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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Movie Theatre
“A wonderful local cinema where you can grab a beer before the flick! They carefully curate wonderful films not seen in corporate theatres! ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Park
“Another great place to walk or fish, swim, or picnic. There's a playground for children. Also where the Roots 'n Blues Fest is held every year. About a 15 minute walk from here. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bar
“Our local pride: Log Boat Brewing Co! A great lawn/yard for lounging. Some of the best microbrew in the midwest! I prefer the Snapper IPA or their Shiphead ginger wheat. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Fun store with good beer on tap and wine for a "sip while you shop" experience. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bar
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“Murry's is a staple of Columbia, it's got the perfect ambiance and is great anytime of the day for a glass of wine and lunch/dinner. Everything on the menu is fantastic so you cant go wrong! I highly recommend the fried oysters, if you fancy them! The filet is also amazing.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Cafe
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“Brunch turns into local music in the evening. It is our favorite place to find new live musical artists and stare at hipsters. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“This place is nationally known as a pizza great. If you haven't had it you must. Be forwarned delivery on game days can be hours...but order early and wait. It is worth it and you can't visit Columbia without having a slice. I'm torn between the deluxe and the pepperoni as my favorite. The deluxe is so chock full of veggies and meat that there isn't a lot of space for the elasticy mozzarella cheese, for the ultimate cheese fix the pepperoni with extra cheese is AWESOME. Pepperonis are hand sliced in house for a thicker cut. If you dine in they will toss pie dough to kids, for entertainment while you wait. I love pairing my pizza with their Luigi Salad. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Rock Club
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“Columbia's original music venue. Old gilded theatre, lots of great acts here. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Park
“There are numerous trails that wonder through Rock Bridge State Park, but the best and most popular is the Devil's Icebox Trail. This trail will take you down into a sink hole and cave. It's constantly cool down there, so this is a great place to go during the summer. If it's hot out, or if you want to see another great geological feature, visit the park's name sake rock bridge. A stream flows through under the rock bridge, so this is another great place to keep cool. The rock bridge and Devil's Icebox are both accessible from the same parking lot in Rock Bridge State Park.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Locals love it. Lots of house-made beer to explore. Decent food but a wonderful patio! ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bar
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“Craft beers and full bar combined with restaurant utilizing regional and sustainable food-sourcing. Live music some nights.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Live Music Venue with an excellent outdoor area for happy hour or a fun family evening.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Best place for adventurous eaters. They are a "whole animal" farm-to-table restaurant. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Downtown Columbia has a mix of different cultures. You will find a lot of art shops and clothing stores , mixed amongst the coffee shops and fine dinning.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bakery
“A great place to stop and have a fresh-made sandwich and bowl of soup! We LOVE it here. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“So good...Many vegan/vegetarian options. The smoothies are great and the one love burger and petruska are to die for. ”
  • 18 locals recommend