Once a residential in nature, this diverse south side district has evolved into a destination for all ages. Here, nestled between tree-lined streets, you’ll find Columbia’s only urban farm, City Roots, and right across the street you'll find the Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Alehouse. Just down the street there’s Owens Field Skate Park, a handicap-accessible playground, and a Miracle League baseball field for people with disabilities.
City Roots: Columbia’s only urban farm, the three acre oasis has helped anchor Rosewood’s redevelopment as well as advancing sustainable farming. Visitors are welcome to stroll through the gardens, which feature more than 100 types of vegetables and flowers. Grab a self-guided tour at the farm store and walk through fields of flowers while you check out the free range chickens, veggie fields and herb gardens. You might even find father and son duo and co-owners Robbie and Eric McClam in the fields. And you're sure to find City Roots grown food on menus around town.
Hunter Gatherer Brewery & Alehouse at Curtiss-Wright Hangar: Located in an old airport hangar, Hunter-Gatherer at Curtiss-Wright Hangar features a tap room, beer garden, and observation deck for all to enjoy. For the beer-connoisseur, think a 13,000-square foot brewery with 527-gallon brew house, a bottling and kegging line and 10 foot tall fermenting tanks. Here you can sip on a brew and enjoy a bite in the sunshine as you watch planes take off from Owens Field.
The Local Buzz: This comfy coffee shop prides itself on being a welcoming spot to all - from teenagers playing board games to locals from Rosewood and Sherwood Forest grabbing a latte. Owner Stephie Griggs intentionally created The Local Buzz to be like a second home to a diverse crowd, who come for the smoothies, sandwiches (try the “Sassy Chick” chicken salad), and handcrafted ice cream by Columbia’s own Sweet Cream Company.
Rockaway Athletic Club: Opened in 1982, Rockaway’s is a must-visit Columbia institution. Its legendary pimiento cheese is still made from co-founder David Melson’s mom’s recipe. Order up their pimento cheese burger (which has been heralded by the likes of Southern Living and President George W. Bush). Watch the game while chatting with bartenders to get all the local scoop, and if you want to go really old school, check out the video games in the corner. With no signage on its doors, you may have to ask a local where to find this hidden gem.
Pelican’s SnoBalls: One of the best ways to stay cool in Columbia? Pelican’s SnoBalls. These fluffy frozen treats are made with pure cane sugar - no high fructose corn syrup here. Flavors vary among its several locations across the region, but you might find the likes of cream soda, red velvet cake, sour apple, and guava.
Kraken Gastropub: Columbia’s first gastropub features 30 beers on tap and more in bottles and cans. A majority are from South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia, and they rotate frequently, so you never have the same visit twice. Chef David Marlow serves up classics like poutine (brown duck with house cut fries and mozzarella) and shrimp and grits. Try the sriracha peanut butter glazed doughnuts if you’re feeling wild.
Rosewood Dairy Bar: Sweet treats abound in Rosewood. Just down the street from Pelican's you'll find the charming Rosewood Dairy Bar. It's a Columbia institution serving up soft-serve ice cream, sundaes, and milkshakes. But that's not all. Get a classic burger or hot dog basket, some fried chicken snacks, or an old-fashioned bologna sandwich. This 1942 establishment has no frills, but they'll be waiting for you with a cup of sweet tea.