by four Columbia natives and college friends, it’s the perfect place to take a break and enjoy lunch, dinner, or a happy hour (or two) while visiting Devine.
Craft & Draft: As USC students, Kellan Monroe and Andrew Jackson used to dream about opening a brewery. They pivoted on that dream and in 2013 opened Craft & Draft, part store, part bar. With twelve taps that feature the best of national and local craft beers, visitors are encouraged to enjoy a sample, or stay a while with the locals and grab a pint. Order from the colorful chalkboard wall of drafts, or grab a can out of the fridge and they'll pour it into a cold glass for you. Take home a signature Craft & Draft growler to take a piece of Columbia with you.
Brittons: A Columbia institution since 1947, Brittons is a third-generation owned clothing shop where customers can find everything from upscale tailgating apparel to suits. Not sure where to start? Brittons prides itself on one-on-one customer service. Host to the most viewed instructional “How To Tie A Bow Tie” video online, it’s the perfect place to pick up a colorful bow tie or brush up on your tying skills - just ask the staff!
LaRoque: The flagship store for designer AnnaBelle LaRoque (now sold across the Southeast), this boutique is stocked with the latest designs in her lines for women and children. Inspired by the bright colors of her childhood in Charleston, LaRoque’s clothes are both classic and modern, and the shop offers visitors the chance to take home a forever closet staple, be it a bold bell sleeve dress or a toddler’s first gingham dress. Go ahead and take a spin in the dressing room in your very own South Carolina made frock.
Pout: An epicenter for all things beauty, Pout's interior is just as luxe as its products. It's nestled among the line of boutique shopping that lines Devine Street and carries the most sought-after skincare and cosmetic lines. Pop in to test new products or make an appointment for professional makeup or a facial.
Burger Tavern 77: Boasting a commitment to the classic American burger and beer combination, Burger Tavern's food & drink menus do not disappoint. Trust the staff and try one of their Tavern Traditions burgers, or fill out a custom order form and indulge in a burger (or chicken) that checks all your boxes. To the salad lovers - you can get any burger (with all of its original toppings) on top of a bed of greens so you don't have to miss out on the fun. We recommend starting with the Pimento Bacon Pops and a cold beer from the rotating draft selection before you dive into the main event.
Il Giorgione Pizzeria & Wine Bar: Affectionately called, "Gio's" by the locals, this hidden gem prides itself in offering authentic Italian bites at an affordable price. George (Giorgione) grew up falling in love with the Italian heritage his grandparents bestowed upon him. With dishes like Tortelloni alla Panna and Quattro Stagioni pizza, you can taste the Italian passion behind the food. The cozy patio, intimate dining room, and inviting staff bring a little piece of Italy to Columbia SC.