Once you’ve found your place in Columbia, you’ll no doubt have your own list of recommendations for everything from ethnic foods to weekend entertainment hot spots.
In the meantime, feel free to use this as a starting point.
Find fellow foodies at South Carolina All-Local Farmers’ Market at 6 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Saturday, 711 Whaley St., www.stateplate.org; or the State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, (803) 737-4664
Hear a cover band at Wild Wing in the Vista, (803) 252-9464
Get late-night pizza at Pop’s N.Y. Pizza, 707 Harden St., (803) 540-7677
Get an alternative to late-night pizza at Pita Pit, 2002 Greene St. A, (803) 799-4557
Be willing to wait for great Korean and Mexican dishes at Blue Cactus Cafe, 2002 Greene St., (803) 929-0782
Hang out with college students along the 600, 700 and 800 blocks of Harden Street
Get icy and fruity drinks at Doctor Rocco’s, 801 Harden St., (803) 771-7363; or Wet Willie’s, 800 Gervais St., (803) 779-5650
Head to a beach that’s within an hour’s drive at SCE&G Recreation beach, North Lake Drive on Lake Murray
Hear acoustic music at Delaney’s, 741 Saluda Avenue, (803) 779-2345
Get dressed up and go to one of Columbia’s many performance art companies
Shop for South Carolina products at the S.C. State Museum gift shop, 301 Gervais St., (803) 898-4921. Also shop the State House gift shop, merchants on Devine Street, as well as the businesses in the Vista and Five Points