Columbia, Capital of South Carolina 

Located more inland, Columbia is the capital of South Carolina.  As also the home of University of South Carolina (Gamecocks), football fans and alumni come back to this town to visit as well. 

With busy malls, shopping areas and bustling businesses, many residents here enjoy having many options when they are going out. 

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

This is a great convention center located in the downtown area. It looks very nice and well lit. It's great for hosting events and located conveniently close to a lot of great restaurants and shops. 

Columbiana Centre (Mall)  

Located around many other busy shopping centers and restaurants, many residents come here to shop. It's a really nice, well-kept indoor mall so it's very inviting for even bad weather. 

Get ready to be stuck in traffic getting out of the mall area, especially around the holidays. 

Mall address is 100 Columbiana Cir, Columbia, SC 29212 

Stay close to the USC Games! 

3 Hotels near Williams-Brice Stadium (where the USC Gamecocks play) 

USC (University of South Carolina) Gamecocks play their home games at the Williams-Brice Stadium with a capacity of 80,250. 

Address of the stadium is: 1125 George Rogers Blvd Columbia, SC 29201

Courtyard Columbia Downtown at USC (1.6 miles from William-Brice Stadium)

Rates from $103

  Complimentary Shuttle!

Location is everything! Staying at the Courtyard Columbia Downtown at USC, you are walking distance to the Historic Vista District robust with history, shopping and night life. The State Capitol is only a few blocks away. Courtyard® Columbia Downtown at USC is adjacent to the University of South Carolina, closest hotel to Williams Brice Stadium and across the street from Carolina Coliseum. Our complimentary shuttle will get you to the State Museum, Columbia Museum of Art and many other attractions.

Hilton Columbia Center Hotel (2 miles from William-Brice Stadium)

Rates from $123 a night

Discover historic architecture and elegant rooms at this stylish and sophisticated downtown Columbia, South Carolina hotel. Within walking distance of Columbia's lively shops, restaurants and entertainment, this hotel is adjacent to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and close to the historic University of South Carolina

Hampton Inn Columbia Hotel Downtown Historic District (2.2 miles from William-Brice Stadium)

Rates from $125 a night

  Free breakfast every morning!

Discover a hotel at the heart of South Carolina action at Hampton Inn Columbia-Downtown Historic District. Just off I-126, our hotel is in the central Historic Congaree Vista District – adjacent to Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and within minutes of University of South Carolina. This hotel is very central to a lot of great restaurants and bars. See our personal review of this hotel in our blog about our visit. 

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Restaurants in Columbia

Blue Marlin

Blue Marlin is our #1 pick for seafood and southern food in Columbia. The restaurants look high end but the prices are very reasonable.  Start off with some fried calamari and ordered the crab cake or salmon entree. Both come with sothern sides like collard greens or grits. Located in the historic center/downtown area of the capital, you'll find yourself surrounded by neat shops to stop by after your meal. See more detailed reviews on the Blue Marlin in our recent summary of our Columbia trip. 

1200 Lincoln St., Columbia, SC 29201

Bubble Tea Cafe

Something you don't find in many South Carolina cities is a boba tea shop (boba is also known as tapioca). I am obsessed with my boba, being from California so when I found out about this shop, it was my first stop upon arriving in Columbia. Boba is these jelly balls you would find in Asian tea shops that makes it very fun to drink. See pictures below from our recent visit below. I recommend trying their specialties. This place really takes their time and making their drink is truly a craft to them. 

 1260 Bower Pkwy A6, Columbia, SC 29212