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Things to do in Columbia

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.
Café
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“This quirky brunch and lunch spot is a real Columbia treat. Fantastic vegetable centered fare will leave you feeling satisfied and healthy. For low wait times try to get there early. Oh, and don't forget to try the bloody mary! Cafe Berlin also regularly plays venue for local and touring bands at night.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Bar
“Columbia's most popular brewery has achieved it's status for one very good reason: great beer. If you imbibe don't let any trip to CoMO end with out a drink or two at Logboat. Bring a blanket and enjoy sitting out on their spacious lawn while playing a game of bags.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Park
“+ great walking path + beautiful lake + beach for swimming in the summertime”
  • 20 locals recommend
Cinema
“+ local + nonprofit + independent movie theatre + supports local works, film festivals, and more”
  • 28 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.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Rock Club
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“Columbia's original music venue. Old gilded theatre, lots of great acts here. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Classic, locally owned pizza joint with affordable drinks and some truly great 'za.”
  • 20 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.”
  • 21 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
Entertainment
“One of Columbia's two main music venues, Rose Music Hall (FKA Mojo's) has hosted some truly impressive acts over the years. Pop on in for some great tunes and a good time.”
  • 16 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
University
“To fully appreciate this campus, schedule a walking tour, go to a game and help Truman cheer on the Tigers, experience Homecoming, Attend a Show a Jesse Auditorium”
  • 13 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
Restaurant
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“Main squeeze is our go-to for a healthy, fresh bite. We love their brunch options and fresh pressed juices! ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“+ great cocktails and drinks + definitely recommend "a squirrel walks into a bar" + amazing sweet potato hummus + delicious, local meat and cheef plates”
  • 14 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“This quirky brunch and lunch spot is a real Columbia treat. Fantastic vegetable centered fare will leave you feeling satisfied and healthy. For low wait times try to get there early. Oh, and don't forget to try the bloody mary! Cafe Berlin also regularly plays venue for local and touring bands at night.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Bar
“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.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Classic, locally owned pizza joint with affordable drinks and some truly great 'za.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bar
“Craft beers and full bar combined with restaurant utilizing regional and sustainable food-sourcing. Live music some nights.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Brewery
“Locals love it. Lots of house-made beer to explore. Decent food but a wonderful patio! ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Main squeeze is our go-to for a healthy, fresh bite. We love their brunch options and fresh pressed juices! ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“+ great cocktails and drinks + definitely recommend "a squirrel walks into a bar" + amazing sweet potato hummus + delicious, local meat and cheef plates”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fairly new restaurant to Columbia. Served family style. Very cool place and within walking distance. ”
  • 14 locals recommend

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