CHAARG’s Guide To Columbia, SC

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I visited my sister for her first college swim meet [go Anne!] + got to experience Columbia, SC for the first time. It was the most beautiful weather [80s in October, so jealous!] + her dorm room as a pool… #southernliving. While I was only there for 3 days, I feel like I can confidently say that I found the best spots.

Best Coffee Shop

Indah Coffee: You need to get the cinnamon cold brew nitro coffee, wow. ++ if you are into sweeter coffees, get the thai coffee. This coffee shop won best coffee shop in South Carolina by Food + Wine!

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Best Almond Croissant

Piecewise Coffee: While Piecewise Coffee takes first place, the almond croissant at smallSUGAR is an extremely close second. Try them both! Also, the bagels looked phenomenal at Piecewise Coffee… just saying.

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Best Juice

Southern Squeezed: Someone will have to verify this for me [lol], because when I tried to go it was closed! I ended up getting a juice at Good Life Cafe, which I’m not going to lie, was overrated.

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Best Breakfast + Lunch

SmallSUGAR: Hands down. Haaaaaands down. If there’s one spot in Columbia that is a MUST visit, this is the one. Pastries, all the toasts, breakfast bowls, salads, kombucha, coffee… I’m drooling just thinking about it.

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Best Smoothie Bowl

Roots + Fruits: Found only at the Soda City Market, these smoothies + smoothie bowls are to die for. I got the Green Girl smoothie bowl topped with coconut flakes, strawberries, GF granola, + extra almond butter. DREAMY.

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Best Poke Bowl

Freshe Poke: Usually I’m not into fast food chains, besides Chipotle… but I was super into these poke bowls. Tons of veggies, toppings, + sauces to choice from!

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Best Place To Get Your Veggies

Soda City Market: Every Saturday on Main Street from 9AM — 1PM, year round — rain or shine ; ) I was so pumped to see that a MASSIVE BOX of fruits + veggies was only $10. Everything looked so pretty!

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Best Date Night Restaurant

Motor Supply Co Bistro: Yes, yes, yes to everything on the menu. The menu changes frequently, but apparently the roasted veggies are usually on there… so get them! Also, the peanut butter + chocolate bar for dessert is a must.

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Places I’m Excited To Check Out Next Time

1] The Well Collective Columbia: It’s outside of the main “downtown” area… + I’m not really sure what it is, but their instagram + website is super cute… so I’m into it!

2] Congaree National Park: Because #nature.

3] Silver Spoon Bake Shop: This was the highest rated bakery, so obviously need to try their almond croissant! Their browned butter sea salt oatmeal chocolate cookie is screaming at me, too… I need.

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Did I miss any of your favorite spots in Columbia? Let me know!

xx

Elisabeth

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