Stroll the streets of picturesque downtown Columbia and experience the plethora of local boutiques, diners and businesses. Take a break from the big-name chains and enjoy your cup of Joe from one of Columbia’s local coffee houses. These gems not only offer delicious drinks, but create a one-of-a-kind atmospherical experience for customers as well.
Cool Beans Coffee Co.
Located on Columbia’s College Street, Cool Beans coffee is a local house that hosts an array of original drinks and tasty treats. Grab a breakfast croissant at any time of day until midnight, or try a lunch wrap and homemade cookie. Cool Beans Coffee also caters baked goods and both hot and cold drinks.
Experience the delightful taste of freshly brewed coffee in an inviting and cozy atmosphere. Get the small town coffee house vibe with top-notch quality drinks, ranging from flavorful espresso shots to creamy, hand-crafted pour-over beverages. Drip also offers yummy homemade baked-goods, with versatile menus for their two Columbia-based locations.
Immaculate Consumption Coffee Roasters
Tucked away inside the heart of downtown Columbia, this coffee house prides themselves in creating brews that are, as the name would convey, “immaculate.” In business for over 20 years, I.C. offers any coffee-lover or cafe-guru a menu filled with light meals such as the Turkey Avocado Pita and--of course--scrumptious, freshly roasted coffee drinks.
116 Espresso & Wine Bar
This gem offers the best of both worlds. Try an original, creative coffee blend by day (Irish Kiss, Almond Chocolate Coffee, Kahula Cappuccino, etc.) and then an innovative Mexican-inspired meal and cocktail by night (Tiramisu Tini, Yuzu Margarita, etc.). The exciting drinks and the artsy, sleek atmosphere make this joint a ‘must’ for those who like to have fun.
Legend has it that when Julian D. Cromer’s started his business, an angry competitor would yell to customers, “Don’t buy those! Cromer’s are no good!” Instead of verbally attacking the competition back, Cromer humorously put up a sign, “Guaranteed Worst in Town!” Don’t let these words fool you...Cromer’s is far from it. Offering freshly popped popcorn, yummy roasted nuts and light-roasted coffee, this shop, with its confectionary-inspired atmosphere, is one to try when you’re in the mood to pair your caffeine with a guilty-pleasure snack.
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