Considered to be Columbia’s “original village neighborhood,” Five Points carries a charm and quirkiness that you won't soon forget. Browse boutiques, go way back with vinyl, and find your new favorite craft beer - you’ll find out why Five Points has been a hangout for more than 100 years.
Drip: No vats of prepared coffee here. At Drip, baristas make a cup at a time using the pour-over method to enhance the flavors of carefully roasted beans. More of a tea type? They’d be happy to talk with you about the difference between matcha and oolong. Underneath funky paintings of blues musicians, locals and travelers alike sip their coffee and recharge. Hungry or not, don’t miss anything on a biscuit.
The Gourmet Shop: Pack a perfect picnic basket at this Five Points staple. Owner Dennis Hiltner has been selling wine in Five Points for more than 40 years. But the deep selection of wines, cheeses, and pastries is just the start of what you’ll find here. An extensive gift shop offers everything you might need for daily cooking or throwing an elaborate party - from linens to bakeware. The Gourmet Shop's full-service cafe is known for its brunch and lunch options, including the breakfast bowl (featuring grits from Congaree Milling company, piled high with egg, cheese, and bacon) and their famous chicken salad.
Publico: This wood-paneled, opened-windowed space is the ideal place to grab a beer (or a margarita flight!) and a bite with friends. Featuring what they call “Lat-American” cuisine, Publico’s menu includes inventive burgers (like the Thai shrimp and Publico Burger with spicy barbecue pork and kimchi) and fusion tacos (like tuna poke and avocado crunch). Of their 54 taps, 45 feature craft beer, with seasonal favorites on hand too. Bonus - the patio is dog-friendly, equipped with a pup-friendly menu.
The Swept Yard: This 900-foot showroom is filled with items that celebrate the joy of housekeeping. Among the finds are handmade brooms from Germany, candles from France, and beautifully scented cleaning products. Make sure to check out the handmade birdhouses by the store’s owners, Jeffery Hall and Robert Jennings. Designed with a mix of stone and wood, they are as beautiful as they are functional.
Papa Jazz: More than a record store, it’s an institution. With more than 30 years on Greene Street, owner Tim Smith can help you discover the album you didn’t know you need to have. That’s what happens when you get lost amidst the stacks, filled with both new and used vinyl. From Coltrane to Coldplay, they have it here. (It’s also a great place to get the dish on Columbia’s live music scene - staff will be happy to make recommendations.)
Baan Sawan Thai Bistro: It's a date night haven, and the spot where all the local chefs are said to flock. Baan Sawan meaning "Heavenly House" is nestled a little off the typical Five Points path, but has no problems keeping a full house. They focus on creating unique Thai dishes, paired with a beer or wine that matches the seasons. Start with the calamari, served with plum ginger sauce or the tom yum soup. When you move on to your main course, try the three flavored duck or the seafood curry.
Revente: No two days are alike in Revente. It's a women's consignment store featuring boutique & designer labels ranging from evening wear to everyday outfits to accessories you won't find in another store. As you stroll Saluda Avenue, pop into Revente and see what you can find, or just admire the unique outfits on display throughout the store.