Columbia Neighborhood Guide To

Five Points

Local restaurants, coffee shops, record stores and bars

What It's Like

Hip · Local · Vibrant

Known For

Restaurants · Bars · Shopping


East of downtown Columbia and USC

Restaurants In Five Points

Some of the best restaurants in Columbia can be found in Five Points. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorites below (in no particular order!!)

Exterior of Mr. Friendly's in Five Points area of Columbia, SC

Mr. Friendly’s

Elevated Southern fare in a casual setting. Mr. Friendly’s is a perfect date night restaurant.

Outdoor tables on sidewalk in front of The Gourmet Shop in Columbia, SC.

The Gourmet Shop

Charming cafe with a daily brunch, excellent chicken salad and a great market.

Exterior of Home Team BBQ in Columbia, SC

Home Team BBQ

Charleston-based restaurant with BBQ classics and southern staples. Try the BBQ nachos with pulled pork.

Exterior of Groucho's in Columbia, SC's Five Points

Groucho’s Deli (Five Points)

Local deli with specialty sandwiches. Try their famous 45 Sauce!

Starbucks and Saludas in Columbia, SC's Five Points

Saluda’s Restaurant

Upscale restaurant with favorites like shrimp & girts, scallops and steak. They have an excellent outdoor balcony.

Publico in Columbia, SC Five Points

Publico (Five Points)

Latin-Asian-inspired cuisine with a great outdoor patio.

If you are looking for a certain kind of dish, check out our food guides by cuisine. And don’t miss our list of Columbia’s best restaurants for our ultimate recommendations.

Coffee Shops And Bakeries In FiVe Points

Drip: Drip is one of the best coffee shops in Columbia, SC. They have a great selection of single-origin whole beans and make a mean pour-over. They also have a full espresso menu, seasonal drinks and even some fun combos like a turmeric ginger latte and a honey habanero latte. It can get busy, but Drip is a great place to work or study from.

Baked Bear: Custom ice cream sandwiches! Choose an ice cream, cookies and toppings and be amazed. You can even mismatch your cookies and opt to get your sandwich warmed up if you like to live life on the edge. It’s a fun place to get ice cream in Columbia.

Insomnia Cookies: Not far from Baked Bear you’ll find a great bakery for cookies. We love their classic chocolate chunk cookie, though their sugar cookie is pretty unbelievable too. Insomnia Cookies also has a few vegan cookies on the menu and they offer delivery.

Local Shops In Five Points

One of the best things about Five Points is that pretty much everything is local, including the shops! Below are a few favorites to check out during your next visit to the area.

  1. Papa Jazz Record Shop: The best place in Columbia for vinyl. You’ll love the helpful staff, the awesome selection and the reasonable prices. It’s just around the corner from Drip Coffee and the two make for a fun date in Columbia!
  2. A Little Happy: A darling and happy gift shop for all ages in an equally darling and happy pink building. It’s the perfect shop if you are in the market for something cute. They offer free gift wrapping.
  3. Sid & Nancy: A great consignment shop with fun finds and hidden treasures.
  4. Revente: Another consignment shop just down from Sid & Nancy. This is a great destination for designer items.
  5. Gourmet Shop: Not only does the Gourmet Shop have excellent food, but they also have a great market section with kitchen and home items.
  6. Loose Lucy’s: A Columbia institution! This is the perfect destination if you are looking for bohemian-style clothing and accessories, tie-dye, tapestries and incense.
  7. The Oops! Co: You never know what you’ll find at Oops but you can always count on something you’ll love. It started as a shop for factory irregulars but today they sell a mix of regular and discounted product. You’ll find everything from Yeti and Scout bags to trendy dresses and jewelry.
  8. All Good Books: An independent bookstore that offers the perfect place to escape with a cup of coffee (or beer + wine!) They have a kids section and seemingly endless options. Grab some merch while you’re there!

Things To Do In Five Points

St. Patrick’s Day In Five Points (Mid-March)

Five Points is home to Columbia’s St. Patrick’s Day events in March each year. The family-friendly ‘St. Pat’s in Five Points‘ is typically the Saturday after St. Patrick’s Day and includes a fun run, a morning parade and live music all day. Five stages are set up around the area with multiple bands playing at each throughout the day.

A Note On Bars in Five Points

The Five Points area of Columbia, SC has A TON OF BARS. So many that it is a cause for concern for some locals, local businesses and even the University of South Carolina.

Over the years some bars have had their liquor licenses revoked due to violations serving underage drinking, encouraging excess drinking, etc… But! There are also some great bars with some great food that are enjoyed by those who frequent them.

One thing to note is that it can get pretty rowdy in Five Points at night when Carolina is in session. Especially during the Gamecock’s football season!

I do want to mention Bang Back Bar & Lounge. It’s a newer establishment but is such a unique addition to Five Points. You’ll find bar food (wings, pimento cheese hushpuppies, eggrolls…), tacos and even gyoza. Weird menu but it works!

Where To Stay In Five Points

Crazily enough, there aren’t any hotels in Five Points! The area is pretty close to downtown, though, so there are places to stay close by. Our top pick is The Graduate on Carolina’s campus.

Speaking of campus, check out our guide to hotels near Carolina if you need more ideas on where to stay. We also have a guide to hotels in downtown Columbia.

Getting To And Around Five Points

Five Points itself is very walkable. Everything is close by in Five Points (including USC’s campus!) and easy to get to. Parking can be a problem, though.

There’s street parking all around and several spots on Saluda Ave between Drip and Gourmet Shop. Saluda is divided by a median and there is parking on both sides of it. This is our ideal place to park but sometimes it’s just too crowded.

There’s a newer parking lot just past the Gourmet Shop toward the Fountain. Otherwise, you may just have to circle around a bit until you find a street spot.

Of course, you can always Uber or take a Lyft in. This is an especially good idea if you plan on checking out any of the many bars in Five Points!