Just a quick hop over the Gervais Street Bridge from downtown, West Columbia is a city on the move. Located on the Congaree River, this eight square mile city is in the process of redevelopment, as new homes, businesses and retail are being built alongside the long-thriving residential and retail offerings. Here you’ll find joggers running along the riverwalk, visitors shopping for antiques, and locals dining al fresco at beloved restaurants.
Cafe Strudel: Located in a 1920s building on State Street, Cafe Strudel is a neighborhood restaurant open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Known for their “hangover hash browns,” and bottomless coffee bar, it’s the perfect place to start the morning - or any time of day since they serve breakfast all day long. For lunch or dinner, may we recommend the fried green tomatoes or horseradish pimento cheese?
West Columbia Riverwalk: Home to 4.5 acres of the 12.5 mile and growing Three Rivers Greenway, the West Columbia Riverwalk is a gem of green space. Lighted trails and ADA compliant pathways and facilities welcome Columbians and visitors alike - and their dogs. Outdoor enthusiasts will find fishing spots and canoe launches, plus the amphitheater hosts a range of concerts and programming all year long. Make sure to check out the restrooms, which look like a 1750s River Inn.
Newfangled Consignments: Located in a former 1940s Gulf station, Newfangled Consignments specializes in home furnishings and jewelry. It’s worth it just for a stop to see the original art deco interior, but you’ll want to browse through their constantly changing inventory. Think - mercury glass vases, Karastan rugs, designer furniture and pillows.
Terra: Chef Mike Davis refined his craft under James Beard award-winning chefs like Susan Spicer and Frank Stitt, and has made a name for himself for more than a decade at Terra. With its views of the Columbia skyline, Terra is the perfect place to learn more about locally and regionally grown ingredients. From Columbia’s own Anson Mills’ heirloom grains to its Manchester Farms Quail, Terra showcases Midlands gems. Make sure not to miss the butchers plate and Grilled Carolina Heritage Farms Pork Chop. And if you’re in the mood for pizza, the duck confit pizza from the wood oven will hit the spot.
Ed’s Editions: With more than 40,000 books in stock, Ed’s Editions is the spot to find your next page turner. Family owned and operated since 2001, their knowledgeable booksellers will be happy to help you find exactly what you are looking for amongst their stacks of used and collectible books. Pro tip - their first Friday sales feature books at 20% off.
The Elephant Trunk: From an 1800s spinning wheel to a vintage pie safe, The Elephant Trunk is packed with furniture and antiques you didn’t know you needed to have. Owned and operated by the Smoake family, lifelong residents of West Columbia, The Elephant Trunk is filled with a wide selection of glassware, collectables and items that suit every style.
763 Antiques Mall: With 11,000 square feet of space, 763 Antiques Mall is stocked with items from dealers across Columbia. Think - vintage typewriters, Civil War collectibles, sterling silver, crystal bowls, porcelain, and collectible toys - and that's just getting started.
State Street Trading Company: Another eclectic spot filling in the character of West Columbia's historic State Street is the recently opened State Street Trading Company. Here you'll find everything from local artists' work and unique furniture to handmade jewelry. This rustic-chic spot is the perfect place to find a one-of-a-kind gift for that someone in your life that's hard to shop for.
Cherry's Delight: Boasting a room-by-room experience with different color & gift themes, Cherry's Delight makes your shopping experience interesting. Head to the Palmetto Room for items that intrigue your senses like local soaps, lotions and candles. Or, head to the Mango Tango Room, filled with items for entertaining. Need a special wedding gift? Their in-house design technology lets you bring in your own photograph or artwork to place on everything from greetings cards to Christmas ornaments to koozies and beyond.